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“Art to connect to the soul”


The exhibition was opened by The Hon Pru Goward MP, on Saturday 11 November. With Awards and Prizes handed out by Pru, the Upper Lachlan Shire Mayor: Brian McCormack, Pam Kensit:  Willowtree Patron, Feyona van Stom the Judge of the Sculptor Society.

The 2.5-acre garden was  part of the 2017 Crookwell Garden Festival. Over 2,000 people came through the gates on the weekend of the exhibition with 130 sculptures displayed in the garden along with a solo painting exhibition 'Travelscapes' by local Laggan artist Sally Wilson and sculptural wall hangings by Dirk Lejeune  were enjoyed by all.  

The exhibition continued for the week until the 19th of November and an unexpected  hail storm during this week created a very interesting, wet and adventurous walk in the garden enjoyed by all with shoes off and an exuberant wander through the garden.

Numerous local, regional and international visitors contributed to the selection of the People's Choice Awards during the week. The People's Choice Awards are usually valued by the Artists as this indicates their sculptures had  touched and inspired the hearts and minds of many people, not only the judge who selected awards on artistic merit.  The people selected three works  for the "People's Choice Awards from 130 sculpture entries in the exhibition, this in itself makes this award a very prestigious award.

Our curatorial committee had great fun setting up the 2017 sculpture exhibition. Each sculpture were considered to  optimise its unique viewing features in harmony with nature. Together  a display of beauty in line, form, shape and colour presented to visitors a superb sculptural composition in nature. The artist being included to ensure their work is respected, loved and placed in a spot that felt important to them. This year the curatorial committee look forward to assist artists to find their unique placement in the garden for their creations for the November 2018 sculpture event.

The Baker Boys Band entertained visitors during the opening and lingered on popular demand after the closing of the event, with a very satisfied and appreciative audience.  A range of local and regional musicians played music in the garden while people enjoyed meandering along the sculpture path.

Artists enjoyed Over 60% of their art works sold and the sculptures have made their way to their new homes locally across the Shire and Regionally to: Sydney, Blue Mountains, Canberra and Southern Highlands

Willowtree Sculpture Garden

 We are sorry to advise that the 2018 exhibition and music and sunset has been cancelled.


Willowtree Sculpture Garden presented 'Sculpture in the Village' Spring exhibition 2017.



 Upper Lachlan Shire Council

$1,000 - Upper Lachlan First Prize Art Excellence Award:  Lead Sponsor in support of our First Sculpture Prize winner.

Chris Rowlands & Associates Pty.

 $500 - 2nd Prize Art Excellence Award

Willow Tree Sculpture Garden

$200 Willow Tree Sculpture Garden Third Art  Excellence Award in support of our Third Prize winner

The Sculptors Society

$200 The Sculptors Society Student Art Excellence Award: in support of First - Third High School and Primary Student Awards of Excellence.

Doug Mcintyre Painting

$100.00 Doug Mcintyre Painting and Sculptural Wall Hanging  Art Excellence Award

Pam Kensit

Patron of Willowtree Sculpture Garden

People's Choice Award

All  Awards judged by the President of

The Sculptors Society: Feyona van Stom


 We are sorry to advise that the 2018 exhibition and music and sunset has been cancelled.


Kate Wimble ( Merlin)

Merlin & family sponsors of the $1000

1st prize Art Excellence Award




Final WSG Exhibition Catalogue 2017 FINAL GOOD QUALITY 27 Oct 17 (1).pdf Willowtree Sculpture Garden Press Release 2016.pdf

The First prize secondary schools

Hayley for 'Golden Tree'

2017 Spring Sculpture Exhibition Winning Exhibitors:

Peoples Choice Award

Gabrielle Saville

'Grass Trees'

Primary School

Peoples Choice Award

Reuben  for 'Family' from Laggan Public

High School

Peoples Choice Award

Logan for 'Peter Rabbit' from Crookwell High

                                            2017 Awards of Excellence

Congratulations also to the Artists who won Awards in the General awards of excellence:  Judged by The President of the Sculpture Society Feyona van Stom.  

