Sculpture in the Park Urunga returns Sunday January 15th.
This year’s event has been co-ordinated by David Southgate, Arts Co-ordinator of Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce (UMCC) – part of UMCC’s ART Urunga activities.
The riverside parkland and reserve with its sound stage, adjacent to the Urunga Heads Holiday Park, is ideal for public exhibitions, performances and displays. This, the fourth event, will comprise works of sculpture that will be displayed by participating artists. The works will be placed along the public pathways for easy viewing. Last event (January 2016) there were more than 35 sculptors work exhibited.
As an added interest, the 2017 event will again have a theme for all sculptors to follow in their work. The 2017 theme is for artists to demonstrate environmental awareness and sustainability in their concepts, and or through the use of recycled materials.
A sculpture from the 2016 Sculptures in the Park
“The sculptors and artists who have supported this event since its first trial event are predominantly from our shire and its neighbours although we are getting a few entries from further afield” said David.
“Without the sculptor’s willingness to participate, we would have no event. They have to turn up in the early morning, erect and display their work, then take it all down at the end of the day. I am very grateful that it is all done so willingly with a variety of works that never fails to amaze me”.
Through sponsorship from local business, NCHP and Bellingen Shire Council, the prize money in the combined categories is just over $2000- which is some incentive for the participants.
Most pieces are for sale. In each of the last two years there has been $4000- worth of sculpture sold and hopefully the same sales will be achieved again this year.
“On average we have about forty participants, with each sculptor allowed to enter three pieces in any combination of categories. This includes a small sculpture category,Sponsored by BSC. A public choice prize, sponsored by Affirmations Publishing House. A youth/ under 18yrs category, sponsored by Solar Depot Bellingen. The runner up open prize, sponsored by UMCC and the grand prize sponsored by the combined local Urunga businesses. There are many other businesses, volunteers and services who all contribute to make the day a success,”explained David.
This year’s judges are Shan Black who has a long career as a practicing artist, Teacher, Gallery owner and Arts Administrator on the Mid North Coast, and Jeremy Sheehan, who is head teacher of Visual Arts at the Coffs Harbour Southern Cross Arts Campus.
There will be food and beverages for sale and a variety of live musical performances will take place on the stage during the event, from 11.00am—to –2.00 pm, including The Jug Addicts, and Brett Iggulden and the Night Hawks.
The event will be free to the public. A wonderful family day out.