THE INAUGURAL “Sculpture in the Paddock” is a huge undertaking being staged in the Yass Valley Shire, culminating in the “Classic Yass” weekend on November 2 and 3.
This year Al Phemister and fellow sculptor, Duncan Waugh, envisioned creating a rural version of “Sculpture by the Sea” and discussed the matter with Nelson. Nelson said he had a place in mind that would suit – “Cooma Cottage”.
It helps that the Yass Valley Shire is not lacking in famous sculptors like Rosemary Madigan, Michael le Grand, Wendy Teakel, Phil Spelman, David Jenz and Lee Tunks, who runs the company Man of Steel.
In just five years, Yass arts advocate and painter, Kim Nelson says, “Classic Yass” has gone from an untitled public event to one of the major festivals of the region’s calendar year ranging over the entire shire.
Tagged a “celebration of community,” “Classic Yass” embraces diversity and is a major part of the region’s cultural tourism.
The secret of the “Classic Yass,” Nelson believes, is the combination of four events, which had previously existed separately, Billy Carts & Classic Vehicles, Historic Houses & Open Gardens, Open studios, and Music and the Arts.
Big news for the community is that the Creative Director of the Canberra Centenary, celebrations Robyn Archer, will formally launch the 2013 “Classic Yass” weekend during the opening night at the Yass Memorial Hall on Friday, November 1. The evening is being organised and hosted by YASSarts and Archer will cut a very special birthday cake.
“Classic Yass” also features The Arts Trail, which involves visual arts, music, theatre, dance, comedy and poetry at venues throughout the Yass Valley Shire and runs over the first weekend of November.
For all program details visit classicyass.com