Artists are invited to submit entries for the popular Sculpture at Sawmillers Reserve exhibition, which returns this Spring to delight us all thanks to popular demand. 

Mark it in the diary – the beautiful outdoor event Sculpture at Sawmillers Reserve will again be held in the iconic harbourside setting in McMahons Point this year. It’s on from Friday 8 October to Sunday 17 October, 2021.

All artists are currently invited to make a submission. Submissions of medium sized exterior sculptures and installations should be made by 30 June 2021. Exhibition finalists will be selected by a panel in mid-July. A major prize of $30,000 (non-acquisitive) will be awarded, as well as other smaller prizes.

Image: Jane Dawson, ‘Emu’

This is the fourth Sculpture at Sawmillers exhibition, coordinated by Elsa Atkin AM, who instigated the event.

“I have always loved sculpture as an artform, and it was my dream to give a sculpture exhibition to A major prize of $30,000 (non-acquisitive) will be awarded, as well as other small prizes.

In recent months I have been overwhelmed by community members asking for a repetition of the exhibition,” Ms Atkin said. “I am lucky that I can work with a wonderful group of volunteers who are eager to help in staging the exhibition and I feel particularly chuffed that through the generosity of our sponsors we will be giving $30,000 to the winner of the non-acquisitive Major Prize.”  

North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson said North Sydney Council was delighted to support this wonderful community initiative once again. 

“I love seeing Sawmillers Reserve transformed into an outdoor pop-up art gallery. This picturesque park is truly the perfect backdrop for this inspiring event which not only shines a light on one of North Sydney’s hidden gems but creates accessible public art in the community.

“I’m a big supporter of public art and strongly believe it adds value to our municipality. Public art improves open space, fosters community pride and invites everyone to share their perspective.”

Visit for more information, to download the entry form and for the conditions of entry. Entries close June 30.

Main image: Dance by artist John Petrie.

If you love beautiful local places, and fascinating art, you may also enjoy reading what’s been happening at The Coal Loader at Waverton – please click here. 

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