Rookwood General Cemetery invites artists, either as individuals (if 18 or over) or as a group, to propose works for HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2021.

We are looking for sculptural works that respond to the cemetery and engage with HIDDEN’s themes of history, culture, remembrance, diversity, love, mourning, spirituality, cycles of life and the passage of time. Proposals are invited from a wide range of artistic approaches, materials and forms, including kinetic elements, performance and participatory engagements. We are looking for a broad span of works ranging from celebratory, big, bright and colourful through to contemplative, personal, intimate and thought provoking.

Review the Terms and Conditions and reference the Frequently Asked Questions before submitting. 

You are welcome to discuss ideas with the curator, Kath Fries, before submitting their proposals at



  • 9 April Proposal applications close
  • 10 May Successful notification to artist
  • June Site visits with the curator
  • 30 June Final artist statement / forms due
  • 16 - 26 August - Installation
  • 4 September Launch
  • 4 September – 4 October HIDDEN Exhibition
  • 5-11 October Deinstallation
  • Entry is free
  • $500 honorarium per artwork +$200 per artwork travelled >200km
  • Rookwood Sculpture Award $10,000
  • Muru Award for First Nations Australian artists $2,000
  • Artist at the Armory Award, valued at $1,500 (+$200 for materials)
  • Cumberland Council Professional Development Award (+ $200 for materials)
  • Rookwood Sensory Award $1,000
  • Western Sydney Artist Award $1,000
  • Nerine Martini Memorial Award $1,000
  • Elite Funeral Directors Award $1,000
  • People's Choice Award $500
  • Staff Choice Award $300

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