Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Visitors to Sydney’s Rookwood Cemetery are able to experience art in an unusual setting with the third annual Sculpture Walk on now until 8 May.

With the support of Arts NSW, the Anglican and General Cemetery Trusts have partnered with Auburn City Council and Sydney Olympic Park Authority to create Hidden: A Rookwood Sculpture Walk 2011.

Hidden is an on-site sculpture exhibition revealing artists’ responses to Rookwood, the largest cemetery in the Southern Hemisphere. Rookwood is a place rich in heritage, history and culture, its beauty and splendour distinctive. With a thought provoking subject, Hidden invites audiences to explore the iconic site whilst admiring the 36 evocative works that feature amongst the graves. These works address themes appropriate to the site, such as grief, loss, memory, death, mourning, spirituality, religion and heritage as well as the culture around memorial, eulogy, burial and ceremony. This year’s exhibition also features a new media work in the All Souls Chapel.

“We are thrilled to be hosting our third annual Sculpture Walk and hope that visitors will soon discover that there is more to our cemetery than death, burials and graves” said Derek Williams, General Manager of The Anglican Cemetery at Rookwood.

“As well as embracing new technologies with our iPhone app, visitors to previous exhibitions will notice that there are some other changes to the show this year. We have relocated the site of the exhibition to now be amongst the graves, increased the number of artworks and artists involved, expanded the style of works included, created awards for the artists, and implemented an array of public program elements, all to engage with our audience on a deeper, and more personal, level” said Mr Williams.

With the support of Auburn City Council, the Friends of Rookwood, The GroundSwell Project and The Living with Our Dead Project, the Hidden 2011 public program includes a writer’s workshop, artist workshop, cemetery tours, a dusk ceremony and a high school arts project.

For the first time since the exhibition started, a $5,000 Rookwood Necropolis Sculpture Award was on offer to exhibiting artists. Michael Needham was the recipient of this award for his for his installation titled Hauntings of the Imaginary. The judges were looking for a well-considered and original outdoor sculpture or installation that poignantly dealt with the themes of the Rookwood site and felt that Michael’s work fulfilled these criteria impeccably.

On top of the $5,000 award, Auburn City Council has awarded Benedict Ernst (for his work Bouquet (x4)), a one-month residency and solo exhibition at the Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio at no cost.

More information about Hidden is available on the Rookwood Cemetery website at or call Natalie Gane on 9746 2177.

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Hidden: A Rookwood Sculpture Walk

Hidden: A Rookwood Sculpture Walk will be on until Sunday 8 May 2011, starting on the northern end of Hawthorne Avenue. The walk will be open sunrise to sunset and is free to the public.
Natalie Gane
P: 02 9746 2177


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