On hunt for artists to send Hidden concept

AT first glance the State’s oldest and largest working cemetery might not seem a likely place to stage an art exhibition.

However for the past 11 years, the annual Hidden Rookwood Sculptures exhibition has been attracting artists eager to make the most of the site’s rich and diverse landscape.
This year’s exhibition curator is Kath Fries and she’s calling for emerging, mid-career and established artists, filmmakers and student groups to submit their creative concepts for consideration before April 6.
“Rookwood Cemetery is an ideal setting for artists to present works with layered narratives while honouring the site’s diverse cultural history,” she said.
“I’m interested in all types of creative responses to the cemetery, from sensory engagements with tactile, audio and kinetic elements, to ritualised remembrances, reflections on beliefs and values, as well as personal stories of memory and loss,” said Fries.
In addition to the major $10,000 Rookwood Sculpture Award, two new awards are on offer this year including the Cumberland Council Professional Development Award as well as a $1,000 First Nations Artist Award, in acknowledgement of the Dharug country on which Rookwood is located.
The 2020 exhibition runs from September 19 to October 18 and submissions close on April 6.