This Writing Life: Sculpture on the Farm 2019

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Sculpture on the Farm is an art exhibition and competition held at ‘Fosterton’, an idyllic grazing property north of Dungog in New South Wales, and a partner event to the Dungog Festival. What a brilliant way to bring art lovers and tourists to the area! And with the major prize-winning artwork being acquired by Dungog Shire, everyone will be able to enjoy the winner’s sculpture into the future.

This is the second year Sculpture on the Farm has been run. Thanks to being stuck in hospital, I was hugely disappointed to miss last year’s inaugural show and was determined to make it this year. Dungog is only an hour or so drive north of Newcastle, and a lovely little town nestled in the foothills below the glorious Barrington Tops. No matter what the art was like, I was guaranteed gorgeous scenery and a terrific day out.

Last year’s exhibition attracted over 2,000 visitors. Given the stream of cars headed up Fosterton Road to the farm, the wonderfulness of the art on offer and the overall excellence of our experience, I have no doubt this has been well-exceeded this year. I’ll have to make a note to go early next year and beat the crowds.

As with so many rural events, this was run by volunteers and they did a great job. Everything was smooth from the parking to the ticket-buying to the easy to navigate layout.

Make Sculpture on the Farm a must-see for next year. If it’s anything like this year’s event, you’ll love it.

Here are some of our piccies from the day. Enjoy!

Sculpture on the Farm. Dusty Days in the Saddle by Sam Anderson.

Dusty Days in the Saddle by Sam Anderson. This was Jim and my favourite.

Sculpture on the Farm. Sticky Fleece by Greg Salter.

Sticky Fleece by Greg Salter. Some of you may remember a photo I took of a monster fleece in the National Museum of Australia that came from a sheep nicknamed Shrek. The sheep had been left unshorn for years and was in a terrible state when found. The artist has taken the idea of Shrek’s fleece and what wondered what would happen if you could pull objects out of it like a magician’s hat, with the strangest thing being… a donut! I loved this one. It was incongruous and funny.

Sculpture on the Farm. The Theatre of the Shadow by Peter Tilley.

This was the winning sculpture – The Theatre of the Shadow by Peter Tilley. The photograph doesn’t do it justice. It was amazing!

Sculpture on the Farm. Big Old Buck by Tobias Bennett.

Another favourite – Big Old Buck by Tobias Bennett. He looked so proud in his landscape. He even had metal goolies!

Sculpture on the Farm. Waiting for Rain by Jimmy Rix.

Waiting for Rain by Jimmy Rix. This was rather poignant, in particular when it was displayed next to the farm’s rain gauge.

Sculpture on the Farm. The Mob by Catie Sully.

The Mob by Catie Sully. This was huge fun. Like a mob of teenage boys racing off to do mischief.

Sculpture on the Farm. Selfie Girl by Laurent Rivory.

Selfie Girl by Laurent Rivory. “A parody of the self-obsessed, complete with hair extensions, filler lips, Brazillian butt lift and fake eyelashes.”

Sculpture on the Farm. Dance Around the Moon by Inge King.

Dance Around the Moon by Inge King (1915-2016). This could be yours for $75,000.

Sculpture on the Farm. Flowers of Glass by Lynden Jacobi.

Loved these flowers made of old plates. They were so happy! Flowers of Glass by Lynden Jacobi.

Sculpture on the Farm. Heart to Heart by Amanda Harrison.

Heart to Heart by Amanda Harrison “explores friendship, sharing and always being there to listen. Good friends are to be treasured, with joy and grace.” I think this sculpture reflects this perfectly.

Sculpture on the Farm. The Next Generation by Rod Buckland.

Another favourite. The Next Generation by Rod Buckland.

Sculpture on the Farm. Emergent by Bridget Whitehead.

Emergent by Bridget Whitehead. A lovely limestone carving representing a seed that pushes into the ground before emerging upward.

Sculpture on the Farm. Posed by Nicole O’Regan.

Posed by Nicole O’Regan. I liked the animation in this one.

Sculpture on the Farm. Topiarius by Carolyn Rendle.

Topiarius by Carolyn Rendle.

Seed I, II and III by Natalie Duncan. “You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars.”

Sculpture on the Farm. Fore by Gary Boote.

Fore by Gary Boote. One for golf lovers (like us).

Sculpture on the Farm. Much Like Life by Tobias Bennett.

Much Like Life by Tobias Bennett. “Much like life, the universe and everything, there is no beginning or end. Everything is connected in time and space.”

