Out of the gallery and into the garden

Left: No 433 by Richard Moffatt of Tanja (near Bega) and (above) Waving Not Drowning by Victoria Royds of Toowoomba.

The Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show is one of the most unique art shows in Australia, where artists are not confined by the four walls of a gallery but only by their imagination.

Each year sculptors are invited to use the grounds of Thursday Plantation as one big canvas, whether by placing their artworks in amongst the rainforest groves and botanical gardens or by doing an installation out in the open field.

This Sunday, September 24, the 11th annual Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show opens, with 63 new works to intrigue and surprise visitors as they meander around the beautiful grounds.

People are being invited to explore this artistic wonderland and enjoy a picnic with family and friends while being entertained by inspiring music and speakers.

This year we have everything from delicate little mosaic angels to a crashed car to a giant bamboo sculpture theres an incredible diversity of works and they are all so inventive, said curator Priya Woolston. Its not like any exhibition you would have ever seen before.

Entry is from 12pm with the show beginning at 1pm. It will kick off with music by Yantra De Vilder, Leigh Carriage and Greg Sheehan. Their performance will be an original soundscape composed by Yantra, and will feature her tickling the ivories of a grand piano. At 1.15pm and 3.15pm there will be entertaining exhibition tours with comedian Mandy Nolan and TP Health chairman Christopher Dean.

The award ceremony begins at 2.30pm, opened by Rhoda Roberts, with the winners sharing in $20,000 worth of prizes.

Entry to the show is $5 (kids free) and includes a catalogue andthe chance to win season tickets to the Woodford Folk Festival. The Verandah Caf will also be serving delicious food and refreshments throughout the day.

Thursday Plantation is located just 1km north of the Ballina/Byron airport turnoff. It will continue every day from 9am5pm until January 31, 2007.

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