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Record number of sculptors participating in South Island’s premier sculpture event

17 October 2017

A record number of artists have been selected to participate in the South Island’s premier display of contemporary New Zealand sculpture.

Sculpture on the Peninsula will celebrate its 10th anniversary on November 10, 11 and 12, with more than 90 artworks displayed outdoors and in outbuildings at Loudon Farm in Teddington on Banks Peninsula.

The biennial event, established in 2000, attracts thousands of people over three days.

In keeping with the vision of its founder, the late Geoff Swinard, the event is designed to attract art and sculpture connoisseurs as well as individuals and families with a love of entertainment in the outdoors.

Loudon Farm provides broad scope for contributing sculptors with its numerous contoured land features, sheds, farm buildings, verandahs, trees and diverse backdrops.

“We encourage people to come out to enjoy the amazing environment, to wander amongst the sculptures, to bring a picnic or to simply kick back and enjoy the food and entertainment on offer,” says event manager Gill Hay.

The sculptures for this year’s event were chosen by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu senior curator Lara Strongman and leading Christchurch landscape architect Danny Kamo.

They were created from a range of different mediums – from recycled and repurposed materials to concrete, bronze and steel.

This year’s event will feature works by more than 25 artists who have never participated before, which Hay says will bring a different atmosphere to Loudon.

“The wide range of mediums used by the individual sculptors, from the more traditional cast bronze work to found objects, will really give the public a unique insight into contemporary art practice in New Zealand.

"Every contribution is tightly curated and we are continually impressed by the standard and variety of work featured.”

Contributing artists include Paul Dibble, Cheryl Lucas, Mark Whyte, Hannah Kidd, Aaron Te Rangiao, Jack Marsden Mayer, Lisa Patterson, Alison Erickson and Sam Mahon along with many other creative and talented artists.

Loudon Farm is owned by Philip King and Sarah Lovell Smith and managed by farm manager Danny Summers. King and Summers’ sculpture submission has been selected amongst works from a number of other acclaimed and emerging artists.

Participating sculptors are eligible for the Sculpture on the Peninsula Award of $10,000. Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu curator Felicity Milburn will choose the major prize winning work, which will be announced at a Grand Opening event on Friday 10 November.

A further $1,500 cash prize is available for the People’s Choice Award as determined by votes cast by people visiting the event.

Sculpture on the Peninsula is a fundraiser for  Children’s Centre – a residential care facility for children in crisis.

All works displayed are offered for sale with proceeds from the event donated to the centre. More than half a million dollars has gone towards Cholmondeley from the previous nine events.

This year's Grand Opening will include an auction of works by 12 local artists who have each been given a historic totara post as a starting point for an artwork.

Entry on Saturday and Sunday is $15 per adult and free for children under 12; tickets to the Grand Opening are $75.

For a full list of contributing artists visit www.sculpturenz.co.nz.

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