Plan Your Autumn Arts Escape

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If nature, world class artworks and stunning landscapes are what you crave, Sculpture at Scenic World is the art exhibition for you.

Showcasing dozens of thought-provoking artworks from talented artists, Sculpture at Scenic World will once again transform an ancient Blue Mountains rainforest into an outdoor gallery from April 1 – May 2, 2021.

Renowned for its stunning outdoor setting with the iconic Three Sisters as a backdrop, this annual exhibition invites visitors to reconnect with nature.

Subtle sculptures and bold installations will capture the imagination of young and old, while everyone will enjoy entry to Sculpture Otherwise – an indoor exhibition of smaller works held at the Blue Mountains Culture Centre.

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Just 90 minutes from Sydney, the exhibition is the perfect excuse to plan a staycation close to home in the Blue Mountains, with a range of accommodation packages available.

Sculpture at Scenic World has earned a solid reputation as a must-do Autumn experience, welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors since the event’s inception in 2011. This year’s exhibition has also been more than 12 months in the making after the 2020 event was postponed due to COVID-19.

Scenic World Chief Experience Officer, Amanda Byrne, said there is an appetite for major events and nature-based experiences closer to home.

“It has been a whirlwind 12 months for the tourism industry, but it’s very encouraging to see such strong demand for authentic tourism experiences within NSW,” she said, noting that Scenic World’s Dinosaur Valley event was extended for four weeks due to popular demand.

“Visitors are increasingly looking for new and exciting ways to experience nature with their loved ones, and Sculpture at Scenic World ticks all the right boxes for a unique sensory experience that appeals to visitors of all ages.”

Scenic World Managing Director, Anthea Hammon, added that major events such as Sculpture at Scenic World delivered a welcome boost to the Blue Mountains economy on the back of a tumultuous year of fires, floods and the pandemic.

“We’re excited to bring the exhibition back to the mountains with a new look and feel, but also to celebrate the incredible talents of our artists, and support local businesses by boosting visitation to our region,” she said.

All exhibiting artists will also go head-to-head for the highly coveted Scenic World Major Award, selected by an independent judging panel including National Art School’s Head of Sculpture, Hany Armanious; renowned Sydney-based sculptor, Margarita Samspon; and Artistic Director of The Lock-Up, Courtney Novak.

Sculpture at Scenic World is open every day of the school holidays, and every Friday – Monday outside these times. Entry to all Scenic World experiences is priced from $49.90 for adults and $27.90 for children under 14 years. Children under four are free.

Scenic World is COVID safe and capacity is limited to protect the safety and wellbeing of guests and staff. Passes are available online only with timed-ticket entry for all guests.

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