Dr Michael Shiell is currently based in Melbourne. He is an Australian artist and arts researcher specialising in the field of ephemeral environmental art. He creates works that respond to the environment and our human relationship to it. He is best known for his works that are short lived using found natural materials which is sensitive to the site and leaves minimal environmental impact. Michael will be assisted by local artists Trevor Flinn and Annette Huf.
Trevor won the lost in sculpture acquisition award in 2011 for his child like sculpture ‘Hide’. Trevor is well known locally for his initiatives behind the Off The Rails Gallery and The Great Scone Off competition.
Annette has been the lis curator since its infancy. She was successful in designing the current Dunkeld Consolidated School logo. In 2013 she assisted the Dunkeld Consolidated School students to create recyclable garden art for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.
In this ephemeral sculpture class children will be given the opportunity to create art works using found objects in a fun and healthy learning environment.
Age Group: 8 – 12 years of age (maximum 12 participants)
Cost: $25 per child
Date & Time: Saturday 17 October 9am – 11am
Location: Salt Creek Trail, Dunkeld
What to bring: Coats & Hats if inclement weather
Cherree Densley is from Killarney. She has a great love and affinity with the Australian outdoors and grows most of her basket making materials in her large native garden. Early inspiration was from her maternal Grandmother who made wonderful baskets. Cherree has entered in lost in sculpture twice with her much admired ‘Contemporary Fish Trap’ 2011 & ‘Salt Creek Explorer’ 2013.
Age Group: Available to children ages 9 and up who can sew & adults. (Maximum 20 participants)
Cost: $40 per person.
Date & Time: Saturday 17 October 1pm - 4pm.
Location: The former Uniting Church Hall, Wills Street (opposite the tennis courts).
What to bring: Scissors, secateurs and blunt wool needles with large eyes. Cherree will provide materials, however you may like to bring your own native grasses & sprays of shrubs such as melaleuca, rushes, dianella etc. Children may wish to bring feathers to make nests instead of baskets.
Phil is a local Dunkeld resident working full time as an Environmental Scientist. Having grown up in the Western District, Phil has a keen interest in geology and landscapes. Phil undertook a course in Drystone Walling in 2009 at Glenormiston College. As well as working on his own walls, Phil has worked on various volunteer drystone wall projects.
Phil’s workshop will introduce participants to the dry stone wall technique including preparation, layout, tools and equipment.
Age Group: Available to adults only (Maximum of 12 per session)
Cost: $30 per person
Date & Time: Two sessions on Saturday 17 October.
Session A: 10am – 12 noon, Session B: 2pm - 4pm.
Location: 125 Recreation Rd, Dunkeld
What to bring: Wear old clothes. BYO sturdy footwear, gloves and safety glasses. Chairs optional.
Kevin took up sculpting full time after 30 years as a nurseryman and landscape gardener. Kevin travels widely as a sculptor tutor for community groups and festivals. He opened his own showroom and sculpture garden at his home in Landsborough in 1996. Kevin participated in lost in sculpture in 2011.
Age Group: Adults only class – beginners & experienced (Maximum 10 people)
Cost: $100 per person (Price includes half stone block as 1st piece. Participants to purchase 2nd stone block to take home)
Date & Time: Saturday 17 October, 10am – 4pm (six hours)
Location: Old Dunkeld Motors Workshop, 95 Parker Street
What to bring: Wear work clothes and sensible shoes. BYO apron, gloves and chair. BYO lunch.
*Please note stone is carved wet and is not toxic.
Lost in sculpture workshop series
For the very first time, lost in sculpture this year offers four unique tactile workshops. Offering something for all ages, these workshops showcase the talents of various Victorian based artists, including Dr Michael Shiell, Cherree Densley, Kevin Free and Phil Perret. They encompass ephermeral art, basket weaving, limestone sculpture and the craft of creating drystone walls. Don't miss your opportunity to participate as numbers are strictly limited.