Sym­po­sium back in Mata­mata

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

The Mata­mata Sculp­ture Sym­po­sium is set to kick off its 25th year at Rail­side by the Green on Mon­day.

The event at­tracts sculp­tors from across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty and is free for mem­bers of the pub­lic to at­tend.

People are en­cour­aged to stop and have a chat with the artists as they trans­form blocks of lo­cal Hin­uera stone.

Oa­maru stone will also fea­ture at the sym­po­sium for the first time this year.

Pres­i­dent Anthony van den Berg said the sym­po­sium was an op­por­tu­nity for sculp­tors of all ex­pe­ri­ence to come to­gether.

‘‘ More ex­pe­ri­enced sculp­tors help out the first­timers and let them know what to look for,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s the won­der­ful­ness of just the ca­ma­raderie and the help people give each other.’’

It is the long­est run­ning sculp­ture sym­po­sium in New Zealand and of­fers a weekend work­shop for any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing to sculpt, Mr van den Berg said.

The work­shop is tu­tored by Tau­ranga sculp­tor Ash­ley Grant and this year will run on March 8 and 9.

The art­works cre­ated dur­ing the two-week sym­po­sium will be auc­tioned off on Satur­day, March 15 at 11am.

People are in­vited to vote for their favourite sculp­ture in the last few days of the sym­po­sium, with the win­ner of the People’s Choice Award an­nounced at auc­tion day.

Last year’s win­ner was a hob­bit- themed sculp­ture cre­ated by lo­cal artist Caro­line Ma­son.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to enrol in the work­shop call Mr van den Berg on 027 958 1297.

ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Hob­bit-themed: Lo­cal artist Caro­line Ma­son was the win­ner of the People’s Choice Award at last year’s sym­po­sium.

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