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We invite submissions from Artists for Entry in the 12th Sculpture on the Edge Awards.  Preference given to work not previously award winning.

Sculpture on the Edge is Arts Connect Inc’s annual sculpture competition held in the stunning Sunshine Coast Hinterland. In 2022 the competition will be hosted at Flaxton Gardens, a stunning wedding venue, with views looking out over the Glasshouse mountains toward the coastline. The competition will include indoor and outdoor sculptures across a variety of media and the winner will receive the $10,000 first prize, generously donated by Flaxton Gardens.

The Award seeks to celebrate and showcase site specific sculptural art and is judged by a panel of esteemed arts practitioners. If you are an artist seeking to exhibit your work within a curatorial context, Sculpture on the Edge provides an opportunity to build your career and profile.

Sculpture on the Edge will open on the evening of Saturday 19 November and run until the closing event on the afternoon of 04 December. The exhibition is FREE and open to the public from 9am to 3pm daily and the venue will have a variety of refreshments available.

Now in its 12th year, Sculpture on the Edge continues to grow. Thanks to generous support from our sponsors, donors and event partner, Flaxton Gardens, Arts Connect Inc can deliver an outstanding cultural experience to art lovers and visitors to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Arts Connect Inc is a volunteer run, membership based not for profit group generously supported by the Sunshine Coast Council and our Sponsors and donors to make this event possible. Tax deductible donations can be made through Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation.

Your Entry can be for a completed 3D work or a work in progress.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public from 20 November – 04 December, 2022

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Robyn Muche
Wayne Malkin
Others TBA

‘The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. By entering the competition, the artist has understood and agrees to be bound by the rules herewith mentioned.’


Overall winner $10,000 donated by Flaxton Gardens

Overall second prize $5,000

Local artist $2,000

Open to artists living within the Sunshine Coast region.

Emerging artist $1,000

Open to artists in the early stages of their career, having practised as a professional artist continuously for less than 5 years. Entrants are encouraged to be honest in their assessment of their experience as an artist in relation to the eligibility criteria.

Reclaimed and recycled art $1,000

Work should consist of majority recycled, upcycled, reclaimed and recovered materials.

People’s Choice $1,000

Voted by visitors during the 16 day exhibition period, announced at the closing event on December 04, 2022.

  • This is a sculpture competition for 3D works. The venue permits the display of both indoor and outdoor works, creating great flexibility in the choice of material and scale of work possible for artists.
  • Numbers of works are capped and selected finalists will be notified within a week of the closing date.
  • Preference will be given to artworks that have not previously received an award.
  • All selected finalists will be considered for the overall prizes.
  • Artists are encouraged to look at the venue for the context in which their work will be displayed and nominate a preference for the proposed location of their work, particularly outdoor sculptures and installations.
  • Please nominate whether your works are suitable for indoor or outdoor display. Outdoor works must be made of durable material and not likely to detach or collapse, cause injury or damage to visitors or the venue. Large works are encouraged.
  • All sculptures must be for sale. Arts Connect Inc will retain a 25% commission on all sales.

Entry Fee

$30 per entry for Arts Connect Inc Members
$50 per entry for non-members

Maximum three entries, all entries are considered but not all accepted.

All finalists will receive one complimentary ticket to the opening and closing events. Details to be advised.

Artist Responsibilty

Artists are requested to volunteer to assist in manning the exhibition where
possible, both for security reasons, and also as a great opportunity to engage
with the public. As mentioned below under ‘Festival Programming’, there will also
be opportunities to participate in various events throughout the exhibition.
Artists are responsible to install and de-install their works or may appoint a
specialised worker to install and/or de-install on their behalf. Only in special
circumstances and requests made in writing will Arts Connect Inc consider

installing and de-installing an Artist’s work. Installations, complex and large
sculptures will require a proposed installation plan to be submitted with the entry.
Submitted artworks must be available for the duration of the exhibition.
Indoor artwork must be installed on Saturday 19 November between 9am and
2pm. Outdoor sculpture must be installed between Wednesday 16 November and
Saturday 19 November, by booking a time with the curatorial team.
Unsold works must be collected after the closing event on 04 December.
De-installation will occur on 05 and 06 December. Sculptures must be collected
by no later than 3pm on 06 December.

