Imagine sculpture in your living room
Art, like nature, will always find a way – a way to inspire, to enlighten, and to bring joy. It is the season for sculptures in the Hunter.
Dungog Sculpture on the Farm will be an online event this year. A total of 150 works, 75 indoor and 75 outdoor sculptures from 73 Australian artists have been selected by the curatorial team. The online catalogue will go live from mid September, online purchases can be made from 1 October.
Similar to the Wollombi Valley Festival, the organisers didn’t take the decision lightly. “It was all about the safety of the community,” says Philippa Graham, Chair of Dungog Sculpture on the Farm.
“There is however a definite silver lining in that our online exhibition will bring joy and artistic inspiration into people’s homes, well beyond the boundaries of rural Dungog. We hope to reach art lovers across Australia and even around the world with our carefully curated selection of sculptors.
“Watch out for our Insta and Facebook posts which will transport you to the farm at Fosterton and into the Dungog region. Our goal is to bring country life and Sculpture on the Farm to you via your computer screens and phones.
“We are thrilled that the announcement of our two acquisitive prizes, which Sculpture on the Farm will donate to Dungog Common and Dungog Shire Council for public display, will launch our online sales on 1 October.”
There are another seven prize categories, ranging from the RUPIO Prize for Metallurgical Excellence, to prizes for timber, kinetic and stone work and people’s choice awards for indoor and outdoor works, carrying a total of $34,000 to be awarded to the winning artists.
Selected by high-profile judges Gerry Bobsien, Director of Maitland Regional Art Gallery, and Steven Alderton, Director and CEO National Art School, Sydney, winners will be announced throughout the first week of October. Interactive online Sculptor Talks will be held from 1 – 10 October. These live sessions will be delving into the lives and art practice of several outstanding sculptors. “We can’t thank our donors, sponsors and volunteers enough,” Philippa says.
“Their generosity allowed us to establish the online exhibition and to support our sculptors.”
Visit sculptureonthefarm.com to view the full exhibition and to purchase online.