Yorke Peninsula was awash with colour and culture during the inaugural 10-day GROUNDED YP Art Festival.
The rebranded event, which replaced the former YP Art Exhibition, kicked off with a celebration and official opening at Brentwood on Friday, 11 August.
Forty-two events took place across more than a dozen locations from Friday 11 until Sunday 20 August and featured the original exhibitions (Fine Art, Sculpture and Photography) plus a diverse range of added festivities including many workshops.
GROUNDED events included music, performing arts, First Nations Narungga food, arts and culture, artisan markets, ceramics, drawing, acrylic, watercolour lessons and more.
The festival was held during August to coincide with the renowned state-wide South Australia Living Artists Festival (SALA) and the 40th Anniversary of the coveted Yorkes Classic Surf Competition.
Yorke Peninsula Council Mayor said it was wonderful to see so many people getting involved to help make the event a success.
“Council would like to thank everyone who participated in workshops and attended events at the inaugural GROUNDED YP Art Festival,” Mr Braund said.
“Events like these don’t happen overnight and I would like to thank the Yorke Peninsula Council Arts and Cultural Working Party for their efforts in pulling together a great festival.
“Thanks, must also go to those who hosted workshops, volunteered at the exhibitions, and those who submitted artwork in the three exhibitions.
“We have received fantastic feedback and will thoroughly assess the event with the aim of making it even better in the future.”
Arts and Cultural Facilitator Sonya Rankine said thanks must also go to the generous sponsors, volunteers, workshop hosts and people, including many students who submitted artwork across the exhibitions.
“A special mention and thank you to the YP Arts and Cultural Working Group for all their support and work,” she said.
The event has been supported by Country Arts SA and Yorke Peninsula Council as well as community groups and businesses, including major sponsors Yorketown Progress Association, Ardrossan Progress Association and SYP Photography Club; gold sponsors Port Vincent Progress Association, Barley Stacks Winery, Sunnyhill Distillery and Bray Signs and Safety; silver sponsors Ray Agnew, Cheetham Salt, Minlaton Septic, Watsacowie Brewing Company, Lakun Mara, Ballara Art and Lifestyle Retreat, Studio Surf, ONE Fiddlewood, YP Country Times and Nutrien Ag Solutions; bronze sponsors Hunt Fuels, Stansbury Progress Association, Tiddy Widdy Progress Association, Jandebrey White Suffolks and 5 Five 7 Five; supporters Nation and donations from Nana Jayne’s Café.
- About 1000 attendees recorded across the three exhibitions
- 16 of the 42 workshops were completely sold out
- 792 participants attended workshops
- 1000+ further engagement from attendees through partnership events (10th anniversary of Pepper Tree Markets and 40th anniversary Yorkes Classic)
- $11 371 generated through workshop bookings, going directly to workshop facilitators/local artists
- Country Arts SA awarded Yorke Peninsula Council a grant that enabled the engagement of local artists to purchase equipment and set up workshops, passing subsidised ticket prices onto the local community
Fine Art: 1st “Demolition Dismay” by Jenny Bourne, 2nd “Winter Evening in the Cemetery” by Plaxy Folland.
Photography: 1st Morning Ride on Flaherty’s Beach” by Steph Ball, 2nd “Together” by Susan Hancock.
Sculpture: 1st “Classic Sculptural Urn” by June Faulkner, 2nd “Shanty Town” by Peter Denew.
Verna Lock Memorial Award: ‘A New Tide, A New View, A Different Time’ by Rick Hutchinson.
First Nation Award: ‘Ninkowi wan Ngarra Lakun (Mother & Daughter Weaving)’ by Carron Daveson.
People’s Choice Award: Fine Art Open Category “Higgly Piggly Progress?” and “Wired Together Last Days” by Bob Landt; Fine Art School Category “Blue Rabbit” by Mia Voight (Minlaton District School); Photography Open Category “With all her might” by Andrew Snodgrass; Sculpture Open Category “AarrHoy There” by Rick Hutchinson.
Senior School: 1st “Mum” by Sophie Taheny (Yorketown Area School), 2nd “Grayscale Joy” by Kate Mahar (Maitland Lutheran School).
Middle School: 1st ”Book Nooks – What’s around the corner?/I stare back” by Aries Isgar and Keeley Abell (Ardrossan Area School), 2nd “Self Portrait” by Isis Schulte (Central Yorke School).
Primary School: 1st “Party Pug” by Georgina Brown (Minlaton District School), 2nd “Best Friend” by Marlie Jeffery (Minlaton District School).
Junior Primary: 1st “My Friend” by Kira Weir (Minlaton District School), 2nd “Whale and Friends” by Esta Fleming (Curramulka Primary School).