Orange's Sculpture in the Gardens to exhibit Aussie art

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The second consecutive Sculpture’s in the Garden will this year exhibit the works of celebrated Australian sculptors against the beautiful backdrop of Rosemont, one of the Orange region’s largest and most established private gardens.

The event will be held on the weekend of April 13 and 14, 2019.

This is the second consecutive year of this selling exhibition of sculpture, coordinated by the Friends of the Orange Regional Gallery (FORG) and scheduled to coincide with Orange Food Week.

FORG member and owner of Ropsemont, Ellen Fisher said the purpose of the event is not only to showcase the magnificent works of talented sculptors, but also to draw attention to the incredible beauty of the Orange Region during autumn.

“We encourage garden, art and food enthusiasts from all over New South Wales and the ACT to schedule a visit to Orange during this picturesque time of year.

“This is a great opportunity for sculptors to gain exposure to the 15,000 plus people who attend Orange Food Week.”

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The inaugural Sculpture in an Orange Garden in 2018 attracted more than 2000  visitors, and organisers expect this number will increase at the 2019 event.

A number of highly regarded sculptors have already submitted to the 2019 exhibition, among them Mitsuo Shoji, the internationally renowned sculptor and functional artist whose artwork features in almost every major art gallery in Australia, including the National Gallery of Art Canberra.

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Also confirmed are Harrie Fasher (recipient of the 2017 Helen Lempriere Scholarship and 2018 Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea Rio Tinto Award) and Ralph Tikerpae, highly regarded for his large metal sculptures in public and private collections in both Australia and overseas.

The deadline for submissions from sculptors is March 30, 2019.

FORG will supply prize incentives for the 2019 Sculpture in an Orange Garden event, including a People’s Choice 1st Prize of $2000 and 2nd Prize of $1000.

There will also be four $50 prizes for the Children’s People’s Choice, and a $300 prize for the best school entry.

Sculpture in an Orange Garden is a public event open from 10am – 4:30pm on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 2019.

Tickets are available upon entry (no booking required) at a cost of $10 per adult and $15 per couple. Children are free.

A Preview Cocktail Party will be held on Friday, April 12 from 4:30pm – 7:00pm.

Bookings are essential and the cost of entry to the Preview Cocktail Party is $35.

Both the Preview Cocktail Party and Sculpture in an Orange Garden Exhibition will be held at Rosemont, 909 Cadia Road Springside, just a 10 minute drive from the centre of Orange.