The 16th annual Sculpture in the Vineyards will kick off in Wollombi this weekend

PREPARATION: Artist Tobias Bennett securing his work Rearing Horse.

PREPARATION: Artist Tobias Bennett securing his work Rearing Horse.

More than 40 sculptors will descend on Wollombi next month for the annual Sculpture in the Vineyards festival.

The popular event, now in its 16th year will see works exhibited at Stonehurst Cedar Creek, Noyce Brothers, and Undercliff wineries from Saturday 3 November to Thursday 18 November.

The festival will marry gorgeous sculptures with picturesque scenery, with more than 100 scaled down works featuring in cellar doors while large signature pieces will grace the driveways, olive and poplar groves of the Wollombi vineyards.

The event will be officially opened on Saturday 3 November  from 2-4pm at Fireshed Gallery with an afternoon of wine, canapes and a celebration of great art.

The festival will also feature a small sculpture show – Re: Worn – at the Fireshed Gallery.

Curated by local jeweller and artist Kes Harper, the exhibition will showcase ten artists who have been commissioned to make jewellery-referenced sculptures in their chosen medium – stone, wood, paper, textiles or metal. 

Artists have also been encouraged to submit jewellery, wearables or small-scale works and all pieces will be available for sale.

“Artists will reflect on the often ephemeral nature of jewellery in the modern, western world and, by up scaling, give it a story, life, and identity of its own, independent of being carried by a wearer,” Ms Harper said.

“These sculptural artworks aim to challenge the viewer on their concept of jewellery and the wearing of it.”

If that wasn’t enough to tempt event the most fussy art fancier,, Sculpture in the Vineyards will also feature a ticketed event Luminaria, which will offer an intimate night under the stars at Undercliff Winery with illuminated contemporary performances, art, installations and music.

Luminaria will be on at Undercliff Winery on Saturday 3 November from 6.30 to 8.30pm. Tickets are $40 per person. 

If you are looking for some fantastic bargains, then Sculpture In The Vineyards has you covered with a Markers Market – a new addition to the event.

The market will feature 12 artisan stalls with an exclusive flavour and atmosphere of locally produced handmade wares. 

Makers, and craftspeople from the quarterly Artisan Markets at the Great Northern Trading Post in Laguna will also be joining in in to showcase their incredible talent.

With a sumptuous array of handmade goods on offer such as hand-printed textiles, soaps, ceramics, jewellery, and collaged fabrics, to browse, the Markers Markets are the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping.

As an adjunct to the event, Cessnock Regional Art Gallery will also be hosting a sculpture exhibition which features three sculptors who exhibited at last year’s Sculpture in the Vineyards – Will Maguire, Emilia Krumm and John Karran.

The exhibition opens on Wednesday 31 October and runs until Sunday 2 December. for more information, visit https://www.crag.net.au

Sculpture in the Vineyards is on from Saturday November 3 to Thursday, November 18. Visit https://www.sculptureinthevineyards.com.au