Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival goes online
Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival, Sculpture in the Vineyards, will be an online event this year. The entries of 150 finalists have been carefully selected from a record 301 high-quality submissions. Renowned sculptors including Harrie Fasher, David Ball, Ron Robertson-Swann, Michael Snape, John Petrie, Paul Selwood and Ayako Saito have submitted unique, fascinating pieces that speak of raw emotions while exploring new perspectives and contemplating endless possibilities.
Visit the online exhibition at sculptureinthevineyards.com.au/ from 1 – 30 September. If you are interested in purchasing a piece, contact the organisers who will be happy to provide you with additional photos and video material of your favourite sculpture. In some cases, private viewings can also be arranged upon request. In a bid to support participating artists, the Festival Committee has decided to reduce their sales commission.
Festival Director Susan Leith Miller explained, “This year’s Festival was going to be our best one yet and going virtual was not an easy decision to make. Our whole team, our wonderful volunteers, the sculptors, we have all put in so much hard work. In the end, however, we felt that the safety of our rural community had to come first.
“But we are thrilled that we can share our finalists’ stunning works in an online exhibition. Art lovers from far and wide will be able to enjoy the breadth and variety of sculptures that are on offer, all from the comfort of their home.
“In any case,” Susan adds, “2022 will be our 20th anniversary for the Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival and we are already making plans for this important milestone event which will run from 10 – 25 September 2022. Special benefits are on offer for those who buy a sculpture from the 2021 catalogue: they will get two tickets each to the 2022 preview night, the artist talks and the Village Walks & Talks plus a 5% discount on all 2022 purchases. Watch this space!”
After the end of the online exhibition, select pieces will still be available in the online gallery on the site.