Brisbane Sculpture Festival 2021

Sculptors Qld welcomes everyone to visit the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens to view this year’s beautifully created sculptures. Our members’ artworks are for sale. Come and enjoy a coffee or lunch at the Café, bring a picnic or a stroll in the Gardens and enjoy the artworks on display.

Smaller pieces can be viewed in the Auditorium from 10am to 4pm daily. Entry is free to all.

Larger outdoor sculptures will be placed throughout the Gardens.

A self-guided map to highlight the trail, will be available at the Auditorium and at the Visitors Centre.

Artist led informative tours of the outdoor sculptures will be offered daily, over the weekend, starting from the Visitors Centre.

Life drawing sessions, 11-2pm Saturday and Sunday

Outdoor Sculpture Tours with Artist, Saturday 11am and 2pm, Sunday 11am and 2pm

Artist Talks, Saturday 11am, Sunday 11am

Demonstration of Work in Progress, Saturday and Sunday during the day

Members Indoor/ Outdoor Exhibition

June 11 - 13, 10am to 4pm (Friday Night Opening 6pm to 8pm)

Mt. Coot-tha Gardens and Auditorium

$4000 Shillam Award Sculpture Prize

$1500 Sirromet Winery Outdoor Sculpture Prize

$700 Frank Lambert and Friends Memorial Award

$500 Ros Hayden Award Sculpture Prize

Plus Awards and Prizes from our sponsors

$1000 Damien Lacey Plumbing

$300 In-store voucher Art Shed West End

This is our annual member’s exhibition where smaller works will be on display in the Auditorium and larger outdoor sculptures will be displayed along a sculpture trail throughout the gardens.

The Shillam prize will be awarded to the most deserving sculpture selected by this year’s judge, Phillip Bacon.

All sculptures are for sale.

A self-guided outdoor sculpture trail will leave from the Visitors Centre where maps will be placed. Daily artist led tours will occur over the weekend, please see the website for more information. Entry is free to all visitors.

All relevant COVID safety measures will be implemented, as per regulations at the time of the Exhibition.

Entry Form

Important Dates

Draft outline/concept* of all Outdoor Sculptures
Friday 16th April 2021 (by 5pm)

Entries close for indoor and outdoor exhibition
Friday 14th May 2021 (by 5pm)

Bump In Outdoor exhibition
Thursday 3rd June 2021 (9am – 12pm)

Bump in Indoor exhibition / Set-up & Installation
Thursday 10th June 2021 (10am – 12pm)

Official Opening in Auditorium
Friday 11th June 2021 (6pm – 8pm)

Collection of Indoor Sculptures
Sunday 13th June 2021 (4pm – 5pm)

Dismantle Indoor Exhibition
Monday 14th June 2021 (8am – 11am)

Extended Outdoor Invitation sculptures selected
Friday 18th June 2021 (by 5pm)

Dismantle Outdoor Exhibition
Thursday 1st July 2021 (9am – 12pm)

Dismantle Extended Outdoor Exhibition
Thursday 2nd September 2021 (9am – 12pm)

Conditions of Entry

By signing the entry form, the artist acknowledges that he/she has read, understood and agrees to be bound by these Conditions of Entry.

If you have any queries, please contact the Exhibition Coordinator mobile: 0417 555549

Membership fees to Sculptors QLD, must be paid before submitting an Entry Form to the Exhibition.

Entries will only be accepted if membership is current.

  1. Membership Fees are due and payable before 28th February 2021. Late payment will result in an increase by a further $20 for payment after this date. Visit for details.

  2. Every Member who enters art work, is required to assist with the running of the Members’ Exhibition, in regard to preparation before and/or during the exhibition. Please state your availability at the appropriate page on your entry form. A Roster will be formed, and you will be notified. We will endeavor to give you your first preference however this may not always be possible.

  1. Each Artist may enter up to a maximum of three Indoor pieces and three Outdoor pieces.

  2. Late arriving pieces and entries submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Sculptors Qld. reserve the right not to exhibit work deemed dangerous, offensive or unsuitable

  3. Each entry must not have been previously exhibited in any annual Indoor/Outdoor SQ Mt Coot-tha Exhibition and works entered must not have won an award/prize in any other art competition.

