David is the Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea which is staged annually on Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia and the Bondi to Tamarama coast walk in NSW. The Bondi exhibition began in 1997 and has grown to become the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world attracting an estimated 500,000 visitors over 3 weeks each year to view over 100 sculptures by artists from across the world.
Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe began in 2005 and has grown into the second largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world attracting an estimated 215,000 visitors each year.
In 2009 the first international exhibition of Sculpture by the Sea was held in the City of Aarhus, Denmark under the Patronage of The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark. This exhibition is one of the largest and most popular art events staged biannually in Denmark, the next one to be held in 2013.
David is on the Board of the International Sculpture Centre (USA). He has Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees from the University of Sydney and a Master of Law from Kings College, University of London.
David was recently named the 2010 Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year for NSW and the ACT.
Sculpture by the Sea Tactile Tours
David Handley, Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea and David Doyle, Executive Director of DADAA Inc. will present images and stories from people who were able to experience the Sculpture by the Sea annual exhibition for the first time this year, discussing the impact of being encouraged to participate and be included in a large scale public event.
Facilitating discovery through dialogue and touch, the Tactile Tours were designed to introduce visitors with disabilities to a new experience with contemporary sculpture. Participants were taken on a guided tour through the exhibition by experienced DADAA and Art Gallery of Western Australia guides and encouraged to engage with a selection of sculptures located in accessible areas along the Cottesloe beach precinct.