IN DETAIL: Tumanako Te Aute shows his traditional skills for some detailed carving. D8041-057

AT least 15 sculptors from around New Zealand have been at work in the Rose Gardens during the week, and the carvings at the annual Sculpture Symposium are really taking shape this Anniversary Weekend.

From Saturday to Monday, the sculptors will be joined by weavers, potters and painters, as well as vibrant arts educators offering an exciting range of creative activities.

Whakatane art teacher Marie Dixon will be on hand on Sunday and Monday to encourage and inspire visitors keen to play.

Drop in for a range of hands-on opportunities, and get to know the artists making work in the park. All activities are free; all ages are welcome.

Also on Saturday, The Travelling Tuataras – Jill and Brian – are coming all the way from the bush and lakes of Rotorua to bring our community “Fun making! Wild art! Stories alive!” as part of the Sculpture Symposium. Find them under the trees at the Rose Gardens from 10am -3pm on Saturday.

Eastern Bay Life photographer Troy Baker has been keeping an eye on the sculptors as they bring their work toward completion.