Art fes­ti­val seek­ing in­spired cre­ations

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Rural - CARLY THOMAS

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.

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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.

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