Key Competition Dates

Artist call out 8 July 2022
Application close midnight 22 August 2022
Installation – Outdoor 15-19 November 2022
Installation – Indoor 19 November 2022
Judging 19 November 2022
Exhibition Opening Night 19 November 2022
Exhibition Open to Public 20 November 2022
Exhibition Closing Party 4 December 2022
De-installation 5-6 December 2022


An official Sculpture on the Edge program will be printed acknowledging exhibiting artists. Arts Connect will promote the event via newspapers, radio, television and online. Banners, catalogues, postcards and posters will be distributed.

Artists must acknowledge the correct name of the exhibition as Sculpture on the Edge, the organiser as Arts Connect Inc and the venue as Flaxton Gardens when making any reference to the exhibition, organisation or venue. #sculptureontheedge2022 #artsconnectinc #flaxtongardens

Festival Programming

Over the 16 days that the competition will be running, Arts Connect will be programming art related activities for the visiting public to deepen their experience and also increase the visitation across the Hinterland. These activities may include workshops, and master classes, Artist talks, long table lunches, and bespoke dinners. Some of these events will be hosted at Flaxton Gardens, and others may be hosted at satellite venues across the region. If you are interested in participating, please provide an Expression of Interest to


All risk for the artwork remains with the Artist; this applies to the installation, maintenance and removal of the sculptures. Arts Connect Inc will have Public Liability Insurance and will provide have volunteers, including participating artists manning the event. Artists must have their own public liability insurance. To exhibit in Sculpture on the Edge, you will need to provide a copy of your Public Liability certificate of currency.

Information on insurance can be obtained from the following organisations – FLYING ARTS Flying Arts General Insurance Information or NAVA National Association for the Visual Arts offers a Professional Membership Insurance Package.

Artists Exhibit at Their Own Risk

Arts Connect Inc does not have accidental and malicious damage insurance to cover the sculptures. All risk in the exhibition of sculptures remains with the Artist at all times, irrespective of whether the work is being handled by a member of the exhibition staff or our contractors or volunteers on or off site or in transit.

By agreeing to our terms and conditions and submitting an entry form, Artists authorise the exhibition staff to move or remove their sculpture from the site for any reason, including but not limited to public safety, damage or potential damage to the sculpture or for curation purposes of the exhibition. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Arts Connect members and volunteers will keep the sculptures under observation.

Printed Program

Selected artists must supply the following final and complete information via the online form to Arts Connect for inclusion in the printed program by 9am Monday 03 October. No changes will be possible after this date.

  1. A high-quality image at largest image dimension and 300 dpi print resolution with the filename attributed as follows: lastname_firstname_title_of_work.jpg
  2. Artist statement (about your work) and sculpture title complete with spelling and grammatical check. Artist statements must be 50 words or less.
  3. Final measurement – H x W x L millimeters (mm) and mass in kilograms (kg).
  4. Artists must confirm the sculpture sale price including GST (if applicable).

Title and Copyright, Photography and Printed Program

The Artist retains title to each work until the Artist passes the title directly to the buyer.
1.1 The Artist undertakes and warrants to Arts Connect Inc that the work will be original and will not infringe the copyright or other rights belonging to any third party.

1.2 The Artist indemnifies Arts Connect Inc and Flaxton Gardens against all claims, demands, actions, costs, expenses (including but not limited to legal costs and disbursements on a solicitor and client basis), losses and damages of any nature arising from or incurred by reason of any infringement or alleged infringement (including but not limited to the defence of such alleged infringement) of any intellectual property right in connection with the receipt of the work.

1.3 The Artist shall exercise all reasonable skill, care and diligence in undertaking and carrying out the Work.

1.4 The Artist shall indemnify Arts Connect Inc against:

(a) Any liability, damage, loss, expense, costs, claim or proceeding in respect of personal injury to or death of any person arising out of or in connection with the provision of the work; and

(b) Any liability, damage, loss, expense, costs, claim or proceeding in respect of loss, injury or damage to any property (including property owned by Arts Connect and Flaxton Gardens). Insofar as the same is due to the negligence, omission or default of the Artist, its subcontractors or employees.

The Artist retains copyright on their own work and authorises Arts Connect and Flaxton Gardens to reproduce the artwork in the exhibition
catalogue, video footage, Arts Connect and Sculpture on the Edge websites, external websites, use for publicity, stakeholder internal and external publications, stakeholder websites, stakeholder videos and any promotions necessary to promote the artwork, the Artist, Arts Connect Inc and Sculpture on the Edge.

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