Top sculptors set for domain event

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Fifteen of New Zealand’s top sculptors are confirmed for the second Ashburton Stone Sculpture Symposium to be held later this year.
The symposium begins on October 29 and sculpting will be showcased until November 11. The completed works will be exhibited until a public auction set for November 20.
Symposium organiser and participant Brent Holley said he was delighted to have so many well known sculptors lined up for the second symposium event.
Six of those confirmed had taken part and thoroughly enjoyed the first symposium in Ashburton in 2014.
Returning sculptors include Ruth Killoran, who was the peoples’ choice winner last time with her impressive piece called Reconciliation, Debbie Templeton-Page, Jocelyn Pratt, Rosie Gill and Rory McDougall.
Artist numbers are capped at 15 and include Tinwald-based Brett Holley, who was recently announced as an award winner at the Ashburton Society of Art’s Annual Exhibition.
The sculpting symposium will set up on the Walnut Avenue side of the Ashburton Domain and carvers will work with Timaru bluestone and Mt Somers limestone.
There would be opportunities for the public to wander round and to talk and interact with the sculptors, said Brent Holley.
The 2014 symposium was a big success and sales commission from it would part fund this year’s event, he said.
Mr Holley said a committee of four was coordinating the biennial symposium, which he hoped would grow and evolve further.
Photo: Auctioneer Rodger Letham takes bids on Ruth Killoran’s sculpture Reconciliation at the inaugural symposium in 2014.