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Artists are currently invited to submit entries for two very popular events that will be returning this year. Sculptures are wanted for Sculpture at Sawmillers Reserve and the Sculpture Trail at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden.


Sculpture at Sawmiller’s Reserve

Mark it in the diary – the beautiful outdoor event Sculpture at Sawmillers Reserve will again be held in the iconic harbourside setting in McMahons Point this year. It’s on from Friday 8 October to Sunday 17 October, 2021. And sculptures are wanted!

All artists are currently invited to make a submission. Submissions of medium sized exterior sculptures and installations should be made by 30 June 2021. Exhibition finalists will be selected by a panel in mid-July. A major prize of $30,000 (non-acquisitive) will be awarded, as well as other smaller prizes.

Image: Jane Dawson, ‘Emu’ www.sculptureatsawmillers.com/

This is the fourth Sculpture at Sawmillers exhibition, coordinated by Elsa Atkin AM, who instigated the event.

“I have always loved sculpture as an artform, and it was my dream to give a sculpture exhibition to A major prize of $30,000 (non-acquisitive) will be awarded, as well as other small prizes.

In recent months I have been overwhelmed by community members asking for a repetition of the exhibition,” Ms Atkin said. “I am lucky that I can work with a wonderful group of volunteers who are eager to help in staging the exhibition and I feel particularly chuffed that through the generosity of our sponsors we will be giving $30,000 to the winner of the non-acquisitive Major Prize.”  

North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson said North Sydney Council was delighted to support this wonderful community initiative once again. 

“I love seeing Sawmillers Reserve transformed into an outdoor pop-up art gallery. This picturesque park is truly the perfect backdrop for this inspiring event which not only shines a light on one of North Sydney’s hidden gems but creates accessible public art in the community.

“I’m a big supporter of public art and strongly believe it adds value to our municipality. Public art improves open space, fosters community pride and invites everyone to share their perspective.”

Visit www.sculptureatsawmillers.com for more information, to download the entry form and for the conditions of entry. Entries close June 30.

Main image: Dance by artist John Petrie.


The Sculpture Trail at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

Ku-ring-gai Council’s environmentally themed public art competition is open for entries until Friday 30 July 2021 – with adults and kids invited to submit their entries. The Sculpture Trail gives local and regional artists an avenue to exhibit works in the beautiful bushland surroundings of the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden at St Ives.

Sculptures should reflect on the uniqueness of the Australian bush landscape and showcase environmental themes through the use of sustainable materials.

The Sculpture Trail will be open to the public from 4 September to 4 October.

A total of $5370 in cash and prizes is on offer, funded by Ku-ring-gai’s environmental levy and the Ku-ring-gai Art Centre. A first prize of $3000 cash will be awarded, $1500 for second and $500 for third.

A Junior Sculpture Walk category has been introduced for children aged 12 years and under. The Junior Sculpture Walk winner will receive a free term of classes of their choice at the Ku-ring-gai Art Centre.

The George Caley People’s Choice Award, named after the first botanist to explore the area, will also be up for grabs. This award encourages visitors to engage in the Sculpture Trail by uploading a photo of their favourite artwork to Instagram, along with a caption and hashtag #kuringgaisculpturetrail for a chance to win $100. The artist nominated as the People’s Choice will also win $100.

Entries for the sculpture walk art competition will be accepted until 30 July. Visit www.krg.nsw.gov.au/scupturetrail<http://www.krg.nsw.gov.au/scupturetrail> to find out more and apply.

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