Timeline

CREATING THE SNOWY VALLEYS SCULPTURE TRAIL

June 2020  

The first visit by David Handley to the Snowy Valleys and the first discussions with locals about the possibility of a new sculpture project as part of the socio-economic response and recovery to the bushfires

September 2020  

A key visit to the Snowy Valleys by Sculpture by the Sea, including the first formal talks with key local organisations and Snowy Valleys Council (SVC) staff

October 2020 to January 2021

Numerous visits to the Snowy Valleys and extensive consultation with local community groups across the Snowy Valleys and the Snowy Valleys Council

December 2020

The first visit by the Curatorial Advisory Group to the Snowy Valleys

December 2020

Formal in-principle agreement from the Snowy Valleys Council for Sculpture by the Sea to create the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail – artworks intended to be part of a “shovel ready” project

January 2021

Creation of the Local Community Advisory Group for the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail

Late January 2021

Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund (BLER) grant application lodged with 37 letters of support from local community organisations, local businesses and individuals across the Snowy Valleys

March 2021

The Denmark based Friendship Society of Denmark, Australia and New Zealand (‘The Friendship Society’) asked Sculpture by the Sea how it could fund a project to support a bushfire devastated community in Australia resulting in the gift of three sculptures to the people of the Snowy Valleys installed in Tumbarumba

March 2021

Create NSW Covid Rescue + Restart funding from the NSW government to Sculpture by the Sea included funding for the development of the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail

April 2021

Formal agreement between the Snowy Valleys Council for Sculpture by the Sea to create the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail

June 2021

The Schools Program and gift of the sculptures by the Friendship Society stalled by the global pandemic.

July 2021

Successful BLER grant announced by the NSW government

August 2021

Successful Federal government RISE grant announced which in part is to partially fund the Schools Program

10 December 2021

Unveiling of the Friendship Society Sculpture Collection in Tumbarumba by the Danish Ambassador to Australia

December 2021

The first visit to the Snowy Valleys of the Schools Program, with artist led sculpture making workshops at Batlow Technology School and Tumbarumba Public School

January 2022

Formal funding agreement between NSW government and Sculpture by the Sea for the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail

January 2022

The first international visitors to the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail, from New Zealand, visited Tumbarumba and Tooma

January 2022

Opening of the first Shop Art Project, ‘The Inconvenience Store’ by Marina DeBris in Batlow

April 2022

The installation of the first phase of the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail collection in Adelong, Batlow, Tumbarumba, Tooma and the Tumbarumba wine region vineyards with cellar doors: Courabyra Wines, Johansen Wines and Obsession Wines

22 April 2022

Unveiling of the Keizo Ushio sculpture ‘Oushi Zokei’ in Tooma by the Japanese Consul-General in Sydney

April to May 2022

Artists arrive in the Snowy Valleys to join the Sculpture by the Sea installation crew to install 26 sculptures at seven locations across 100km of the Snowy Valleys, including the next Art Shop Projects in Batlow and Tumbarumba

April to May 2022

The Schools Program expands to reach 14 of the 16 schools across the Snowy Valleys with 1,250 students having participated in sculpture making workshops by artists  from across Australia and around the world

5 May 2022

Opening of the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail by The Hon. Stuart Ayres, NSW Minister for Tourism and Sport at Courabyra Wines

5 – 8 May 2022

Community Celebration Days for the opening of the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail: ADELONG | BATLOW | TUMBARUMBA | CELLAR DOORS | TOOMA

Future Activities

Phase Two and Phase Three works continue to be created and sited as part of the permanent the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail, with artists commissioned to create site specific new artworks, with installations planned for September 2022 and April 2023.

The Schools Education Program will continue to engage with students from the 16 schools across the region.