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Bandicoot ban overturned: Les Refusées Sculptures exhibition will go ahead

The Les Sculptures Refusées exhibition at Q Station, which Manly Observer recently reported was cancelled at the last minute, due to concerns about bandicoots and other native fauna sharing the grass spaces around the site, has been given a reprieve.

The exhibition will now proceed as planned following negotiations between the organisers, Q Station, and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). However, the show will open a week late, on 21 October, and close on 12 November.

Exhibition co-founder Tania McMurtry and Curator Tamsin Salehian told Manly Observer, “Les Sculptures Refusées 2023 is back after a short postponement, and we are both relieved and very excited. Our artists have adapted well, and we are organised to start installing next week, bringing great art and unique ecology together at the beautiful Q Station.”

The artworks will be placed in a variety of locations around the historic North Head Quarantine Station (Q Station).

Zali Steggall (centre) with Les Refusées Sculptures organisers Tania McMurtry and Tamsin Salehian. Photo: Alec Smart

Warringah MP Zali Steggall, who is officially launching the exhibition and previously expressed dismay at its sudden cancellation, told Manly Observer of her joy that the event will continue as planned.

“It’s great to see that common sense has prevailed, with all parties coming together to ensure that this fantastic local event can still go ahead. I encourage everyone to head up to Q Station and check it out when it opens.”

The annual open-air Les Sculptures Refusées exhibition, featuring 40 professional artists, showcases three-dimensional artworks that didn’t make the final selection of the better-known and longer-running Sculptures by the Sea.

The latter event, now in its 25th year, coincides with Les Sculptures and takes place on the southern side of Sydney Harbour, with artworks spread out along the Bondi to Tamarama seafront during October-November every year.

Les Sculptures Refusées: https://www.lessculpturesrefusees.com/

Paths of Decay by Chris Atichian – appearing in the 2023 Les Sculptures Refusées exhibition. Photo: supplied


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