Ephemera Past

Image credit:  Dominique and Samuel Chen, Dream Palisade, Artistic Excellence Award Winner 2019

Strand Ephemera began in 2001 and has become a much-loved biennial exhibition. The event has grown over the years to be celebrated not only locally, but to be an outdoor sculpture exhibition of state and national significance.

Strand Ephemera attracts over 100,000 visitors across the 10-day festival and offers a $10,000 award for Artistic Excellence, $1,000 award for People’s Choice Award, and a variety of supporting public programs.

Strand Ephemera is organised by Townsville City Galleries and assisted by a volunteer task force.


Strand Ephemera 2021

Staged over nine fabulous days and nights from Saturday 17 July - Sunday 25 July 2021, Ephemera transforms The Strand into a 2km outdoor seaside sculptural exhibition for all to enjoy.

Showcasing 28 artworks by local and nationally-renowned artists, including 19 competitive sculptures, four sculptures by invited artists, two school projects, two projection artists and a chalk artist.

Congratulations to:

  • Torin Francis for winning the Award for Artistic Excellence for his piece Way.
  • Christopher Trotter for winning the Acquisitive Prize for his piece Foreigner.

Celebrating 20 years of sun, sand and art by downloading a copy of the exhibition map and taking a self-guided tour along the Strand.

The addition of the acquisitive prize is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

View 2021 Exhibition Map

Read the 2021 Exhibition Catalogue


Previous years

View the list of artists, winners and catalogues since the Strand Ephemera inception in 2001.