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Amanda Parer
Parer Studio. Ephemera 2021 Invited Artist
Photographer: Andrew Rankin
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Seaside Sculptures

Outdoor exhibition dates
22 July – 6 August 2023

Call for Artists

Ephemera has grown over the years to be loved not only locally, but to be a biennial sculpture exhibition of state and national significance. The outdoor sculpture event was established by Townsville City Council in 2001 to provide regional artists with an opportunity to showcase their talent within a national arena, with a focus on works being ‘ephemeral’ for the short-lived exhibition.

As part of the 20th year celebration, Ephemera received a refresh to Ephemera: Seaside Sculptures and welcomed the inclusion of a new Acquisitive Arts Prize.

Attracting over 180,000 local, national and international visitors in 2021, it is anticipated that audiences will exceed 200,000 in 2023, with the exhibition period expanding to 16 days, thanks to public feedback!

Ephemera is supported by a multitude of engaging public programs, and features a selection of curated sculptures of national and international acclaim alongside those vying for the major $10,000 Artistic Excellence Award (non-acquisitive).

Competitive works will be on display along Townsville’s picturesque 2km beachfront - The Strand - from 22 July to 6 August 2023.

Artists can also apply for the $90,000 Ephemera Acquisitive Prize. The winning work of the Ephemera Acquisitive Prize will become a permanent sculpture in Townsville.

In developing proposals, artists are asked to consider the specific site for which the work is intended, with large scale works strongly encouraged.

Successful applicants will be granted a $5,000 artist fee to support them in creating their work, and vie for the $10,000 Artistic Excellence Award and/or $90,000 Ephemera Acquisitive Prize.

Artists are invited to submit concepts for Ephemera 2023 by clicking the Apply Now button below:

Click apply now to submit your concept for Ephemera 2023

Entries Close: 1 November 2022

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