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Wollongong City Council

Sculpture in the Garden

Every two years we present Sculpture in the Garden at Wollongong Botanic Garden. The exhibition includes a $30,000 Wollongong Acquisitive Sculpture Award, and a People's Choice Award.

Exhibition dates

18 March - 30 April 2023
Wollongong Botanic Garden

Free | Open daily during Garden opening hours

Don't miss our biggest exhibition yet, with 25 thought-provoking sculptures from local, national and international artists on display in the natural surrounds of Wollongong Botanic Garden.

This exhibition is brought to you as part of Wollongong City Council's Public Art Program.

Exhibition catalogue and map

2023 Sculpture in the Garden catalogue PDF, 3506.39 KB

2023 Sculpture in the Garden map

2023 Sculpture in the Garden Kids' Guide PDF, 4356.39 KB

Exhibiting artists

Finalists for the 2023 Sculpture in the Garden are:

Deborah Redwood, Camie Lyons, Bryn Jones (New Zealand), Danny Ivanovski, Janine Bailey, Juliane Brandt, Selby Ginn, Victoria Monk, Greer Taylor, Anthony Battaglia, Gary Christian, Tegan Georgette Russell, Ben Allen and Erin Arthur, Susan Reddrop, James Rogers, John Fitzmaurice, Michael Ferris, Malvika Satelkar (India), Katherine Castillo Alferez, Alice Nixon, Scott Marr, Saskia Everingham, Kirli Saunders, and Robyn Rumpf. Anna and Michael Rofka (Germany) were selected as a finalist to exhibit, but sadly could not get to Australia to install their work.

Sculptures and installations are displayed throughout the Garden, with the winning work becoming a permanent part of our city’s public art collection.

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

People's Choice Award

Vote for your favourite sculpture and you could win a $100 prize!

Read our People's Choice Terms and Conditions, then use the button below to vote. Entries are open until 5pm, Sunday 23 April 2023.

Program of events

We have a series of FREE playful workshops, talks, guided walks, music and events for all ages and interests on offer.

You can also take part in growing a collaborative sculpture called 'The Fragile Forest' using clay and natural materials with Sculptor in Residence, Julie Nash.

Past exhibitions and the permanent collection

All previous winners can be viewed at Wollongong Botanic Garden during opening hours.

Winner: Curious Dream of an Architect by Fatih Semiz (below, photo by Tad Souden).
(located near the Japanese Tea House / grid reference L6 on the Garden Map PDF, 74.02 KB)

Winning sculpture, Curious Dream of an Architect, by Fatih Semiz.  Photo by Tad Souden

Three works were also highly commended:

  • Splash by John Fitzmaurice
  • Evolve by Laura Nolan
  • My Greatest Lament by Mark Cuthbertson

The 2021 People's Choice Award went to Evolve by Laura Nolan.

2021 Sculpture in the Garden Finalists Gallery

Photographs by Tad Souden.

Ghost Trees by Greer Taylor

Sculptor in residence, Greer Taylor, invited visitors to 2021's Sculpture in the Garden to take part in an interactive growing, ephemeral sculptural work called Ghost Trees. Watch the video below to learn more.

Winner: Steel City by Michael Purdy
(located near the Kawasaki Bridge / grid reference L3 on the Garden Map PDF, 74.02 KB)

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

Winner: King Coal by Louis Pratt
(located in the Flowering Trees and Shrubs Collection / grid reference P6 on the Garden Map PDF, 74.02 KB)

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