As the cool air and Autumn hue descends upon the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains so too does the annual outdoor ‘Sculpture at Scenic World’ exhibition, now in its 9th year.
From 9 April to 10 May an inspiring display of 29 sculptural works by local, national and international artists can be found among the trees and on the forest floor of a magnificent ancient rainforest setting – the Jamison Valley at the base of Scenic World’s mountain-top home.
The experience is made accessible by taking the iconic Scenic Railway down the steep incline for a dramatic entry to the site, or a more relaxed descent by cable car. Alighting from the ride visitors are immersed in the breathtaking beauty of the preserved environment. From here it is a 2.4km stroll along the meandering Scenic Walkway to view the display of contemporary sculptures and installations.
Escape from the city for the weekend
Take a break with one of the many accommodation packages the Blue Mountains City and surrounds are offering for couples, families and art lovers. From the Carrington Hotel and the Fairmont Resort & Spa to Hotel Mountain Heritage and the Blue mountains YHA, the Metropole Guesthouse, Echo Point Village and more. It’s a chance to step out into the spectacular surroundings, do some shopping, explore the art, and wine and dine in some of the region’s best eateries.
Workshops, activities and public programs
In the pursuit of keeping the kids entertained check them into the free activities and workshops in the Makerspace or start an education in art via the Sculpture at Scenic World Kids Trail Guide. Public programming includes daily guided tours. Visit an exhibition of smaller works in ‘Sculpture Otherwise’ at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in the heart of Katoomba and for more of the outdoors explore a series of artworks installed across the area’s iconic landmarks as part of ‘Twist n Shout’.
Awards for the artists
‘Sculpture at Scenic World’ is a unique opportunity to celebrate the creativity of participating artists with a prize pool of $30,000 and the overall winner taking home the coveted $20,000 Scenic World Major Award. The cohort of 30 artists for this year’s event have been selected from over 100 submissions.
From the subtle to the bold and from start to finish this open-air exhibition will capture the imagination of both adults and children in unexpected ways highlighting the synergy that is present between artworks and the natural environment.
Jump on scenicworld.com.au for more information about ticketing, programming and accommodation packages (starting at $99 per person for a two-night stay).
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