Rookwood General Cemetery invites students from schools, tertiary institutions or youth / community groups, either as individuals or as a group, to propose works for HIDDEN Rookwood Students 2021. The artworks will be selected and showcased alongside sculptures and installations within the HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures exhibition.

Individual applications will only be accepted by students over 18 years. For group applications, participants can be of any age, but must have an adult as the primary contact. 

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
  • 9 - 15 August - Installation
  • 4 September Launch
  • 4 September – 4 October HIDDEN Exhibition
  • 5-11 October Deinstallation
  • Entry is free
  • $100 art materials voucher per artwork
  • Rookwood Student Award $1,000 art materials voucher
  • Western Sydney Artist Award $1,000
  • Cumberland Council Professional Development Award (+ $200 for materials)
  • Muru First Nations Artist Award $2,000
  • Nerine Martini Memorial Award $1,000
  • People's Choice Award $500
  • Staff Choice Award $300

If you are having difficulties with this online form please contact the Marketing Department on 8575 8100 or email Kath Fries at


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