Lana Tyacke with her piece from the 2008 Sculpture Symposium.
Lana Tyacke with her piece from the 2008 Sculpture Symposium.

Sculpture competition shapes up

WITH just four weeks to go before applications close for this year’s Southern Downs Sculpture Symposium, sculptors near and far are being called to get their entries in.

Sculpture Symposium creative director Paul Stumkat said interest from fellow sculptors has continued to gain momentum over the years.

“This will be our third Sculpture Symposium in the Southern Downs region and although it is bi-annual the time has come around fast,” Mr Stumkat said.

“We have received applications from across Australia and overseas. I would like to see more Queensland applications and in particular areas closer to home.

“Each symposium has grown in strength, and this year we have moved from the traditional July over to September. The symposium kicks off on Saturday, September 4 and our theme is Sculpture in Spring.”

Program highlights include five guest sculptors and up to 20 participating sculptors from across Australia and overseas, sculpture workshops, coffee art demonstrations, the creative school programs plus the Sculptors Art in the Park Festival and Art Auction on the final Sunday with the Warwick Potters coming on board with the Spring Markets at Leslie Park.

Warwick-based Tanamerah Sandstone will once again provide the sandstone, and Mr Stumkat hopes the Granite Belt will embrace the event and come forward with a community application.

“We are keen to select a piece of granite with help from the Stanthorpe cousins for a sculptor to work with,” he said.

“I will also be investigating marble to add an extra element to the scope of the symposium.”

The symposium will continue to encourage the schools to get involved in the Creative School Program.

Event co-ordinator Leanne de Toerkenczy wants to see all Southern Downs primary and secondary schools include the program in their curriculum.

“We deliberately set the date to coincide with school dates, with our last day being the commencement of school holidays,” she said.

All students get to take a piece of limestone or sandstone back to school as a momentum.

For more information please call 0418 790 215.



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