Australia’s longest-running regional sculpture exhibition returns to Wollombi this weekend.
Now in its 14th year, Sculpture in the Vineyards celebrates the essence of the Hunter Valley’s vineyards and history in a month-long festival that is free to the public.
A firm fixture on the Destination NSW events calendar, the exhibition features creative works by some of Australia’s leading sculptors including Greer Taylor, Deborah Redwood, Hannah Quinlivan, Al Phemister, Ro Murray, Kassandra Bossell, Libby Bloxham, David Hashimoto and Gabrielle Bates.
More than 80 artists will display large-scale and site-specific sculptures through the vineyards, tree groves and gardens of the five boutique vineyards (Stonehurst Cedar Creek, Wollombi Wines, Wollombi Village Vineyard, Undercliff Winery and Noyce Brothers Wines).
Curator Lizzy Marshall is excited at the quality of this year’s exhibition and the opportunity for all artists to connect directly to the public in a raw and dramatic environment.
“Through this large outdoor exhibition we are committed to positioning new and existing works in a new context, highlighting the longevity and universal draw of the artworks’ intentions,” Marshall said.
“We support artists through the process of creating site-responsive works so that their work will have a unique interaction with the splendour of the vineyards context.”
The free public exhibition is open 10am to 5pm, seven days a week until December 4.
Opening night will be held at Undercliff Winery on October 29 at 5pm with live music, canapés and wine.
An exhibition of small scale works by exhibiting Sculpture in the Vineyards 2016 artists will be held at Wollombi’s Old Fireshed Gallery from November 5 to 27.
Partnering exhibition Eriegnis will open at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery on October 28 at 6pm, running through to November 26.
For more information, visit www.sculptureinthevineyards.com.au.