The Spirit of the Land Festival Lockhart grew out of the worst drought in Australian history and concerns over escalating rural suicides.
It took shape to encourage farmers determined to survive living and working on the land to use country ingenuity and create sculptures using old farm machinery, recycled scrap metal and elements of the land.
The Farm Art attracted national and international media and major corporate sponsors enabling a $10,000 first prize. In three years it became a finalist in the NSW Inland Tourism award and is fast becoming the “Farm Art” capital of Australia. It continues to expand supporting the best of Country Australia experiences in a three day Festival held on the second weekend of October each year.
Artists are now invited to participate in the Spirit of the Land Art Festival 2011, with a NATIONAL FARM ART SCULPTURE AWARD of $10,000 in prize money and additional $6000 in other awards. The National Farm Art Sculpture Award is for sculptures created from recycled or new farm materials and/or any natural element of the land in a new art form called “farm art.”
The Arts Festival includes three exhibitions held in Lockhart in the heart of the Riverina District of NSW some 70 kms from Wagga Wagga and 90 kms from Albury/ Wodonga.
The exhibition categories are:
- Sculpture (any medium, including Farm Art)
- Fine Art (oil, water, clay, textiles, glass, ceramics, photography, multi-media)
- Indigenous art (cultural and contemporary)
- Secondary School (Totem Poles, Fine Arts)
- Primary Schools (Cardboard Totems)
- Garden Art (any medium)
- Silhouettes (Two dimensional life sized metal sculpture)
Registration is open to emerging and established artists who can exhibit in any or all categories. This includes farmers whose entries were the catalyst for the national sponsorship. There is no limitation on the number of entries. Entries close on 1st October 2011. A brief resume and personal photograph is requested for promotional purposes.
Prize winners will be announced on Friday night at the Spirit of the Land preview.
“We’ve got the spirit”
Spirit of the land Lockhart
P O Box 98 Lockhart NSW 2656 website: www. Spiritofthelandlocakhart.com.au
See website for details http://www.spiritofthelandlockhart.com.au/