Sculpture On The Edge An 18 day art festival event at
Flaxton Gardens in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
SCULPTURE ON THE EDGE
Arts Connect Inc’s annual event, Sculpture on the Edge, has transformed into an 18-day sensory extravaganza based at the stunning Flaxton Gardens. Based around the existing annual sculpture competition, featuring indoor and outdoor works which are all for sale, the program aims to ignite your imagination, inspire and delight you. Thanks to generous support from our sponsors, donors and event partner, Flaxton Gardens, the event is an outstanding cultural experience for art lovers and visitors. The 2023 program includes the annual exhibition, workshops, artist talks and special events to create a deeply immersive creative experience for everyone to enjoy.
Open to the public every day from 8am – 4pm, Thursday 23 November – Sunday 10 December we will have tours 9:30am and 1:30pm and artist talks at 10am and 2pm.
Flaxton Gardens Address: 313-323 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton, Sunshine Coast Queensland
Adults: $10, Concession: $5, Children 17 and under: Free
Cheap Tuesdays: Adults at a Concession rate (Save $5!)
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WORKSHOPS & DAILY ARTIST TALKS
WORKSHOPS: Have some fun, learn new skills, make new friends! We have different workshops every day, ranging from kids’ classes (on weekends) and beginners’ classes to masterclasses and professional development workshops.
ARTIST TALKS: A highlight for many visitors, the artist talks are a great way to connect with the finalists in their year’s Sculpture on the Edge competition. Find out how and why the artists made their pieces. Hear what inspires them, learn about their creative processes and ask all of your burning questions.
SPECIAL EVENTS & MORE INFO
SPECIAL EVENTS: Our Special events are a great opportunity to see the exhibition by night, to meet the artists and socalise! Hear the announcements and congratulate the winners at The Official Opening on Friday 24 November. Experience a unique night unlike any other at our gala fundraiser, The Sculpted Dinner, on Saturday 02 December. Celebrate the end of another successful Sculpture on the Edge with a big party on Sunday 10 December.
meet the SCULPTURE ON THE EDGE 2023 artistS
see their work!
2023 event program
Sculpture on the edge 2023 winners
Strangler Fig 2.0 is not carefully crafted from bronze or clay.
This does not mean it is without artistic, aesthetic or conceptual merit.
We recognised many strengths in this work – particularly the way it responded to and integrated itself with the patch of the site it was assigned – arguably one of the more challenging bits of real estate temporarily given to artists in this year’s event.
This only served to elevate the work. As far as site-responsiveness is concerned, it was one of only a handful of works that took considered stock of the place in which it was sited – bleeding seamlessly with its surrounds – inviting audiences to question where the work ended and the environment began.
It acted as a vessel for diverse audiences to pour their own thoughts and ideas into and refused to be prescriptive or didactic or obvious in its realisation. It surreptitiously crept into the environment – almost as if it had grown in the space (just like the work’s namesake).
And the reflective sphere atop the central sculptural element mirrored the viewers, implicating each of us in the invasion of the natural environment, which I personally took as a central part of the commentary it revealed.
Gallery Director | Noosa Regional Gallery
Teddy Mc Ritchie
Mieke van den Berg
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Presented by arts connect inc
Arts Connect Inc. encourages excellence within local arts practices through shared activities, workshops, collaboration and mentoring.
Sculpture on the Edge (SOTE) was initially a collaboration with Maleny Garden Clubs’ Open Gardens Festival in 2010. That success led to a stand-alone event in 2011, sponsored by Spicers Retreats. Artists’ works were installed at Spicer’s Clovelly, Montville, and from 2012 at Spicer’s Tamarind Retreat, Maleny, who supported the event for many years. In 2022 the event’s new home was Flaxton Gardens, 313 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton. Visit us for our biggest year yet as we bring the Sunshine Coast Sculpture Festival back to Flaxton Gardens for 2023!
Sculpture on the Edge 2023 is proudly sponsored by
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