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After the people of Perth and WA saved Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe last year by generously rallying around the exhibition, organisers are again asking the visiting public to donate $5 on entry, or $10 for families, to help keep the exhibition afloat.
 
On top of the significant decline in corporate sponsorship and government support that necessitated last year’s request, this year the Australia Council did not renew their annual support of $100,000 for the Cottesloe exhibition provided for the last five years. 
 
With visitors donating just over $99,000 last year, organisers are hoping the public will again rally behind Sculpture by the Sea to donate $250,000 to replace the Australia Council funds. That contribution went towards artists and the financial bottom line last year, as well as the extra $50,000 required for COVID Marshalls, extra cleaning costs and other costs to comply with COVID-safe requirements. The event opens this weekend, running from 5-22 March 2021.

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