Guidelines for Submissions

An estimated 55,000 international and national visitors will view Sculpture at Scenic World.
Artists will exhibit their works and will vie for awards including:

  • $20,000 Scenic World Major Award
  • 5,000 Environmental Award
  • $3,000 Artist Peer Award
  • $2,000 Scenic World Staff Award
  • $1,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by The Carrington, Blue Mountains

One artist from the 2019 exhibition will have the opportunity to exhibit at the Blue Mountains Cultural
Centre in late May until early June, 2019.

Now in its seventh year, Sculpture at Scenic World is delighted to invite artists to an open call for submissions for Australia’s only rainforest exhibition. Held between Friday 5 April – Sunday 5 May 2019, this outdoor exhibition will provide local, national and international artists an exciting opportunity to exhibit their works within the natural splendour of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Up to 35 works will be exhibited on the valley floor, and a walk along the elevated boardwalks will give visitors the opportunity to view world class sculptures in an unparalleled setting.


  • Artworks must have been created within the past 24 months and may have been exhibited previously.
  • Artworks may be submitted for selection as a design, eg not a completed work, or as a work in progress.
  • The major $20,000 Scenic World Prize is not acquisitive.
  • Sculpture Otherwise (the indoor exhibition) will be exhibited at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre,
    creating two exhibition opportunities.


To reflect the diversity of contemporary sculptural practices, Scenic World would like to invite artists to submit all types, forms, materials and media of sculpture with the following guidelines:

  • Works are to be inclusive in subject matter and must not be discriminatory or offensive in any way.
  • Due to the limited access to this unique site (via the Cableway) works are required to be transported in a cable car. The cable car door dimensions are 105 centimetres wide and 180 centimetres high. The depth in the cable car is approx. 3-4 metres.
  • Applicants with large rigid elements in their work, should discuss their application with the Exhibition Manager prior to submission.
  • Artists are asked to consider safety and ease of installation and removal when submitting their works; further to this is the due consideration to minimise the environmental impact of the valley floor or hanging vines and branches. Considerations to a weight mitigation process would be necessary so to avoid soil compaction.
  • All materials will be considered; however, ephemeral pieces must discuss their application with the Exhibition Manager to ensure that Event Approval and Development Consent from the Blue Mountains City Council is in no way compromised. There must be no disintegration and introduced matter to the pristine rainforest. Work made from natural materials are accepted eg timber, bamboo etc is fine – works involving plant material and would like clarification please contact the Exhibition Manager.
  • Artists are also recommended to consider the natural elements when choosing materials: works must be able to withstand sun, wind, rain.
  • All works which need electrical power must be single phase 240 volt, maximum 2 AMP current draw: please ensure all wiring is verified and tagged by a licensed electrician to Australian electrical standards.
  • All works must be the original work of the submitting artist.
  • Artists should supply an ABN for payment of the exhibition fee and possible sales commissions if they have one. If they don’t they should be prepared to fill out a “Statement by Supplier” during the exhibition period.
  • All works submitted must be no older than 24 months ie the work should have been created and exhibited no earlier than January 1st 2017. Works may have been previously exhibited within the context of a different exhibition including commercial galleries and other public sculpture exhibition (please provide details). If artists are represented by a commercial gallery they must provide Sculpture at Scenic World details of the gallery at the time of submission.


Artists are encouraged to discuss their application with the Exhibition Manager well before the deadline for entry by phone (02) 4780 0245 or email justinm (@)


An independent selection panel will select works for exhibition and the Major Award winner. Judges names will be posted on this website once announced. Please be advised that the panel has absolute and unfettered discretion to select artworks for the exhibition and any decision of the selection panel is final. Previous Sculpture at Scenic World judges have included; Dr. Lee Ann Hall, Adam Porter, Ann Graham,Wendy teakel, Dr Josh Wodak, Joan Ross, Claire Healy, Felicity Fenner, Michael Snelling, Anne Loxley, Clara Hali, David Williams, Anthony Bond OAM, Dr Richard Goodwin, Binghui Huangfu, Allan Giddy, Alan Krell and Louise Olsen.


Artists both successful and unsuccessful in their application will be notified by Friday 23rd November 2018.


Artists who have been selected for exhibition will have the opportunity to participate in Sculpture Otherwise. This will be an open call for small scale works which can be drawings, photographs, maquettes and video works. The selected indoor artworks will be exhibited at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Works will be selected by the Exhibition Manager.


Exhibitors are requested to meet for a site visit with the Exhibition Manager up to 28th January 2019. Artists who are not able to attend on-site meetings can communicate with the Exhibition Manager via skype, telephone or email. Final site selection for all sculptures in the exhibition is the decision of the Exhibition Manager. Works that appear to be unsafe or which are inconsistent with the artist’s proposal may be excluded from the exhibition.


Sculpture at Scenic World is offering a $20,000 Major Award selected by an independent judging panel. The winner of the Major Award will be announced on opening night. The $5,000 Environmental Award will be selected by an independent ecologist. The remaining three awards; Artist Peer Award – $3,000, Scenic World Staff Choice Award $2,000 and the People’s Choice Award $1,000 will be announced at the closing of the exhibition on Sunday 5th May 2019.


Artists are responsible for the transport of their sculptures to and from the exhibition. Artists are responsible for removing all packing materials from the site. Scenic World does not store any packing materials. Freight and transport costs in both directions are the responsibility of the artist.


Installation of the exhibition will commence 7:00am Wednesday 26th March, 2019. De-installation will commence 7:00am Monday 6th May 2019. Please consider these dates when applying.

