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ART Urunga 2017 – “Sculpture-in-the-Park”

May 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Morgo Street Reserve [opposite the Ocean View Hotel]
15 Morgo Street
Urunga NSW 2455
FREE - Donations accepted
David Southgate
0415 310 702

UNFORTUNATELY, the 15th January event was CANCELLED
due to WEATHER (not red tape…!!).

to coincide with
14th May 2017


Sculpture-in-the-Park” was first initiated in 2013 by a Bellingen Shire Community Arts and Cultural Committee (BSCACC) committee member, David Southgate, as part of the 2013 Bellingen Shire ARTS Week, with the intention of drawing people to a cultural attraction in Urunga that could develop as an annual event.

While BSCACC is no longer involved, the Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce (UMCC) – through its Arts Coordinator member David Southgate (yep, same David) – has taken on the event and making it part of UMCC’s ART Urunga activities, which has been organised in January over previous summer holidays.

This year – 2017 – as stated above, the event has had to be re-scheduled due to weather, and will now be run in conjunction with MOTHER’S DAY Urunga.

The riverside parkland  and reserve with its sound stage, adjacent to the Urunga Heads Holiday Park, is ideal for events, public exhibitions, performances and displays.

This, the fourth event, will comprise works of sculpture that will be displayed by participating artists.  The works will be placed along the public pathways for easy viewing at a prescribed time and removed at the end of the event.  Last event (January 2016) there were more than 35 sculptors registered (some stragglers entered late…).

See some of the  previous entrants.

PRIZE MONEY (of  more that $2100…!! for 2017)

[Sculptors interested in exhibiting their works
had to formally apply.]


Judges for the 2017 event are:

  Shan Blake, who has a long career as a practicing artist, Teacher, Gallery owner and Arts Administrator on the Mid North Coast, and

  Jeremy Sheehan, who is head teacher of Visual Arts at the Coffs Harbour Southern Cross Arts Campus.


Community organisations and others have again been invited to supply food and beverages for sale, and at several food vendors, coffee and ice cream are lined up for the event.

A variety of live musical performances will take place on the stage during the event, from 11.00am—to –2.00 pm.  Fortunately, the two bands originally planned for the ART Urunga – Sculpture-in-the-Park event [i.e. The Jug Addicts, and Brett Iggulden and the Night Hawks] will be performing in the joint event as part of the MOTHER’S DAY Urunga line-up…!!

The event will be free to the public, and will rely on Chamber funding and sponsorship to cover the costs (donations from attendees may be sought to help offset those costs).

There will be Marquees (again courtesy of BSC – hopefully) to provide some shade; some tables and chairs; and extra bins (courtesy of Handybin Waste Services).

The event will follow the necessary protocols  in regards to public safety and Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) regulations.

The objective of an event like this in a small town such as Urunga, is to promote the town beyond the borders of the Bellingen Shire, so a greater number of people will have a reason to visit and enjoy the physical beauty of the local environs and increase the wealth of the town’s businesses.  The added entertainment by members of the arts community in showing their work and performing their music, supplies income to artists by way of sales of work, payment for performances, and a potential to win prizes.

As an added interest, the 2017 event will again have a theme for all sculptors to follow in their work.  The 2017 theme is for artists to demonstrate environmental awareness and sustainability in their concepts, and or through the use of recycled materials.

The combination of all ingredients to this event will hopefully make it an enjoyable day to remember for participants and for the public audience, so it will develop as a regular event.

It has been noted that North Coast Holiday Parks (NCHP), in its development plans for the river frontage parkland of Urunga, has mentioned ideas of possible permanent sculptures in the park as part of its development strategy.

By way of an event such as this, the concept can continue to be introduced to the community so the community can take ownership of the idea and encourage the support that is necessary to implement creative ideas that will not cause undue controversy.

Ultimately, the Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce (UMCC) would like to see ART Urunga –  Sculpture-in-the-Park  evolve with the support of its expanding stakeholder base, to be a celebration of the place, the community and the arts, and add to Bellingen Shire’s existing profile as a creative and beautiful place to visit and stay.