Les Sculptures Refusées Returns to Q Station, North Head Manly
For the second consecutive year, Q Station Manly is thrilled to play host once again to Les Sculptures Refusées, a rebellious artist-led outdoor sculpture exhibition.
This annual sculpture exhibition builds on the legacy of other renowned Salon des Refusés exhibitions, which support the creation and exhibition of new work by artists that were refused entry into major exhibitions. Les Sculptures Refusées supports artists that missed out on Bondi’s famed Sculpture by the Sea.
Les Sculptures Refusées will be one of the few outdoor sculpture exhibitions opening in NSW this year, and brings with it experienced, well-respected artists together with emerging artists to support the realisation of high quality sculptural work.
From 20 October 2021 through to 27 January 2022, the public will be able to walk the historic Q Station site and view up to 24 large scale contemporary art works by some of Australia’s best sculptors, doubling the number of works displayed in 2020. The sculptures will be displayed across the vast grounds of Q Station, with many highlighted over the rolling hills around the historic Glasshouse and with Sydney Harbour and CBD in the background.
The Artists for 2021 include the award-winning Akira Kamada and Orest Keywan, as well as Rosanna Goslett-King, Anna Dudek and Sarah FitzGerald. See the full list on the Les Sculptures Refusées website.
This year’s judges include renowned Art Critic, John McDonald, Art Historian Dr. Michael Hill and Manager of Arts and Culture for the Northern Beaches Council, Josephine Bennett. There will be two prizes, First Prize and the People’s Choice award.
During the course of the exhibition, Q Station will be keeping guests well fed and hydrated, with food and beverage offerings from its multiple onsite cafe, bar and restaurant venues including G&Tea House.
Suzanne Stanton, Director of Q Station, said “We are thrilled to once again support Les Sculpture Refusées. We are committed to bringing community life to the site and to welcoming visitors from all over Sydney (when that is possible) to this iconic Harbour Retreat. Congratulations to the Les Sculptures Refusées team for establishing an event that Q Station and Manly are proud to host.”
Co-Founders, Tania McMurtry and Simon Hodgson said, “We are delighted to be presenting Les Sculptures Refusées again in 2021. The show has certainly captured the spirit and energy of the time-honoured Refusés tradition. Les Sculptures Refusées received a groundswell of support with its inaugural show and we are extremely excited to again be increasing opportunities for artists to show their work in what has been a difficult year for the arts.”
The exhibition is open to the public and entry is free.
A series of workshops and artist tours will also take place during October and November, pending changing restrictions and health advice. Check the Les Sculptures Refusées website regularly for up-to-date information.
Last year’s inaugural exhibition received extensive attention, with over 7,000 visitors.
Les Sculptures Refusées
Location: Q Station Manly, 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly (within Sydney Harbour National Park)
Date: October 20th – January 27th, 2021
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