ENTRIES OPEN 1st May 2021 and close at midnight 19th June 2021


There is a $45 entry fee per artist, which allows for three entries. Please note, no more than two sculptures per artist will be selected. The fee is payable on submission of a completed online entry form for the first entry made; this fee allows for a further two entries by the same artist. Sculptures are eligible for selection only after full payment of the entry fee has been received. The fee applies to all artists and is non-refundable, whether a sculpture is selected or not.

Entry is free for up to two sculptures for young artists still attending school; after submission of their first entry, young artists at school may then submit one more entry.


A Selection Panel will be appointed by the 2021 Curatorial Team; the Selection Panel will consider all entries and their decision on works selected for exhibition will be final. Artists will be notified of selection of their work(s) by Monday 19 July 2021. The placement of selected works will be at the discretion of the Curatorial Team. The Curatorial Team reserves the right to invite artists to exhibit without selection. Members of the Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival Committee may enter and be selected to exhibit but are not eligible to win a prize.

An Independent Panel of Judges will be announced on the website prior to the opening of the Festival. They will view the exhibition and select the prize winners. Any decision made by the Independent Panel of Judges is final; no discussion will be entered into. Prize winners will be announced at the Official Opening on Saturday 11 September 2021. Attendance at the Official Opening is by invitation only.



  • Entry deadline: Saturday 19 June 2021 by midnight. This date is final and there will be no extensions provided. The on-line entry system will automatically prevent entry submission after the deadline.
  • Artists submitting more than one sculpture must make a separate entry for each sculpture.
  • Artists may submit up to three sculptures for selection, but no more than two sculptures will be selected. Young artists still at school may submit two entries.
  • Multiples will be counted as one entry as long as they are essentially the same and they can be sold separately, including multiples that form an installation.
  • All entries must be the original work of the submitting artist.
  • Entries that have been previously exhibited at Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival will not be considered for selection.
  • This year we are working closely with Sculpture on the Farm, Dungog, which opens on Friday 1 October 2021. We request that the sculptures that artists enter into Sculpture in the Vineyards are different to those entered into Sculpture on the Farm. The two events will be marketed as the Hunter Arts Trail.
  • All entries must be of completed sculptures; works in progress, concepts and drawings will not be considered.
  • There are three entry categories: Indoor Sculpture, Outdoor Sculpture and Indoor or Outdoor Sculpture.
  • Editions: Artist are asked to provide edition details.
  • Artist name for catalogue: Artists are asked to provide the artist name they are known by and as they would like it to be written in the Festival catalogue should the sculpture entered be selected for exhibition.
  • Artist statement: Artists are asked to provide anartist statement for each sculpture, which will be used in the catalogue as it is written on the on-line entry form.
  • Artist biography: Artists are asked to providesome background information about themselves and their work, which may be used by our Festival volunteers and tour guides and shared with interested members of the public.
  • Sculptures must not pose a risk to the general public. All works will be assessed for safety after installation. Notwithstanding, we encourage all artists (or the gallery representing them, if applicable) to have Public Liability Insurance for their sculptures. NAVA can help with this.
  • All works that require electrical power must be single phase 240 volt, maximum 2 Amp current draw. The artist must have the wiring approved by a licensed electrician


  • Outdoor sculptures must be able to withstand harsh weather conditions including sun, extremely strong winds and rain, and possible wildlife intrusion.
  • Outdoor sculptures that require a concrete footing will not be considered.


  • Indoor sculptures selected will be exhibited in the Old Fireshed Gallery in Wollombi, the Wollombi Community Hall, the Old Dance Hall in Wollombi and the Laguna Hall. Larger indoor works can be accommodated.
  • It is the artist’s responsibility to provide a suitable, freshly painted plinth if one is required for the sculpture if selected. Please ensure the artist’s name is on the bottom of the plinth. 

A sculpture entered in the Indoor or Outdoor Sculpture category must meet the criteria above for both an indoor sculpture and an outdoor work. If selected the sculpture may be exhibited indoors or outdoors at the Curator’s discretion.


Each work submitted requires at least two (maximum four) good quality JPEG images (minimum 300 dpi). The images are to be taken from different angles to help with the selection process; please add something for scale in one of the photos. (e.g. teaspoon, mug, dog).  One of the images provided of a selected sculpture will be included in the catalogue.

The artist owns the copyright of their work(s) and licences Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival to reproduce the artwork in the 2021 Festival and later years’ events: catalogue, website, publicity, media releases and other promotions in relation to the Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival event.


Installation of selected works will take place from Friday 3 September 2021. Artists will be given a specific time and date and are required to meet with a member of the Curatorial Team before proceeding to install. Artists must bring their own tools and assistants to install and de-install their work. All sites must be returned to their original condition after their work has been removed.

Sculptures must remain onsite until the close of the Festival at 4pm, Sunday 26 September 2021.

Sculptures that are not sold must be collected between 4pm and 6pm on Sunday 26 September or between 9am and 4pm, Monday 27 September 2021. Or collected later by prior arrangement.


Artists are responsible for the transport of their sculptures to and from the Festival.

Artists are responsible for removing all packing materials from their site. Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival does not store any packing materials. All freight and transport costs are the responsibility of the artist, including arrangement of delivery of sold works with the purchaser.


Sculptures will be located on the grounds of participating vineyards and galleries and at key locations in Wollombi and Laguna Villages in the Wollombi Valley.


The artist is responsible for ensuring the sculpture installation remains safe at all times. All instructions from the Curatorial Team or site venue must be complied with promptly. Artworks will be assessed for safety after installation; we encourage all artists to obtain Public Liability Insurance.

