Sculptures in the Garden, was held at Rosby winery in Mudgee over the weekend with over 3,500 people attending, an increase of one thousand people from last year.
Special guest and revered patron of Australian art, Wendy Whiteley opened the exhibition, which showcased the largest ever collection of works for the event.
With three major acquisition prizes up for grabs, winners included; Hui Selwood from Hill End who took out the major $25,000 Sculptures in the Garden and Mid-Western Regional Council prize with his work, ‘Pentad’.
Matt Hill from Melbourne who won the $10,000 Friends of Sculptures in the Garden prize for his work ‘Jack Thompson (Cleo Centrefold circa 1973)’ and Richard Nagel, a Mudgee local was awarded the $5,000 Moolarben prize for his work, ‘Flame Within’.
These acquired works will be included in Mudgee’s sculpture walk in Lawson Park joining the 14 sculptures already featured.
After officially opening the event, Wendy Whiteley spoke about how impressed she was with the talent.
“I was blown away by the entire event and the level of talent on display. I was so honoured to be involved in the proceedings and urge anyone interested in art, gardens and a magical country setting to make sure they put this exhibition on their must-do list,” she said.
Founder and Curator of Sculptures in the Garden, Kay Norton-Knight spoke of this year’s event.
“This was the biggest year we’ve had and we have been overwhelmed with not only the number of visitors but also exhibiting artists,” she said.
“What started out as a small passion project has indeed become a hugely successful community run event that attracts artists and visitors from across the country.”
“We’re already planning next year’s event and are looking forward to again bringing the best sculptures in Australia to our beautiful Mudgee region.”