Artists share their work in competition

Will Maguire in his workshop . Picture: Perry Duffin
Will Maguire in his workshop . Picture: Perry Duffin

Support is building for Dungog’s inaugural sculpture exhibition, Sculpture on the Farm with entries coming in from across the Hunter.

Jane Richens was one of the first local sculptors to enthusiastically support this initiative with her entry.

Jane abandoned city life 10 years ago to live on, and conserve, her rainforested property in the foothills of the Barrringtons.

Not only was this a complete sea change in terms of lifestyle, but also in her artistic direction. She moved away from print based work and started creating sculptures, which she refers to as “botanical fictions”.

Made out of used fencing wire, old fence posts and hand-crafted felt, Jane’s structures represent local flowers and fungi. Her love of the local rainforest and its varied species inspires her artistic work.

Branxton blacksmith and sculptor, Will Maguire has entered three works. His intriguing and versatile creations in stainless steel, brass bronze, copper and timber, feature some very large sculptures, as well as smaller ones.

Will has been involved in community events, such as the community forging day in 2016, when he invited locals to participate in forging steel poppies to be part of a First World War memorial in Belgium.

In April this year Will won the Australian National University residency award for his sculpture “Contrary Man”.

Will Maguire's Tarcutta sculpture. Pic: Will Maguire

Will Maguire's Tarcutta sculpture. Pic: Will Maguire

More information from sculptureonthefarm.com

Local Sculptor Jane Richens with her work “Bouquet of Wild Flowers” entered in the inaugural "Sculpture on the Farm" to be held on the October long weekend.

Local Sculptor Jane Richens with her work “Bouquet of Wild Flowers” entered in the inaugural "Sculpture on the Farm" to be held on the October long weekend.