Sculpture in the Paddock was conceived by sculptors Al Phemister and Duncan Waugh as part of the 2013 YASSarts arts weekend.
In determining the location for the event YASSarts creator Kim Nelson enthusiastically recommended the National Trust property ‘Cooma Cottage’ just outside the the town of Yass, NSW. With its rolling hills and splendid visual curtilage, they all agreed the National Trust property was tailor-made for such an event.
Part of the impetus behind the project was the fact that the Yass Valley Shire boasts an unusually high proportion of sculptors – some of national and international standing. Veteran sculptor Rosemary Madigan, whose work features in state gallery collections; Michael le Grand, past head of Sculpture at ANU; Wendy Teakel, current head of Sculpture at ANU; David Jenz and Phil Spelman, whose work can be found in public spaces throughout Canberra and beyond, and Lee Tunks who runs ‘Man of Steel’ a company that specializes in contemporary architectural and sculptural metalwork – to name just a few. On top of this, the town of Yass boasts no less than four sculptures by iconic Australian sculptor, the late Tom Bass.
The success of the inaugural ‘Sculpture in the Paddock’ exhibition took everyone by surprise with extensive coverage through a range of media including exposure nationally via ABC 2 television. You can view this on Youtube
The hope is to now develop the project and to include a scholarship program for young up and coming sculptors.
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‘Sculpture in the Paddock’ 2017 will be officially opened on Friday 15th September, by Elizabeth Rogers, (CEO Regional Arts NSW). Opening at 6.15. Paddock open from 5.30 to view the Sculptures.
MC: Helen Musa Arts Journalist and Critic
The judges for 2017 are:
Jenni Kemarre Martiniello
Mariana del Castillo