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Mudgee's Sculptures in the Garden Exhibited its Biggest Ever Collection

Australia’s premier regional sculpture exhibition, Sculptures in the Garden, was held at Rosby winery in Mudgee over the weekend with over 3,500 people attending the much-anticipated annual event, up a 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 with nearly 50% sold throughout the weekend.
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.
With artists hailing from across Australia, the breadth of talent who entered the event this year was of exceptional quality and demonstrated the exhibition’s reputation as the leading sculpture event in regional Australia.
After officially opening the event and hosting an intimate conversation with acclaimed author and journalist, Janet Hawley on the Sunday, Wendy Whiteley has commented, “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.”
The acquisitive works will now be included in Mudgee’s sculpture walk in Lawson Park, a cultural hub in a pristine location that attracts both locals and visitors to view the exhibition’s previous winners along the banks of the Cudgegong River. With 14 Sculpture in the Garden works already featured in the park, it is a beautiful and very important inclusion for the Mudgee region’s art offering.
Other highlights of the not-for-profit event included over $21,000 raised for the local branch of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, 30 sculptures exhibited in the dedicated kid’s section, musical entertainment by Matt Boylan-Smith, artist talks throughout both days and meet and greets with the Guide Dog puppies.
Founder and Curator of Sculptures in the Garden, Kay Norton-Knight has said, “This year’s event was the biggest we’ve had, and we have been overwhelmed with not only the number of visitors but also exhibiting artists.
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,” Kay concluded.


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