THE WOLLOMBI VALLEY SCULPTURE FESTIVAL
Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival is now in its 19th year making it the oldest and largest not-for-profit sculpture event in Regional NSW.
The 2021 Festival will be held one month earlier than previous years, opening on Saturday September 11th and running for 16 days, including three weekends, till Sunday September 26th 2021.
The weather is much cooler at this time of the year and we know that the valley is at its most beautiful in early spring.
Last year’s festival was the biggest and most successful yet with 166 works from 103 national and international sculptors exhibiting.
EXCITING NEW PRIZE
For those who have been ‘watching this space’ we are thrilled to announce the exciting new prize which we have been working on.
The Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival Governor’s Prize
In partnership with the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, we are offering ‘The Governor’s Prize’ for the first time.
The winner of this prestigious award will have their sculpture displayed in the grounds of Government House, amongst other works from high profile sculptors, for 12 months at the conclusion of the Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival.
Sculptures entered in this category can still be sold during the festival and can also remain for sale in our Online Gallery whilst on display at Government House.
The prize will be awarded at the Festival Opening so anyone who buys the winning sculpture will know it is not available for 12 months but will no doubt be more valuable This is a fantastic opportunity for the winning sculptor to exhibit in a high profile location where their work will be seen by a large audience.
PRIZES IN 2021
2021 will be even bigger with over $41,000 prize money.
- $25,000 – First Prize
- $7,000 – Indoor Sculpture Prize
- $5,000 – Highly Commended Prize
- $2,000 – Emerging Artist Prize sponsored by the Wollombi Valley Progress Association
- $1,000 – 2325 Local Sculptor Outdoor Prize sponsored by Great Northern Trading Post
- $1,000 – 2325 Local Sculptor Indoor Prize sponsored by Wollombi Valley Arts Council
- $1,000 (in kind) – Artist in Residency Prize five days sponsored by and held at Undercliff Winery
- $250 (vouchers for materials) – Young Sculptor Prize
- The Governor’s Prize – Exposure and Prestige
Total cash prizes $41,000.
FOR PARTICIPATING SCULPTORS
Entries Close: 19th June 2021
Remember Festival Opens 11th September – save the date.
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Phone 0412 224 490
AND THE 2020 WINNERS WERE…
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
We acknowledge the Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which our Festival is taking place and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
Photos displayed in header courtesy of Ryder Studios, Nick Glover, Chris Southwood and Squiggle.