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::CALL TO ARTISTS:: Sculpture in the Valley returns in September 2023. Entries now open. Artist site walkthrough details below.

Sculpture in the Valley 2023 invites all artists to join us for a site walkthrough between 9 am-1 pm on Friday, May 19, to view our stunning Exhibition venue and to meet our new Director and Curator.

Sculpture in the Valley is one of the State’s major sculpture exhibitions and we welcome you to enter now. This year, the total prize money has been increased to more than $38,000 with First Prize for Outdoor Sculpture set at $20,000. Uniquely, this is a non-acquisitive show, with all works available for sale. Additionally, our audience includes a significant percentage of highly interested art lovers and collectors who come to purchase works to place in their properties and paddocks. Notably, our sale rate is the highest of most regional exhibitions; Sculpture in the Valley is a real opportunity to get your work out there and into private collections.

First, however, you need to enter. Applications close on Sunday, June 18 and it's simple to apply – just complete the application form at:

‘Pondering’ by Rhonda Castle, Indoor Winner, 2019

In 2023, the Exhibition will be held at Wilburra, an expansive property on Smarts Road, Kangaroo Valley, with grandstand escarpment views from the gardens and grounds. Wilburra offers a huge variety of settings for outdoor sculpture and a professional exhibition space for indoor works and we encourage entries for both.

Sculpture in the Valley will run over two weekends: September 9-10 and 16-17. In 2023, the Exhibition welcomes Southern Highlands artist David Ball as Curator. At a recent on-site inspection at Wilburra, David noted:

“With an eye to the future, I'd like to see this show south of Sydney, grow in significance for collectors and sculpture lovers alike. It’s a struggle to be a professional artist, and you need places to exhibit. This is an opportunity to get your work into the landscape, and for art lovers to be able to see the sculpture in such a perfect location.”

David Ball, Exhibition Curator. Photo: Ashley Mackevicius

Kangaroo Valley, home of Sculpture in the Valley. Photo: Harry Kielly

It will be judged by renowned artists, Janet Laurence and Michael Snape. The newly appointed Director of Sculpture in the Valley is Stuart McCreery. He encourages sculptors to apply for this year’s Exhibition.

“We've watched two of these sculpture exhibitions recently cancelled, due to Covid and floods. This is the year when we recover and make up for lost opportunities for artists and visitors alike. It's an important time to get your sculpture out into the world. We invite artists to make an application and be part of this event. It's going to be absolutely wonderful.”

Sculpture in the Valley is part of the not-for-profit organisation Arts in the Valley, also known as the Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival. For more information and to confirm details for the upcoming site inspection, visit


Natalie Harker



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