Student sculptors attract major sponsor

Student sculptors are hard at word, preparing their artworks for the 2019 Student Sculpture exhibition. Their efforts have been applauded and rewarded by the owners of McDonalds Batemans, who have stepped forward to sponsor the event and provide a major $1000 sculpture prize this year.

More than 40 student sculptures will be exhibited in Batemans Bay CBD shopfronts from August 17-September 1. A map of the participating businesses will lead viewers on a trail of delight through town where they can vote for their favourite sculpture in the People’s Choice Award ($200).

Rachael Sweeney and Jim Johns, along with the new McDonalds Batemans Bay owners Donna and Mark Brooks, have also provided $1000 towards the purchase of a sculpture which will be awarded to the school of the winning sculpture (Judged). Well-known local sculptor, Paul Dimmer has agreed to judge the prize this year.

“It’s important to nurture and encourage creative thinkers amongst our youth,” said Rachael Sweeney explaining why she chose to support the event. “In business, more importantly than ever before, creative thinking will be an important skill set of our future leaders.”

“Art is an important place for children to learn, express themselves and embellish their thoughts and ideas; a chance to explore what is possible without judgement, their own imagination being the only limitation,” she said.

The Batemans Bay business with the best display of a student sculpture will also win $400.

Maps and voting slips will be available in participating shops throughout Clyde, North and Orient Streets as well as the Village Centre.

Above: Gemma Ferguson from Carroll College Broulee working on her sculpture for the Student Sculpture Walk beginning August 17 in Batemans Bay’s CBD.