The Australian Arts Corporation has opened its doors to public submissions in an exhibition on the rise of sand art in the United States, including one on “the importance of sand as a creative medium” in the US.
The exhibition opens on Tuesday, March 25 at the National Art Museum in Washington DC and runs until November 20.
Sand art has emerged as a key creative tool in contemporary art, from artists such as Frank Gehry, to contemporary artists such the French artist Georges Seurat, to filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino.
Sand is considered by many to be an excellent way to capture the energy of a scene, with a sense of place.
The AAC has a history of showcasing sand art, including the famous photo exhibition on sand in the 1940s, which went on to be the subject of the Oscar-winning film The Birth of a Nation.
“This exhibition is a reminder of the extraordinary breadth of Australian art history and its significance for the world,” the AAC said in a statement.
“It is an opportunity to celebrate the many facets of Australian culture, from its unique heritage and vibrant past to the global significance of Australian history and art.”
Sand art is not limited to Australia.
New Zealand is home to a Sand Art Gallery, and in the UK, the London School of Art’s Sand Art Exhibition, which runs until January 2019, has curated works from a variety of countries.
“The exhibition is also a way of showing how the Australian public has embraced sand art for decades, from art exhibitions in the 1960s and 1970s, to the opening of the first sand art exhibition in Australia in 1981,” the art museum said.