Sculpture Bermagui to turn town into artists' paradise

CREATIVE TOWN: Sculpture Bermagui's president Paul Payten, secretary Jac Sloane, vice-president Pauline Balos and committee member Tim Whitaker are busy organising for the art event.

CREATIVE TOWN: Sculpture Bermagui's president Paul Payten, secretary Jac Sloane, vice-president Pauline Balos and committee member Tim Whitaker are busy organising for the art event.

You will soon have the chance to walk around the beautiful coastal setting of Bermagui while gazing at magnificent sculptures.

Sculpture Bermagui will be held from March 3-13 and aims to host large sculptural pieces on Dickinson Point, Dickinson Park and around Horseshoe Bay.

The group’s president Paul Payten said, generally, going into a new phase in any situation was challenging in some way and this event was now facing its own.

“Will we draw a good audience? Can we find enough volunteers to manage the event in a practical and yet inspiring manner? Can we live up to the standard set over its previous life?” he said.  

“These questions could make sleep difficult for the management team, rest assured.” 

But Mr Payten said support was growing from various sections of the local community and beyond, with the prize and awards list looking healthy with over $21,000 to be won.

There are even limited funds to subsidise transports costs for large works of selected artists.

Bega Valley Yuin elders will take an active role in the program with a sculptural installation that interprets how the Bermagui headland was used and its part in their ancestral heritage. The aim of this is to encourage a broader understanding of Koori culture, Mr Payten said. 

Also, a new connection is being forged between sculpture and original music.

Araluen-based group The String Contingent will collaborate with several sculptors to create original musical interpretations of their pieces.

Its compositions will be performed at dusk during the closing ceremony on Dickinson Point.

Artists are welcome to put themselves forward to be selected as part of this unique project.

“Artists are at our core, as an organisation and as a society as a whole,” Mr Payten said.  

“If you have a sculpture and not exhibited before, or have not done so in our amazing setting, maybe 2017 is your year.

“Bermagui is the cultural hub of the Bega Valley and visitors have come to recognise that art in many forms thrives here.

“In fact, if you are not selected for the main exhibitions, there will be the opportunity for some to exhibit their work at Artspace in a Salon des Refusés – art is valuable in many forms.” 

The closing date for artists’ submissions is January 16. 

For more information, visit www.sculpturebermagui.org.au. To contact Mr Payten call 0466 013 153 or email admin@sculpturebermagui.org.au. 

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