The Walcha Sculpture Symposium brings artists and viewers together

A unique opportunity to observe the creative process of professional artists working on outdoor sculpture will be made available to the public during the first Walcha Sculpture Symposium which begins on  Monday September 10.

Five invited artists will arrive in Walcha  to set up the day before, and each will begin working with timber to create a sculpture during the seven-day event. The resulting artworks will then become permanent additions to Walcha’s notable Open Air Gallery.

This permanent public outdoor exhibition of artworks and sculptures currently consists of 52 works by local, national and international artists, installed in the Walcha street-scape. 

The artists selected for the symposium are: Caz Haswell and Dale Miles, from Sydney;  Nameer Davis and  Barbara Penrose from Brisbane and Matt Pilkington from Armidale. 

A series of events will take place over the week-long Walcha Sculpture Symposium including a dinner on Tuesday, September 11, at which the artists will speak. On Thursday, Sept 13 from 2 pm there will be a free Open Studio at the showground where the sculptures are being created.  Group Guided tours of the Open Air Gallery can also be arranged for this day if booked prior with Walcha Tourism. 

Walcha Gallery of Art will hold an exhibition opening of previous works from the selected professional sculptors on Friday, September 14.

On Saturday, September 15 there will be a quality Makers Market held in conjunction with the Walcha Farmers Market at McHattan Park.  Public guided tours of the Open Air Gallery will also be available.  An exhibition of the newly created sculptures will take place at the showground after the markets to close the event.

For more information contact the Walcha Tourism Information centre.