EVENT INVITATION: 2022 MONTALTO SCULPTURE PRIZE WINNER’S ANNOUNCEMENT & EXHIBITION OPENING A VERY SPECIAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT – REGISTER NOW!
Date: Saturday 19th November
Time: 3.00pm sharp – 5.00pm
Tickets: This is a free event however please register here before 16th November.
Please join us from 3pm sharp on Saturday 19th November for the winner’s announcement of the 2022 Montalto Sculpture Prize, along with the official exhibition opening! This year marks the 20th year of sculpture at Montalto, an incredible milestone that we’re excited to share with you all.
The Montalto Sculpture Prize is among the most valuable private sculpture prizes in Australia. In celebration of its 20th year, founders John and Wendy Mitchell announced that this year’s prize has been increased to an incredible $50,000 (up from $40,000 in 2021). The winning piece becomes part of the stunning Sculpture Trail at Montalto in Red Hill, on the Mornington Peninsula. The 2022 Family Choice non-acquisitive award has also been raised from $1,000 (in 2021) to $5,000.
Upon arrival, enjoy a glass of complimentary Pennon Hill Sparkling Rosé whilst following your map – 2022 catalogue in hand – through the sculpture trail, featuring our permanent collection alongside this year’s outstanding entrants. The trail will take you to the very top of the hill, right opposite The Restaurant, where the event’s official proceedings will take place.
We’re thrilled to welcome Sergio Ercole Trio who will be playing live throughout the event.
We look forward to welcoming you to this hallmark event on Saturday 19th November from 3pm sharp.
The 2022 Montalto Sculpture Prize Exhibition will run from 19th November 2022 through until 30th April 2023.
A few words from John Mitchell about the history of sculpture at Montalto…
“How quickly 20 years pass but here we are. Like so many activities at Montalto, the introduction of sculpture to our landscape is a passion and a joy to be shared by all who visit us in Red Hill. In late 2001, we came across a sculpture exhibition in the artist’s centre at Gasworks in Port Melbourne that included an 11-piece installation by Jason Waterhouse. The works reminded us of the built form under construction at Red Hill, a perfect inclusion in the landscape. We acquired the works and set about an installation at the entrance, in the restaurant foreground, then drawing visitors into the estate through walking trails. Visitors with a passion for the arts (Andrew Rogers, noted sculptor, in particular) shared our view that we had an amazing canvas which artists could feature their talents for all to enjoy.
The Montalto Sculpture Prize was established that year, in 2002. Over 500 works have displayed throughout the last 20 years with an impressive 34 permanent sculptures now in situ. We are proud to have one of the longest continually running, annual acquisitive sculpture exhibitions in Australia. Landscape, wine, food and the arts live in perfect harmony for all to experience and enjoy. Our deep appreciation and thanks to the artists, and the arts community, for such a wonderful journey.
Fellow travellers on this journey who have brought skill, passion and friendship include Neil Williams, our Artistic Director, who has managed and curated every exhibition throughout the last 20 years, Peter Williams and Phillip Doggett-Williams who have been trusted judges for 20 years and Brian Sadgrove who has been with us for 15 years. We thank them all. We invite you to enjoy this 20-year celebration with us.” John Mitchell.