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 Image: Emma Anna 'IMAG_NE'
Image: Kaya Sulc The burden [detail], 160 x 120 x 110 cm, copper steel. Strand Ephemera 2015.

Strand Ephemera 2015

The North’s Sculpture Festival | Proudly supported by Glencore
31 July – 9 August 2015

Strand Ephemera 2015 was the eighth installment of the North’s sculpture festival, and was again supported by major sponsor Glencore.

Staged over ten days and ten nights from Friday 31 July until Sunday 9 August, the festival completely transformed The Strand into a 2.2km exhibition space for amazing artworks, events, workshops and performances.

31 artworks were featured by artists hailing from many corners of Australia, and even overseas. The works incorporating a wide variety of materials and techniques, and exploring topics ranging from the environment, community, human rights, to celebrations of the landscape, or those who make invaluable contributions to our society.

Sponsored by wilson/ryan/grose lawyers, a People’s Choice Award offered viewers the opportunity to have their say on a favourite artwork on display. The winning artist will receive a $2,000 Prize. Viewers could also enter the Photographic or Instagram Competitions by capturing their favourite Strand Ephemera moment or artwork, and go in the draw for cash prize.

Image: Emma Anna IMAG_NE
Image: Emma Anna IMAG_NE [detail], 420 x 115 x 60cm, reclaimed timber, acrylic, aerated concrete. Strand Ephemera 2015.
The exhibition was supplemented by a selection of curated and non-competitive artworks, and vibrant performances and programs. Amongst the many highlights were hidden tropical artworks made by Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught, the Southern Hemisphere’s only Certified LEGO® Professional. The humorous sculptures provided hours of entertainment (and exercise!) for young audiences intent on exploring The Strand to find them all.

Polytoxic’s landmark performance Trade Winds created an otherworldly experience in the Rock Pool, re-imagining voyages, meetings and exchanges seen on the trade routes of the Pacific Ocean.

Some of the world’s best sand sculptors and 3D pavement artists came to Townsville for Strand Ephemera, providing an opportunity to view up-close the amazing works many had only previously seen in chain emails!

LensCap Collective presented a series of vox popping/film workshops, and each night projected the short films in a bid to establish Townsville’s identity through the eyes of residents and visitors. If escapism is more your thing, step into La Luna Youth Arts’ Magical Travel Box and be instantly transported to a location of your choice.

Countless Fringe Events were also on offer, including Fringe Ephemera at The Village; and the second Light on the Fringe at Umbrella Studio.



Image: 'IMAG_NE' by Emma Anna. Photo by Tracey Harrison-Hill.
Image: Photograph by Tracey Harrison-Hill depicting Emma Anna's artwork IMAG_NE.

Photographic Competition


This Photographic Competition was judged by Scott Radford-Chisholm, the Townsville Bulletin's Chief Photographer.

The winner of the Under 18s section was: Chasely Johnson's photograph of Shimmer by Alison McDonald. Radford-Chisholm was particularly impressed with the young photographer's choice of angle and good use of light in making the powerful image.

The winner of the 18 and Over category, chosen from over 290 entered works, went to Tracey Harrison-Hill for her image of IMAG_NE by Emma Anna. The work captured the movement of people enjoying the work over time.

The winner of the Instagram competition by way of popular vote was Tanya Coventry for her split-image of Colours in the Ocean, that was a work she actually helped develop with students from Bowen State High School.



Wilson/ryan/grose People's Choice Award

Image: 'The Grand Annual Winter Tour to Anywhere' by Townsville schoosl with Ben Truppperbaumer.
Image: The Grand Annual Winter Tour to Anywhere by students and teachers from Townsville schools with artist and facilitator Ben Trupperbäumer.

The most popular artwork, as judged by Strand Ephemera visitors, received the People’s Choice Award of $2,000, proudly sponsored by wilson/ryan/grose lawyers.

A total of 632 People's Choice votes were submitted, resulting in a close win of 14% of the vote. 

The winning work in this year's People's Choice Award was The Grand Annual Winter Tour to Anywhere by students and teachers from St Anthony's Catholic College, Northern Beaches State High School and St Patrick's College who worked with artist and facilitator Ben Trupperbäumer, a noted North Queensland sculptor.

The collaborative sculpture looks at notions of linkage, connections, and associations between people, places and processes. The whimsical work depicted our highways during the annual winter pilgrimage when caravans dominate transport routes. 

Michelle Morton of wilson/ryan/grose lawyers, major sponsor of the People’s Choice Award, said the firm was proud to be associated with the festival. “Strand Ephemera is an event that wilson/ryan/grose lawyers really believes in,” Ms Morton said.

