2nd April – 26th April 2021
Hart’s Mill Port Adelaide
Meet the sculptors
Over 450 tonnes of sand will be intricately carved into 16 beautiful sand sculptures over 16 days by 9 Australian and 3 International sand sculpting artists.
Anne Marie has been a professional ice sculptor since 2012, and after her formal traditional sculptural
training at the National Art School in Sydney (2007) and The City & Guilds of London Art School in the
UK (2008) she sculpted and trained in various institutions including the British Museum and Madame
Tussauds, London before moving into the niche ephemeral art practice of ice carving.
Anne Marie is currently based in Australia and works internationally on large-scale ice projects, from
Norway to Alaska.
In 2018, Anne Marie diversified into sand sculpting and volunteered her time at Sandstorm Events
sand sculpting project in Port Noarlunga – she really enjoyed transferring her ice carving skills across
to the sand. She and is continuing to explore this umbrella of ephemeral arts and loves working on the
sand sculpting projects around Australia.
Anne Marie has a fascination with the beauty of non-permanence, as art of this nature is more in the
here and now.
Jakub started his sand sculpting career on the beaches of Southern Spain in 2004. After 18 months honing his sculpting skills on the beach he attended his first sand sculpting Festival in Portugal. Since then he has participated in festivals and competitions all around the World. He is a sought-after sand sculptor for his ability to carve exceptionally fine detail and forced perspective in the sand. He enjoys following the sun with his profession – and for the past 6 years has worked on Sandstorm Events summer sand sculpting projects.
Jim has been involved in sand sculpting projects, workshops and using sand as form of communication since 2000. He finds that is stretches him, challenges him, taught him about patience, acceptance, the temporary nature of things and much about himself. He finds sand sculpting a wonderful practice that talks to the 8-year old as quickly as the 80-year old.
He has been honing his skills as a sculptor over the past 12 years on Sandstorm Events Australian Sand Sculpting projects – and loves to run children’s workshops to share his love of this art form.
Born in Holland, came to Australia 34 years. He has worked in the Film/TV & Entertainment Industry for over 20 years, including Promotions and Special Events.
Starting off in Australia as a watercolour artist, prop maker, sculptor/scenic artist he but became progressively more involved in concept and design.
Over the past 15 years his time has been divided between working as an Interior Designer specialising in theming for Clubs, Party Centres, Cinemas, Restaurants, shopping centres and sculpting projects. When at home Jino divides his time with renovating his studio house and his private residence, gardening, and working on a series of oil paintings.
What started as a one off sandsculpture in 1992 for the Sydney City Council in the Rocks has unfolded into a prominent career in the Australian sand sculpting industry. Jino has worked for Sandstorm Events on over 20 large scale Sand Sculpting Exhibitions and over 75 smaller installations over the past 12 years.
Jino has won the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships in 2014 & 2015 and places in 2013, 2016, 2017 and is the current 2020 title holder
Julian lives and work in Melbourne as a freelance sculptor making toys, collectibles and gaming miniatures. Nowadays, all of the prototyping and design projects that come his way are digital, but his memories of a time when everything was done in clay, wax, silicone and resin have enticed him to re-enter the real world of sculpting, using real-world materials.
In 2018 Julian volunteered at Sandstorm Events Sand Sculpting Exhibition in Frankston and he was hooked. Sculpting in sand is a new and exciting challenge for Julian. As a member of the Sandstorm Team he enjoys his sand sculpting assignments and projects as sculpting by the tonne is a welcome change from pushing pixels around on a screen.
Esenarro has been creating sculptures over the past 20 years, he has chosen ceramics as his medium for its unique beauty and strength.
Esenarro was born in Colombia and is based in Melbourne, Australia since 2011.
With a background in graphic design and illustration Peter started carving in sand at Sand Sculpting Australia’s 2006 event at Rye. He learned quickly, and used the experience as a springboard into other sand projects. Since then Peter has worked steadily around Australia at festivals, events, shopping centres and smaller corporate jobs. He has also worked on international sand sculpting projects in New Zealand, Egypt, Singapore and the Maldives.
Peter place 3 rd in the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships in 2016.
Peter has enjoyed creating small sand sculptures on the beach for over twenty years.
In 2009 his wife arranged a wonderful birthday gift for him – volunteering on a Sandstorm Events large scale sand sculpting exhibition – to allow him to expand his skills in this medium. While working on this project in Rye with 20 world class sculptors – his love of this art form was cemented.
He was given the opportunity as the wild card entrant in the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships in the 2013 competition to sculpt his first 10-ton block of sand – solo. In 2018 Peter achieved third prize for his sculpture “Catch of the day “- his abilities as a sculptor are going from strength to strength.
David Billings is a Professional Sand Sculptor from Canada. David Billings has been sculpting on sand projects globally since 1991, including in countries Canada, United States, Russia, China, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Australia, India, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Finland, Germany, Korea and Denmark. He creates sand sculptures, some of which are for competitions, but typically annual sand sculpture park projects.
Hanneke began sand sculpting in 2002 as a hobby while studying interior design. Upon graduation, she began working in an architecture office but the call of nature and making things was too tempting. It was this calling that made her leap at the opportunity to work on a project.
Ever since then, she’s been working with sand at various festivals, competitions,
commercial jobs and trying to raise three children on the side: what a life!
Working as a sand sculptor had taken Hanneke to a number of interesting places and provided her with awe inspiring adventures such as spending a night on the Great Wall of China and under the stars in the Aussie outback. Hanneke has travelled across the globe and taken a number of competition titles.