Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Mudgee’s Sculptures in the Gardens

John Fitzmaurice 'Encounter' SIG2020, Photo by Amber Hooper

Submissions close 20 August. Mudgee and regional NSW’s largest and most renowned outdoor sculpture exhibition – Sculptures in
The Garden – is on again for its 11th year. Exhibition 9-10 October 2021.

CALL FOR WORKS: SCULPTURES IN THE GARDEN 2021

We invite artists to an open call for submissions to one of the largest sculpture exhibitions in rural NSW – Sculptures in the Garden 2021.

Held over 16 days, the 2021 exhibition will run from Saturday 9th October until Sunday 24th October. This not for profit outdoor exhibition gives local, regional and interstate artists an avenue to exhibit their works in beautiful rural surroundings at the Rosby cellar door, gallery and vineyard in Mudgee NSW.

PRIZES & AWARDS

  • $25,000 Sculptures in the Garden and Mid-Western Regional Council Acquisition Prize. The acquired work will be part of the Mid Western Regional Council public art collection

  • $10,000 Friends of Sculptures in the Garden Acquisition Prize. The winning acquisition will be part of the Mid-Western Regional Council’s public art collection.

  • $5,000 Moolarben Acquisition Prize. The winning acquisition will be part of the Mid-Western Regional Council’s public art collection.

  • $500 People’s Choice Award

  • $300 The Sculptors Society prize

Application information here: https://www.sculpturesinthegarden.com.au/info-for-artists

Entries close midnight Friday 20th August 2021.


With over 25,000 people through the doors over the past 10 years and over 380 exhibiting artists, the highly anticipated annual event will celebrate its 11th year in 2021. Due to the success of the extended format of 2020, the original two-day weekend will once again be replaced by a two-week long exhibition.

Sculptures in the Garden, a not-for-profit organisation that started as a small community-minded event, has now become the largest and most well-known sculpture exhibition in regional Australia.

Over the last 10 years, Sculptures in the Garden has been instrumental in bringing arts and culture to the Mudgee region and has attracted names such as Her Excellency, Dame Marie Bashir, Wendy Whiteley, Lord Mayor Clover Moore, acclaimed sculptors, Paul Selwood and Stephen King and  respected art scholar, the late Edmund Capon.

The exhibition has contributed 23 acquisitive works to the Lawson Park Sculpture Walk; visited and enjoyed year-round by both locals and visitors to the region. The Lawson Park Sculpture Walk continues to act as a legacy of the Sculptures in the Garden event and all it has achieved for arts in the Central West.

The 10th anniversary year of the exhibition also marked the first year of a wonderful partnership with Mudgee Hospital: displaying and recognising public art in their grounds to boost the spirits of those in need of inspiration.

The 11th year of Sculptures in the Garden will be held over the course of two weeks following the success of the extended format unveiled in 2020. The extension enabled the highest attendance levels to date, and with a truly remarkable line-up shaping up for 2021, it is expected to be the biggest and best year yet.

Visitors in 2021 will also have the opportunity to see the brand new Rosby Gallery and Cellar Door. The recently built gallery and cellar door was unveiled earlier this year. It offers a permanent indoor exhibition space to provide year-round flexibility for art exhibitions in addition to the outdoor sculpture garden.

Sculptures in the Garden 2021 will be held from Saturday 9th of October to Sunday the 24th of October in the sculpture garden, the gallery and surrounds of Rosby Wines. We are now calling all interested artists for submissions. Further details can be found on our website: https://www.sculpturesinthegarden.com.au

IMAGE: John Fitzmaurice ‘Encounter’ SIG2020
Photo Amber Hooper