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 official opening will be on Saturday 9 October.

Sculpture at Sawmillers is a McMahons Point community initiative supported by North Sydney Council. The exhibition is co-ordinated by Cultural Management Consultant, Elsa Atkin AM, the initiator of Sculpture at Sawmillers.

A non-acquisitive Sculpture at Sawmillers Prize of $30,000, and other smaller prizes including a People’s Choice Prize of $3,000 and an Emerging Sculptor of $2,500. Exhibition finalists will be selected by a panel in mid July 2021.

Sculptures will be offered for sale, at no commission, during the period of the exhibition unless artists state otherwise on their entry form.

Michael Snape - Traffic

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

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.

Sculpture at Sawmillers Poetry Prizes awarded

We’re proud to publish the winners of the Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016 Poetry Prizes, which was announced on 24 September. Congratulations Elizabeth Holland and Stephen House!

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’.

Leading sculptor wins Sculpture at Sawmillers Prize

On Saturday 17 September, over 500 people gathered to hear the former Governor-General of Australia, Dame Quentin Bryce, announce the winners of Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016.

Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016 officially opens!

On 17 September hundreds of visitors gathered around the 68 sculptures on display for Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016, officially opened by the former Governor-General of Australia, Dame Quentin Bryce.

Volunteer call out!

Help us make Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016 a success. We are seeking dedicated and enthusiastic people who would like to help us during the period of the exhibition (17-25 September 2016, 9am to 6pm).

Poetry at Sawmillers Prize

As part of the Sculpture at Sawmillers event on 17-25 September 2016 there will be a poetry competition to include live readings at Sawmillers Reserve on Saturday 24 September at 2pm.

Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016 exhibition opening

Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016 received 120 entries for this year’s exhibition, to be opened by Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO, former Governor General of Australia on Saturday 17 September 2016!

Entries for Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016 now open

Sculptors are invited to participate in Sculpture at Sawmillers exhibition to be held in the iconic harbourside Sawmillers Reserve in McMahons Point in September 2016 for a total of 10 days.

Tony Leach – ‘Visions of Night’

Tony Leach’s ‘Visions Of Night’ is an exploration of Sculpture at Sawmillers 2014 at night.

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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