Sculpture at Sawmillers

17 - 25 September 2016

Sculpture at Sawmillers was open to the public from 17 – 25 September 2016 at the iconic harbourside park, Sawmillers Reserve, in McMahons Point, Sydney. Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO, former Governor General of Australia, opened the exhibition on Saturday 17 September 2016.

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 was announced. The People’s Choice Prize of $3,000 was also announced.

Paul Selwood in front of his sculpture, Corbu 4
Paul Selwood, Corbu 4, Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016 Prize. Image: Peter Secheny
Elsa Atkin AM

Elsa Atkin AM

Exhibition Co-ordinator

Sculpture at Sawmillers is the initiative of Elsa Atkin AM, Cultural Management Consultant and long-time McMahons Point resident. Atkin worked on a pro bono basis with local volunteers and the support of North Sydney Council to present the first two exhibitions. In 2016 Atkin will again be presenting the exhibition and North Sydney Council is giving their support to the project.

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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Sculpture at Sawmillers Committee

The Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016 Committee is made up of a team of passionate individuals including Exhibition Co-ordinator, Elsa Atkin, along with Jenny Thurstun, Sally Tribe, Marg Simonsen, Caroline McLean-Foldes and Nicole Cama.

Support Us

We are seeking dedicated and enthusiastic people who would like to contribute to Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016. If you are interested in being an integral part of the Sculpture at Sawmillers team or are able to sponsor, please contact the exhibition co-ordinator, Elsa Atkin.

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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.


Neilson Foundation

Family of Late Michael Tribe

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