Thanks to ongoing commitment from our sponsors, the Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize is now a prestigious national woodworking event, attracting contemporary designers and innovative craftspeople in the promotion of our beautiful native timbers and sustainable use of our timber resources.

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Barung Landcare invites you to participate in the 13th Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize competition to be exhibited at the Maleny Wood Expo From Seed to Fine Furniture from 2nd to 4th May 2020.

With ongoing commitment from sponsors, the Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize is becoming a truly prestigious national woodworking competition, attracting contemporary designers and innovative craftspeople in the promotion of our beautiful native timbers and sustainable use of our timber resources.

The Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize forms the feature exhibition at the Wood Expo which will run for the 24th year in 2020 attracting thousands of visitors to the area.

 New Categories

For the first time at the Maleny Wood Expo the Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize will be divided into 3 categories:

• Furniture $2500
• Sculpture $2500
• Tiny Treasures $2500

Overall $10,000 1st Prize chosen from any of the 3 categories.
- sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council

$500 Peoples Choice Prize chosen from any of the 3 categories.

Tiny Treasures
Sponsored by
Australian Woodsmith Magazine

The “Tiny Treasures” celebrates works of smaller dimensions. It acknowledges work small in scale but big on design and craftsmanship - beautifully designed and exquisitely crafted.

Theme

The theme for the 2020 Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize is DoveTails. DoveTails is openly used here as a play on words and is a starting provocation to be interpreted across all three categories and only limited by the imagination. For Instance, however not limited to:

• DoveTails offers an infinite array of joinery techniques to explore

• DoveTails presents the Dove and its Tail as a starting point

• DoveTails also proposes endless stories to be represented
e.g. The Dove as a symbol of peace

The Competition

The Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize offers wood artisans working in sustainably harvested Australian timbers from native forests or plantations, recycled or weed timbers, the opportunity to showcase their work to the broad Maleny Wood Expo audience.

Entries may be contemporary to traditional in design, and may be functional or sculptural.

Exhibition pieces may be offered for sale at the exhibition, with any sales at the Expo attracting a 20% commission.

Any work sold at the Expo must remain on display for the duration of the event.

All works will be labeled during the exhibition with:
• the artist’s name, title of piece, timber species, other materials used, and sale price.
• the artist’s contact details
• a brief artist’s statement.

Judging will take place on the afternoon of Friday 1st May 2020.

Winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on the evening of Friday 1st May, and publicised in national woodworking magazines and other media.

The 2020 First Place winner will be invited to be a member of the judging panel for the 2021 Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize.