Spectacular Wollombi sculpture festival starts Saturday

INNOVATIVE: Inclusion by Wollongong artist Greer Taylor, at Undercliff Winery. Photo by Andrew Cooney.
INNOVATIVE: Inclusion by Wollongong artist Greer Taylor, at Undercliff Winery. Photo by Andrew Cooney.

Wollombi Valley’s spectacular Sculpture in the Vineyards is back again for 2014, launching this Saturday.

The Hunter Valley’s largest sculpture festival, this year’s edition is promising to be bigger than ever, with more events, tours and an exciting new Sculpture by Night event.

More than 60 artists will be exhibiting their work across four vineyard venues until Sunday, November 30.

Now in its 12th year, Sculpture in the Vineyards has grown to become the leading art and social event in the Wollombi Valley, delivering an exciting, educational and eclectic range of special events.

This includes collaborations with local tourism partner Ngurra Bu Indigenous tours, art galleries and societies including Maitland and Cessnock Regional Art Galleries, the Art Gallery of NSW and Wollombi Arts Council for the Small Sculpture exhibition, which will be at Wollombi’s Old Fire Shed Gallery from November 8 to 23.

“We are thrilled to see Sculpture in the Vineyards growing each year,” event co-director Tara Morelos said. 

“The landscape of the vineyards is the perfect backdrop for some of the most innovative sculptures in the country, and we have so many satellite events that make this festival unique to the Hunter Valley.”

This year’s event has also been given a makeover with the appointment of Sydney-based curator, Christiane Keys-Statham, who took on the challenge of putting together this year’s event.

“I’m inspired by the artists who have proposed for this year’s event and really look forward to working with them,” she said. 

“We have a mix of previous entrants and newcomers, emerging and established artists, from urban and regional areas.

“I want Sculpture in the Vineyards 2014 to be inclusive, interesting, dynamic and open to all. 

“My vision is to show the diversity of contemporary sculptural practices in Australia and to provide audiences with an opportunity to enjoy sculpture within one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world – the Wollombi Valley.”

Many of the participating artists are award winners and hail from all over Australia.

Host vineyards include Wollombi Village Wines, Stonehurst Cedar Creek, Wollombi Wines and Undercliff Winery.

A family picnic day will be held this Sunday, from 11am to 2pm at Wollombi Wines. 

The day of fun will include guided tours, free sculpture making activites for kids and a sausage sizzle as well as live entertainment from Milli Casey and Deanna Rose. 

For more information, visit www.sculptureinthevineyards.com.au.

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