  4. All artwork must be original, solely the work of the artist, and completed in the 2 years prior to the date of the Opening night of this Exhibition. Multiple editions should be clearly marked with an edition number. A new edition does not mean a new sculpture.

  5. Indoor pieces must be able to be lifted by two people.

  6. Artists shall permit photographic reproduction without fee, for promoting the Exhibition, including electronic and printed media. Entry of an artwork constitutes the artist’s permission for such reproduction.

  7. Winners of all awards [except People’s Choice Award] will be announced at the opening Evening at 7.30pm. The People’s Choice will be announced on the following Sunday at 3.00pm


  1. A fee of $30 is charged for each sculpture entered. Due to space in the Auditorium, if too many entries are received, a refund will be given, if your 3rd piece cannot be exhibited.

  2. All artwork must be for sale and the total price must include GST (if applicable) and commission of 20%. Payment for sale of work will be made to the artist within 2 months after the closure of the Exhibition by EFT to the artist’s bank account.

Outdoor pieces

  1. Large sculptures to be exhibited in the Gardens must have one measurement greater than 80cm and be securely fastened to the ground. Dimensions and weight must be clearly stated on Entry Form where required. Smaller robust outdoor sculptures are permitted but will be exhibited in the Bromeliad Enclosure for safe keeping a well as the fern garden. Sculptures for the Outdoor exhibition are to be installed, exhibited and removed by the sculptor in accordance with the Gardens’ approval or direction of Gardens staff. If on installation, a sculpture is deemed unsafe by Gardens management, it is to be made safe or removed immediately upon the sculptor being notified before he/she leaves the site.

  2. Thursday 3rd June from 9-12am is allocated for installation of Outdoor sculptures. Mt Coot-tha Gardens will only accept work installed at this time. This is not negotiable. Staff will not be available to approve the installation of work outside these hours. Depending on the number of sculptures entered for this year’s Exhibition, we may have to negotiate installation over 2 days. You will however, be notified about any change to the current procedure.

  3. The final location of each Outdoor sculpture will be as directed by Mt Coot-tha Gardens staff. All sculptors are required to sign in at the Administration Building so that the Head Gardener can be informed of arrival. Should your vehicle be required to drive into the Gardens, you must be accompanied by Gardens’ staff. Any concerns or questions the artists may have before or during installation must be directed to the Exhibition Coordinator for SQ, who will be in attendance. Artists shall not consult with Garden staff directly, unless instructed to do so.

  4. The safe installation of the work is the responsibility of the artist. All outdoor sculptors are requested to have an excellent system of stabilizing their work that has been tested beforehand. The artist is to ensure that the work is appropriately secured in position, does not encroach on pathways and is not in any way attached to plants or signage.

  5. Insurance is the sole responsibility of the artist. All risk for the artwork remains with the artist, including the installation and removal of the sculptures. We strongly advise that artists entering work for the Outdoor exhibition create work that is not easily removed, damaged or dismantled. BCC Mt Coot-tha Gardens and SQ and its members do not accept any responsibility and shall not be liable for any damage or loss to sculptures.

  6. Plants cannot be moved or pruned to accommodate the artwork and while the Garden Staff will take all care, they are not responsible for the safety of any sculptures on display. Any damage that may occur is the responsibility of the exhibiting artist.

  7. Artists exhibiting sculpture on the lagoon must provide their own means for installing and anchoring the work. This may include inflatable or rigid water craft or waders. Appropriate sculptures will be permitted to be exhibited on the lawns.

  8. An ‘invitation only’ extended Outdoor exhibition will be available for 3 months to selected artists with approval from Mt Coot-tha Gardens management and the SQ Exhibition Coordinator.


  1. All Indoor and Outdoor Sculptures must be removed on the agreed date. Artworks that are not collected when required may be deemed by the Committee to be a donation to Sculptors QLD and may be removed and disposed of by the Committee as it sees fit.

  2. Should any dispute arise for which no specific ruling has been laid down, the committee’s decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.