This year’s Sculpture on Clyde outdoor exhibition will take place at Willinga Park at Bawley Point, after crisis talks between event organisers and Eurobodalla Shire Council on Monday.
The Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber on Thursday announced the Shoalhaven equestrian centre as the venue for the popular sculpture walk after tensions with the council over site logistics boiled over last week.
Chamber president David MacLachlan told the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner organisers were yet to confirm a site for the display of the Acquisitive Prize, but were hopeful it would be situated along the Murra Mia Walkway on the Batemans Bay foreshore.
“We have made some changes to the format of the event,” Mr MacLachlan said.
“This will enable us to overcome difficulties around bridge construction uncertainty, insurance, security and the site logistics of putting on such a major event with volunteers.
“The changes will allow the event to expand quickly as a true destination event, bringing in domestic and international tourists.”
On June 15, the chamber announced the exhibition would cancelled after a dispute with the council over event requirements. However, on Monday, a reprieve was granted after chamber representatives met with Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Liz Innes to avoid what Cr Innes said was an “unnecessary cancellation”.
Mr MacLachlan said winning artworks from the Schools’ Mathematical Sculpture completion would be displayed in Batemans Bay CBD shopfronts.
The indoor sculptures will be hosted at the same Clyde Street venue as last year.
Organisers planned to hold the event from August 25 to September 2. Artists were encouraged to get sculpting, with entries closing on July 30.