Steel and stone will take centre stage in the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery on Friday, October 14, when the new exhibition Down to the Wire opens at 6pm.

The exhibition, created by multi-award winning sculptor Shannon Stone, is an exploration of connection, movement and freedom told through raw materials.

Originally from Coonabarabran and Rocky Glen, Mr Stone is a contemporary, self-taught steel and stone sculptor who produces robust works that allow the viewer to observe the finer details of nature from a distance.

Now based in Diamond Head, the artist’s works have been exhibited throughout the nation as indoor and outdoor installations.

Mr Stone draws inspiration from his adventures from country to coast and sums up his first solo exhibition in one word – “connection”.

“Connection to family, my past and many pasts before that, a deep sense of connection to, and yet distance from people, connection through traits and details, but a distance presented by time and space,” he said.

“A connection to place and this country, to the lands we tread upon and the beauty, difference and intricacy we can observe here.

“A wondering of movement, the concept of flight, and the journey that can be for us all to experience, physically or metaphoric, and a connection to growth, unabated, uncontrolled expansion and growth; that is a big part of it!

“Down to the Wire is a story of freedom, of fractures, of flight and of family, told through metaphor and steel.”


What: Down to the Wire
When: opening on 6pm, Friday, 14 October 2022
Where: Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery, 81-83 Chandos Street, Gunnedah.
Continues until: 3pm, Friday, 18 November, 2022