Sculp­ture comp en­ters 13th year

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

The over­whelm­ing suc­cess and large num­ber of en­tries in last year’s Vic­to­rian Farm Sculp­ture Com­pe­ti­tion has en­sured the event will go ahead again this year.

The 13th an­nual event will fea­ture at the Wim­mera Ma­chin­ery Field Days in March.

Field days man­ager Mur­ray Wil­son wel­comed Ace Ra­dio on board for an­other year as the ma­jor spon­sor.

“Ace Ra­dio has been sup­port­ing this com­pe­ti­tion since in­cep­tion, prov­ing its long stand­ing com­mit­ment to the farm sculp­ture com­pe­ti­tion and the Wim­mera Ma­chin­ery Field Days,” he said.

The com­pe­ti­tion will en­ter its 13th year in 2018 and gen­er­ally draws more than 40 en­tries from across the re­gion and in­ter­state.

“It is a pop­u­lar and suc­cess­ful fea­ture of the field days,” Mr Wil­son said.

He said the large num­ber of en­tries had given the com­pe­ti­tion an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand cat­e­gories over the years and at­tract new and in­no­va­tive de­signs.

Long-time en­trant and renowned sculp­tor Marty Knight, from Hor­sham, was the open win­ner in 2017 with his sculp­ture ‘Coat of Arms’.

“With sup­port from the Wim­mera Ma­chin­ery Field Days, Mr Knight took his win­ning sculp­ture to the Na­tional Farm Sculp­ture awards at the Spirit of the Land Fes­ti­val in Lock­hart, New South Wales in Oc­to­ber,” Mr Wil­son said.

“He was suc­cess­ful in win­ning the peo­ple’s choice award.

“This same Coat of Arms sculp­ture, along with Marty’s prize win­ning ‘Pea­cock’ sculp­ture which had suc­cess at the 2016 field days, have also been in­vited to en­ter the up­com­ing Brighton Pier Sculp­ture Com­pe­ti­tion in Ade­laide this month.”

Mr Wil­son said he was pleased to see a lo­cal sculp­tor such as Mr Knight have suc­cess in­ter­state on more than one oc­ca­sion, as well as be recog­nised at other in­ter­state arts events.

“We know he has com­mit­ted to the Wim­mera Ma­chin­ery Field Days com­pe­ti­tion again in March and we look for­ward to his new cre­ation,” he said.

The 2018 Vic­to­rian Farm Sculp­ture com­pe­ti­tion of­fers $6000 in prize money, with the first prize win­ner tak­ing home $2500.

En­tries are now be­ing taken, with all farm sculp­tures to go on dis­play at the 2018 Wim­mera Ma­chin­ery Field Days on March 6, 7 and 8.

En­try forms and con­di­tions can be down­loaded from the Wim­mera Ma­chin­ery Field Days web­site, wim­mer­afield­days.com.au or by call­ing the of­fice on 5384 7210 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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