PRESS RELEASE - Sculptures in the Garden, Mudgee 2015, Call for Artist Submissions


For Immediate Release May 2015

One of the largest sculpture exhibitions in rural NSW, Sculptures in the Garden 2015 has issued an open call for submissions from artists.

Held over Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 2015, the not for profit outdoor exhibition features local, regional, Sydney and interstate artists.

Event organizer, Amber Norton-Knight, says Sculptures in the Garden 2015 provides artists a unique avenue to exhibit their works.

Sculptures in the Garden 2015 is set in beautiful rural surroundings within a private garden and vineyard in Mudgee, NSW,” Amber said.

“We anticipate more than 3,000 visitors will attend the exhibition over the weekend, providing huge exposure for the artists

“It’s also very likely that they will sell their work. Last year, Sculptures in the Garden displayed over 270 sculptures and more than 50% were sold.”

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

This year, Mid-Western Regional Council will be purchasing sculptures from the exhibition up to the value of $11,000.  The acquired work/s will be part of the Mid Western Regional Council public art plan,” Amber said.

Other prizes will be bestowed upon artists in the form of a People’s Choice Award and $5,000 Acquisition Prize. The winning acquisition will be part of Mid-Western Regional Councils public art collection.

The Mudgee Support Group of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will be assisting throughout the 2-days running the gate and providing catering for the event.

Submissions for Sculptures in the Garden 2015 are now open. The submissions deadline is Friday 11th September 2015. Entry forms and more information can be found on the Sculptures in the Garden website;



October 10 – 11, 9am – 4pm

Kay & Gerald Norton-Knight’s garden ‘Rosby’

122 Strikes Lane, Eurunderee, Mudgee

Phone 02 6373 3856

Sculpture in the Garden raises over $20,000 for Guide Dogs in 'best year yet'

Organisers of Sculptures in the Garden have called this year’s event on October 11 and 12 their “best year yet”. 

Amber Norton-Knight from Rosby Wines said  more than 2300 visitors walk through the gates over the weekend, and more than 50 per cent of the sculptures went home with new owners – including three headed for public places around the Mid-Western region, thanks to Council. 

The total amount raised over the two days for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT was over $20,000. 

“The Mudgee Support Group for Guide Dogs volunteers worked hard over the two days to raise this figure through entry fees, raffles and catering,” Ms Norton-Knight said. 

“Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will also get a share of the commission from the sale of sculptures, and the Sculptures in the Garden Committee hope to announce this final figure in the coming weeks.” 

An addition to the annual public art event, a new feature, the Children’s Labyrinth was very popular with the children and was a great space to display the many entries the committee received from younger local artists.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore found it very hard to judge children’s entries and after much deliberation awarded prizes to several budding young artists and classes. 

Prize winners were: 

Preschool Category

Winners -  Mudgee Preschool - Creatures from the Garden; Highly commended - Mudgee Preschool, Owls. 

Infants Category

Winners - Mudgee Public School KB - Where the Wild Sticks Are; Highly commended - Mudgee Public School KS, Ouch!

Primary Category

Winners - Hargraves Public School - Fish Garden;  Highly commended - Lue Public School, Blue Chooks; Highly commended - St Matthew’s Yr 5, Local Connections

High School Category

Winners -  Kandos High School Yr 7, Janus Faces;  Highly commended - Helena Shearman, New Beginnings. 

Kay and Gerald Norton-Knight thank the Mid-Western Regional Council and Moolarben Coal for their support for the event and the Sculptures in the Garden Committee for their hard work and ongoing commitment to the event.