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ENTRIES OPEN 1st June 2020 and close at midnight 19th July 2020

CALL FOR WORKS – Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival 2020

We invite artists to submit sculptures for selection in the 2020 Festival. Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival is the oldest and one of the largest sculpture exhibitions in rural NSW.

Held over 16 days, from Saturday 17th October to Sunday 1st November 2020, this not-for-profit outdoor and indoor exhibition gives local, regional, interstate and international sculptors an opportunity to exhibit their works in the beautiful rural surroundings of the historic Wollombi Village.


  • $20,000 – First prize
  • $6000 – Indoor Small Sculpture prize
  • $5000 – Highly Commended prize
  • $1000 – 2325 Local Sculptor Prize Wollombi Valley Arts Council
  • $2000 – Artist in Residency Prize Undercliff Winery

All prizes are non-acquistional.


We are very fortunate to have secured two highly respected individuals as our judges for this year.

John McDonald

JOHN MCDONALD was born in Cessnock and after studying at Sydney University has been one of Australia’s best known art critics for over 30 years.
John writes a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald as well as contributing to many Australian and international publications.
He has written numerous catalogue essays, monographs on artists such as Jeffrey Smart and has been the curator for a wide range of exhibitions.
John has also written on films, travel and cricket and has worked as an editor and publisher.
He has lectured at galleries and colleges around the country including teaching Art History and Theory at the National Art School Sydney.

Sarah johnson

SARAH JOHNSON, with over twenty years experience in the arts, is the Curator at Newcastle Art Gallery. Holding this position since 2012 Johnson manages a collection of over 6700 works including Australian painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture as well as Japanese and Australian ceramics dating from the colonial to contemporary.
Sarah has curated over 40 exhibitions at Newcastle Art Gallery with newly commissioned works from state, regional and Newcastle’s esteemed collection.
Sarah has a Master of Art Administration from the University of New South Wales, a Diploma in Law and Collection Management from the Institute of Art and Law London and a Bachelor of Arts from Newcastle University majoring in art and film history.


We look forward to receiving your entry forms for Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival 2020.


Following the amazing success of the 2019 Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival, where over 60 artists sold more than 40 works, 2020 is really shaping up to be the best yet.

We are expecting over 2000 visitors to the festival this year.

There is over $34,000 prize money.

We already have submissions from Germany and England as well as entries from renowned sculptors from all over Australia.

The selected works will be on display and for sale in 2 Boutique Vineyards, 3 Indoor Galleries and throughout the Wollombi Valley.


For information regarding the above, contact:
Susan Leith-Miller Director

Sculpture displayed above: Gene Rosa – Robert Barnstone. Photo courtesy of Nick Glover.