Port Augusta’s biennial Arid Sculptural Exhibition came to a close on the weekend and the winners have been announced.
The official judging panel comprised of Rob Johnston, artist and former arts manager, and representatives from exhibition sponsors, Solar Reserve and Nexif Energy Australia.
Hammond artist Lisa Wood took out the top prize, and Adelaide based artist Simon Farrow won second prize. The People’s Choice Award, voted by visitors to the exhibition at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, went to JA Hart.
Young artist Ryan Hart was awarded the School Prize on behalf of Carlton School.
Fourteen artists from across the state participated in this year’s exhibition and an impressive 17,000 people visited the Arid Lands during the exhibition period 1 September – 14 October 2018.
Other events held at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens as part of the exhibition were the popular Basket Weaving workshop with artist Val Surch, and Storytime in the Garden for pre-schoolers organised by the Port Augusta Public Library staff.
Special guest speaker Jane Edmanson, from ABC Gardening Australia, presented a talk on ‘Native plants of Victoria’, and held a guided walk. Both events were hosted by the Friends of the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden and attracted keen audiences.
The Arid Sculptural Exhibition is a biennial event run in partnership between the Port Augusta Cultural Centre – Yarta Purtli and the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, and this year was the eighth exhibition since the inaugural event in 2004.
To be advised
The talented local women of Kungka Tjuta art group will be painting & weaving onsite at Arid Lands on Tuesday 20th November. All are welcome to come along & watch them as they work and also to chat with them about their art. We have beautiful completed art works in our gift shop on a regular basis too, so feel free to browse and/or buy a special piece for yourself or someone special.
The talented local women of Kungka Tjuta art group will be painting & weaving onsite at Arid Lands on Monday 3rd December. All are welcome to come along & watch them as they work and also to chat with them about their art. We have beautiful completed art works in our gift shop on a regular basis too, so feel free to browse and/or buy a special piece for yourself or someone special.
the AALBG has created an “Arid Explorers Children's Garden”, a free nature play garden which provides a fun and educational play space for children to spend time outdoors learning about the flora, fauna and environments found in Australia's arid lands regions. This is an enclosed garden with lots of fun opportunities for climbing, building, balancing, playing in the “big red” sand pit, exploring & being creative. The shelter shed in this area can be booked for groups/activities/kids parties. If you would like to bring a group to use this space, please call (08) 8641 9116 to ensure it is available.
Explore the eremophila garden and discover the hidden rusty animals hiding among the bushes. Start at the Visitor
Centre and collect an animal discovery brochure from the gift shop so children can mark off the animals as they find them. Ideal for children aged 2-12 and is a wonderful way for families to explore the garden. If you would prefer to print off a checklist before you arrive, you can download one here.
Every school holidays, including interstate holidays, a free activity table is set up at the Visitor Centre to keep children entertained while parents spend time browsing the gift and plant shop, or enjoying a relaxing coffee in the picturesque cafe. Children can enjoy sand play and create their own landscapes using natural materials gathered from the garden.
For any event enquiries please call (08) 8641 9116.