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Matched fundraising programs inviting applicants, mentoring for diverse writers, plus winners of Footscray Art Prize, and finalists across the arts.
Illustration with a stem of red flower in the centre against a grassy field and blue sky. Behind the flower are objects hanging from the sky, including a book, shoe, and guitar.

Sculptures in the Garden 2023 (NSW)

The regional outdoor sculpture exhibition and prize, Sculptures in the Garden (SIG), is calling for submissions nationwide. The 2023 event will run from 7-22 October with a major acquisitive $30,000 SIG and Mid-Western Regional Council prize. Also on offer is the $10,000 Friends of SIG Prize, $5000 Moolarben Prize and $5000 Buchanan Mudgee Hospital Prize for small sculpture. This year’s exhibition selection committee will include landscape designer and gardening authority Paul Bangay, prominent architect and contemporary painter Susan Rothwell, Mudgee architect Cameron Anderson, Mid-Western Regional Council Mayor Des Kennedy, Mudgee Arts Precinct gallery curator Lizzy Galloway and journalist Sam Paine.
Submissions close 11 August; learn more and submit.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_