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Entries close: Sculptures in the Garden
Fri August 23
– Call for works – 2019 Sculptures in the Garden, Mudgee –
Sculptures in the Garden is pleased to announce that artists are now officially invited to submit their works for this year’s exhibition. Held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October for its 9th consecutive year, it is expected to be the biggest year yet.
Sculptures in the Garden is arguably the largest and most renowned regional sculpture exhibition in NSW, with over 3,500 visitors in 2018 alone and growth continuing year on year. Situated in Mudgee, New South Wales at Rosby Vineyard and set amongst country gardens and vineyard vistas, it provides the perfect backdrop to some of Australia’s most talented artists and their works and is truly an event not to be missed.
Proceeds from the not-for-profit event go towards the joint venture with Mid-Western Regional Council with funds raised then used to purchase public art to be displayed in Lawson Park in Mudgee. Volunteers from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will again be catering and running the gate to raise money for their local charter.
This outdoor exhibition provides artists a one-off opportunity to exhibit their works and showcase them alongside local, regional, metropolitan and interstate artists with winning artists work acquired to become public art pieces.
The total value of the prizes and acquisitions will now total over $40,000 and include a top prize of $25,000 for the Sculptures in the Garden and Mid-Western Regional Council’s acquisition prize. Other prizes include a $10,000 Friends of Sculptures in the Garden acquisition prize and a $5,000 acquisition prize. All works that are acquired will be showcased in the Mid-Western Regional Council’s public art collection, displayed within the Lawson Sculpture Park along the banks of the Cudgegong River.
In the exhibition’s 9 year history, there has been continued support from Mid-Western Regional Council as well as support from esteemed members of the Arts community including the late Edmond Capon AM OBE, Dame Marie Bashir AD, Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, Paul Selwood and last year’s special guest, Wendy Whiteley.
As last year’s special guest to open the event, Wendy Whiteley commented, “I was blown away by the entire event and the level of talent on display. I was so honoured to be involved and urge anyone interested in art, gardens and a magical country setting to make sure they put this exhibition on their must-do list.”
The selection committee will include Stephen King, a globally renowned sculptor who has previously won the major prize at Sculpture by the Sea; Nick Vickers, a curator experienced in all facets of art; Cam Anderson, a highly regarded local architect and Sam Paine, a representative of Mid-Western Regional Council and a prominent journalist, artist and performer.
Visitors will also have an opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork with the winner to receive a $500 People’s Choice Award. There is also a $300 Sculptors Society Sensory Sculpture prize.
Sculptures in the Garden will be held on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October with entries accepted until Friday 23rd August. Exhibitors may also apply for a travel allowance.
For terms and conditions and to lodge an entry, artists should visit: www.sculpturesinthegarden.com.au
HIGHLIGHTS – Over 3,500 visitors are expected to visit Sculptures in the Garden 2019 – In 2018, over 50% of works were sold, with a higher level expected in 2019 – Over $21,000 was raised for the local branch of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT – 2018 was the biggest collection of works exhibited in the history of Sculptures in the Garden
Image: Antideluvian by Gavin Roberts Phoro Credit Amber Hooper
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