One of the South Coast's most acclaimed art events will return in May, with visitors expected from right across NSW and the ACT.
Gaining in popularity, Sculpture in the Valley is set to return on May 3, with more than 2000 visitors expected.
A stellar line-up of Australian sculptors will be part of the 2019 Sculpture in the Valley Exhibition, including David Ball, Michael Purdym Stephen Harrison and Ella Szpindler.
The event is a cornerstone of the biennial Arts in the Valley Festival. This year the sculptures will be on display at ‘Cedar Grove’ – the home of John and Denise Wright near Kangaroo Valley village. The property offers both an intimate rural setting and expansive valley views for the outdoor sculptures and a professional exhibition space for the indoor exhibition.
Sculpture director and curator Colleen Fry, said there will be more than 140 pieces on display.
"The major appeal of this event is that all of the items are available for purchase which adds a dimension not often found in other exhibitions," she said.
As well as taking part in the exhibition, local South Coast artist, Elyssa Sykes-Smith, has been conducting a special Sculptor in Residence program with the students at the Kangaroo Valley Public School and their work will also be showcased.
This year's judges will be co-founder and director of StudioTCS Jennifer Turpin and independent curator Akky van Ogtrop.
A leading public art sculptor, Jennifer’s large scale public, community and environmental artwork has a heavy focus on urban and regional renewal projects. She is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards including a Churchill Fellowship in 2016, American Architecture Prize and Landscape Architecture prize in 2016.
Akky van Ogtrop works as an independent curator with art museums, galleries and contemporary art spaces, presenting exhibitions by Australian and international artists. As director and manager of major arts events, Akky has worked for national and international arts organisations including the Biennale of Sydney, the ARTiculate Campaign and the World Out West.
The exhibition will be held for threedays from Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5. Parking will be free and unlimited between 10am and 4pm opn these days.
Prize money for the exhibition totals $30,000, which will be split between outdoor and indoor exhibits and two People’s Choice Awards.
Entries close March 25. Visit https://www.artsinthevalley.net.au/sculpture for more.