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Wollongong City Council

Sculpture in the Garden

6 February - 14 March 2021

Every two years we hold the $30,000 Wollongong Acquisitive Sculpture Award at Wollongong Botanic Garden.

The 2020 Sculpture in the Garden was postponed due to COVID-19, and has now relaunched with the same artists.

Sculptures and installations are displayed throughout the Garden daily during opening hours. The winning work becomes a permanent part of our city’s public art collection.

Sculpture in the Garden (also known as the Wollongong Acquisitive Sculpture Award) is open to local, national and international artists.

Download a catalogue below to find out more about this year's exhibition.

If you’d like more information about Sculpture in the Garden, email us or call (02) 4227 7111.

2021 Awards

Congratulations to the winner of the 2021 Sculpture in the Garden Acquisitive Prize, Curious Dream of an Architect by Fatih Semiz (#14) (show at top of page - photo by Tad Souden).

Three works were also highly commended:

  • Splash by John Fitzmaurice (#16)
  • Evolve by Laura Nolan (#9)
  • My Greatest Lament by Mark Cuthbertson (#3)

People's Choice Award

Vote for your favourite sculpture for a chance to win a $200 voucher! Read the competition Terms and Conditions then use the button below to enter.

Voting is open until 5pm, Sunday 7 March 2021.

Sculpture in the Garden Events

Thursday 4 March 2021
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Join Sculptor in Residence, Greer Taylor, and contribute to a growing, ephemeral sculptural work.
Sunday 7 March 2021
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Join Sculptor in Residence, Greer Taylor, and contribute to a growing, ephemeral sculptural work.
Sunday 7 March 2021
11:00 am - 01:00 pm
An environmental sculpture workshop for children aged 5-12 years.
Friday 12 March 2021
10:00 am - 01:00 pm
Create an object while writing a poem with Anne-Marie Te Whiu, in collaboration with Red Room Poetry.
Saturday 13 March 2021
12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
Greer Taylor will talk about her community, ephemeral sculpture project, Ghost Trees.

Awarded works from previous years

Michael Purdy's sculpture 'Steel City' featuring five columns of various heights made from metal, stone and wood

Winner: Michael Purdy ‘Steel City’

Sculpture by Mike Tikkeros in the shape of a weeping willow tree made from rusted metal parts

People’s Choice Award: Mike Tikkeros ‘Windy Willow’

Detail of Libby Bloxham's sculpture with a praying mantis made from found metal on grass, with group of school children out of focus in the background

Gardener’s Choice Award: Libby Bloxham ‘Treasured Illawarra Resident’.

Louis Pratt's sculpture 'King Coal' featuring the head and torso of a man wearing a cap backwards with his arms crossed

Winner: Louis Pratt ‘King Coal’ (pictured)

detail of Andreas Buisman's sculpture showing three large rocks with coal cross-sections

People’s Choice Award and Gardener's Choice Award': Andreas Buisman ‘Coal’