Sculpture on the Farm. Isle of Flowers by Lynden Jacobi.

Isle of Flowers by Lynden Jacobi.

Sculpture on the Farm. Surface Tension by Keith Chidzey.

Surface Tension by Keith Chidzey. This was almost creepy, as if the timber and steel hand was just waiting for a lightning strike to bring it to life.

Sculpture on the Farm. Rowers by David Perkins.

Rowers by David Perkins. This was cute. The rowers move on the breeze or if touched lightly.

Sculpture on the Farm. Chess Set by Gary Boote.

Chess Set by Gary Boote. Made out of mesh bins!

Sculpture on the Farm. The Butterfly Effect by Amanda Harrison.

Had to laugh at this sculpture. The Butterfly Effect by Amanda Harrison.

Sculpture on the Farm. Villanelle by Nigel Dobson.

Villanelle by Nigel Dobson. I liked how this stood out in the landscape.

Sculpture on the Farm. Earth Cry by Keith Chidzey.

Earth Cry by Keith Chidzey. A beautiful sculpture carved out of Huon pine.

Sculpture on the Farm. Sir and Madame Leather by Ren Thackham.

Loved these! Sir and Madame Leather by Ren Thackham. Instead of animals being made into coats, the artist has made coats into animals. So clever.

Sculpture on the Farm. Bush Spirit II by Jane Dawson.

Bush Spirit II by Jane Dawson. “Bronze for strength, its form suggests a movement forward, clothed in the iconic Akubra and Driza-Bone for shelter against the elements, all reference the Spirit of the Bush.”

Sculpture on the Farm. Sirens by Kim Elliot.

Sirens by Kim Elliot. Beautiful.

Sculpture on the Farm. Horse’s Ass by Felicity Cavanagh.

Horse’s Ass by Felicity Cavanagh. Right up my alley.

Sculpture on the Farm. La Foglia by Emilia Krumm.

La Foglia by Emilia Krumm.

Sculpture on the Farm. Malus by Natalie Duncan.

Malus by Natalie Duncan. “malus is the genus the common apple belongs to. This work explores the Garden of Eden tale, and the relationship of Eve and the snake; forever bound together in their crime, the downfall of mankind.”

Sculpture on the Farm. Left, Right, Left by Ionas Kaltenbach.

Left, Right, Left by Ionas Kaltenbach.

Sculpture on the Farm. Maximus by Rod Buckland.

Maximus by Rod Buckland. “This piece was inspired by my late father-in-law Max. Braford bulls are strong and quiet in nature which encapsulates Max. He is mounted on a worn stair tread which represents his footsteps in life.” Lovely and poignant.

Sculpture on the Farm. Besos by Sallie Portnoy.

Besos by Sallie Portnoy. The photo doesn’t do justice to the colours. They were stunning.

Sculpture on the Farm. The Fox and the Moon Stick by Michael Garth.

The Fox and the Moon Stick by Michael Garth. “… an Aesop’s fable yet to be written.”

Sculpture on the Farm. Much Like Water by Tobias Bennett.

Much Like Water by Tobias Bennett.

Sculpture on the Farm. A Long Walk Home by Sam Anderson.

Another favourite. A Long Walk Home by Sam Anderson.

Sculpture on the Farm. The Vision by Ian Scott.

We adored these. The Vision by Ian Scott. “In The Vision, people are staring at something in the sky.” Except it looked like they were staring at us in wonder. What fun!

Sculpture on the Farm. Ginkgo Tree by Rudi Jass.

Ginkgo Tree by Rudi Jass, a kinetic sculpture. I liked how this was placed in a paddock on its own, with the hills as backdrop.

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Which is your favourite Sculpture on the Farm?

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6 thoughts on “This Writing Life: Sculpture on the Farm 2019

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      It was a wonderful event, Marilyn. I’ve now been told that it’ll be biennial, which will make it even bigger and better I suspect.
      I loved The Mob. It really did look like a bunch of boys racing off on an adventure. Great fun.
      Thanks so much for dropping by!

  1. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    What a great day out that must have been! I loved each photo and wow, kudos to the artists! Hard to pick just one but I do love the kangaroos on the bikes.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      The kangaroos were a lot of fun, Sue. I wish I could have taken better photos of them to show the sheer exuberance of the sculpture.
      It was a great day out. The event is now scheduled to be biennial. I’m marking my diary for sure.
      Thanks for checking the piccies out and glad you enjoyed them.

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