Current Exhibition

17 – 25 September 2016

Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016 was opened by Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO, former Governor-General of Australia, on Saturday 17 September.

Sixty-eight sculptures were featured in the exhibition, and the winners of the non-acquisitive Sculpture at Sawmillers Prize of $20,000, Highly Commended Prize of $5,000, Emerging Artist Prize of $2,500 and Mayor’s Prize of $500 were announced. The People’s Choice Prize of $3,000, sponsored by the Family of the Late Michael Tribe, was also announced.

We are proud to announce 120 entries were received for Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016. The response to this community arts initiative is growing with each passing year, and the Committee would like to thank all those who submitted entries for this year’s exhibition.

For updates follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #sawmillers16. Download the exhibition flyer and poster.

Sponsors & Supporters

  • Sally Tribe
  • Jenny Thurstun
  • Caroline Foldes
  • Marg Simonsen
  • Robert Emerson
  • Sandra Blackburne
  • Michael Snape
  • Justin Sheining
  • Drew Simonsen
  • Point Deli
  • Sandra Moore
  • George Clark
  • Nick Vickers
  • Jane Watters
  • Nick Clark
  • Irene Katsimardos
  • Travis Broderick
  • Emily Murray
  • Jane Tribe
  • Helen Stewart
  • Lachlan Warner
  • Leanne Maslen

People’s Choice Winner Announced

The Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016 People’s Choice Prize of $3,000, sponsored by the Family of the Late Michael Tribe, was awarded to Jane Dawson for her sculpture, ‘Emu’.

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About Sawmillers Reserve

A gem in Sydney’s northern suburb of McMahons Point, Sawmillers Reserve features a winding footpath scattered with tall trees and the remnants of a historic sawmill as it leads visitors to its stunning views of the harbour. A shipwreck situated just off the sandstone wall at the water’s edge also illustrates the reserve’s former days.

Operated by timber merchants, John W Eaton Ltd, the timber yard flourished between the 1890s and 1920s. The company had its own power house, two sawmills, engineers shop, joinery shop, a blacksmiths shop and its own wharf and crane to unload and offload timber from smaller vessels.

The Eatons Sawmill is now the only surviving example of a major waterfront timber yard of the 19th century on Sydney’s north shore.

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