Skulls '16 exhibit opening at Lithgow Library a great beginning for Halloween celebrations

Sarah Michell and Tim Johnman at Lithgow Skulls 2016.

Sarah Michell and Tim Johnman at Lithgow Skulls 2016.

Continuing what has become a runaway success, Lithgow Library hosted this year’s Lithgow Skulls exhibition opening on Friday.

Artists from across the region have contributed time and effort into making decorative skulls that will be auctioned off on the night of Halloween, October 29.

Medieval, steampunk, psychedelic, abstract themes and more are all currently on show at the library.

There are 58 skulls from as many different artists, and all money will to Lithgow Tidy Towns’ Laneways projects, beautifying streets and alleyways across Lithgow.

Some notable names have contributed to the exhibit including artist Warwick Fuller, who was the tour artist for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall when they visited Australia in 2012 and 2015.

Lithgow Tidy Towns Chairperson Sue Graves said last year’s auction hauled in no less than $10,000, with one skull alone going for as much as $750.

The exhibition is in its third year, and continues to grow in popularity.

Speaking at the official launch on Friday, Ms Graves said it was great to see so many creatives come together for the city’s benefit.

“It is just so wonderful that we have people generous with [their] time, knowing you’re not going to get any financial reward but your work will contribute to public art in Lithgow,” she said.

“That’s just a great contribution that you have made and are making.”

Lithgow councillor Maree Statham was given the honor of officially launching the exhibit, and spoke of the talent and creativity put into the unique works.

“To create something so amazing I think you all must be very talented, and we obviously have a lot of hidden treasures,” she said.

The skulls are currently on display at Lithgow Library and Learning Centre.

The auction for the skulls will be held on the night of Lithgow’s Halloween celebrations on Saturday, October 29 at 7:30pm.

Take a look for yourself and get into the Halloween spirit.

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