Rookwood General Cemetery invites proposals from school groups, youth/community groups and tertiary students for HIDDEN Rookwood Students 2020. Individual applications will only be accepted by students over 18 years. The artworks will be selected and showcased alongside sculptures and installations within the HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures exhibition.

Entry is free. 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.

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Complete the Application Form below to submit a proposals (printable PDFs also available below).

Students / teachers are also welcome to discuss ideas with the curator, Kath Fries, before submitting their proposals at

Key dates

  • 6 April Proposal applications due
  • 8 May Successful notification to artists
  • June Site visits with curator
  • 30 June Final artist statement / forms due
  • 31 August - 1 September Sculptures installation
  • 19 September Launch
  • 19 September - 18 October HIDDEN Exhibition
  • 19 - 25 October Deinstallation

Awards and honorariums

  • $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 - valued at $1,000 (+ $200 for materials)
  • First Nations Artist 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 02 8575 8100 or email Kath Fries at


Alternative application forms (Word Version I PDF Version)