A record number of 140 entries will be on display and for sale during the much-loved Lake Light Sculpture exhibition held over the Easter long weekend, April 19-22 in Jindabyne.
Positioned along a three-kilometre pathway hugging the foreshore of Banjo Paterson Park in the town centre of Jindabyne, this Easter favourite, that is proudly sponsored by Thredbo and Red Energy, will again entertain thousands of locals and visitors.
In its 17 th year, Lake Light Sculpture offers an eclectic mix of indoor and outdoor sculptures made by an equally eclectic mix of artists. More than 70 budding artists, professional sculptors, tradies, students and community groups have entered their artworks into this $28,000 prize pool competition hoping to win a cash prize or a Sculpture Workshop Residency prize at the ANU School of Art & Design in Canberra.
Some of the returning artists this year include: Jesse Graham, Steve Croquett, Ben Eyles, Edward Willson, Matt Hill and David Doyle. Many artists that have entered Lake Light Sculpture over the years have moved onto bigger events with several being invited to exhibit at the prestigious Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney but, they say that Lake Light is still a firm favourite.
One appealing aspect of Lake Light Sculpture is that it can be visited by day and night. By day, visitors stroll the pathway and enjoy the artworks but, by night, the switch is flicked and the sculptures light up under colourful degrees of illumination.
The full Easter moon also adds to the beautiful night-time ambiance of the event. “Some sculptures evoke controversial and thought-provoking responses whilst others are more whimsical or reflect forms unique to the Snowy Mountains,” says chairperson of the managing committee, Lisa Matthes.
“The event’s reputation for being so welcoming in such a beautiful, unique location is continuing to attract a growing number of artists from as far away as South Australia. The event’s prize pool and high levels of sculpture sales have also contributed to this growth.”
New to Lake Light Sculpture this year is the reintroduction of the indoor Small Sculpture Exhibition to be held at Rydges Snowy Mountains and proudly sponsored by Kosciuszko First National.
“These sculptures may be small in stature but will leave a big impression,” says artistic director and local art teacher Ben Eyles.
“This has appealed to artists who work in glass, delicate or fragile materials that can’t bear the wear and tear of an outdoor sculpture exhibition. Forty sculptures will be displayed on plinths in the foyer of Rydges Snowy Mountains and many of our traditional and long-term exhibiting artists have entered this category,” said Mr Eyles.
Also returning this year will be a stimulating digital light projection show on the impressive Strzelecki Monument in Banjo Paterson Park. This 4m high bronze monument of Polish explorer Strzelecki will be the canvas for this amazing light show presented by digital artist Scott Baker. Food market stalls, craft beer bar and DJ will add to the night’s festivities between 5-9pm.
Visitors to both exhibitions are encouraged to have their say in who should win prizes by voting in three People’s Choice Awards for best day (sponsored by Banjo Paterson Inn), illuminated (sponsored by Snowy Hydro) and small sculpture (sponsored by Jindabyne Yoga Shala). The results are always interesting.
This year’s festival kicks off with the official Awards Presentation at 10am on Good Friday morning, April 19 and the public are invited to attend this presentation to hear the remarks of the experienced judging panel of Victoria Harris, Jimmy Rix and Dierdre Pearce.
Event goers are encouraged to visit the entry information tent and pick up an informative exhibition catalogue from one of our 30 friendly volunteers. Lake Light Sculpture is supported by a large team of sponsors headed by: Thredbo, Red Energy, Snowy Hydro, Kosciuszko First National, ANU, Snowy Monaro Regional Council, Lake Crackenback Resort, Rydges Snowy Mountains, Mitre 10, Australian Land Co, Banjo Paterson Inn, Perisher, Snowy Mountains Grammar School, Jindabyne Public School, Jindabyne Woolworths, Rebel Penfold-Russell OAM, Ian Low and family, Jindabyne Yoga Shala, Snow FM, Monaro Post, Cooma Visitor Information Centre, South East Arts and Snowy Mountains Magazine.
Event Details: Lake Light Sculpture 2019
What: Outdoor and Indoor Sculpture Exhibition and Sale (140 entries)
When: Easter Long Weekend, 19-22 April, 2019
Open: Daily 8am – 9pm and Easter Monday 8am – Noon
Where: Outdoor – 3km path along the foreshore of Lake Jindabyne at Banjo Paterson Park; Indoor –
Small Sculpture Exhibition in the Foyer of Rydges Snowy Mountains
Photo – Bowerbird Nest by Patricia Keenan. 2018 Winner of Snowy Monaro Environment Award sponsored by Rebel Penfold-Russell OAM, Ian Low & Family. Photo Credit: Dayna Green