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The Sculpture on the Farm Event...

Dungog Chronicle
29 October 2019

Left: The Sculpture on the Farm event drew 2000 visitors

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More than 2000 people trekked to beautiful Fosterton over the October long weekend for the Sculpture on the Farm event.

Committee Chair Philippa Graham said the committee was so grateful to the mayor, Tracy Norman for officially opening the exhibition.

"Her warmth and enthusiasm was infectious as she regaled the gathered throng with her advocacy for Dungog and its people," said Mrs Graham.

"It was just so exciting to see so many local Dungog Shire people out at Fosterton enjoying wandering around the paddocks and gardens to see the 120 sculptures, large and small.

"Thank you all so much for coming."

International and interstate visitors joined the many people who made the trip from Sydney, as well as from across the Hunter region.

The three judges were Julian Beaumont OAM, Kevin Norton and Coralie Nichols..

Mrs Graham sad the SOF committee looks forward to announcing the location for the new Acquisitive Prize winner, 'Theatre of the Shadow' by Newcastle artist Peter Tilley.

Kay Sheeley won the Local Dungog Shire Artist Prize for her work 'Equilibrium'. This prize was sponsored by Burns Earth Moving and Studio La Primitive.

The tear away winner of the Children's Choice Award, 'Sticky Fleece' was Newcastle sculptor Greg Salter, sponsored by Sculpture on the Farm Inc.

Narcissus Reflecting' by Hugh McLachlan was the recipient of the RUPIO Prize for Metallurgical Excellence sponsored by Philippa and John Graham, in memory of Philippa's parents Rupert and Io Myers.

'Discarded' by Shannon Stone won the Innovation Prize made possible by the generosity of Susan and Brett Lewis and The Bloomfield Group. Carolyn Rendle's work 'Scents of Self' won the Indoor Prize sponsored by The Sculptors Society of NSW.

The Farmers Warehouse the 20-seater free bus ran Saturday and Sunday bringing people from the Dungog Visitor Information Centre out to Fosterton and back into town.

Mrs Graham said the SOF committee is particularly grateful for the local support and sponsorship.

This included Julia and Chris Wokes, Farmers Warehouse, Julian and Joan Hodges, Brett and Susan Lewis, The Bloomfield Group, The Sculptors Society of NSW, Ray White Rural Lifestyle Dungog and Hard's Property Services.

"The Dungog community really got behind Sculpture on the Farm, it was really wonderful," said Mrs Graham.

The Dungog community really got behind Sculpture on the Farm, it was really wonderful

Philippa Graham

"John and I were thrilled to welcome so many enthusiastic visitors to 'Fosterton'."

Volunteers provided the catering for the gala opening, the traffic control, parking management and refreshments.

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