Story & photo Eve Jeffery
As well as showcasing the area’s farming culture, Bangalow Show is now embarking on a unique project embracing the arts.
In a one-year project called Sculpture in the Paddock eight local sculptors spent time with eight local farmers, visiting the farm and chatting about the family and farming history, explains curator Dev Lengjel.
‘This has resulted in eight sculptures that will be displayed at the Bangalow Show.’
He says the sculptures that the visitor will encounter are created in a variety of materials found on the farm or the artist’s studio and are inspired by the history of the farm.
Participating artists are Daniel Clemmett, Suvira McDonald, Jim Blower, Samantha Collyer, Hayden Mathrick, Allen Horstmanshof, Mel Robin and Noel Hart.
Participating farmers are the Jarretts, the Garrets, the McKenzies, Jan Hulbert, Bob Guest, the Nobles and the O’Meara family.
Artist Noel Hart was ‘assigned’ to the McKenzies; Hec McKenzie is a breeder of champion bantams and a judge of poultry, and life member of the Bangalow Poultry club while Glenda McKenzie is secretary of the Bangalow Poultry Club, and creator of prize pendants and medallions.
Mr Hart told Echonetdaily, ‘The sculpture I created for SITP focused on the idea of showbirds and the physical manner in which Hec McKenzie keeps his birds – pens constructed from all forms of timber and wire mesh – and agricultural shows which I’ve been visiting since childhood’.
Noel constructed the birds from similar materials to Hec’s bird pens, and the chooks are painted with decorative patterning, graffiti, tattoos, slogans and quotes. The artworks will be at the Bangalow Showgrounds this weekend.