In the lead up to the 10th Anniversary of Sculptures in the Garden (SIG) in Mudgee, we spoke with Curator of the event; Kay Norton-Knight to tell us a little more about it for our readers. Kay and her husband moved to Mudgee in 1983 and raised their four girls in this beautiful town. They have a close-knit family who love getting together and sharing some laughs. Kay’s family created the most beautiful gardens at ‘Rosby’ and have worked on them almost daily for 37 years since living there. SIG is a not-for-profit event with proceeds going towards the Mudgee Support Group of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and a local arts initiative to create a public sculpture walk in Mudgee.
We have always been passionate about art and sculpture and wanted to celebrate local artists at a small community event at our home, so with a group of like-minded people, we put together the first event and people loved it. It seemed to be something that was really missing in the community.
The word spread quite organically about the event with more and more artists hearing about the opportunity to exhibit their works every year and more and more people hearing about the event and wanting to come and see the works on display.
This year’s event has been extended by 2 weeks and is now going from the 10th October to the 25th October. Each weekend will have food offerings and live music with the Rosby wine bar and artwork exhibition on every day.
Kids are welcome to attend SIG free of charge and they will enjoy the beautiful gardens and sculptures and specifically the SIG for Kids! section with artworks created by children from the Mudgee region.
We have artists exhibit from all over Australia. The majority this year are from NSW and this is mainly due to COVID-19 and the limitations this has caused. We have artists from the Blue Mountains, Central West, Central Coast, South Coast, Southern highlands, Newcastle, Northern Beaches and more areas across NSW. Also, artists are exhibiting from Victoria and Queensland.
We loved having Wendy Whiteley, Dame Marie Bashir, Lord Mayor Clover Moore and the late Edmund Capon all come and open the event in the past. Annabelle Hickson was also a delight to have involved.
Because of Sculptures in the Garden, we have been able to bring the enjoyment of art to the community and create a legacy with the Lawson Park Sculpture Walk. Something we’re immensely proud of.
Yes, we have exciting plans for 2021 and we will be able to share these next year so stay tuned!
Check out more on Sculptures in the garden here: