To coincide with Lithgow’s Halloween Block Party, sculptor Tim Johnman decided to make 50 skulls and distribute them amongst local artists, with the idea of having them decorated to raise money for a local arts project. The results were beyond expectation and the finished skulls attracted hundreds of admirers, before being auctioned off on Saturday 1st November 2014.
Artists from the Lithgow area and those with a connection to Lithgow participated, including painters Lucy Culliton and Jane Canfield, ceramicist Anna Culliton, textile designers Sandy and Tom Fullerton, mixed media artist David Newman-White, illustrator Beth Norling and photographer Julie Williams.
“Some skulls obviously had several hours, if not days, worth of work in them,” Tim said. “But for most people, the moment they held the blank skull in their hands they couldn’t say no.”
The Skulls 14 Project raised over $3500 for the Lithgow Laneways project, a Tidy Towns initiative which aims to have the laneways of the Lithgow CBD revitalised incorporating public art projects.
“It was a great start to what will hopefully become an ongoing event,” said Tim.