Sculpture at Sawmillers

8 to 17 October 2021

John Petrie, ‘Dance’, Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016

Sculpture at Sawmillers exhibition will be open to the public from 8 to 17 October 2021. The exhibition will be officially opened on on Saturday 9 October by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, the Governor of New South Wales.

A $30,000 non-acquisitive prize, sponsored by the Neilson Foundation, will be awarded, and other smaller prizes including a People’s Choice Prize of $3,000, sponsored by Zurich, and an Emerging Sculptor Prize of $2,500. 

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Michael Snape, ‘Bowl’, Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016

About Sculpture at Sawmillers

Sculpture at Sawmillers is the initiative of Elsa Atkin AM, Cultural Management Consultant and long-time McMahons Point resident.

Atkin works mostly on a pro bono basis with local volunteers and the support of North Sydney Council to present the exhibitions.

This is the fourth Sculpture at Sawmillers exhibition, which follows the previous three held in 2010, 2014 and 2016.

Elsa Atkin AM

Calling for volunteers

Help us make Sculpture at Sawmillers 2021 a success. We are seeking dedicated and enthusiastic people to help us during the period of the exhibition.

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The call for entries for Sculpture at Sawmillers 2021 have now closed. The judges selected 56 entries and were impressed by the very high quality of submissions.

Sculpture at Sawmillers: Call for Entries

Sculptors are invited to participate in Sculpture at Sawmillers in October 2021. A non-acquisitive Sculpture at Sawmillers Prize of $30,000, and other prizes will be awarded.

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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