We invite artists to an open call for submissions to one of the largest sculpture exhibitions in rural NSW – Sculptures in the Garden 2017.

Held over two days, Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October 2017, this not for profit outdoor exhibition gives local, regional and interstate artists an avenue to exhibit their works in beautiful rural surroundings within a private garden and vineyard in Mudgee NSW.


This year we are adding a sensory component to Sculptures in the Garden 2017. If you have a sculpture that can be felt, heard or even smelt and you are happy to potentially have guests touching your work, you may want to enter it into this section. The idea is to encourage visitors to experience sculpture without the sense of sight in acknowledgement of our association with the Guide Dogs. The pieces will be displayed throughout the exhibition and marked as a Sensory Sculpture. We are currently looking at sponsors to potentially be able to offer a special prize for this section.


  • $15,000 Sculptures in the Garden and Mid-Western Regional Council Acquisition. From money raised from Sculptures in the Garden 2016, SIG and MWRC will be purchasing a sculpture or sculptures from the 2017 exhibition up to the value of $15,000. The acquired work/s will be part of the Mid Western Regional Council public art collection

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

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

  • $500 People's Choice Award


  • An estimated 3,000 visitors are anticipated to visit the exhibition over the two days.

  • At the 2016 event, we displayed over 230 sculptures and sold 50% of the artworks.

  • Proceeds from the weekend exhibition go to a local arts initiative to develop a sculpture walk in Mudgee’s Lawson Park

  • At the 2016 event, over $18,000 was raised by the Mudgee Support Group for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT


Please read the TERMS & CONDITIONS before submitting your entry form, images, artist statement and artist biography via one of the following methods by Midnight Friday 8th September 2017:

If you have any questions regarding the above information please contact myself or Amber Norton-Knight on 0414 942 917

We look forward to receiving your entry forms for Sculptures in the Garden 2017.
Kay Norton-Knight
Sculptures in the Garden Curator

0428 635 993