Conservation policy: It is the responsibility of the artist, or representative of the artist, to maintain the presentation of their sculpture for the duration of the Festival. 

All risk during the Festival remains with the artist; there is no insurance cover for damage or theft of any items by the Festival and its people. Artists are responsible for their own insurance cover if insurance is required.

The Curatorial Team will endeavour to take good care of all sculptures whilst on display, but will not be held responsible for any damage or theft of any items.

The Curatorial Team are authorised to move or remove sculptures from sale for any reason.


All works must be for sale during the Festival and whilst they remain on the exhibition grounds. Works should be priced to sell with no discounts allowed at the close of the Festival and during the month after the Festival concludes.

Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival will retain a 30% commission on all sales. Please take this into consideration when advising us of your selling price. Any sale during the month after the Festival concludes are also subject to 30% commission.

Where an artist (or representing gallery, if applicable) is registered for GST, it is understood that this has been included, together with the 30% Festival commission, in the final sale price entered for a sculpture on the entry form.

Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival is offering an online gallery option, Gallery Wollombi, on the entry form. If your sculpture is exhibited but doesn’t sell at the Festival, or you have an edition, you can opt to have it included on Gallery Wollombi until Sculpture in the Vineyards 2022. Online sales will be subject to our 30% commission.

For all sculpture sales: transport, removal and insurance will be the responsibility of the artist and purchaser. By entering online and paying the entry fee you are agreeing to our Conditions of Entry.


$25,000 – First Prize
$7,000 – Indoor Sculpture Prize
$5,000 – Highly Commended Prize
$2,000 – Emerging Artist Prize
$1,000 – 2325 Local Sculptor Indoor Prize
$1,000 – 2325 Local Sculptor Outdoor Prize
$1,000 (in kind) – Artist in Residency Prize
$250 (vouchers for materials) – Young Sculptor Prize
Exposure and prestige – The Governor’s Prize

25,000 First Prize and $5,000 Highly Commended Prize: All sculptures will be considered for these prizes.

$7,000 Indoor Sculpture Prize: All sculptures entered in the Indoor Sculpture Category will be considered for this prize. 

$2,000 Emerging Artist Prize: An emerging artist is considered to be someone who has not won a major art prize, has not had a solo exhibition and is not represented by a gallery.

$1,000 2325 Local Sculptor Indoor Prize and $1,000 2325 Local Sculptor Outdoor Prize: These prizes are open to artists in the 2325 postcode.

$1,000 (in kind) Artist in Residency Prize: This prize is a five-day residency at Undercliff Winery, Wollombi. It is worth $1,000 in kind, so cannot be redeemed for cash. The residency must be taken up within 12 months of the prize being awarded.

$250 (vouchers for materials) Young Sculptor Prize: This prize is open to young artists still attending school. The prize is $250 worth of vouchers for materials, so cannot be redeemed for cash.

The Governor’s Prize: This prize is open to sculptures entered in the Outdoor Sculpture and Indoor or Outdoor Sculpture Categories on the condition that the sculpture entered meets the various conditions above, apart from the fact that the sculpture must be unique, editions are not eligible; the sculpture must also not be an ephemeral sculpture. The winning sculpture will become part of a select exhibition of sculptures in the grounds of Government House in Sydney, adjacent to the Royal Botanic Garden, for 12 months at the conclusion of the Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival 2021. The combined height of the sculpture (or the sculpture disassembled into component parts for transportation) and the vehicle on which it is being transported to and from Government house must not exceed 4.3m, in order to clear the trees along Government House drive. 
The winning sculptor will be asked to sign a loan agreement with Sculpture in the Vineyards, which in turn will loan the sculpture to the NSW Government. De-installation, transportation and installation costs from the Festival to Government House will be paid by Sculpture in the Vineyards, the Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival. The NSW Government will insure the sculpture while it is at Government House.

If someone wishes to buy the sculpture during the Festival, or during the 12 months it is on display at Government House via our online gallery if the artist chooses this option, a deposit will be taken by Sculpture in the Vineyards. The deposit will be kept in escrow until the 12-month display period is over, at which time the balance of the sculpture price will be paid by the purchaser to Sculpture in the Vineyards, the Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival, and full payment less Sculpture in the Vineyard’s 30% commission will be made to the winning sculptor.   

The artist is responsible for de-installation of the sculpture at Government House at the end of the 12-month display period, and the sculpture’s site at Government House must be returned to its original condition after the work has been removed. The artist is also responsible for all freight and transport costs from Government House, including arrangement of delivery of the work with the purchaser if it is sold.


Entries open: Saturday 1 May

Entries close: Midnight Saturday 19 June

Finalists notified: by Monday 19 July

Installation: Friday 3 September – Thursday 9 September

Festival opens: Saturday 11 September

Opening times: 10am – 4pm daily

Official Opening: Saturday 11 September, by invitation only

Festival closes: Sunday 26 September, 4pm

De-installation: Sunday 26 September, 4pm – 6pm and Monday 27 September, 9am – 4pm, or by prior arrangement.

Artist BBQ: Sunday 26 September, 6pm


Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi Sculpture Festival and Sculpture on the Farm, Dungog will be promoted as the Hunter Arts Trail. Artists are requested to enter different sculptures into these two events.

All queries regarding the Festival and the on-line entry form can be made to our Curatorial Team at

Sculpture displayed above: Stargate – Myles Naylor. Photo courtesy of Chris Southwood.