Centenary of Griffith


Griffith is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and a key event in the calendar is the International Sculpture Symposium.

Manager Tourism & Economic Development, Mr Greg Lawrence said the Symposium will be held from 2-18 May, where seven master sculptors from across the globe will gather at Griffith Pioneer Park Museum to create beautiful stone sculptures.

“Members of the public are invited to be part of this unprecedented and unique opportunity and watch the master sculptors saw, cut and carve as they transform blocks to artworks,” said Mr Lawrence.

“An integral part of the event will be the public workshops and various events, which we encourage all members of the public to participate in. However, in order to facilitate these special programs, we need an army of volunteers.”

The 2016 Centenary Committee are calling for interested members of the community who would like to be a part of the Symposium by helping to guide the hundreds of school students which are expected to visit over the course of the two weeks. 

Heritage crafts will also be on display and volunteers are needed to assist craftspeople.

“Volunteers are also needed to assist with daily set up and pack up, cleaning and various support tasks to assist the sculptors while they are working,” said Mr Lawrence.

“We would appreciate any time which you could assist, be it a couple of hours or a couple of days - the Symposium will be operating from 9.30am – 4pm each day which means volunteers would need to available during working hours.”

An information session for prospective volunteers will be held at Griffith City Library on Thursday 17 March, commencing at 5pm.

For more information or to discuss the volunteer roles, please contact Mrs Pam Young on 6962 8300.

Location set for International Sculptures

A key event and ongoing tribute to the Griffith Centenary is the International Sculpture Symposium to be held in 2016. Consisting of 5 sculptures, the 2016 Centenary Committee have been working on a suitable location to house these works of art into the future and have selected Willows and IOOF Parks.

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