Blayney Shire Council


Sculptures by the Bush Competition 2021


Sculptures by the Bush is an event which expanded from the Hay Bale Art Challenge to cover the whole of Blayney Shire with a variety of different categories to enter in. The event will have three different classifications including the Hay Bale Art Challenge, a Farm Art Challenge and the Scarecrow Competition. 

Hay Bale Art Challenge

The Hay Bale Challenge is for sculptures primarily out of hay while using a variety of artistic resources such as paint, cardboard, fabric, wood and other recycled materials. Previous entries have ranged from large artworks with multiple hay bales to simple artworks with 1 or 2 bales.

Farm Art Challenge

The Farm Art Challenge is any sculpture or artwork made out of any farm related resources that isn’t primarily hay bales. This can be corrugated iron, wire, wood, old machinery etc. The opportunities are endless. 

Scarecrow Challenge

Create your best scarecrow or series of themed scarecrows. 

Entries Open

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Entries Close

Sunday 28 March

Artwork Display Period

Thursday 1 April – Sunday 18 April


Thursday 1 April

Winners announced

Tuesday 6 April

People’s Choice voting closes

Monday 12 April

People’s Choice winners announced

Monday 12 April

How to Enter

To enter, local residents, schools and community groups are encouraged to decorate a hay bale, create a sculpture using farm related resources or make a hay bale art sculpture to be displayed on private property. Forms can be completed online here or collected from the Blayney Shire Council Office.

Artwork will be judged with cash prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in each category.

Hay Bale Art Challenge
1st - $300
2nd - $200
3rd - $100

Farm Art Challenge
1st - $300
2nd - $200
3rd - $100

Scarecrow Challenge
1st - $100
2nd - $75
3rd - $50

‘People’s Choice Award’:
A ‘People’s Choice Award’ will be awarded to the entry who gets the most likes in the competition on the Sculptures by the Bush Facebook page.

People Choice Award winners will receive the following
Hay Bale Art Challenge - $100
Farm Art Challenge - $100
Scarecrow Competition - $50

Eligible Locations:
All sculptures regardless of location will be included on the map.

Displays are open to imagination. There is no need to have artwork themed.
Blayney Shire Council will assist with marked flags, banners, signage, maps, media relations, and social media to promote the location of your artwork and increase awareness of Sculptures by the Bush.  

Conditions of Entry

By registering for the event, entrants agree to have photographs of their sculpture and personal contact details used for promotional purposes.

All decisions by judges as to the winners will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Entrants must reside in the Blayney Shire.

Entrants may only submit one entry in each category.

The entry must be the original work of the artist.

Council reserve the right to remove inappropriate artworks from promotions and the competition.

Good luck and thanks for getting involved! 


Last modified: 26 Feb 2021

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799, Australia
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799, Australia
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104

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