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Pete Neilson’s ‘Biggest Little Bunyip’ won the Ingenuity Sculpture festival on Saturday.
The $7,000 acquisitive first prize will see this fella installed by the river in Mullum’s Heritage Park. Photo Jeff ‘Numyip’ Dawson.

Prize winners were announced for the Ingenuity Sculpture Festival, held on Saturday at the Mullum Museum, located at 17 Myokum Street. 

Held in association with the  Brunswick Valley Historical Society (BVHS), the works will be primarily exhibited outside the museum grounds.

The ‘Live Long and Prosper’ prize of $500 was won by Michelle Walker, for her work ‘Holding it Together’, referencing the experiences of many locals in the aftermath of the floods. 

The prize, given by longtime artist, Christina Khumari, was specifically donated for women artists over 50. Khumari said, ‘This cohort is so often rendered invisible by modern society, I thought it was time to redress the balance in some small way’. 

According to www.creativemullum.org.au, ‘The festival is a showcase for both professional and amateur artists across the Northern Rivers. The festival celebrates traditional and contemporary knowledge and art, promotes community input into publicly presented sculpture, while advocating for a sustainable future’. 

‘Combined, the 2018 and 2019 Ingenuity Festivals have showcased more than 60 large works by individual artists and collectives’.

The exhibition runs until October 15. 

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