Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail

  • Tania Spencer, 'Gumnut Cap Trio', Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail, Adelong. Photo Fiona Dalessandro
  • Keld Moseholm, 'The Kiss', Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail, Batlow 2022. Photo Robyn Macrae
  • Marcus Tatton, 'Habitat', Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail, Tumbarumba. Photo John Riddell

The Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail is a new and significant series of sculpture collections in the historic towns of Adelong, Batlow, Tumbarumba, the hamlet of Tooma and the vineyards of Courabyra Wines, Johansen Wines and Obsession Wines.

Created by the team behind Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi and Cottesloe in consultation with a wide cross section of the Snowy Valleys community, the Snowy Valleys Council and a Local Community Advisory Group, the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail will stretch 100km from Adelong to Tooma and is funded by the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.

Destined to become a world class sculpture collection, the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail offers another reason for a stunning driving holiday along the Snowy Valleys Way with the wonderful Tumbarumba vineyards, great food experiences at The Nest in Tumbarumba, Courabyra Wines, Nimbo Fork Lodge and Tumut River Brewery, the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail (for bicycles), mountain bike trails, hiking tracks, bush walks, the Batlow cideries, fly fishing in the Tumut River and a drive over the Snowy Mountains to Thredbo and Jindabyne.

The Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail was launched with 26 sculptures by Australian and international artists from Denmark to Japan and South Africa to the Czech Republic, with many of the artists travelling to stay in the Snowy Valleys for the opening celebrations which included:

  • Opening at Courabyra Wines by NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres at midday on Thursday 5 May;
  • Meet the Artists Lunch at Courabyra Vineyard at midday on Friday 6 May;
  • Free Community Opening Days in Adelong, Batlow and Tumbarumba on Saturday 7 May; and
  • Free Community Opening Day in Tooma on Sunday 8 May.

Each of the seven locations in the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail has its own collection tailored to the town or vineyards and winery with cellar doors:

  • the Adelong Creek Walk with a 1km sculpture trail along the beautiful creek that links to the Adelong Falls Gold Mill Ruins – look closely and you might see the resident platypus;
  • Pioneer Street in Batlow from the artist studio & gallery at b.Atelier down to Batlow Library, including the Shop Art Projects;
  • Courabyra Wines, 805 Courabyra Road, Tumbarumba;
  • Johansen Wines, 90 Black range Road, Tumbarumba;
  • Tumbarumba Creekscape at Goldfields Park on Hammonds Lane and the Shop Art Projects at 11 The Parade, Tumbarumba;
  • Obsession Wines, 110 Allawah Road, Maragle between Tumbarumba and Tooma;
  • Tooma in front of the historic Brigham House and the Tooma Inn; and
  • Sculptures at the northern entrances to Batlow and Tumbarumba.

Details on the locations of the sculptures currently installed  in each of the seven locations across 100km trail, artists bios and information about each sculpture is available on our website[hyperlink please to exhibiting artist page] and on the free to download Sculpture by the Sea App.

As part of the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail artists have already visited 14 of the 16 schools across the Snowy Valleys to provide sculpture making workshops for more than 1,200 students.  In addition, three empty shops in Batlow and Tumbarumba have been transformed by artists into Shop Art Projects.

The Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail will expand with additional sculptures to be installed later in 2022 and then in the first half of 2023, growing to over 35 sculptures thanks to a grant from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.

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This Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.