“The sheer number of people getting enjoyment from viewing it and the high number of visitors who voted in our People’s Choice Award, shows it’s a highly popular event for the city and we’re proud to be associated with it.

“The hard work of the city’s young artists has been recognised as a result, which is extremely gratifying.”




Image: Alison McDonald 'Shimmer'
Image: Alison McDonald Shimmer [detail], 250 x 1238 x 3.5 cm: installation on 3 sides of the Surf Life Saving viewing platform. Recycled aluminum power pole discs, marine ply, screws, plastic tube, metal brackets. Strand Ephemera 2015.
This year’s Strand Ephemera judge was John Walsh, Gallery Manager at the Gold Coast City Gallery.

John Walsh has worked in the public gallery sector since the 1980s with his first appointment being at the National Gallery of Australia in the Australian Art Department. Since 1996 he has been Gallery Manager of Gold Coast City Gallery, while he has also held numerous industry related positions including the inaugural Chair of Museum and Gallery Services.

Since 1996 he has have been instrumental in the development of the Evandale Sculpture Walk, taking it from a modest collection of 4 to now boast over 30 outdoor sculptures. With this wealth of knowledge, Walsh still found it extremely difficult to select just one work from a field of so many strong contenders.

“The consistent quality of works in Strand Ephemera made the judging process a challenging but very rewarding experience. I was delighted to encounter such a diverse range of approaches to sculpture from fun frivolous forms to serious political statements – all equally engaging,” Walsh explained.

Ultimately, a winner was chosen, with Greg O’Shea, Manager of Strand Ephemera’s major sponsor Glencore’s Port Operations, announcing Townsville artist Alison McDonald’s artwork Shimmer as the 2015 winner to an excited crowd at Saturday’s official launch.

Providing some insight into his selection, Walsh said, “Alison McDonald’s work Shimmer is a simple concept that is realised with poetic elegance. It is an intervention on the site that adds a level of engagement and interaction that is constantly changing according to its surroundings. Wind, light and the colours of the landscape all play a part to produce a sculpture that resonates. Its subtle song is one that suits its ultimate beauty.” 



Aaron Ashley 
Night as Day, Day as Night
Emma Anna
Marion Gaemers & Lynnette Griffiths
Andrew Rankin
The Tree of Light
Gabi and Michael Sturman
Now You See Me...

Mimi Dennett-Fountain
Land Sew

Alison McDonald

Hugh Martin
Mantis Rhapsody

MJ Ryan Bennett
A New Face
Antone Bruinsma
The Three Graces
Jan Hynes
Memorial to Centennial Conflict
P.A.C.E. Pimlico Art Cooperative Endeavour
Cameron Rushton
Whale Shark
Joy Heylen
The Silver Dragon
Pamela Lee Brenner & Johannes Muljana
Bubble (Fountain of Zero)
Carla Gottgens
Oceania Boanica
Juhé Wie
The Ship we are Sailing Together

Sue Tilley
Blue Wanderer

Community Rehab NQ
Beach Shack 
Julie Bentley
Tanya Coventry
with Bowen State High School students
Colour in the Ocean
Daniel Templeman
Four Rings
Karen Walters
The Canopy of Golden Pods
The Strand Ephemera School Project
with Artist/Facilitator Ben Trupperbäumer
Grand Winter Tour to Anywhere
Elizabeth Poole
String Things

Kaya Sulc
The Burden

 Zhi Qi Luo
Seven Coloured Swallows

Elizabeth West

Lance Seadon
Boat People
Erica Gray
Venomous Blue

Lesley Kane, Jenni Hanna & Neil Brookes
Wave Harp


Sand Sculptors

  • Doug the dugong holding a piece of chalkAmazin’ Walter
  • Jino Van Bruinessen
  • Peter Redmond

3D Pavement Artists

  • Jenny McCracken
  • Rudy Kistler

Performers and Program Artists

  • Fibres and Fabrics Ass. Inc. with artist Marion Gaemers
  • La Luna Youth Arts
  • LensCap Crew
  • Pink Piano Performers
  • Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught


Public Programs

Read and download the Strand Ephemera 2015 catalogue and activity book on ISSUU by clicking the images below. You can also read the public program guide either from page 50 in the catalogue, or by downloading the guide as a PDF in the link below.

Read the SE15 catalogue on ISSUU

Read the SE15 activity book on ISSUU

SE15 Public Programs Calendar

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To learn more about Strand Ephemera, click the links below to view content from each of the previous exhibitions:

Banner image: Alison McDonald Shimmer. 250 x 1238 x 3.5 cm: installation on 3 sides of the Surf Life Saving viewing platform. Recycled aluminium power pole discs, marine ply, screws, plastic tube, metal brackets. Strand Ephemera 2015 finalist entry. 

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