Artists sought for the 2018 Wildflower Art and Garden Festival

Published on 8 May 2018

Prize money of $6000 is on offer to artists creating artworks with an environmental theme for the Festival’s sculpture walk.

Ku-ring-gai Council’s environmentally-themed public art competition, Sculpture Walk, is set to return in 2018. The fourth annual Sculpture Walk will give local and regional artists an avenue to exhibit works in the beautiful bushland surroundings of the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden during their popular event, The Wildflower Art and Garden Festival. 

Each year, the sculptures visually reflect on the uniqueness of the Australian bush landscape and utilise sustainable and recyclable materials. 

The Wildflower Art and Garden Festival, which attracts over 2000 visitors annually, will be held on Sunday 26 August between 9am and 4pm at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives. The sculptures will be on display at the Wildflower Garden until 4 September. 

A total of $6000 in cash prizes for winning artworks is on offer, funded by Ku-ring-gai’s environmental levy. A first prize of $3000 will be awarded, $1500 for second, $500 for third and a new $1000 ‘People’s Choice’ Award.

The brand new publicly-voted prize, the George Caley $1000 People's Choice Award, is named after the first botanist to explore the area, George Caley.  Mayor Jenifer Anderson said the award aimed to encourage visitors to the festival to engage in the art walk. 

“Visitors will be able to upload a photo of their favourite artwork in the Sculpture Walk to Instagram, along with a caption detailing why the work is their favourite using the hashtag #wildflowerartwalk”, the Mayor said.

“By entering your favourite artwork you will have the chance to win $500 and a copy of George Caley’s biography. The most popular artist in the People’s Choice Award will also win $500”.

Entries for the sculpture walk art competition will be accepted up until Monday July 16. Entries will be judged on Friday 24 August and announced at the Festival in an awards ceremony around 1pm.

For enquiries about the sculpture walk and Festival call 0433 257 532.



Media contact:            Sally Williams Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0982