Sculpture on the Farm event to be held exclusively online for 2021 as COVID restrictions scuttle live event

COVID has scuttled many planned events across the shire once again but Sculpture on the Farm 2021 will go ahead - exclusively online - in October.

While the event will not be held at the beautiful Fosterton farm as in previous years, it will still showcase 150 sculptures by 73 Australian sculptors: 75 intimate indoor works and 75 garden and outdoor works.

Sculpture on the Farm Inc Chair Philippa Graham said from mid-September, no matter where you are, you will be able to view the online catalogue, simply by visiting the Sculpture on the Farm website.

"It's really exciting," said Mrs Graham.

"While no one will be actually coming to Dungog the event will still be showcasing Dungog."

Art lovers will have two weeks to review the online catalogue in preparation for the Sculpture on the Farm online sales launch event on Friday, October 1.

Each day of the 10-day online exhibition from October 1 to 10 at 5.00pm another prize winner will be announced.

"This will be followed on many days with a video presentation by a sculptor and a question and answer session over Zoom," said Mrs Graham.

Mrs Graham said the committee was committed to maintaining the event's reputation of promoting the sculptors.

"We also want to profile Dungog and that's what we are aiming to do," she said.

We also want to profile Dungog and that's what we are aiming to do

Philippa Graham

By casting a vote in the People's Choice Awards online, you will be eligible to win one of the two vouchers for an Akubra hat.

Winners will be announced on Sunday, October 10 at 5.00pm.

Sculpture on the Farm will also continue its tradition of donating an artworks to the Dungog Shire - this year there will be two works acquired and donated, one to the shire and one to the Dungog Common.

The Dungog Common is home to Bob Teasdale's work Entwined and also to an imposing ephemeral sculpture by Newcastle artist Gavin Vitullo.

Sculpture on the Farm was the recipient of a $3000 Create NSW Grant which was used to engage Vitullo in April this year.

After a hike and conversation with guide and local biking enthusiast Allen Shrimpton, Vitullo fixed his gaze upon a naturally occurring stone void in the bed of a stream nearby as the catalyst for his creation.

After a short walk along Common Creek opposite Gate 4, you will encounter "A Thought is a Ripple" in the Dungog Common.

You can view the works on the website, Instagram and Facebook.

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