Sculpture in the Paddock was conceived by Yass artists Al Phemister, Duncan Waugh and Kim Nelson as part of the 2013 YASSarts celebration weekend.
In determining the location for the event YASSarts creator Kim Nelson enthusiastically recommended the National Trust property ‘Cooma Cottage’ just outside the the town of Yass, NSW. With its rolling hills and splendid visual curtilage this property was tailor-made for such an event.
Part of the impetus behind the project was the fact that the Yass Valley Shire boasts an unusually high proportion of sculptors – some of national and international standing. Rosemary Madigan, Michael le Grand, Wendy Teakel, David Jenz and Phil Spelman and Lee Tunks – to name just a few. On top of this, the town of Yass boasts no less than four sculptures by iconic Australian sculptor, the late Tom Bass.
As with all things in life, the event needed to evolve and grow - for 2018 the exhibition is moving to a rolling 50 acre paddock on Shaw Vineyard Estate, Murrumbateman. The event retains its rural heart and has the benefit of more facilities on hand. This not for profit event remains free to Yass Valley residents. We look forward to sharing this new venue with artists, locals and visitors alike. The venue is 40 minutes drive from Canberra, 15 minutes from Yass.
Scultpure in the Paddock is held in Spring each year; a time when our region literally blossoms and culturally flourishes. September sees the celebration of Floriade in Canberra, quality live music hosted in many local venues, terrific produce available in local eateries and the commencement of the Turning Wave Festival in Yass. All of these factors combine to create a beautiful experience for locals, art enthusiasts and passers-by who have loved Scutlpure in the Paddock for the past five years.
In addition to a large-scale outdoor event, Sculpture in the Paddock is proud to run a concurrent Schools Program bringing art and artists to many schools in our region.
Details for 2018 Exhibition;
$15,000 Sculpture in the Paddock Prize
$3,000 Encouragement Award
$2,000 People's Choice
Judges : Gordon Bull and Jas Hugonnet
Curators: Alex Asch and Mariana del Castillo
Drirector : Scott Brandon Smith
Exhibition Consultant : Michael LeGrand