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Strand Ephemera 2015 

Call for Artists: Strand Ephemera 2015

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

As 2014 draws to a close, Gallery Services begins to turn its attention to a massive year of exhibitions and programs in 2015. A key event in the upcoming calendar is Strand Ephemera, and Gallery Services is now inviting proposals from local, national and international artists who wish to take part in The North's Sculpture Festival.

Strand Ephemera began in 2001 and became a biennial exhibition from that time. The event has grown over the years to be loved not only locally, but as an outdoor sculpture exhibition of state and national significance.

In 2013, Strand Ephemera was displayed for 10 days and left an indelible mark. Over 60,000 participants embraced the event with unprecedented enthusiasm; taking part in the Photographic Competition, voting in the Wilson/Ryan/Grose Lawyers People’s Choice Award, joining in tours and workshops, and of course admiring the 31 artworks on display. It is anticipated the 2015 event will continue to build on this success.

Key Dates

Catalogue Info and Image Finalised  5pm, Monday 29 June 2015 
Installation Dates Monday 27 - Thursday 30 July 2015 
Opening Event 6pm, Saturday 1 August 2015 
Exhibition Dates Friday 31 July - Sunday 9 August 2015 
Demount Monday 10 August 2015


What's New in 2015

2015 will present the most significant developments in Strand Ephemera’s history; building on both the event’s capacity to encourage and showcase the work of north Queensland’s talented artists, as well as enhancing its reputation as a signature arts event. Firstly, the exhibition will be held earlier than the customary September showing. This move will align the event with another significant cultural festival, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. To learn more about this event, visit:

Combined, Strand Ephemera, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and a host of other Fringe Events will see Townsville transformed into a hive of arts and cultural experiences to intrigue and delight residents and visitors alike.

The shift in dates is also made in an attempt to reduce the impact of the strengthening September winds on artworks placed along The Strand.

Secondly, successful Strand Ephemera applicants will receive greater financial support from Gallery Services and its sponsors in 2015. With a view to allowing artists to engage with a broader range of materials, processes, and to achieve greater scale and impact through their works, the Artist Fee provided to develop selected proposals will be raised from $1,000 in 2013 to $5,000.

Finally, there will be a greater diversity of artworks in 2015, as Gallery Services engage with some of the nation’s leading 3-D chalk artists and large-scale sand sculptors to produce works throughout the event, as well as curating a selection of non-competitive artworks to feature in the exhibition.

The increase in curated content translates to a more competitive Strand Ephemera than ever before, with between 20-25 selected Proposals from artists to ultimately compete for the major $10,000 Award for Artistic Excellence.


For Educators

This year’s Strand Ephemera will be even bigger than last year so please start planning now to bring your students down to experience this amazing art festival. As per previous years, workshops and tours will be available on The Strand. Let us know that you and your class will be coming with the booking form:

 2015 Strand Ephemera Education Booking Form

Please return the completed booking form by 3 August 2015 to secure your booking.



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


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