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ART Urunga 2015 – “Sculpture-in-the-Park”

January 18, 2015 @ 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

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, which has been organised in January over previous summer holidays.

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

The 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. Here are three 2013 entrants.

Sculptors interested in exhibiting their works may apply
via the form attached to this flyer.

Community organisations have been invited to supply food and beverages for sale.

A variety of live musical performances will take place on the stage during the event, from 11.00am—to –2.00 pm.

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).

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

The objective of such an event 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, this year’s event will have a theme for all sculptors to use recycled materials in their work to promote awareness in concepts of recycled and sustainable sources of materials.

The combination of all ingredients to this event will hopefully make it an enjoyable day to remember for participants and 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 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 stakeholders, 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.