Artentwine Symposium

REFLECTION: Artist Paul Brunyee with his sculpture Odd Man Out at Goaty Hill Wines. Picture: Sarah Aquilina
REFLECTION: Artist Paul Brunyee with his sculpture Odd Man Out at Goaty Hill Wines. Picture: Sarah Aquilina

A weekend of exploration, education, art and wine will celebrate the unique landscapes and creative individuals of Northern Tasmania. 

The Artentwine Symposium will hold a series of seminars, masterclasses and workshops from October 15 to 16. 

Cultural committee chairperson Robyn Barnet said the symposium will focus on Tasmania’s landscape and culture, specifically the way people use the environment to influence their art. 

“It isn’t necessarily about how to build sculptures, it is about the inspiration you get from the landscape and how important the landscape is to people in life and art,” she said.

On October 15, artists Patsy Cameron, Vicki West and Lola Greeno will discuss the physical and emotional responses to the land. Sunday will conclude the festivities with a Lego Workshop run by Marcus Tatton, Sonja Hindrum and the Launceston Lego Group. 

One of the Symposium’s key drawcards is the sculptures.

Artist Paul Brunyee was awarded the West Tamar Council Acquisitive Prize for his sculpture Odd Man Out.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I kept telling everybody I went in for the participation, I wanted to see if it could get anywhere,” he said. “I just simply didn’t expect to win, there are so many talented artist out there.”

Odd Man Out encompasses the full spectrum of all the colours of the rainbow, Brunyee said. “I’ve made it so children can go and hug it. It is tactile, it has to be embraced.” he said.

Brunyee will speak at the Windsor Function Centre on Sunday as part of the Symposium. 

“I am going to talk about creation, having a go at creating something and what the process is that I take in creating something I want to create,” he said. 

Artentwine West Tamar Council Acquisitive Sculpture Prize prize judge Jack Birrell congratulated all the artist that entered and were shortlisted.

“Sydney-based artist Janet Laurence, gallery director Ellie Ray and myself were impressed with the standard of work,” he said. 

Birrell said it was a two-stage selection process to shortlist the top four sculptures before deciding on the winner. The judges were captivated by the reflective nature of Brunyee’s work. 

“At first blending into the environment, almost unnoticed this work gradually became apparent and held our attention - captivating us for a long time,” Birrell said. 

Samantha Dennis won the Bell Bay Aluminium Indoor Small Sculpture Prize. Kathleen Sheean won the Festivale Secondary Students Prize. Lisa De Boer won the Rotary Club of the West Tamar Prize. RSVP to all the events is preferred but people are welcome to attend on the day. To secure your place contact 0438 944 725 or 0448 654 593.