Kimbolton Arts & Sculpture Trust

Kimbolton Sculpture Festival

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The annual Kimbolton Sculpture Festival in the Manawatu promotes and celebrates the creativity of rural people throughout New Zealand.

Our inaugural festival in 2018 was a resounding success and we are looking to take this year's festival to a new level.

Your support will enable us to attract top headline music acts, run a widespread publicity campaign and provide quality facilities for the public.

What's it about?

The festival showcases sculpture that captures the essence of New Zealand's rural landscape, its nature and communities. Sculptures are constructed from natural or manufactured materials, whether new or recycled, commonly associated with farming or rural landscapes.

The event provides an opportunity for people who would not normally call themselves artists to 'have a go' and enter the New Zealand Rural Sculpture Awards, with total prize money pool of $15,000. In doing so, participants benefit from the improved mental health and well-being that is associated with art creation.

The festival brings these sculptures together along with a vibrant, rural focused program that entertains, encourages participation and informs the public. It includes outstanding sculptures, fine art and craft exhibitions, children's fun activities, live music, art in action, craft stalls, vintage cars and family entertainment.

City parents can expect to lose children to pony rides and wool dives. House and garden divas will haggle over who gets to load the 4x4 with some really big sculptures. Cars will leave packed with craft goodies. Big mobile homes are expected to park up and family campers plan to make a weekend of it.
It is a unique rural experience and not something you'd wanna miss.

What's at stake?

Our charitable trust works with local community groups, schools, businesses, sponsors, local government and the communities of the northern Manawatu to produce the festival.

It's a reason for people from all over New Zealand to turn off the telly and make something. They're invited to take a bit of a punt, risk something, and have a go. It's supposed to be fun. It's about invoking the, Wairua Whenua, the spirit of the land, that calls us home again and again to create outstanding rural sculptures.


To make this happen, we need to cover the costs of putting on a top quality festival, with lots of things to do, music to listen to and sculptures to view and judge.

Your donation will help us reach our target of $5,000 to cover the cost of:
• Promotion, flyers, banners, posters
• Providing top quality headline music acts
• Providing top quality facilities for the public's enjoyment.

Donate now and/or spread the word.

Property Brokers have very kindly come on board to be our match donor.

Our story

Trust members are passionate about the positive effects from creating art on the mental health and well-being of people and we recognise that because farming can be a stressful and solitary occupation they are over-represented in many of New Zealand's negative health and well-being statistics, so we're encouraging them to discover their creativeness.

2018 was our first crack at putting on a festival like this, so we don't have much history ... yet.

Yet we were able to attract over 100 sculpture entries from Timaru in the south to Kaeo in the north and everywhere in between and around 3,000 people who were entertained with music from Eb and Sparrow, local team competitions and lots of activities for kids to enjoy.

Our team of locals who steer the ship know how to put on a good show. Some of us put on a pretty good centenary in Kimbolton a few years back that's still talked about. Others host a big annual fair, make A&P shows happen, market art and keep Manfield operational. We know how to mobilize a team, whistle up some help and keep things moving - how hard can it be? Some of us even know a bit about art (which helps).

Our team

Tony Waugh chairs the trust, liaises with sponsors and keeps things moving. He's a family man, retired farmer and business owner.

Rodney and Scott Wilson are used to making events rock - having run a public fair for a decade. The Wilsons attract thousands of visitors each year to Crosshills Rhododendron Garden.

Chris Gallavin is a poet and a Massey University academic who saw the light and moved to Kimbolton from the South Island. He brings a keen legal mind to the trust.

Darryl Coleman is our money man and looks after our Charitable Trust status. Darryl is a Chartered Accountant and dairy farmer. He serves on various boards and not-for-profit organisations.

Stewart Morton co-ordinates the overall festival layout. He's a specialist ram breeder in an area famous for its studs.

Bryan Gibson and Steve Easthope are the marketing team. Bryan is a musician and photographer when he's not editing Farmers Weekly. Steve is operations manager at Manfeild. Both have PR backgrounds.

Paula Allen liaises with our sculptors, artists & judges. She's our content writer. Her interests include things that send most people to sleep - economic development, sustainable rural tourism and business communication.

We will keep you informed of progress and look forward to seeing you at the festival.

Thanks for your support.

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