A big contingent of artists from Margaret river have entered the Sculpture by the Bay competition at the annual Dunsborough Arts Festival over the March long weekend.
Coordinator Vicky Small said a record number of more than 70 entries had been received from throughout the State.
“We are so fortunate to be in a region that is rich in artistic talent. This year we are delighted to have eight Margaret River artists join us, along with many other artists throughout the Margaret River region,” Ms Small said.
The artists include Lauren Rudd, Anita Revell, Alan Meyburgh, Adam English, Britta Sorensen
Kashmir Rouw, Tamar Aurora and Daniel Fisher.
“While some have been exhibiting with us at the Festival for a number of years, we are also welcoming new artists from Margaret River this year. Their talent adds to the diversity of work and materials that will be on display,” Ms Small said.
Close to $15,000 is on offer in the prize pool this year at the Festival.
Larger entries in the main sculpture competition will be displayed on the main Dunsborough foreshore, while entries in a new segment for small sculptures will be on show at the Christian Fletcher gallery in Dunn Bay Road.
“Our Margaret River artists have a strong showing in both competitions,” Ms Small said.
“We are very fortunate in having some great sponsors who appreciate the quality of the art work being produced in the Margaret River region, and help make this competition possible,” Ms Small said.
The Dunsborough Arts Festival is a free event starting on the Friday evening of the long weekend with a free screening of the iconic Australian movie “The Castle” on the foreshore. This is a BYO picnic event.
Free evening foreshore concerts will be held on the Saturday and Sunday evenings featuring jazz and popular music, with bar and food facilities. No BYO.
Another popular Festival feature is the annual foreshore Arts Market on the Sunday, with the opportunity to buy hand made products from artisans from throughout WA. There are still a few stall spaces left. Application forms for stalls can be accessed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Daytime foreshore activities over the weekend include kite flying, belly dancing, day time music performances, suitcase circus, a drumming workshop, sculpture talks, and art sales from the Dunsborough Art Society.
The Festival runs through to the Monday afternoon of the Long Weekend.