17 Mar - 2 April 2018




Nestled along the foreshore where the Great Otway National Park meets the ocean, the Lorne foreshore and adjoining landscapes have always lent themselves to works that engage with the environment.

‘Landfall’—the curatorial theme for the 2018 Lorne Sculpture Biennale—is devoted to the pressing global issue of nature and endangerment, exploring the intersection of nature, humanity, and art. Artists have been asked to play with the idea of ‘Landfall’—a word that describes time and place where ocean meets land, and it also describes a sense of collapse as in ‘landslide’. The term is an open-ended word play that invites deeper contemplation. Sculptures will grapple with a diverse range of matters, responding to the following categories and medias:


Cultural diversity

Lorne is an international destination prized for its natural beauty and its place as an historic meeting point on the Great Ocean Road. People from all over planet Earth visit Lorne when they tour the Otway region. The 2018 Lorne Sculpture Biennale intends to explore cross-cultural experience and will be engaging with Indigenous artists, artists from the Asia/Pacific nations, and internationally.





Sculpture Trail

There are 20 Sculpture Trail sites extending from Stony Creek in North Lorne to the George River. The trail will include the Pier and the traditional route from the Swinging Bridge along the pine tree walk to the foreshore. Many sculptors will create new projects specially for Lorne and we will see an exciting mix of emerging and established sculptors. There will be commissions for major projects in our most significant sites. All works listed in the Sculpture Trail are also for sale and the proceeds are split 30/70 between LSB and the artist.


Small Sculpture

The Small Sculpture exhibition is one of the great traditions of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, where sculptors in the Sculpture Trail also create maquettes. In 2018 the exhibition will be held at Qdos Arts. All works in this category will be for sale and offer wonderful opportunities for collectors and art lovers to develop their collections, and offer further support the sculptors in the exhibition.



In 2018 Sculpturescape has a specific focus on the Land Art movement. Seven sites are reserved for Sculpturescape works where the artists are encouraged to use the environment and re-imagine it in clever ways either by introducing new materials or by rearranging what is already in the space. All small sculptures will be for sale with the proceeds being split 50/50 between the LSB and the artist.


Performance art

Performance art has had a long and rich history in Australia. It is a dynamic interdisciplinary, experiential art form that can be utterly spontaneous or meticulously planned, and the audience plays an integral role in the unfolding of the work. In 2016 Jill Orr, Stelarc, and Ash Keating all 'performed' a work, and we look forward to presenting exciting new works in 2018, which will take centre stage at our new quarry performance site.





Over three weekends, in addition to the sculptures on display 24/7, there will also be a Festival Hub and an exciting program of events with cultural diversity embedded within the program. These events are still being developed, but will include opening and closing ceremonies, an Art & Nature symposium, performance and music events, artist and curator talks, and education programs. These events will take place from the Festival Hub and also various sites throughout Lorne, including extraordinary performance site at the old quarry.

Most events will be free, however some special events may be ticketed depending upon cost of production and scale. A detailed program will be released closer to the time.




The Lorne Sculpture Biennale will also be taking on exciting environmental initiatives, such as being plastic waste free, using renewable energy and sustainable materials, a guerrilla gardening project, and offsetting emissions. So stay tuned to hear more about these initiatives and how you can be involved!





All works across all categories and sites may be eligible for a range of
prizes and grants. More information on these can be found HERE.