Sculpture in the Vineyards

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19 July 2020
17 October 2020
Prize money
AUD $34,000
NSW, Australia
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Received 143 entries in 2019.

Sculpture in the Vines began in 2002 when Susan Lowes of Millfield Wines teamed up with Stonehurst Wines’ Phillipa Heslop and Stella Downer of Stella Downer Fine Art to launch the annual exhibition. It was held March through to April to coincide with the Hunter Valley Harvest Festival and comprised of invited artists coming through the gallery in Sydney. Rae Bolton, Jan King, Robert Hague, Trevor Weekes to name a few. The first year involved three wineries; Millfield, Stonehurst and Tallavera Grove. Undercliff Winery and Millbrook Estate became part of the exhibition in the second and third years.

In 2005 Millfield Wines was sold and together with Stella Downer and Tallavera Grove exited the exhibition. Local artist Kess Harper curated the exhibition that year on the three remaining vineyards, all Wollombi Valley Wine Trail vineyards.  The name was changed to Sculpture in the Vineyards in 2006.


  • Major Prize - $20,000
  • Indoor Small Sculpture Prize - $6,000
  • Highly Commended - $5,000
  • Artist in Resident Prize - $2,000
  • 2325 Local Sculptor - $1,000

Venue: Multiple venues along the Wollombi Valley wine trail, Hunter Valley NSW.

Contact: For more information email or call 0425 327 590.


Application dates
1 June 2020 - 19 July 2020
Exhibition dates
17 October 2020 - 1 November 2020
Finalists notified
31 August 2020
National Entries
Prize frequency
John McDonald, art critic; Sarah Johnson, curator.
Prize genre
Multiple venues along the Wollombi Valley wine trail, Hunter Valley NSW.
AUD $34,000
$40 for up to 3 sculptures. There is a commission of 30% on sales.
Last updated
1 June 2020
Prior Winners
2019: Peter Tilley - Small Sculpture Prize ($4,000)
2019: Robert Barnstone - Winner ($10,000)
2012: Stevie Fieldsend - Winner ($2,500)