Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival entries open on May 1

TALENTED: Wollombi artist Amanda Lockton in her studio. Picture: Nick Glover
TALENTED: Wollombi artist Amanda Lockton in her studio. Picture: Nick Glover

The creativity is flowing as artists gear up to enter the Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival.

Entries open on Saturday, May 1 and close on Wednesday, June 19, and this year organisers are encouraging more local sculptors to enter their creations and go in the running for the 2325 Locals Prize.

This year's display will see sculptures displayed in four indoor galleries, two vineyards and throughout the scenic landscape of the valley.

The prize pool has expanded this year. First prize is $25,000, the indoor prize is $7000, and the highly commended prize is $5000. There will also be prizes for local artists, emerging artists and young artists.

The festival will be brought forward this year - from Saturday, September 11 until Sunday, September 26.

The event, now in its 19th year, is one of the state's most scenic art events. It will be opened by ABC Radio's Simon Marnie and founding director of Sculpture by the Sea David Handley.

More details: visit sculptureinthevineyards.com.au