Sculpture Day is 30!


Happy 30th Birthday to the Gateshead Sculpture Day!

I've written a lot lately about the fun that can be had at this awesome event, and this year certainly did not disappoint! The weather was unseasonably glorious and the families of Gateshead were out in force - I don't think there was a patch of grass unoccupied in the Grove!

Rather than babble on about everything that went down, I'm going to let the pictures do the talking. So settle yourself down and enjoy some crafty creativity!

Behind the scenes - all the tools you need to create your masterpiece!

Check out that sky! Uncharacteristically beautiful weather for September.

Just some of the families out getting their sculpture on!

One of the school groups' beautiful reed work.

As you'd expect with a theme of 'Home', there were a lot of dens and forts - this one was impressive in scale!

A welcoming front door, complete with knitted wreath.

The view from the top of the hill. By the afternoon, many of the sculptures were in the 'embellishment' stage.

Tents and wigwams, a perennial favourite.

The Mayor and Mayoress joined the festivities and I had the pleasure of accompanying them round the park.

I think these tortoises were my favourite interpretation of the theme of 'home'. 

A sweet representation of our region's famous landmark - the Tyne Bridge.

An impressive cityscape (with moving parts!)

A spider in its web - another awesome interpretation!

For some makers, the theme of 'home' had a very pertinent, global resonance. With so many refugees travelling around Europe, trying to find a new place to call home, the subject of welcome (or lack of it) was a very moving one.

This, to me, looked like a very serviceable shed!

A sweet literary interpretation of the brief. This one sat very comfortably amongst the trees of the park.

The creativity and resourcefulness of people never fails to impress me. Need a table to have your lunch on whilst you take a break from sculpting? Why not make one!
The Mayor and Mayoress cut the cake.

So that's it all wrapped up for another year! I've already heard a few rumours of what the theme may be next year - all I can say is, it's going to be a fun one!

Were you there? I'd love to see a picture of your creation.