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20 September, 2016

Art and puppies combine at exhibition

SThe sixth annual art exhibition, Sculptures In The Garden in Mudgee, will once again raise funds for Guide Dogs.

Sculptures in the Garden to be opened by Edmund Capon

The sixth annual outdoor art exhibition, Sculptures In The Garden, is set to turn Mudgee into a cultural epicentre on October 8-9, with hundreds of nationally recognised and regional artists already submitting works.

Former Art Gallery of NSW director Edmund Capon will be officially opening the 2016 event and has already expressed his excitement at the calibre and diversity of submitted works.

“Sculpture is no longer the poor cousin in the story of Australian art but a lively, thriving centerpiece,” he said.

Featured artists for this year’s event include Sculptures By The Sea exhibitors Jimmy Rix and John Fitzmaurice, local artist and former Sculptures By The Sea exhibitor Nigel White, and Vivid exhibitor Alan Rose, among many others.

Sculpture ‘Pegasus’ by Tobias Bennett.

SIG artistic director Kay Norton-Knight said she was particularly pleased that more than half of this year’s submissions are from new artists to Sculptures in the Garden.

“It is very exciting that the exhibition is attracting some big names in the Australian and international art world, but we are even more thrilled that SIG is a way for emerging artists to have their work displayed and their name in front of potential buyers and curators,” she said.

Catering by Mudgee Guide Dogs Support Group

Hosted in the established gardens of Rosby vineyard, organisers are expecting more than 3,000 visitors this year, with the Mudgee Support Group for the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT assisting throughout the two days running the gate and providing catering for the event.

A Discussion Panel will be a new feature of the 2016 event, with Edmund Capon taking a seat alongside renowned architect and arts philanthropist Susan Rothwell, colourful local sculptor Nigel White, Minister for the Arts Troy Grant, and Orana Arts regional development officer Alicia Leggett.

The panel will be hosted by artist and Scenic World’s Sculpture exhibition manager, Justin Morrissey, on Saturday October 8, at 1pm, with panelists discussing the benefits of public art.

Other highlights on this year’s program include live music in the garden from Matt Boylan-Smith, garden walks, art tours, Guide Dog puppy demonstrations, a Rosby Wine Bar with High Valley Cheese plates, fresh flowers and the return of the popular Kids Sculpture exhibition.

WHEN: 9am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, October 8 - 9, 2016
WHERE: ‘Rosby’, Strikes Lane, Eurunderee, Mudgee
FEATURES: Sculptures for sale, guided art tours, kid’s art, discussion panel.
WHO: To be opened by Edmund Capon at 11am on Saturday, October 8
ENTRY: $5 per adult, children free.