Call for artists for Strand Ephemera now open

Date published: 10 July 2020

One of North Australia’s largest sculpture festivals is throwing its metaphorical doors open to artists wanting to be part of its 20th anniversary next year.

Held biennially along Townsville’s city foreshore, Strand Ephemera is a renowned sculpture festival that showcases the work of locals, alongside national and international artists.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said Strand Ephemera was one of Townsville’s most iconic events which drew attention from all over Australia.

“Strand Ephemera first began in 2001 and over the span of almost 20 years has grown into a major event that draws a diverse audience of artists and enthusiasts from near and far,” Cr Hill said.

“Our usually packed events season has taken a hit this year due to COVID-19, so I think we will have artists looking to create something exciting and interactive for Strand Ephemera next year.

“The Ephemera is a unique sculptural event and it’s the perfect way for tourists and locals to enjoy our beautiful winter weather while strolling along The Strand and taking in the art along the beautiful 2.1km foreshore.”

Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said Strand Ephemera had grown in size and scope thanks to the addition of the North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA).

“Last year’s Strand Ephemera was incorporated into the North Australian Festival of Arts and it was fantastic to see The Strand come alive with not only sculptures but also a wide variety of performance as part of NAFA,” Cr Greaney said.

“I’d urge any interested artists to enter Strand Ephemera next year not only to compete for $10,000 but also to be part of the resurgence of arts events in Townsville as we recover from the effects of COVID-19.

“Entering Strand Ephemera is a great opportunity for artists to have residents and tourists explore and interact with their artwork outside the confines of a gallery space. It’s an unrivalled experience for both artists and visitors.”

Entries for the 2021 Strand Ephemera will close on 13 November 2020.

For more information, or to register, visit Strand Ephemera.