Les Sculptures Refusées Returns To Q Station for the second year in a row

For the second consecutive year, Q Station Manly will play host to Les Sculptures Refusées, a rebellious artist-led outdoor sculpture exhibition.

This annual sculpture exhibition will run from 20 October 2021 through to 27 January 2022.

If you’re any good at French you’ll notice the exhibition’s name translates roughly to “the rejected sculpture”. Les Sculptures Refusées supports artists that missed out on Bondi’s famed Sculpture by the Sea.  

Sarah FitzGerald ‘Crossing’ photographed by Aine Bennett

The public will be able to walk the historic Q Station site and 24 large-scale contemporary art works by some of Australia’s best sculptors. This doubles the number of works displayed in 2020.

The sculptures will be displayed across the vast grounds of Q Station. Many will stand over the rolling hills around the historic Glasshouse and with Sydney Harbour and CBD in the background. 

Les Sculptures Refusées will be one of the few outdoor sculpture exhibitions opening in NSW this year. With covid and lockdowns cancelling majority of the year’s events.

“We are extremely excited to again be increasing opportunities for artists to show their work in what has been a difficult year for the arts, ” added Co-Founders, Tania McMurtry and Simon Hodgson.

Tania McMurtry’s ‘The Shadow Lines’ photographed by Aine Bennett

The artists

The Artists for 2021 include the award-winning Akira Kamada and Orest Keywan plus Rosanna Goslett-King, Anna Dudek and Sarah FitzGerald. See the full list on the Les Sculptures Refusées website

During the course of the exhibition, Q Station will be keeping guests well fed and hydrated, with food and beverage offerings from its multiple onsite cafe, bar and restaurant venues including G&Tea House. 

“We are committed to bringing community life to the site and to welcoming visitors from all over Sydney (when that is possible) to this iconic Harbour Retreat,” said Suzanne Stanton, Director of Q Station.


Runs from 20 October 2021 to 27 January 2022. Entry and parking are free.  

Q Station Manly, 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly (within Sydney Harbour National Park) 

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