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Primary interest is in sculpture

December 12 2012

Primary interest is in sculpture

Imaginary creature ... Antone Bruinsma's 'The Dew Sipper'.

Professional artist Antone Bruinsma has been creating sculptures for landscapes, urban spaces and private homes for more than 30 years and now his work has found its way into Queensland schools.

Mr Bruinsma's sandstone sculpture The Dew Sipper is to adorn the grounds of Cannon Hill State School, its prize as inaugural winner of the Angelique-Art Sculpture Award.

John Fitz-Walter of Primary Arts Network, an affiliation of Queensland primary school arts teachers, said it was refreshing to see art in primary schools recognised with a dedicated award.

Mount Nebo and Cannon Hill State Schools were the finalists in this first year of the award. The artist visited both schools to more fully consider their entries and to experience the intended place of the sculptural work within the school's context.

Each submission was considered from the perspective of how the Angelique-Art Sculpture Award would foster greater appreciation of sculpture as an arts expression and encourage children's engagement in the arts as an integral part of their growth and development.

Other factors taken into account were the involvement of the school's community members and the proposed placement of the sculpture.

Mr Bruinsma first encountered a stone sculpture in the playground of his Amsterdam primary school. This tall, abstract, dark stone carving has stayed with him and encouraged him to continue creating in the years since he migrated to Australia at the age of 12.

The Angelique-Art Sculpture Award was named after his two children: son Art who died soon after birth, and daughter Angelique who he credits with lifting his spirits and renewing his faith in creating.