Art festival seeking inspired creations
The Kimbolton Sculpture Festival is at the exciting fruition stage and its organisers are putting a call out for people to get involved in the new event.
The festival will be held in April 2018 and will celebrate rural New Zealand with sculpture, art, music and awards.
Spokesperson Paula Allen said it was about invoking the spirit of the land to create outstanding rural sculptures.
‘‘This is a beautiful part of the world and we want to create something special to here and encourage other creatives to our region.’’
The idea was formed when a bunch of locals got together at the hall, ‘‘inspired by a group of cockies in Australia who were making some pretty impressive things out of bits and pieces found on the farm’’.
They looked at the Spirit of the Land Festival in Lockhart, Australia, and thought, ‘‘why not do that here?’’.
The festival will focus on exploring what can be made with recyclables you might find down the back paddock or in the shed.
Allen said seven different awards had been put in place to encourage a whole range of people.
‘‘So, established artists from throughout New Zealand, anybody
‘‘What we need now is for people to register their interest.’’ Paula Allen
who is a farmer or has been a farmer or has made their living off the land.
‘‘Locally, there is an award for people who live in a 30-kilometre radius of Kimbolton and there is a junior award too.
‘‘We really want the schools to get involved as well.
‘‘What we need now is for people to register their interest or put in an entry and we are also looking for sponsorship.’’
Other things planned for the day include food trucks and stalls, a bar, an art exhibition of local artists, creative activities for kids, vintage car, pony and tractor rides, horse-drawn carriage trips, live music and a range of demonstrations.
A Top Town competition will also see six local teams competing in old fashioned games.
For more information go to: https://www.ruralart.nz/
Terry Hawkins, the owner of the Kimbolton Garage, dabbles in art made out of old horse shoes. His work will fit right in at the Kimbolton Sculpture Festival.