The 2021 Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival is adapting to current circumstances and will become an online event this for year.
Finalists had already been selected for exhibition at this year’s festival when NSW was plunged progressively into lockdown from late June. Rather than deprive the community of the fantastic collection of works that had come together, the organisers decided to run an online version.
According to Curator Wendy Black, the range of pieces on display will be better than ever, and there are a number of exciting exhibitors including well-established figures on the sculpture scene, previous prizewinners and some interesting new and emerging artists.
‘The sculptures include abstract, figurative, representational and hyper-realistic works using a wide variety of materials such as steel, wood, stone, bronze, fibreglass and woven fibres,’ she said.
From September 1, sculpture lovers will be able to view and download an online catalogue of the works, and make arrangements to purchase them with the event’s Sales Coordinator (viewing in person may also be possible if circumstances allow). The festival has reduced its usual commission to maximise the income for the artists.
The Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival is the longest-running regional outdoor sculpture exhibition in Australia. It celebrates contemporary sculpture in all its forms, from sophisticated, modernist art works to more whimsical and ephemeral pieces.
The festival has become a prominent event in the arts calendar of NSW. Last year over 160 sculptures were displayed in four indoor galleries, two vineyards and throughout the scenic landscape of the Wollombi Valley. A similar number were planned for this year from over 300 entries.
The festival is supported by Cessnock City Council, the Wollombi Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Wollombi Valley Progress Association, the Wollombi Valley Tennis Club and the Wollombi Valley Arts Council. Many local businesses and individual volunteers are also involved and make a crucial contribution to its operation.
2022 marks the 20th year of the festival, and the organisers look forward to a huge celebration next year.
PHOTOS – SOME OF THIS YEAR’S FINALISTS
- Voices at Dawn ll by Harrie Fasher (bronze, steel, concrete)
- Spirali Ligna by Ross Farrelly (Autralian hardwood, sandstone)
- Upbeat by Jenny Green (painted steel)