Information for Artists


We invite submissions from Artists for Entry in the 12th Sculpture on the Edge Awards.

Sculpture on the Edge is a contemporary site specific outdoor sculpture prize held annually on the escarpment of the stunning Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny at Spicers Tamarind Retreat. It attracts renowned artists from all over the region and is open to public over 17 days from 22nd October – 7th November.

Sculpture on the Edge is one of QLD’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibitions with up to 40 sculptures by local and interstate artists. 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.

The exhibition has been presented at Spicers Tamarind Retreat since 2012. We are proud to have the continued support of Spicers Tamarind Retreat as the Major Sponsor and host.


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Invitation to Artists

Sculpture on the Edge invites submissions from artists to design site-specific environmental sculpture/s to be installed and nestled amongst the tranquil natural surrounds of Spicers Tamarind Retreat in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland.

Your sculptures must reference the unique location, and surrounds and be visually appropriate and relevant to your selected site. They must also create a welcoming landmark and be of relevant scale to the location. We encourage you to consider how visitors will interact with the work in the context of the unique history and identity of the region.

Larger site specific works are encouraged and all works must be for sale.

Your artwork will be temporarily installed in the rainforest grounds of Spicers Tamarind Retreat, 88 Obi Lane East, Maleny, and open to the public for the duration of the exhibition.

Your supporting documentation should be comprehensive and include the required information outlined below. Your Entry can be for a completed 3D work or a work in progress and should include clear and comprehensive information including:

  • Name, dimensions and description of 3D Work entered
  • Support images of completed work or partly completed work
  • Any specific information regarding installation
  • Artist Statement(s)
  • An artist CV bio

Entry Fee is $55 for Arts Connect Members and $75 for Non Members. You may enter multiple works. All entries are considered but not all accepted.


First Prize: $10,000

Emerging Artist Prize: $1,000

People’s Choice Prize: $500 


  • Reference the location and surrounds, its historical significance, or its flora and fauna
  • Be visually appropriate and relevant to the selected site
  • Be of a scale relevant to the site
  • Consider access requirements. There are areas at Tamarind Retreat that are not available for art display.
  • Artists will be responsible for the maintenance and presentation of their work throughout the duration of the exhibition. Where grass is concerned please ensure you have considered easy access and safety for grounds maintenance i.e. lawn mowers and whipper snippers.
  • Sculptures will be selected on the basis that they are suitable for outdoor installation.
  • Artists are invited to visit and identify a specific location within the site and work within the restrictions and parameters, some of which are detailed in this brief. Those unable to visit or attend can communicate via email or phone with the organisers.
  • All works entered into the prize must be available for display for the entire duration of the exhibition. Entries must remain available for exhibition and not be sold prior.
  • The site is suitable for large and smaller works, but artists must consider the size and installation so that it is not easily moved. Consideration should also be given to public interaction and environmental weather factors.

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Key Competition Dates

Preselection Entry/Submission by Friday 1st October 
Selection Notification As entries are received
Final Entry Images and Documentation Due Friday 1st October 
Installation Dates Thursday 21st October
Exhibition Open to public Friday 22nd October
Award Night & Opening Launch Friday 22nd October
Exhibition Closes Sunday 7th November
Uninstall Monday 8th November

Pre-selection and Judging

All entries submitted will be presented for review to a pre-selection panel, from which a maximum of 50 works will be selected. The pre-selection panel and Judge’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.


All risk for the artwork remains with the artist.
Spicers Tamarind Retreat is a private, safe location, but does not have 24 hour security.
For ACI non-members, a copy of your public liability insurance certificate must be provided with your entry.
Public Liability is provided for active Arts Connect members.
You may choose to join before you enter. Information for Artist Public Liability Insurance can be found here.

Sale of Artwork

All works will be offered for sale for the duration of the Sculpture on the Edge exhibition.
Arts Connect Inc will receive a commission of 25% which will be deducted from the sale price of all work sold.
Arts Connect Inc is the sole owner of the information collected from the entry forms and any other information submitted, and will not sell, share or rent the information to others except for the sole purpose of advertising or promoting Sculpture on the Edge.

Delivery, Freight and Installation

Freight of the pre-selected works to and from the exhibition is the responsibility of the Artist. Larger works requiring special access or equipment to install must liaise & confirm details with the organisers at least 2 weeks prior to the installation date.
Installation work will be the responsibility of the Artist and a site map of locations will be provided and negotiated with the artists once selection has occurred.
Sculpture sites are not guaranteed. Your site will be finalised following a meeting with the organisers. We encourage artists successful in their submission to meet on site with the organisers for site allocation and installation matters. Final site selection is the decision of the organisers.
If Artists are not available to install the works themselves, they must provide a representative to install the artwork and notify the organisers.

Entry Terms and Conditions

  • Expressions of Interest, and Entry into Sculpture on the Edge are open to all Artists. A pre-award selection process will select a maximum of 50 pieces from 3D work entered.
  • Arts Connect Inc. & Spicers Tamarind Retreat reserve the right to determine the most appropriate method and location for displaying 3D works, and to refuse to display any works deemed inappropriate, of insufficient quality, or unsafe.
  • Entries must be the original, unaided work of the entrant, completed within the two years prior to the entry closing date.
  • Entries representing partnerships between individuals will be accepted as one entry and on the understanding that each partner’s contribution is deemed equal.
  • No third party or commercial gallery may enter a work on behalf of an artist.
  • No work submitted shall have been entered into the Sculpture on the Edge in any previous year.
  • All works entered into the prize must be available for display for the entire duration of the exhibition. Once selected the work must remain available for exhibition and not be sold prior
  • Artists pre-selected for Sculpture on the Edge will allow their works to be reproduced by print and electronic media in the advertising and promotion for the exhibition.
  • Artists should take great care when preparing their submission so that the concept of the work, if not already constructed is clear and shows mock ups/ sketches from several angles.
  • Artists retain copyright of their work at all times
  • All expenses incurred in the submission of the entry are the responsibility of the Artist.
  • All risk for the artwork remains with the artist, this applies for the installation, maintenance and removal of the sculptures.
  • Sculptures will be selected on the basis that they are suitable and can sustain outdoor installation.
  • For members of Arts Connect Inc. a non-refundable entry fee of $55 per entry is applicable and must accompany your Submission.
  • For non-members, the non-refundable entry fee is $75 per entry. Non-members are required to hold their own insurance.  You may wish to join ACI, which will give you public liability insurance.
  • A maximum of three (3) different artwork entries per artist are allowed. The pre-selection panel will consider all entries. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email

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