We invite artists to an open call for submissions to one of the largest sculpture exhibitions in rural NSW – Sculptures in the Garden 2019.

Held over two days, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October 2019, 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.


  • $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 Sensory Sculpture prize



The Selection Committee will consider all entries and its decision on works accepted will be final. Artists both successful and unsuccessful in their entry will be notified before Friday 13th September 2019. All works must be professional, finished for public exhibition, and be the original work of the submitting artist. Any work that is not fit for exhibition will be knocked back on viewing. Acquisition Prize & Public Art Brief for Artists

See below the independent selection panel for Sculptures in the Garden 2019. Any decision by the selection panel is final. 


Stephen King

Stephen’s first sculpture sought inspiration from fallen timber at his family farm to which he created a figurative sculpture. Since then, Stephen has exhibited throughout Australia and overseas with his work included in numerous public and private collections and continues to exhibit his works through commissions for private and public clients, a collaboration process to which he thoroughly enjoys. In 2013, Stephen won the major award at Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi and was invited back in 2016 as a feature artist for the 20th anniversary of Sculpture by the Sea.


Nick Vickers

With over 30 years in the art industry, Nick has championed the works of emerging artists by establishing a number of galleries through universities and art colleges. Nick has presented, curated and hosted national and international artists and has lectured in tertiary, intermediary and secondary institutions along with services on a range of curatorial panels and foundations. He is currently working as an independent art curator and is employed by TAFE NSW at Meadowbank campus where he lectures in museum and gallery practices.


Sam Paine

Sam Paine is a Councillor for the Mid-Western Regional Council and is also a journalist, artist and performer. Sam grew up in Mudgee and exhibits his art throughout the region and creates illustration work for clients across NSW.


Cam Anderson

Cameron Anderson is a local, award-winning architect with a strong focus on innovation and sustainable design. Cameron’s architecture business, CAARCH services the Central West and creates both small and large-scale residential and commercial projects.


Let your imagination run wild and create a sculpture that can be enjoyed without the sense of sight.  Think outside the square – your sculpture could be touched, heard or even smelt.  Our sensory pieces will be distributed throughout the garden with appropriate signage. A $300 prize for the best Sensory sculpture has kindly been donated by the Sculpture Society.  We are hoping that this will be an ongoing part of Sculptures in the Garden in future years, perhaps with a section of the garden totally devoted to the Senses.



  • An estimated 3,500 visitors are anticipated to visit the exhibition over the two days.

  • At the 2018 event, we displayed over 260 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 2018 event, over $21,000 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 23rd August 2019:

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

We look forward to receiving your entry forms for Sculptures in the Garden 2019.
Kay Norton-Knight
Sculptures in the Garden Curator

0428 635 993