Sculpture at Sawmillers

Current Exhibition

8 to 17 October 2021

Sculpture at Sawmillers exhibition will be open to the public from 8 to 17 October 2021. The exhibition will be officially opened at 3pm on Saturday 9 October by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, the Governor of New South Wales.

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 $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.

Find out what some of our past participants and supporters have to say…

Thanks Elsa for doing it again – I am sure it will be a great success. Chris Hodges is delighted and will enter this year.

Utopia Art Sydney

Amazing. Well done. I might make a new work! That would be exciting. 

Michael Snape


I was so pleased to hear that you’re bringing back Sculpture at Sawmillers later this year! It’s such an amazing event and you do a brilliant job! I have fond memories of wandering past the sculptures most afternoons during the exhibition.

Louise Pocock

McMahons Point resident

Exciting stuff – thanks Elsa!

Harrie Fasher


What fantastic news to wake up to this morning.

Jenny Herbert Smith


Great News – Congratulations.  I look forward participating again. 

Sandra Pitkin


Calling for volunteers

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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Call for Entries closed

Call for Entries closed

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.

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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.


Sculpture at Sawmillers 2021 is supported by