Ku-ring-gai Sculpture Trail

sculpture trail 2021


Ku-ring-gai’s Sculpture Trail celebrates sustainable Art in the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. The trail will showcase the skill and imagination of both renowned artists and emerging talent, from across the region. Artists are invited to create on-theme sculptures to be displayed outdoors at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden in St Ives from 4 September through to 4 October 2021.

Call for entries now open 

NSW Artists including local schools and community groups are invited to submit works to the trail. Artworks should showcase the uniqueness of Australian bushland and utilise sustainable materials. There is over $5,000 in cash and prizes available across Junior (12 and under) and Open (13 and over) categories.

Entries for pre-selection are now open and close 4pm Friday 30 July 2021.

Online application form

Please email your enquiries to events@kmc.nsw.gov.au or call 9424 0980.

Terms and conditions


All applications are to be completed with the online application form.


Junior Category submissions are for artists 12 and under.

Open Category submissions are for artists 13 and above.

Key dates

Monday 10 May Entries open 10am.
Friday 30 July  Entries close 4pm.
Friday 6 August  Selected artists will be notified by this date.
Wednesday 25 August Artists to provide photos of completed works before 4pm.
Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 September  Installation of works between 8am and 5pm.
Friday 3 September  Judging will take place.
Tuesday 5 October  De-installation of artworks between 8am and 5pm.


All materials, types, forms of sculpture and installation are eligible for entry. There are no maximum allowable dimensions per individual piece but when submitting works artists are required to consider safety, ease of installation and removal, the environment and the ability of their work to withstand all weather conditions, including sun, wind, rain and any interference from wildlife.

The works must not have been exhibited in the Ku-ring-gai Sculpture Trail exhibition previously.

Sustainability theme

Judges highly encourage sculptures that showcase and capture the uniqueness of the Australian landscape; art that brings the flora and fauna of the Wildflower Garden to life.

There is a preference for re-cycled materials to be used in an innovative way, and for the artistic intervention to interact with the environment it has been created for.

Works adhering to the theme will have the best chance of competing for prize money.

Work Health & Safety

The artist is responsible for ensuring the installation remains safe at all times. All instruction from the Coordinator must be complied with promptly. Artists are required to state how artworks are to be installed on the Application Form. 

Applicants should consider the following:

  • the safety and impact of the environment, landscape & public;
  • possible site locations;
  • ease of installation and removal;
  • impact on the environment;
  • safety of viewers – no sharp protruding edges, a secure base;
  • extreme weather conditions, high winds, rain;
  • restrictions and amendments to sites may occur due to safety and/or environmental reasons;
  • Works considered unsafe or inappropriate will be deemed ineligible.

Available sites for sculptures

Artists are encouraged to visit the areas at the Wildflower Garden to view the sites before submitting an application.

Sites are available on the following tracks:

  • Senses Track.
  • Caley’s Garden.
  • Bank's Track to Lambert's Clearing including the area around Lambert's Clearing.

As this is a sustainable outdoor event no sculptures will be exhibited within Caley’s Pavilion or any other indoor venue at the Wildflower Garden.

Some parts of the site are restricted in order to protect the safety of people, artworks and the environment. The final decision on all sites will be at the discretion of the Coordinator and discussion will not be entered into.

Site selection and additional information

Artists whose works are chosen for exhibition will be notified by Friday 6 August 2021.

The final site selection for all sculptures in the exhibition is the decision of the selection panel which will be made up of industry peers and nominated Council staff. The Selection Panel reserves the right to invite artists into the exhibition without application and these artists will not be eligible for awards. Artists are invited to inspect the site at any time during Wildflower Garden opening hours 8am - 5pm daily.

Completion date for sculptures

All selected sculptures must be completed by Wednesday 25 August 2021.

Up to three photographs of the completed sculpture must be provided by Wednesday 25 August 2021.

Electronic images must be in JPEG format (of a size not smaller than 400kB and not larger than 1MB) sent by email to: events@kmc.nsw.gov.au

Artist awards

Prizes have been sponsored from the Ku-ring-gai Council Environment Levy & Ku-ring-gai Art Centre. Works will be voted for by both the Selection Panel and the public. The final decision will be made by the Selection Panel and no correspondence will be entered into.

A total of $5,370 in cash and prizes is on offer for winning entries, funded by Ku-ring-gai’s environmental levy and Ku-ring-gai Art Centre. A first prize of $3,000 will be awarded, $1,500 for second and $500 for third. The Junior Sculpture Walk winner will receive a free term of classes of their choice at the Ku-ring-gai Art Centre valued at $370.


Artists are responsible for the transportation of their sculptures to and from the exhibition site. Artists must remove all packaging materials from the site, and are liable for any damage that may ensue as a result of installation or de-installation of their artworks.

Installation and removal

Installation will take place on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 September 2021 between 8am and 5pm. Earlier installation can be arranged by negotiation with the coordinator. Artists will have a day to install their work within opening hours of the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. All responsibility, including cost, for the installation and de-installation of artworks belongs to the artist. If you need extra hands, please bring them along.

It is a condition that:

  • selected artists provide a written description of the process to install and de-install their sculpture prior to installation;
  • all selected artists are to have a daytime contact number or mobile telephone number during installation, the exhibition and de-installation days;
  • artists agree that their sculptures will not affect the environment or road  in any lasting way (eg. rocks cannot be drilled into, trees cannot be cut back or drilled into, and labelled plants cannot be disturbed in any way).

De-installation of sculptures will be on Tuesday 5 October 2021 from 8am and all sculptures are to be removed by the exhibiting artist by 5pm.

All sites must be returned to their original condition by each exhibiting artist.

Entry fee

There is no entry fee for the exhibition in 2021.

Each individual can submit up to a maximum of 3 separate sculptures for pre-selection. A separate set of application documents must be submitted for each entry.


Entries may be labelled Not For Sale (NFS) or sold privately after the exhibition by arrangement between artist and potential buyer. Artists must give permission if they wish a contact telephone number to be displayed with their sculpture or included in the exhibition catalogue.

Security and insurance

Artists exhibit at their own risk and insurance is the artist’s responsibility. Ku-ring-gai Council staff will exercise all reasonable care, but are not responsible for loss or damage to any work while in its custody, during transit or on exhibition, including damage relating to all weather conditions.

Additional terms and conditions

It is important that artists agree to the following:

  • Artists agree not to issue press/media releases without the written consent of the coordinator.
  • By signing the entry form, the artists give Ku-ring-gai Council exclusive right to reproduce images of submitted work for any purpose, including but not limited to the exhibition brochure, website promotion of the event and promotional material for future exhibitions.
  • Should you wish to use images from the exhibition for whatever purpose, the coordinator must be notified prior to the use of the images. All images used must credit Ku-ring-gai Sculpture Trail
  • Sculptures are required to stay in the exhibition for the entire duration and cannot be removed prior to Tuesday 5 October 2021. All sculptures must be removed on that date.
  • Sculptures cannot affect or damage the environment or surrounding areas in any way.
  • All instructions and requests from the coordinator, Council Officers and pubic authorities must be complied with.
  • Note: By submitting an application you are agreeing to the terms and conditions laid out in this document. The terms of this agreement apply into the future and are not limited to the year of exhibition.