This is a busy week for Forbes’ arts community, with the launch of the 2016 Sculpture Forbes competition and acquisition prize and the opening of this year’s Forbes Art Society photographic competition and exhibition.
The official opening of the Somewhere Down the Lachlan Sculpture event – and announcement of the $20,000 acquisition prize – is now scheduled for Thursday October 20.
Project coordinator, Rosie Johnston, asks locals to come along and check out this year’s entries.
"Our theme 'Through hell or high water’ is a tongue in cheek response to the 'access difficulties' the flood waters have created,” she said.
"The sculptures have literally trickled in because of so many road closures and we thank the entrants for their patience and persistence.”
Last year’s acquisition prize winner Harrie Fasher, who has also had entries in Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney and Cottesloe, WA, is amongst the artists who have delivered 2016 entries to Albion Park.
In an exciting boost for Somewhere Down the Lachlan, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (retired) Governor of NSW, and Linda Hurley have agreed to grant joint Vice-Regal Patronage of the project.
Thursday’s opening starts at 6pm and there will be food and wine provided by Forbes Memorial Services Club – a proud sponsor of the acquisition prize along with Forbes Shire Council.
The following night, Friday, the Kaleidoscope of Life photographic competition and exhibition opens at Forbes Town Hall at 7pm.
Organisers hope to build on last year’s successful event, attracting an excellent number and quality of entries both locally and from further afield.
This year’s categories range from portraits in black and white to critters in colour … reflections, foliage and skies.
The winners of category awards across open, professional, under 18 and under 12s will be announced on opening night.
Entry is $15 – payable on the night – and drinks and canapes are provided.
The exhibition will open 10am to 4pm daily until October 30.