Sculpture on the Scarp calling for artists to exhibit in Darlington

Kalamunda artist Mikaela Castledine will be judging this year's Sculpture on the Scarp at the Darlington Railway Station reserve. Picture: Evalyn Photography.
Kalamunda artist Mikaela Castledine will be judging this year's Sculpture on the Scarp at the Darlington Railway Station reserve. Picture: Evalyn Photography.

SCULPTURE on the Scarp is on the hunt for artists to transform the historic Darlington Railway Station into an outdoor art space this November.

The sculpture exhibition in the Perth Hills will be curated by award-winning Kalamunda artist and Sculpture by the Sea stalwart Mikaela Castledine.

Castledine said Sculpture on the Scarp was a unique tree-change exhibition that would take audiences on a journey as they escaped the hustle and bustle of the City.

“The very act of making and viewing art should transport you, take you from where you are to somewhere new,” she said.

“This is literally what it means to be moved by a work of art or to be carried away by a thought or a feeling – that you are no longer to be found in the place where you were.

“This is why the site of the old Darlington Railway Station is such a perfect place to display a sculpture exhibition, it is where you expect to be transported.

“For artists and audiences alike the Sculpture on the Scarp exhibition can take us on a journey to somewhere exciting and new or it can bring us home to the familiar and loved, we just have to be willing to go.”

Sculpture on the Scarp will be held on November 2 and 3 in conjunction with the long-running Darlington Arts Festival.

Sculpture on the Scarp coordinator Amy Pepper said last year’s inaugural event was a huge hit.

“Last year’s extension to the Darlington Arts Festival, which has been running for more than 50 years, made this unique heritage space in the village centre come alive,” she said.

“We had around 30 artists engaging with both the space and the public over the weekend.

“We hope to build upon the delight and wonder of last year with the space being lit up over the course of the weekend and with Mikaela taking on the curatorship.

“We look forward to this event becoming a highlight in the calendar for sculptors and audiences around the South-West.”

This year, Lighting Options Australia will light the exhibition across the weekend.

Applications close May 1. To apply email sculptureex@darlingtonartsfestival.com or call 0406 653 698.