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Edmund Capon AM, OBE, opens Sculptures in the Garden in Mudgee 8 October 2016.

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Director of Art Gallery NSW from 1978 until his retirement in 2011, Edmund Capon’s presence signals a turning point for Sculptures in the Garden which in its sixth year is becoming a landmark event.  This year a record number of sculptors applied, many well-established sculptors who had not previously exhibited at Sculptures in the Garden.

Artistic Director Kay Norton-Knight said: “The garden is a place of enjoyment, recreation, solace and reflection. A place of joy and of sadness. Some of the sculptures this year explore new territory for us and will take visitors on an emotional roller coaster.”

One such artist is Greg Taylor, who shot to fame with his MONA installation Cunts and other conversations.  Sculptures in the Garden will put on public view The Carcass; a portrait of a young man who has committed suicide. “It is a sad and lonely expression of first world human waste,” Greg Taylor said.

Kay Norton Knight said, “For many people Greg’s work may trigger a deep personal sadness, so we will give The Carcass a quiet contemplative space and limit the number of viewers who can see it at any one time. This is Greg’s first time at Sculptures in the Garden and we are fortunate to have such a vital artist for whom no subject is taboo ”

This year Sculptures in the Garden shows a number of artists who are regulars at Sculptures by the Sea at Bondi; these include Jimmy Rix, who won the major Lake Lights Sculpture Prize, John Fitzmaurice, winner of North Sydney Art Prize, Alan Rose whose geometric sculpture has also been shown at Vivid, Hui Selwood, winner of the 2010 Sawmillers Sculpture Prize, and Nigel White, a Mudgee-based artist with an international profile who has exhibited at Sculptures in the Garden since it began.

Other artists include Adam Rish, who has had over 40 solo exhibitions since 1975 and whose main interest is in cross cultural collaborations; and Greer Taylor who this year won the UWS Acquisitive Sculpture Prize. They are both new artists for Sculptures in the Garden.

“Events like Sculpture by the Sea and Sculptures in the Garden have made such a contribution to our appreciation of the art of sculpture, it is no longer the poor cousin in the story of Australian art but a lively, thriving centrepiece,” Edmund Capon said.

Prizes include a $15,000 acquisition jointly funded by Mid-Western Regional Council and Sculptures in the Garden to establish a riverside sculpture walk at Lawson Park.

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.

Sculptures in the Garden is open 9am to 4pm on October 8 and 9 at Rosby, Strikes Lane, Eurunderee, Mudgee. Entry $5 per adult (children free). Most works are for sale and there are guided tours and a children’s art exhibition.

Sculptures in the Garden — Event Details

When:             9am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, October 8 – 9, 2016

Where:            ‘Rosby’, Strikes Lane, Eurunderee, Mudgee

Features:        Sculptures for sale, guided art tours, children’s art, and discussion panel.

Who:               To be opened by Edmund Capon at 11am on Saturday, October 8

Entry:              $5 per adult, children free.

Website:         www.sculpturesinthegarden.com.au

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