Congratulations to The winners for:

 the 'PEOPLE'S  CHOICE ' AWARDS of Excellence:

The  Adult People's Choice Award  won by: Gabrielle Saville for her 'Grass Trees'

Second prize secondary schools went to : Charlotte for 'Tropical Pineapple'

Third prize secondary schools went to : Ashley for 'Birdcage'

Highly commended: Ellie for 'Vibrant Flower'

First prize primary schools

Addison Whittington for ‘Bird’s Nest’

Adult Prize Money: Painting and Sculptural Wall Hanging Prizes

Second prize primary schools: Isla Stevenson

Third prize primary schools : Mitchell for Rainbow Rabbit

Highly Commended : Vincent Bill

Highly Commended : Rueben for Family

Highly Commended : Lilly for City Farm

Doug McIntyre prize $100 went to Sally Wilson for her painting: ‘City'

Adult First Prize - The Upper Lachlan Sculpture Prize: $1000-00 to  Tobias Bennett for  'Much Like Life'

Adult Second Prize $500 to Witness Bonjisi for  'Inspector'

Adult Third Prize $200 Willowtree Sculpture Garden Prize to Alison Mortiss for  'Half Moon Island'

Highly Commended - Gabrielle Saville - Who Let the Dogs Out? (Catalogue number 95)

Highly Commended - Stephen Murenza - My First Kiss  (Catalogue number 10)

Highly Commended - Jeffrey Frith - Rainbow Warrior (Catalogue number 44)

Highly Commended - Arenaria - Lizard and Frog (Catalogue numbers 92 & 94)

Highly Commended - Peter Lewis - Sunworship (Catalogue number 26)

Spring Sculpture Exhibition Event Photos

Spring Sculpture Exhibition Event Videos

Event Information

Exhibition Opening: by Feyona van Stom  

President of The Sculptors Society

Judge of the Sculpture Awards: Feyona Van Stom President of The Sculptors Society

Feyona is President of the Sculptors Society of NSW for her 7th year  and was Vice president for 3 years. She has organised their exhibitions in the Sydney CBD, in Chatswood and The Incinerator Art Space and Concourse galleries and usually exhibits with the group exhibitions.

Artworks are in collections in America, South America, Canada, Europe and the UK, in China and Japan and India as well as in Australia and New Zealand and Africa.

She has been exhibiting since 1990 in galleries and local town exhibitions as well as many charity and art auctions, artsydney fairs, and In SOFA, NEW YORK and CHICAGO ( the prestigious international Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art fair) for 7 years.

MC: The Hon. (Pru) Prudence Jane GOWARD, MP - Parliament of NSW

The Hon. Pru Goward is the Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in 2017. Pru has a passion for Art and has been a key note speaker at several local Art Events for decades and is a great supporter of Willow Tree Sculpture Garden.

Welcome: by the Upper Lachlan Mayor: Brian McCormack.

The Upper Lachlan Council is a great donator and supporter of the Sculpture Festival and provide Art Award donations in support Art Development regionally and locally.


The Mary Gilmore Society

Is a huge supporter of the Sculpture in the Village Events and contributes delicious food to the festival yearly.   

Mary Gilmore Weekend is a cultural event held in memory of the locally born Dame Mary Gilmore. The Mary Gilmore Society is actively supporting and promoting numerous community events and has produced numerous  CD's by talented singers and performers of the Upper Lachlan Shire now offering  Dame Mary Gilmore CD Vol.6 is now available for sale at our Crookwell Visitor Information Centre.


Hatherleigh Vineyard

Planted by by Nick Bulleid and overlooking the Sculpture Garden grows only Pinot Noir grapes. Nick annually donates delicious Pinot Noir Wine to the Sculpture Festival. Nick became the third Master of Wine in Australia and regularly judges regionally and internationally. He  is an independent wine industry consultant and works with regional vigneron and winemaker associations on issues of quality and style.

The Laggan Village Markets

The Laggan Memorial Hall hosts the Laggan Village Markets, boasting a wide Willow Tree Sculpture Garden supports the Laggan Village Markets through donating proceeds from the delicious baking and tea and coffee on offer during the event ‘The Laggan Committ’.

Members tirelessly offer visitors to the garden food including a sausage sizzle to ensure no one goes hungry during the event. The Market and the Garden is open Every third Saturday of the month with an array of goods from home baked cakes to plants and an impressive range of gift items..