Delivering creative opportunity through arts in the region is just one of the aims of the annual Wellington Art and Sculpture Festival.
Now in its fifth year, the two day Festival has grown rapidly since its conception.
Wellington Arts Centre president Lisa Thomas said this year there will be a range of local and regional artists displaying their fascinating, weird and inspirational sculptures.
“A humble beginning was first created by like minded people who saw a simple yet classy 'Open Garden' day theme turn into a source of annual entertainment,” she said.
“The festival has grown rapidly in capacity for both exhibitors and those seeking to explore the talents of our vibrant and eclectic artists, musicians and craftspeople.”
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To be held from September, 1 to 2, organisers expect in excess of 800 visitors over the weekend, who will come to enjoy the artists talents on display, while taking in fine foods, local produce, artisan fares and the relaxing atmosphere of Hermitage Hill Retreat.
“Wellington has an abundance of hidden talent which needs the instigation of events like this festival to bring opportunity in a non judgemental way for artistic expression,” Ms Thomas said.
“As time progresses we are seeing more adventurous works emerging and Wellington Arts will continue to support and explore avenues for all genre of artistic talent to have a space to showcase and display talents.”
A new category this year is the Farmer’s Sculpture Challenge.
Ms Thomas said we are all aware the impact the drought is having on our farmers.
“Many farmers are very able and practical and resourceful folk, so we hope to provide some light relief in encouraging them to show there skills and knock up a sculpture or two,” she said.
“Maybe they will weave a wig from bailing twine or make a birds nest with wire or even a Viking helmet from hubcaps. Judging over the two days is done by the visitors, so the more family and friends you bring the potential for more votes.”
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Visitors will be entertained by an acrobatic performance from ‘Gravity and Other Myths’ on the Saturday evening.
“The acrobatics of these fit and hot bodied team will keep you spell bound as they fling, throw and thrust each other on a small stage with the audience up close and personal,” Ms Thomas said.
Then on the Sunday there will be live music, artisan stalls, workshops and more.
More information is available from www.wellingtonarts.org.au