Exhibition Dates: 1 September - 1 October 2018


We will be annoucing the selected artists by Friday 20 April here on our website.


Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust (The Trust) would like to announce that submissions are now closed for HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk 2018. We have invited established and emerging artists, artists from culturally diverse backgrounds, and artists with an interest in heritage to apply.
HIDDEN is The Trust’s signature annual event. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, HIDDEN was established to encourage public use of the historic Rookwood Cemetery and enable the greater community to explore Rookwood Cemetery - the oldest, largest and most multicultural cemetery in Australia.
The exhibition is a platform for community engagement, and while it remains respectful of its purpose and place, it aims to de-mystify some of the misconceptions surrounding cemeteries as dark and intimidating settings.  
HIDDEN 2017 saw tracked visitation double (with just under 5,000 people visiting the exhibition) and media coverage increase three fold. HIDDEN is continuing, year-on-year, to grow in popularity and has firmly established itself as part of the Sydney outdoor sculpture event calendar.
The success of HIDDEN 2017 was due to the extension of the walk to include the iconic Elephant House, along with an expanded program of activities that took place throughout the duration of the exhibition.
This year, to meet this growing visition and media profile, we are developing additional programs to include community, youth, education and disadvantaged groups. Additional workshops will allow the possibility for casual artist employment.
The Trust is interested in exhibiting sculptures that respond to themes surrounding the Rookwood site, such as history, culture, remembrance and love. This could include grief, loss, mourning, spirituality, the environment, and different cultural beliefs around burial and memorialisation. 
We are also interested in applications that are inspired by HIDDEN’s 10th anniversary. This may include (but, is not limited to) notions relating to the changing role of public interaction with cemeteries over the past 10 years (such as the reinvention of “graveyards” into active parklands) and/or an exploration of where we see ourselves as a community, in terms of conversations around end of life and how cemeteries could look in the future.
Artists could choose to approach the themes in a representational, conceptual, symbolic or abstract way.  The Trust is open to a wide range of artistic approaches and all forms and sizes of sculptures in all materials are eligible for exhibition. The Trust is particularly interested in any large scale works that can broadly address monumentality to reflect Rookwood’s vast built surface.
Artists could propose works yet to be made or alternatively, existing works that relate to the exhibition themes, so long as the artwork had been produced post September 2016. 
Artists were encouraged to speak with the Curator, Cassandra Hard Lawrie on 0425 327 590 or at curator@rookwoodcemetery.com.au, to discuss ideas before submission. To view work from previous HIDDEN exhibitions, visit our gallery.