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31 Jan 2020

Rainforest To Become Contemporary Art Gallery

Set among an ancient rainforest in the heart of the Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World 2020 will be a delight for art lovers, families and couples alike this coming Autumn.

Nature? Check. Art? Check. Epic views? Check! Sculpture at Scenic World ticks all the right boxes for a weekend getaway that serves up sweeping vistas and world class art in the heart of an ancient Jurassic rainforest.

Now in its ninth year, Sculpture at Scenic World is Australia’s premier regional outdoor sculpture exhibition that will transform a rainforest into a contemporary gallery from April 9 – May 10.

Showcasing 29 thought provoking artworks from local, national and international artists, the exhibition will capture the imagination of young and old with works ranging from subtle sculptures to bold installations that deliver a diverse, rich cultural experience.

Set among towering Jurassic rainforest in the heart of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World is a unique marriage of art and nature. Handcrafted artworks intermingle with an environment that demands your attention for its sweeping vistas, twisted watervines and dappled light filtering through ancient fern trees.

The calibre of artworks also continues to exceed expectations, with exhibiting artists from as far afield as the USA, Japan and Ukraine pushing new boundaries to create dozens of works that have a unique story of their own. Artists will go head to head for the highly coveted $20,000 Scenic World Major Award, alongside a range of other awards totalling $30,000.

Art lovers will appreciate the careful placement of works, which are thoughtfully installed by experienced artists to preserve the exhibition’s 0% ecological footprint. Meanwhile, nature lovers, families and everyone in between can expect the unexpected as nature and art come together to leave a lasting impression.

Accessed by the world’s steepest railway with the iconic Three Sisters as a backdrop, Sculpture at Scenic World provides the perfect excuse for a weekend arts escape, with a range of exclusive accommodation packages at The Carrington, Equeva Group, Mountain Heritage, Falls Mountain Retreat, YHA Blue Mountains and the Fairmont Resort & Spa. With inclusions such as breakfast, free wi-fi, access to leisure facilities and more, there’s something to suit everyone.

The kids will also have a ball with a range of Sculpture at Scenic World workshops and free activities, such as the Makerspace — a dedicated area for children to explore their artistic curiosity that simultaneously keeps them entertained.

Sculpture at Scenic World Exhibition Curator Justin Morrissey, invites visitors of all ages to explore the stunning Blue Mountains this coming autumn.

“Sculpture at Scenic World takes art beyond the white walls of the gallery space to create the unexpected among the natural environment,” he said. “It invites visitors to explore nature and art in new ways; to discover more about our world heritage environment, and to celebrate the incredible talents of artists who have adapted their ideas to suit the natural environment.”

Scenic World’s Chief Experience Officer, Amanda Byrne, said that visiting the exhibition was a great way to support the Blue Mountains after the challenging Summer that businesses in the region had faced due to the bushfires.

“Over the past few years Sculpture at Scenic World has established itself as the must-see event for Autumn in the Blue Mountains, our ninth iteration promises to be a real feast for the senses,” she said, adding that Scenic World welcomed more than 100,000 visitors during the 2019 exhibition.

“This exhibition compliments the many galleries, artisans and cultural attractions in the Blue Mountains. Visitors can enjoy this lesser known side of the mountains, as well as the more traditional bushwalks and attractions as part of a weekend away that is supporting local businesses.”

Sculpture at Scenic World is recognised as a flagship tourism event under Destination NSW’s Regional Flagship Event program, which recognises and supports events that help to boost overnight visitation and visitor spending in regional NSW.

Those wanting more from an Autumn arts escape in the Blue Mountains can also visit Sculpture Otherwise — an exhibition of smaller sculptures held at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre — or Twist n Shout, an exciting outdoor exhibition which showcases a series of artworks at iconic locations in the upper mountains.

Whether you’re an arts enthusiast or simply looking to be intrigued and inspired, Sculpture at Scenic World ticks all the right boxes for a perfect arts escape, just 90 minutes from Sydney.

Accommodation packages are now available, starting from $99 per person a two-night stay.