One of the largest sculpture exhibitions in rural NSW, the annual two-day event ‘Sculptures in the Garden’ returns to Mudgee, showcasing over 200 sculptures and outdoor artworks by local, regional and interstate artists.
Held on 7 to 8 October, 9am to 4pm, in a private garden within Rosby vineyard, Paul Selwood, one of Australia’s finest abstract sculptors will officially open the exhibition.
Sculptures in the Garden objective for this event has always been to showcase sculpture as an artform, curate the work of some of the most interesting sculptors currently working in NSW, and engage the local community in the appreciation of – and education about – these works.
Artistic Director Kay Norton-Knight’s vision is to bring Sculptures to the Mudgee region; to provide a venue for emerging artists to display and sell their work and network with other artists; and to develop public art for the benefit of the community and visitors to the Mudgee region.
Works by some of Australia’s most recognised artists will be on display including Mark Titmarsh, VIVID exhibitor Alan Rose, Sculpture By The Sea exhibitors Paul Selwood, John Fitzmaurice and Hui Selwood as well as local artist and former Sculpture By The Sea exhibitor Nigel White.
Artistic director Kay Norton-Knights says, “Sculptures in the Garden provides visitors and locals the opportunity to immerse themselves in fascinating works of art amongst the picturesque Mudgee scenery. “Sculptures in the Garden 2017 is set in beautiful rural surroundings with an exquisite curated collection of artworks on display. We anticipate more than 3,000 visits at the exhibition over the weekend, giving artists a huge exposure.”
A key highlight during the exhibition will be a discussion panel hosted by Nick Lowther, Chief of Staff at ABC Dubbo taking a seat with Paul Selwood and Nigel White, discussing how public art can shape a country town.
Other highlights on this year’s program include live music in the garden from Matt Boylan-Smith, sculpture demonstrations with Sculpture by the Sea artist Barbara Licha, garden walks, art tours, Guide Dog puppy demonstrations, fermented replenishments by Rosby Wine Bar, and the return of the popular Kids Sculpture exhibition.