The WOOTHA PRIZE is an initiative of Barung Landcare to promote sustainable use of timber resources.
Barung Landcare invites you to participate in the 11th Wootha Prize competition to be exhibited at the Maleny Wood Expo From Seed to Fine Furniture in early May 2018.
With ongoing commitment from sponsors, the 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 Wootha Prize forms the feature exhibition at the Wood Expo which will run for the 22nd year in 2018 attracting thousands of visitors to the area.
The 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.
The competition is themed each year with the 2018 competition theme being “joined”.
This theme is open to artistic interpretation.
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 4th May 2018.
Winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on the evening of Friday 4th May, and publicised in national woodworking magazines and other media.
The 2018 First Place winner will be invited to be a member of the judging panel for the 2019 Wootha Prize.
“The Blackall Range was first introduced to the notice of interested pioneers through the prevalence of the “blacks” or aboriginals who camped along the coast at Buderim and Mooloolaba and who paid their seasonal visits to the Range when the Bunya Pine Trees, which clothed the area, were bearing their great crop of nuts, which are so delightful when roasted, and availed of them for food.
By this agency, the early white settlers followed the “blacks” who told them of the “big fellow Wootha” (Cedar trees) which also abounded in the area and who thus became infused with the spirit of adventure.
The Red Cedar grew so abundantly and huge in their dimensions, that timber getters, who are invariably the first to interest themselves in such resources, were the first to be attracted, so became our pioneers.”
Reminiscences of Maleny by Dave Hankinson (1978)