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23 September, 2015

Artistic exhibition supports Guide Dogs

A sculpture of a dog jumping to catch a tennis ball

Sculptures in the garden

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city this October for a weekend of culture and contemplation at the annual Sculptures in the Garden exhibition in Mudgee.

While exploring the beautiful works on display at winery 'Rosby' on October 10 and 11, make sure you take in the local wine, food and cultural attractions of the town located just over three hours from Sydney.

Sculptures in the Garden, which will feature more than 250 works by about 100 artists, will this year be officially opened by Dame Marie Bashir.

Part of the proceeds of the sale of sculptures and the entry fee will be donated to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. Last year, the event raised more than $20,000 to support the work of Guide Dogs in assisting people who are blind or vision impaired to remain independent.

"With the demand for Guide Dogs increasing due to growing numbers of people having trouble getting around due to vision loss, we're incredibly grateful for the support we receive from the Sculptures in the Garden exhibition," said Leila Davis, Guide Dogs' General Manager Fundraising.

"It's a wonderful initiative, with funds raised helping people with vision loss to enjoy the freedom and independence of having a Guide Dog. We rely on the public's generosity to fund the more than $35,000 it costs to breed and train each dog."

Wire sculptures of animals pictured against the rural backdrop of Rosby Winery in Mudgee

Event organiser, Amber Norton-Knight is anticipating more than 3,000 visitors will attend the exhibition over the weekend providing huge exposure for the artists.

Sculptures in the Garden has become known as an exciting family event that combines Australian sculpture, garden design and local produce in a beautiful rural setting within a private five-acre, 30-year-old garden and vineyard.

Mid-Western Regional Council Mayor Des Kennedy said the event was one of the many attractions the 524,000 visitors who come to the region each year enjoy.

With a thriving arts community, more than 40 wineries, plenty of shopping options, local museums and national parks and reserves, there is plenty to keep tourists entertained. There is also vast array of dining options including restaurants, cafes, boutique wine bars and pubs and clubs, many focusing on fresh local produce.

"Mid-Western Regional Council is proud to support Sculptures in the Garden. It is an important community event which attracts visitors to our region and also helps promote cultural development,' Cr Kennedy said.

The Mudgee Support Group of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will be assisting throughout the two days running the gate and providing catering for the event.