Symposium brings stone ‘to life’
Using a block of Hinuera stone, a hammer and a chisel along with a bit of creativity can deliver some incredible results – as seen at the Matamata Sculpture Symposium each year.
Between Monday, March 5 and Friday, March 16 about 20 sculptors from around the country will gather for at Railside Green for the symposium which is in its 23rd year.
Registrations are still open for all beginners, intermediate and advanced sculptors.
All Hinuera stone will be supplied and can be bought on the day at the event.
Symposium president Anthony van den Berg encourages people to register and have a go – even if they have never done so before.
Sculptor Ashley Grant will run a two-day weekend workshop on March 10 and 11 for those who want to try sculpting for the first time.
‘‘People can come along and try it at the workshop or register for the entire event.
Everyone is free whatever they like.
Mr van den Berg said there
to make was a variety of rock sizes available so if people wanted to use smaller pieces they might decide to make two sculptures.
‘‘The workshop will teach basic techniques using basic hand tools,’’ he said.
‘‘Often people come with the ideas and we help them create the third dimension.
‘‘Sculpting is a form of creating something into a piece of art – being able to bring it to life – and of course it is a lovely way to pass time.’’
The sculptors will be busy at Railside Green for the two weeks, Monday to Friday, during working hours.
Last year the symposium organisers initiated the people’s choice award which was presented to Terry Parker for a large bird and the award is included again this year.
To conclude the event, on Saturday, March 17, all the pieces will be auctioned on site.
For registration forms please see www.matamatanz. co.nz
Ready to sculpt: Committee members from left Robyn Gordon, Anthony van den Berg and Karin Barr are preparing for their annual sculpture symposium in March.