Blue Mountains artists join international names in 2018 Sculpture at Scenic World

Eight Blue Mountains artists have been selected along with dozens of other world-class artists to exhibit at Sculpture at Scenic World in 2018.

With submissions from as far afield as Finland, Sweden and Brazil, 43 artists were selected by panel members including Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest Director, Dr Lee-Ann Hall; Campbelltown Art Centre Curator, Adam Porter; and Blue Mountains-based artist and art academic, Anne Graham.

A total of 38 artworks will be showcased during Sculpture at Scenic World 2018, including works from 31 NSW artists and eight from the Blue Mountains.

From subtle installations to bold sculptural masterpieces, Sculpture at Scenic World will showcase works across a variety of artistic mediums, with all creations to go in the running for the highly coveted $20,000 Scenic World Major Award.

Sculpture at Scenic World Exhibition Curator Justin Morrissey said the exhibition continues to gain momentum following the success of the 2017 exhibition which attracted over 108,000 visitors to the Blue Mountains.

“Now in its seventh year, every Sculpture exhibition brings something new as artists continue to test their limits and push new boundaries to create outstanding masterpieces that interact with the ancient rainforest setting,” he said.

“The calibre of works reaches new heights as the exhibition evolves each year, and we’re looking forward to working alongside dozens of talented artists and watching their artworks unfold.”

With an increased prize pool totalling more than $30,000, artists will go head-to-head for the $20,000 Scenic World Major Award in addition to the $5000 Artist Peer Award and the $3000 Environmental Award.

The Scenic World Staff’s Choice Award also returns in 2018 with an increased cash prize of $2000, along with the $1000 Carrington Hotel People’s Choice Prize.

Scenic World’s Head of Marketing and Events Amanda Byrne commended the selected artists and invited visitors from near and far to plan a weekend getaway during the exhibition, which runs from April 13 to May 13.

“Sculpture at Scenic World showcases the incredible talents of artists to visitors from across the globe but its impact is far greater, bringing together families, couples and art lovers to create memorable moments in the heart of the Blue Mountains,” she said.

Selected finalists include:

  • Oliver Ashworth-Martin, VIC
  • Aldo Bilotta, VIC
  • Noah Birch, WA
  • Douglas Blake, Blue Mountains, NSW
  • Paula Broom, NSW
  • Karl Chilcott, Sweden
  • Jan Cleveringa, NSW
  • Claire Davenhall, WA
  • Nicole de Mestre, NSW
  • Tom De Munk-Kerkmeer, WA
  • Gary Deirmendjian, NSW
  • Carol Endean Little, NSW
  • Merran Esson, NSW
  • Jane Gillings, NSW
  • Jono Gooley, VIC
  • Paul Greedy, NSW
  • Clara Hali, Blue Mountains, NSW
  • Barbara Hamilton, NSW
  • Stephen Harrison, NSW
  • Caitlin Hughes, Blue Mountains, NSW
  • David Jensz, NSW
  • Freya Jobbins, NSW
  • Adam King, NSW
  • Jackie Murphy, NSW
  • Ro Murray and Mandy Burgess, NSW
  • Mee-Sun Kim Park, NSW
  • Katoomba High School, Blue Mountains, NSW
  • Rochelle Quantock, VIC
  • Deborah Redwood, NSW
  • Simon Reece, Blue Mountains, NSW
  • Honi Ryan and Abi Tariq, Blue Mountains, NSW
  • Linelle Stepto, NSW
  • Mark Surtees and Hannah Surtees, Blue Mountains, NSW
  • Mitchell Thomas and Bronwen Williams, NSW
  • Andrew Townsend and Suzie Bleach, NSW
  • Charlie Trivers, NSW
  • Jacek Wankowski, NSW
  • Nick Warfield, NSW
  • Kayo Yokoyama, Blue Mountains, NSW