The inaugural Sculpture on the Farm event during the October long weekend’s Dungog Festival has been hailed a success.
More than 2000 people poured through the gates of John and Philippa Graham’s picturesque property at Fosteron to view the 100 sculptures by 51 artists from across Australia.
The idea for the event came from Philippa Graham – a dream which became a reality once a committee was formed and Sculpture on the Farm was incorporated as a non profit group.
Philippa and her husband John donated $10,000 so that Sculpture on the Farm could donate sculpture to the shire.
Sculpture on the Farm will donate Braddon Snape’s work Nothin’ but Sky back to the community, gifting it to Dungog Shire Council with a site for the artwork yet been determined.
“The feedback has just been unbelievable,” said Mrs Graham of the event.
“People have been so supportive, so appreciative. We had a sensational committee committed to excellence who were determined to create an successful event.
“It was just wonderful.”
Mrs Graham said the group’s goal was to acquire an artwork for each of the villages in the shire.
The Hilldale Union Church committee catered for the crowd, boosting their fund raising efforts and Annabella Rossini’s coffee cart, which supports education for women in Africa, provided the refreshments.
Dungog Rotary assisted on the gate, Dungog RFS members managed the parking and traffic controllers Ivan Skaines, Bruce Read, Pauline Cambourne, Sandra Benson and Kevin Leayr made sure entry and exit was smooth for motorists.
Farmers Warehouse sponsored a free shuttle bus to ferry people to and from the farm from Dowling Street.
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