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Sculpture meets art in the Blue Mountains

Nature? Check. Art? Check. Epic views? Check! Sculpture at Scenic World ticks all the right boxes for a weekend getaway that serves up sweeping vistas and world class art in the heart of an ancient Jurassic rainforest.

Now in its eighth year, Sculpture at Scenic World is Australia’s premier regional outdoor sculpture exhibition that will transform the rainforest into an outdoor gallery from April 12 – May 12.

Showcasing more than 25 thought provoking artworks from local, national and international artists, the exhibition will capture the imagination of young and old with works ranging from subtle sculptures to bold installations that explore themes such as the environment, heritage and culture.

Set among towering Jurassic rainforest in the heart of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World is a unique marriage of art and nature. Handcrafted artworks blend seamlessly into the environment, which demands your attention for its sweeping vistas, twisted watervines and dappled light filtering through the ancient fern trees.

The calibre of artworks also continues to exceed expectations, with exhibiting artists from as far afield as Sweden and Finland pushing new boundaries to create dozens of works that have a unique story of their own. Artists will go head to head for the highly coveted $20,000 Scenic World Major Award, alongside a range of other awards totalling $30,000.

Art lovers will appreciate the careful placement of works, which are thoughtfully installed by experienced artists to preserve the exhibition’s 0% ecological footprint. Meanwhile, nature lovers, families and everyone in between can expect the unexpected as nature and art come together to leave a lasting impression.

Accessed by the world’s steepest railway with the iconic Three Sisters as a backdrop, Sculpture at Scenic World provides the perfect excuse for a weekend arts escape, with a range of exclusive accommodation packages at a range of hotels and resorts throughout the Blue Mountains. With inclusions such as breakfast, free wi-fi, access to leisure facilities and more, there’s something to suit everyone.

The kids will also get a kick out of a range of Sculpture at Scenic World workshops and free activities which will keep the little ones entertained.

Sculpture at Scenic World Exhibition Curator, Justin Morrissey, invited visitors of all ages to escape the city and explore the stunning Blue Mountains this autumn.

“Sculpture at Scenic World takes art beyond the white walls of the gallery space to create the unexpected among the natural environment,” he said. “It invites visitors to explore nature and art in new ways; to discover more about our world heritage environment; and to celebrate the incredible talents of artists who have adapted their ideas to suit the natural environment.”

Scenic World’s Chief Experience Officer, Amanda Byrne, added that the exhibition was a great stepping stone to experience the stunning Blue Mountains and other regional centres in NSW.

“Sculpture at Scenic World has gone from strength to strength over the past eight years, and we are excited to see domestic visitation continue to grow as the exhibition catches the eye of visitors from near and far,” she said, adding that Scenic World welcomed more than 100,000 visitors during the 2018 exhibition.

Sculpture at Scenic World is recognised as a flagship tourism event under Destination NSW’s Regional Flagship Event program, which recognises and supports events that help to boost overnight visitation and visitor spending in regional NSW.

Explore the Blue Mountains with a visit to Sculpture Otherwise– an exhibition of smaller sculptures held at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre – or Tracks, an exciting outdoor exhibition which showcases a series of artworks at iconic locations in the upper mountains.

Whether you’re an arts enthusiast or a complete novice, Sculpture at Scenic World ticks all the right boxes for a perfect arts escape, just 90 minutes from Sydney.

For more information and to book tickets online, visit www.sculptureatscenicworld.com.au.

Sculpture at Scenic World, 2012

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