A standout on the Yass Valley spring events calendar is Sculpture in the Paddock. The event will be held over three weeks in September and October including over the long weekend, a perfect time for a day trip or short break away. This annual event aims to connect people with sculpture by showcasing large-scale outdoor works in a relaxed, rural setting. The event also features an indoor exhibition of small works by renowned and emerging artists as well as works created by local students supported by experienced artists.
The Sculpture Paddock at Shaw Vineyard Estate
Held at Shaw Vineyard Estate in Murrumbateman, visitors and locals can look forward to a fun day out with family and friends, wandering through the countryside and taking in the amazing works of established and emerging artists. A brand-new architecturally designed cellar door at Shaw Vineyard Estate will ensure an accessible and comfortable experience for all visitors.
Relax with Food, Wine &Tunes
In addition to the cellar door being open for tastings and sales each day during the event, the onsite restaurant ‘Olleyville at Shaw Vineyard’ will be open from lunchtime on Wednesdays through to lunchtime on Sundays. Catering to lunch and dinner, as well as breakfast on weekends, Olleyville specialises in traditional, rustic, shareable plates right through to family feasts.
Can you think of a better way to spend a lazy afternoon? Eating and drinking after a relaxing walk in the fresh country air admiring beautiful sculptures…. perfect. Just don’t forget to book your table!
For those who prefer to remain outside in the sunshine, pack a picnic rug and claim a patch of grass for the day. Visitors will be treated to food stalls and entertainment on weekends, making for a fantastic day out.
Escape to Yass Valley
Sculpture in the Paddock is a celebration of art in a rural landscape, brought to life in 2013 by three Yass artists Al Phemister, Duncan Waugh and the late Kim Nelson. With a place firmly on the national arts calendar, Sculpture in the Paddock offers prize money of $20,000 and is predicted to draw record crowds this spring.
Visitors are encouraged to escape for a night or two and combine a day out at Sculpture in the Paddock with some other great experiences on offer in the region. From handmade chocolate shops, art galleries, museums, markets, outdoor adventures or simply eating and drinking your way around the regions restaurants, cafés and wineries, you might as well book for a whole week!
Don’t miss out
For help with planning your visit to Yass Valley including accommodation, dining and attraction advice, please email Tourism@yass.nsw.gov.au or call the friendly team at the Yass Valley Information Centre on 1300 886 014.