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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW



Mudgee and regional NSW’s most renowned outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculptures in the Garden, has enjoyed a hugely successful event for the 12th year. Over 270 sculptures were exhibited,
with 171 works sold including commissions.

Media release 2/11/22

Despite the incredibly heavy rain throughout the exhibition, 3,200 visitors attended throughout and over $12,000 was raised for our not-for-profit partner, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.
Visitors to the event were able to view over 270 works on display, including the acquisition prize winners as listed below:

  • $25,000 Sculptures in the Garden and Mid-Western Regional Council prize –Stallion by Francois Jaggi (Armidale)
  • $10,000 Friends of Sculptures in the Garden prize – The Bird Man by Ludwig Mlcek (Cox Creek)
  • $5,000 Moolarben prize – ‘Familia’ by Bridget Whitehead (Cardiff Heights)

These acquisitive prize-winning works will all be added to Lawson Park’s Sculpture Walk, a public art installation on the banks of the Cudgegong River that is enjoyed by locals and visitors to the region.
Sculptures in the Garden has contributed over 26 acquisitive works to the Lawson Park Sculpture Walk over the years and the walk acts as a legacy of the event and all it has achieved for arts in the
Central West over the years.

The following acquisition prize will be displayed permanently in the grounds of the new Mudgee Hospital.

  • $5,000 Buchanan Acquisition Prize for Hanging Sculpture – Low Hanging Fruit by Annie Herron (Rydal)

Other prizes won included the $500 People’s Choice Award, won by Tobie Hynes for Progression (Murrurundi), and Bridget Whitehead won the $300 The Sculptors Society Artistic Merit prize
for her sculpture Emergent VIII (Cardiff Heights).

Commenting on the success of this year’s event, Sculptures in the Garden Founder and Curator, Kay Norton-Knight commented, “We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received for
this year’s event. The support not only from our own community but from all those across NSW who came to visit, as well, of course, from our artists who poured their time, energy and frustrations into
their beautiful works has been marvellous.”

Sculptures in the Garden enables emerging artists to showcase their work, nurturing creativity and the arts in the regions. Speaking to the winner of the People’s Choice Award, Tobie Hynes commented
that “This is really the only award that matters to me. To know that people are enjoying my work is the best validation I can get, it means much more than a large sum of money. I couldn’t be happier with the result.”

All artworks were for sale at the event with prices ranging from $150 to $40,000 and artworks that remain on site at Rosby at the artist’s request will continue to be for sale.

With 2022 celebrating the 12 th year of the event, it seems this is only the beginning for this world class sculpture exhibition that has been hailed as rural Australia’s answer to Sculpture by the Sea.

IMAGE:    Credit Amber Creative.