On a typically beautiful Sydney afternoon on Saturday 17 September, over 500 people gathered to hear the former Governor-General of Australia, Dame Quentin Bryce, announce the winners of Sculpture at Sawmillers 2016.

The renowned sculptor, Paul Selwood, was awarded the non-acquisitive Sculpture at Sawmillers Prize of $20,000 for his work ‘Corbu 4’ (pictured above). The judges commented that the work had a ‘great sense of composition, a diversity across the contemporary landscape and brings new life to a well known genre.

Ingrid Morley, ‘Where the Light Gets In’

Ingrid Morley, ‘Where the Light Gets In’

The Highly Commended Prize of $5,000 was awarded to Ingrid Morley for her work ‘Where the Light Gets In’. The judges said ‘they were fascinated by the ambitious use of materials – is it meant to be looked at, inhabited? A mix of culture in particular Indigenous’.

The Emerging Artist Prize of $2,500 was awarded to Ro Murray for her work ‘Bush Tucker Doesn’t Use Plastic’. The judges commented that ‘there was respect for recycled material, carefully thought out, site specific and lyrically drawn’.

North Sydney Mayor, Jilly Gibson, chose her favourite and awarded the Mayor’s Prize of $500 to Willemina Villari for her quirky work ‘Cozzies’.

The Peoples Choice Prize of $3,000 will be announced on Sunday 25 September at 3.30pm with Tee Trio band from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

A poetry event will take place on Saturday 24 September at 2.00pm when the 10 finalists of the 44 poets who submitted their entries will read their poems to the public.

Exhibition catalogue (pdf)Visit Sculpture at Sawmillers

Photographs by Peter Secheny Photography