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Mullumbimby Ingenuity Festival opening 2019. Photo Jeff Dawson.

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The 2019 Ingenuity Sculpture Festival affirmed the myriad of artistic talent in Mullumbimby and beyond.

Over 31 sculptures lined the Palm Park walk, ranging from geometrical pieces to larger-than-life-size scrub turkeys. 

The Smalls Gallery is a delightful part of the Mullumbimby Ingenuity sculpture festival. Photo Aslan Shand.

Held between the 19 and 24 of November at the Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk in Palm Park, it attracted almost 3,000 visitors over the course of the festival.

This year’s curator, Dev Lengjel, was successful in raising the level of local engagement for the festival by curating a diverse and inspirational body of work. 

Artists were also able to participate in the Ingenuity Smalls exhibition which was a collection of small sculptures that visitors were able to purchase. 

Christine, a visitor from Brisbane, praised the festival for its ‘beauty and connection to the environment’.

A new element for the festival

The innovative audio visual installation, Connected by Alex Moss, was an interactive sound and projection experience that attracted over 380 people to Art in the Dark. 

Joey Ruigrok, the Ingenuity Artistic Director, praised the festival for exceeding their expectations.

‘In the future Ingenuity will incorporate additional opportunities for interactive audio and visual sculpture installations, given the success of our first two years,’ said Mr Ruigrok. 

Palm Park is the temporary home to the Ark, a sculpture funded by Create NSW as a community assist for all non-for-profit local organisations. It is a solar powered shipping container which is used as an off-grid artistic venue and workshop. 


Antone Bruinsma took out the RGoL award with his The Immaculate Conception of the Mind, which explored the philosophy of the masculine and feminine principles as a creative force.

Chris Kinzel winner of the Chritina Khumari Peoples Choice award. Photo supplied.

The Byron Shire Council Award was awarded to NIck Warfield for his piece, ‘The Big Scrub, an acknowledgement of the Scrub Turkey and its importance  within the Bunjalung culture and the Dreaming. 

Prayerwheel by Chris Kinzel was given the Christina Khumari People’s Choice Award, representing the ‘archetypal geometry which is at the primal core of existence’.

Thank You!

The Ingenuity Team would like to offer special notes of thanks to Creative Mullum Inc Committee, Create NSW: Arts, Screen & Culture, Byron Shire Council, Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce, Mullum Music Festival, Byron Community College, Mullumbimby Printworks, Kennards Hire, Byron Bay, 2 Die for Live Foods, The ‘RGOL’, Christina Khumari, PAP:  Public Art Panel for BSC, Crystal Castle, Mullumbimby Scout Hall and all Ingenuity 2019 Volunteers, who made the 2019 fantastic!


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