18 December 2015

$85,000 in Proceeds from Sculpture Event to Help Children in Crisis


The Lombardy Charitable Trust, and this incredible biennial event have supported Cholmondeley for many years.

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Horse by Hannah Kidd winner Peoples Choice AwardSculpture on the Peninsula, the largest exhibition of sculpture in the South Island, has donated $85,000 of proceeds raised from the event to local children’s charity, Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.

The Lombardy Charitable Trust, and this biennial event have consistently raised significant amounts over the years for Cholmondeley, which provides short-term respite care to children whose families are experiencing stress or crisis. “We are 70% community-funded so, needless to say, this sum represents a significant contribution to our yearly operating costs”, says Cholmondeley CEO, Shane Murdoch. “We are just so thankful to the Lombardy Trust, the sculptors, artists, and Banks Peninsula community for the amount of time and hard work they put in to make the event the huge success it is.”

The 2015 event saw record crowds attend over the event’s three days, which included an official opening evening on 6 November and public open days on 7 and 8 November.

Parking Volunteer demonstrates her directioning skillsThe event boasts a high level of local engagement and support, with over 400 volunteers working up to and during the event. Gill Hay, head of the Sculpture on the Peninsula Organising Committee and the Lombardy Charitable Trust Event Manager, says “the success of the event is due to the generosity of so many — the artists, businesses and all the people who come and help in the lead up to the event and over the weekend — it wouldn’t be possible without this extensive support.”

Murdoch views the event as a “highlight in Cholmondeley’s fundraising calendar” and values the opportunity it gives him and his staff to tell more people about Cholmondeley and its services. “It’s a great chance to meet with the community who support us so generously, and help them understand more about the work we do — we want every family to know that Cholmondeley is there, and how we can support them when they need it most.”

About Sculpture on the Peninsula

Sculpture on the Peninsula is the vision of Banks Peninsula local, the late Geoff Swinard. Swinard formed a committee and later the Lombardy Charitable Trust to run the event, which aims to showcase to the public current art practice in New Zealand.

This year’s $10,000 award went to Aaron Te Rangaio for his work: 10 Green Bottles.