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Hunter creatives featured at Sculptures in the Garden

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Hunter creatives Peter Tilley and Michael Rumble will feature in one of Australia’s leading outdoor exhibitions next month.

The pair is among the final artist line-up for Mudgee’s iconic Sculptures in the Garden (SIG) at the picturesque Rosby Vineyard gardens from 7 to 22 October.

The much-loved showcase of creativity, innovation and talent attracted its highest number of entries in the event’s history.

Peter Tilley’s Auspicious Entity.

And, the roster for SIG 2023 features an exciting group of 130 artists, including acclaimed names such as Sydney’s Paul Bacon, Central Coast’s John Fitzmaurice, Victorian Matt Hill, Jenolan’s Ingrid Morley, Newcastle’s Tilley and Nelson Bay’s Michael Rumble, as well as a host of newcomers.

For the Novocastrian, he’s been practicing sculpture and exhibiting his work for 35 years.

He’s produced figurative 3D works including small bronzes, larger cast resin, carved timber or cast iron and Corten steel pieces.

He also creates framed wall-mounted arrays of unusual found objects.

Having enjoyed his SIG debut in 2022, Tilley is exhibiting for a second time, this year showing two works – Auspicious Entity and Figure & Shadow – exploring shadow and reflection.

Peter Tilley’s Figure & Shadow.

“I like the venue for SIG and where and how the works are displayed in beautiful surroundings,” he said.

“The visitor numbers and sales are also impressive.”

This year’s line-up reinforces SIG’s commitment to supporting artists at various stages of their careers and to nurturing the vibrant art scene in Australia.

“We are immensely proud of who we’ve attracted,” Sculptures in the Garden founder and curator Kay Norton-Knight said.

“The diversity of the artists and their works speaks to the wide range of creative talent we have in Australia.

“It’s going to be a truly memorable event.”

Sculptures in the Garden is a not-for-profit exhibition, with proceeds going to local charity partners and the acquisition of sculptures for the Mudgee community’s public arts initiative.

Since 1983, Gerry and Kay Norton-Knight have worked tirelessly to develop the sculpture garden, gallery and surrounds of Rosby Wines, where the event is staged, creating a magical setting for this now-iconic event.

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