Monte Lupo’s marathon role in sculpture festival

Monte Lupo sculpture Workshop

Monte Lupo artists are in for a marathon November, running 26 workshops over 18 days at the Sculpture on the Edge festival.

The team will run workshops for people of all ages across every day of annual festival on the Sunshine Coast.

Festival Director Gretchen Keelty said Monte Lupo was a wonderful partner for the festival ‘because they made creativity possible for everyone’.

“From adults to children and also accommodating for people with disabilities - everyone can have a go,” she said.

“The Monte Lupo workshops will add fun, joy, and whimsy to the festival! Plus, a whole heap of skills and creation in a safe place for people to experiment and make the artwork of their dreams.”

Among the Monte Lupo Arts workshops for kids are ‘paint your own mug’, ‘mosaic frame’, ‘turtle planter’ and ‘whale planter’. Workshops for the adults include ‘wall mermaid’, ‘small head planter’, ‘small figurine in clay’, ‘large bust in clay’ and an ‘enchanted stepping stone’.

Along with the workshops, Monte Lupo will enter three sculptures in the competition, including a 2m long Sunflower Goddess - a symbol of loyalty and devotion to mother earth - two Richmond Birdwing Butterfly ladies – to raise awareness of the butterfly and the need to help in its survival - and Oz Ark, an Australian version of Noah’s Ark.

“Monte Lupo sculptures are the most delightful, joyful and whimsical artworks …they make people smile! Their works are incredibly innovative and clever,” Gretchen said.

“Their work is of a super high-quality. It is always vibrant; the glazes are beautiful, and the concepts always have a touch of magic.”

Sculpture on the Edge competition is now in its 13th year and its second year as a festival offering workshops and artist talks.

“The aim of becoming a festival is to enable people to immerse themselves in creativity. That is why it is so important to have creativity for everyone and Monte Lupo Arts will be a really integral part of this year’s festival,” Gretchen said.

The festival is open to the public daily from 8am to 4pm from Thursday, 23 November to Sunday, 10 December 2023 at Flaxton Gardens, 313-323 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton, Sunshine Coast.

For bookings and more details on the festival, which is run by Arts Connect Inc, a community NFP art organisation, visit:

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