The Farm will be the backdrop for Shell Cove’s inaugural Sculptures at Killalea free art festival kicking off on Wednesday.
Fifty-four artworks of varying size, from artists spanning up and down the east coast, will add to the beauty of the national park for five days – similar to an annual exhibition at Bondi.
Sculptures range from intricate clay pieces pushing an environmental cause, to large sandstone works and two metre metal claws.
“We have a number of award winning artists; year one and we’re blown away with the response,” said event director Courtney Beaton, who also believed the event would show the showcase the emergence of Shellharbour as a dynamic and thriving city.
“It’s grown to be a bit bigger than Ben Hur.”
Friday will be geared towards the Illawarra’s senior citizens, presented by IRT, to highlight the benefits colour and creativity have on mental and physical health.
Saltwater Dreamtime and Little Leonardos will host free art workshops on the Friday and can accommodate for two or 200 participants.
The weekend will have a more festive vibe with live art demonstrations – including Anthony Jones from Urban Art Australia creating a two metre tall mural, entertainment, gourmet food and art of all mediums for sale.
For more information on Sculptures at Killalea, supported by The Shellharbour Club and Hansons, visit www.facebook.com/Sculpturesatkillalea