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Sculpture by the Sea


We are seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated volunteer who is keen to gain hands-on experience in arts administration with one of Australia's most dynamic arts organisations, Sculpture by the Sea. The successful candidate will become part of the small sculpture sales team based in our Surry Hills (Sydney NSW) office from 10 January to Friday 23 February for ideally, 2 days a week working on the curation of Sculpture Inside, an indoor sculpture exhibition accompanying the 14th annual Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe exhibition.

 The Position

The Volunteer Sculpture Sales Assistant Program will offer arts administration experience to an individual interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts.

As part of a small team, working with the Sculpture Sales Coordinator, and alongside the Sculpture Sales Business Manager and the Director Sculpture Sales, the Volunteer Sculpture Sales Assistant will be representing Sculpture by the Sea and specifically the Sculpture Sales team through interaction with artists, clients and other key stakeholders.

The Program will run from 10 January until the team relocates to Cottesloe from Friday 23 February, so that the successful candidate can be involved in the lead up to Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2018.

Volunteers will participate in the developmental stages of the curation of Sculpture InsideSculpture Inside (SI) is a free to the public indoor exhibition open daily during the Sculpture by the Sea (SXS) exhibition period, showing  over 100 small sculptures by exhibiting artists that are on display and for sale.  The Sculpture Inside exhibition is curated and managed by the Sculpture by the Sea sales team.

This position offers the volunteer a high level of involvement in an exciting and fast-paced atmosphere, and provides an insight into the planning and execution of staging a major public art event, with an opportunity to increase knowledge of sculpture and contemporary artists from local, national and international backgrounds.


Assisting the Sculpture Sales Coordinator with:

  • Processing Sculpture Inside artist submissions
  • Artist liaison (verbal and written)
  • Production of sales marketing material, i.e., gallery labels, artist biographies, image galleries
  • Distribution of sales marketing material
  • Updating database records
  • Cataloguing sculptures 

Skills & Qualities 

Applicants will be considered based on their tertiary education, professional experience, career goals and personal interests.  We would look for applicants with:

  • A keen interest in contemporary art 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • An ability to prioritise, multi-task and work well under pressure
  • Good computer literacy (PC)
  • Solid practical skills base
  • Flexibility, maturity and ability to work in a small team
  • Full and mature commitment to honouring timetable and given tasks
  • A sense of humour


The volunteer working hours are flexible for the duration of the Program, i.e., working half days.  

The successful applicant would volunteer at our Surry Hills office from the week commencing 10 January 2018, in order to have an opportunity to participate in pre-exhibition planning for Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2018 which opens on 2 March, and to become familiar with the organisation and to gain knowledge of the exhibiting artists and their works.

Normal office hours for staff members are 9am to 6pm. 


Please send a cover letter and CV expressing your interest in this volunteer position to Imogen Castledine, Sculpture Sales Coordinator :


Founded by David Handley in 1997, Sculpture by the Sea is an annual free to the public series of exhibitions staged along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk in Sydney in October/November and Cottesloe Beach in Perth in March.

Sculpture by the Seais the largest free-to-the-public sculpture exhibition in the world.

The aims of Sculpture by the Sea are many and varied.  Initially, Sculpture by the Sea aimed to create a major free-to-the-community event for the people of Sydney and its visitors that was quintessentially Australian.  There was a wish to facilitate the work of artists and to provide a free to the public cultural activity.  Very quickly the exhibition became a focus for sculptors and sculpture in Sydney and Australia. 

Although not initially established with a view to attracting significant sculpture sales, the exhibitions do generate a large amount of sculpture sales, For the past 10 years we have actively promoted the sale of sculpture and are proud of our role in generating significant income for many of the artists in our exhibitions.  The commission that Sculpture by the Sea earns from sculpture sales is an important contributor to the exhibition’s revenue.   

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