Prior to the exhibition artists will be allocated a specific time for installation. The artist will liaise with the Exhibition Manager to confirm artwork placement and check installation progress. Artists will need to inform the Exhibition Manager if there are any special requirements prior to the installation day. Artists are requested to be available for installation of their artworks on their allotted day. If you require extra assistance you will need prior approval for limited (two) people to assist you and provide their details.

Artists and their assistants are responsible for installation and de-installation of their work and will be working alongside a professional installation crew. When you have been accepted for exhibition you will be requested to confirm your availability for installation and provide the names of who will be assisting you (limited to two assistants per artwork).

Artists are required to provide an installation method statement including a list of materials, and what equipment will be required to install and de-install your work requested upon selection. Upon completion of installation, artists must co-sign an Installation Completion Form with the Exhibition Manager following a final site inspection. Sculptures must remain on site until the close of the exhibition, this being 5:00pm Sunday 5th May 2019.

The artist or a representative of the artist will be responsible for maintaining the presentation of their work throughout the exhibition, especially in the event of severe weather conditions or the use of erodible materials. (Access times may be limited please contact the Exhibition Manager to make arrangements should the need arise.)


Upon removal of the artwork from the site post exhibition, artists will be paid a $1000 exhibitor’s fee.


All risk in the exhibition of sculptures remains with the artist at all times, irrespective of whether the work is being handled by an exhibition staff member. By signing the entry form every artist authorises the exhibition staff to move their sculpture or remove it from the site for any reason, including but not limited to public safety, damage or potential damage to the sculpture or for the cohesive duration of the exhibition. The exhibition does not have an accidental and malicious damage insurance policy to cover the sculptures. All risk for the artwork remains with the artist, this applies for the installation, maintenance and removal of the sculptures. Scenic World accepts no responsibility for environmental damage or wear and tear and we would expect the artist to insure against this.


For all sculpture sales: transport, de-installation and insurance will be the responsibility of the artist and purchaser. If the artist is represented by a gallery then artists must give Scenic World details of their commercial gallery at the time of submission. It is also the responsibility of the artist to tell their commercial gallery of the split commission.

Works are to be available for sale during the Exhibition. (If you do not wish your work to be sold please clearly indicate this on your entry form.) Scenic World will retain a 40% commission on all sales directly attributable to the Exhibition. The artist is responsible for paying any GST that may be applicable.

In the event that an artist is represented by a commercial gallery, this 40% commission will be split two ways, i.e. half (20%) will be retained by Scenic World and half (20%) retained by the artist’s representing gallery. Represented artists will be paid their sale price less commissions by their representing gallery within the pre-existing terms established with their gallery unless otherwise agreed.

The commission will not be shared with the gallery or agent representing the artist if the artist themselves is the agent/owner or the Director of the gallery. This agreement will run for four months after the exhibition closes.

Scenic World agrees to publicly acknowledge the artist’s representing gallery (one per artwork) wherever possible through labels that indicate the name of the representing gallery and acknowledgments in the digital catalogue.


The artist owns copyright of their work and authorises Scenic World to reproduce the artwork in the exhibition digital catalogue, publicity, media releases, website, social media and print media, as well as documentation and other promotions in print and on Scenic World’s website related to the Awards and thereafter. The image provided by the artist will be included in the catalogue, the artist will be credited and the photographer’s name will be acknowledged, if provided.

The artists agrees that Scenic World may sub licence Scenic World’s rights under the above clause for the purposes of a social media photo competition. Further to this, the artist agrees that they do not need to be attributed for the purposes of the social media photo competition only.


Scenic World will produce a digital catalogue and include the name of the artist, title of sculpture, brief artist statement, sale price, media, size and date of creation and gallery representation (if applicable). If an artist wishes to acknowledge private sponsorship then the name of the sponsor will be provided to the Exhibition Manager in sufficient time to be included in the digital catalogue. No additional sponsorship signage will be installed near the sculpture during exhibition.


Entrants will be required to pay a registration fee of $35 incl. GST payable to Sculpture at Scenic World. The fee applies to all entrants and is not refundable.


Exhibiting artists of Sculpture at Scenic World 2019 can nominate for their artwork to be selected for another exhibiting opportunity with the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. The chosen artwork will be exhibited from late May – late June, 2019 accompanied by a $1,000 exhibitor’s fee. The sculpture will be selected by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and announced at the Awards and Opening Ceremony of Sculpture at Scenic World, Friday 5th April, 2019.

Scenic World will be responsible for transporting their sculpture from Scenic World to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (approximately 1 kilometre away). Scenic World and the Cultural Centre will jointly pay installation costs (including labour) and the exhibitor’s fee. The artwork will be insured under the Cultural Centre’s policy for the duration of the exhibition period at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre . The loan agreement between the artist and the Cultural Centre does not supersede or infringe upon the sales agreement entered into with Sculpture at Scenic World.

Please indicate on the entry form if you wish to be considered for this opportunity. More information about the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre can be found at


If the parties disagree about this agreement, whoever disagrees must:

first tell the other party about the dispute in writing; and

not start any litigation or arbitration in relation to the dispute until this clause ‘Disputes’ is followed.

Once all parties have been told of the dispute, both parties must arrange for representatives to meet within 14 days and take all reasonable steps to try and solve it.

If the dispute is not resolved under clause (b) the parties agree to submit the dispute to the Arts Law mediation service.

If the parties are unable to resolve the dispute within 14 days of commencing mediation or a later time that they agree to during the mediation, they may refer the matter to arbitration or commence litigation.

The parties must always continue to perform their respective obligations under this agreement and will remain bound by the terms of the contract.

Entries Open September 7th 2018