Congratulations to the following artists, listed under their winning 2020 Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival categories:
First Prize: Stephen King, Tongue and Groove
Small Sculpture Prize: Johann Tovar Carrera, Portal 1
Highly Commended: Amanda Lockton, Fire’s Edge
Artist in Residence Prize: Gavin Vitullo, Monument to the Fallen
2325 Locals Prize: Rode Vella, Fatigue
The winners were selected by Art Critic and Lecturer John McDonald, and Sarah Johnson, Curator at Newcastle Art Gallery.
Sculpture in the Vineyards, The Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival, is in its 18th year. Held over 16 days, including three weekends in the middle of Spring, this not-for-profit Sculpture Exhibition is one of the oldest and largest sculpture festivals in Regional NSW. This year, 166 works from 103 sculptors have been selected for the exhibition from the 300 national, and international submissions received. This year’s selection includes seven previous Sculpture by the Sea major prize winners; Peter Lundberg, Paul Selwood, Jorg Plickat, Michael le Grand, Stephen King, Libby Bloxham and Harrie Fasher. Other highly respected artists include Stephen Coburn, Ron Robertson-Swann, Ayako Saito, Peter Tilley, Louis Pratt, Fiona Kemp, Hui Selwood, James McCallum and Robert Barnstone who won the major prize in 2019. Emerging artists, Amanda Lockton and Daniel Schwartz have also been selected again this year.