Introducing the Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest
  • Tuesday 22 February 2011

Budding sculpture artists now have the opportunity to enter the new Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest program, with applications open until 31 March 2011.

Following the generous $200,000 donation from a private donor, the Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest program was established to enable the creation of a Stone Sculpture Walk within the Noosa Botanic Gardens over the coming years.

The Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest will be awarded biennially and will enable the winning sculptor the opportunity to travel and work for two months, with access to master tuition at the renowned Studio Corsanini in Carrara, Italy. Following the Carrara residency the artist will receive assistance to complete a stone piece to be added to the sculpture walk within the gardens.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the new bequest program will ultimately provide both a venue of excellence for Australian artists working in stone and an enhanced visitor experience at the gardens.

"The beautiful Noosa Botanic Gardens stand to benefit from the generosity of this private donor, with a love of the arts and gardens, and a desire to see one of Noosa’s hidden treasures more widely known and enjoyed," she said.

"In time, the bequest will create a stone sculpture walk-through the gardens, establishing it as a national destination for the Sunshine Coast, demonstrating excellence for artists working in stone."

The judging panel will include the donor; a person with recognised stone sculpture expertise; and a representative of Creative Communities, Sunshine Coast Council.

The Stone Sculpture Walk will present artworks that express the theme ‘Emotions of a Lifetime’. It is expected that a range of contemporary and classical stone sculpture techniques will be used to explore the diversity in human emotions from birth to death, those that are shared and those that are private.

Manager Creative Communities, Pauline Gordon said the Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest is designed to provide a direct ‘Carrara connection’ for Australian stone sculptors.

"For stone sculptors the world over, the spectacular marble quarries and renowned studios of Carrara are at the heart of their art, as they have been for artists through the centuries from Michelangelo to Henry Moore," she said.

"The bequest will add significantly to national recognition and interest for the arts on the Sunshine Coast, supporting and stimulating aspiring stone sculptors, and complementing other art opportunities across the region."

The gift of the first sculpture to be installed at Noosa Botanic Gardens has been awarded directly by the donor to MJ Anderson, who has a long affiliation with Carrara. More details regarding the official unveiling in March 2011 will be announced soon.

The Noosa Botanic Gardens are located on the shores of Lake Macdonald, a short drive from Noosa via the hinterland town of Cooroy.

Applications are now open to enter the Bequest and close on 31 March 2011. A $25 entry fee applies. To apply online or for more details visit www.noosastonebequest.org.au.