Keith Bender and Anton Poon have both taken out awards for their works in this year's Sculpture in the Paddock.
Sculpture in the Paddock was conceived by sculptors Al Phemister and Duncan Waugh as part of the 2013 YASSarts arts weekend.
Part of the impetus behind the project was the fact that the Yass Valley Shire boasts an unusually high proportion of sculptors – some of national and international standing. Veteran sculptor Rosemary Madigan, whose work features in state gallery collections; Michael le Grand, past head of Sculpture at ANU; Wendy Teakel, current head of Sculpture at ANU; David Jenz and Phil Spelman, whose work can be found in public spaces throughout Canberra and beyond, and Lee Tunks who runs ‘Man of Steel’ a company that specializes in contemporary architectural and sculptural metalwork – to name just a few. On top of this, the town of Yass boasts no less than four sculptures by iconic Australian sculptor, the late Tom Bass.
Keith Bender won the Yass Soldiers Club Encouragement Award for his work ‘Tracks’. The work references gaps in knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal history and culture.
Keith Bender, 'Tracks', 2016
Anton Poon won the ANU School of Art award with his work 'Synergy'
Anton Poon, 'Synergy', 2016
Keith Bender(left) and Anton Poon(right) Presented their awards at the Sculpture in the Paddock\
Congratulations guys and be sure to check out their work and more info at http://sculptureinthepaddock.com.au/