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Staged on the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi will serve as the backdrop and inspiration for students from Arthur Phillip High School, Beverley Hills IEC and Fairfield IEC, along with early-onset dementia residents at Yaralla House, participating in Red Room Poetry's Sculpture by the Sea workshops.

Sculpture by the Sea is one of Sydney’s most popular events, with 500,000 visitors viewing over 100 sculptures by artists from around the world. Held since 1997, this free to the public exhibition captures the imagination of Sydney and its visitors for three weeks each spring and is the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world. The exhibition generates an almost unprecedented level of goodwill among the public as they enjoy one of the most unique events in the world.

The Project

On 28, 30, 31 October and 1 November, Melanie Ree leads poetic workshops with students responding to sculptures displayed as part of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. Students will work with artists and educators to consider sculptures through different ‘lenses’ and to be inspired to write poetry through tactile, visual and aural exploration – discovering what happens when you blend the forms of sculpture and poetry. Students will be guided in composing both individual and group poems.

Read the student poems >
Read Mel's poem >

The Poet

Melanie Ree

Mel Ree (Caramelsauce) trained as an actor and identifies as a dancer, poet and fierce woman. Born in Papua New Guinea to the daughter of a chief, her ancestors sit at the base of her spine spurring her on to tell her story, hoping to spark wildfires within listeners that burn down differences, uniting us in our pain and understanding of this human condition.