Artists and the Spirit of the Land Festival

Ten years ago the Spirit of the Land Lockhart Festival was born and farmers were encouraged to use their skills to enter a farm art sculpture competition.  The Festival has grown over this time to attract high calibre artists nation wide.  As we look forward to our 10th Festival, the Spirit of the Land committee is calling artists throughout Australia to participate in the Spirit of the Land Art Festival 2016, with a prize pool of $20,000.

National Farm Art Sculpture Award

The National Farm Art Sculpture Award is a $10,000 NON-acquisition award.

The National Farm Art Sculpture Award is for sculptures that showcase and capture the uniqueness of the Australian landscape, flora, fauna, and lifestyle of living on the land.  These sculptures can be created from any medium you as the artist sees as representing the art form “farm art”.  We invite you and your associates to participate in this non-acquisition award. First prize in the National Farm Art Sculpture Award receives $10,000 prize money, with their art work remaining their own property.

Sculpture Categories

  • National Farm Art Sculpture Award – $10,000
  • Creative Cocky Award
  • Local Artist Award
  • Small Sculpture Award
  • Youth Award (Under 18)
  • Spirit of the Land Award

Fine Art

In addition to the National Farm Art Sculpture Awards, exhibition categories include:

  • Fine Art Painting
  • Fine Art Photography


Registration is open to emerging and established artists who can exhibit in any or all categories. There is no limitation on the number of entries. Entries close on 1 October 2016.
A brief resume and personal photograph is requested for promotional purposes and on display during the festival.

Early registration will assist with our national/international promotional campaign and photographs of artworks would also be appreciated. These can be emailed or posted. The Festival attracts national and international media.

Installation of Artworks

Installation of artworks is to be by Thursday, 6 October. The Festival will officially open on Friday evening, 7 October and close on Sunday, 9 October. Exhibits can be collected on Sunday, 9 October after 4 pm.

Work not sold may be considered by the Festival Arts’ committee for inclusion in Lockhart’s Sculpture Park for a period of up to three months. Unsold works are encouraged to advertise on the festival website for sale, standard commissions apply. Whilst all care is taken, artists are responsible for insurance. A Memorandum of Understanding outlines all parties’ responsibilities.

Award Presentations

Prize winners will be announced on Friday night, 7 October at the Spirit of the Land Awards Night.

Information Pack

The Artist’s Information Pack includes registration fees, terms and conditions, awards and prizes, commissions and event schedules.

If you wish to make an enquiry or enter your art into this year’s competition please follow the link below or contact the Committee who will be able to deal with your request in the correct manner.

Click here to download the AWARD CRITERIA 2016 (1)

Click here to download Spirit of the Land Exhibitor Package 16 (3)


For more information on SCULPTURES please contact:

Mandy Strong
Ph:  0429 857 085 

For more information on FINE ARTS PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY please contact:

Margie Schirmer
Ph:  0427 261 591

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