Female sculptors win big at annual Wildflower Garden festival

Published on 28 August 2017

A total of $5,000 in prize money has been awarded to sculpture walk winners at last weekend’s Art & Garden Festival.

Over 2,000 people attended the Festival at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden last Sunday.

The annual celebration of springtime is organised by Ku-ring-gai Council with assistance from the volunteers of the Australian Plant Society.

The event’s popular sculpture walk was once again the centrepiece of the day, as visitors to the garden traversed the garden to see the diverse contributions of artists and sculptors.

As in previous years, entrants were asked to consider the theme of environmental sustainability and to use sustainable materials in their creations.

The sculpture walk doubles as an art competition, with $5,000 of prize money awarded this year. The prize winners for 2017 were:

  • Barbara Hamilton – first place for her work ‘More than a Tree’ (The Baza, The Phasmid and the Ant)
  • Dia MacNamara – second place for ‘The Bottle Top Flower’
  • Sandy Cooper – third place for ‘Exotic’
  • Janny Grant – Highly Commended

In a first for the sculpture walk competition, all artists included in the walk were women.

At nine years old, second place-winner Dia MacNamara was notable for being the youngest ever artist and prize winner to enter the competition. Dia is also a former Junior Ranger at the Wildflower Garden.

Other works featured on the walk were created by:

  • Stephanie Powell
  • Sharon Salmi
  • Julianne Smallwood & Jacqueline McBeath
  • Felicity Heap
  • Angela Van Boxtel

The sculpture walk will remain at the Wildflower Garden until Monday 4 September.

More information about the Wildflower Garden can be found at kmc.nsw.gov.au/wildflowergarden.

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Media enquiries: Joel Callen Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0897 or jcallen@kmc.nsw.gov.au