• 1.5km
  • Suggested Time: 1 hour
  • Mudgee Arts Precinct to Lawson Park

Take a stroll along the banks of the Cudgegong River in Lawson Park West, starting at Mudgee Arts Precinct and enjoy works provided by Sculptures in the Garden acquisitions & Mid-Western Regional Council’s public art collection.

View a range of sculptures created using a variety of materials and techniques that enhance the aesthetic appeal of the park with its picturesque backdrop of riverbank.

The Lawson Park Sculpture Walk is a community initiative that began in 2013 thanks to Sculptures in the Garden (SIG). SIG is a not-for-profit sculpture event held annually at Rosby Wines & Gallery with sculptures from this quality event donated to the community and adding to the Mudgee Region’s growing public art collection.

This outdoor sculpture walk includes winning acquisition prizes from Sculptures in the Garden that are funded in partnership with Mid-Western Regional Council. Other donors include Friends of SIG and Moolarben Coal, as well as various private donors. The walk also includes a couple of acquisitions by Mid-Western Regional Council from the Rylstone Wood Symposium.

Images credit: Amber Hooper @ AmberCreative

Additional Artworks

Below is a list of additional sculpture acquisitions which are on display around the Mudgee Region and for the public to enjoy at their leisure:

2014 Acacia by Ulan Murray I 2014 Acacia by Ulan Murray II

'Acacia' – Ulan Murray (Bega)

Mid-Western Regional Council Chambers
86 Market St, Mudgee

Open Mon-Fri // 8:30am - 4:30pm

Materials: recycled copper and steel

Acquisition year: 2014
Acquired by: Moolarben Acquisition

View artist's website.

2022 Bridget Whitehead Familia Amber Creative

'Familia' – Bridget Whitehead (Cardiff Heights)

In the grounds of the Cultural Workshops
Best viewed through the back courtyard at 65 Short St, Mudgee

Artist statement: Nurture connection. Embrace your family; myths, laws, humour and language.

Materials: Oamaru limestone

Acquisition year: 2022
Acquired by: Moolarben Acquisition

View artist's website.

2016 Fitzmaurice DSC 5695 Josephine 1 2016 Fitzmaurice DSC 5864 2016 Fitzmaurice DSC 6218 Josephine

'Josephine' – John Fitzmaurice (Avoca)

Lower foyer of Mudgee Arts Precinct (near the stairs)
90 Market Street, Mudgee

Open 7 days // 9:00am - 5:00pm

Artist statement: The sculpture was inspired by the traditional Art Deco figurines that were common place in most households. I’ve purposely given the piece a hard edge and a modern twist, through the use of polished stainless steel together with angular abstraction.

Materials: 316 Stainless Steel with Sydney Blue Gum Plinth

Acquisition year: 2016
Acquired by: Friends of Sculptures in the Garden

View artist's website.

Fact Sheet

The Lawson Park sculpture walk came to be after Sculptures in the Garden (SIG) founder, Kay Norton-Knight, along with the exhibition committee in 2012, proposed the idea to have the winning artworks of past Sculptures in the Garden displayed along the banks of the Cudgegong river in the form of public art. The Mid-Western Regional Council (MWRC) deemed it a worthy suggestion and so began a partnership between Sculptures in the Garden & Mid-Western Regional Council.

Where the money comes from

In 2013, SIG and MWRC equally funded a $15,000 acquisition prize to purchase an artwork from the exhibition. The following year, Moolarben came on board and donated $5,000 for another acquisition prize and continued donating this prize for the past 10 years.

In 2015, the SIG committee initiated 'Friends of Sculptures in the Garden' with the goal of raising funds to offer another acquisition prize for exhibiting artists. In 2016, 'Friends of SIG' raised enough money for a $5,000 acquisition prize and in 2017 enough money for a $10,000 prize. This prize has remained $10,000 ever since.

Additional public art donations from SIG

The original public art display established in Lawson Park in Mudgee has now extended to sites in Rylstone, Gulgong and the grounds of the Mudgee Hospital.

In 2020, John Fitzmaurice submitted his magnificent 316 polished stainless-steel masterpiece 'Encounter' into SIG. Fitzmaurice wasn't successful in securing an acquisition prize that year, however in 2021, the Sculptures in the Garden committee purchased the work to donate to the newly constructed Mudgee Arts Precinct. The donation symbolises a special connection between Sculptures in the Garden and arts in the Central West; it's placement linking the precinct to the Sculpture Walk in Lawson Park. It also represents the opportunity and possibilities for recognition that SIG can offer to artists. The $48,000 purchase was wholly funded by Sculptures in the Garden. In 2022, the committee commissioned two more works to be donated to the MWRC. These works 'Second Sun' by Rylstone artist Alex Scheibner and 'Rufus', a corten steel kangaroo by Victorian artist Matt Hill, were installed in Rylstone and Gulgong, respectively.

Since 2013, SIG has enabled MWRC to acquire 36 sculptures for their public art collection.

  • SIG & MWRC have donated prize money for 15 sculptures
  • Moolarben have donated prize prize money for 10 sculptures
  • 'Friends of SIG' have donated prize money for 8 sculptures
  • SIG committee have donated 3 sculptures to the MWRC public art collection
  • In addition, the local Mudgee hospital has acquired 7 sculptures from SIG from local donations.

Sculptures in the Garden is a not for profit organisation who exist to provide public art for the community to enjoy and we leave an ongoing legacy in the form of sculpture throughout Mudgee and the region, featuring winning acquisition artworks.

Bridget Whitehead Familia Amber Creative

The Lawson Park sculpture walk is a legacy to the region from the SIG event. We want as many people as possible to enjoy the amazing artworks created for SIG, and the permanent art display that is the sculpture walk, provides this opportunity to engage all the greater community as well as visitors to the region

Sculptures in the Garden

2020 KNK SIG

Rosby Wines // 122 Strikes Lane, Mudgee

Sat 12 Oct 2024 - Sun 27 Oct 2024

Sculptures in the Garden is an exciting event that combines garden design, large scale Australian sculpture and traditional art mediums in beautiful rural surroundings within a private garden and vineyard in Mudgee.

Now in its 13th year, Sculptures in the Garden is Mudgee and regional NSW’s largest and most renowned outdoor sculpture exhibition. The outdoor exhibition runs for 16 days. Sculptures in the Garden has become a hallmark event on the Central West’s artistic calendar and major tourist attraction, showcasing sculptures from emerging and established artists.

Founded by art director and owner of Rosby, Kay Norton-Knight, Sculptures in the Garden was her dream child. Kay was passionate about providing a new and unique platform for the exhibition and sale of sculptors' works.

For more information about Sculptures in the Garden, head to their website.

Click here for the full list of past winners & acquisitions.

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