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A rock solid exhibition!

Friday 5th December goes down in history as the date of our 2021 grand opening of Set in Stone – The Daniel Herbert Sculpture Prize. The evening was a great success, with winners and prizes, food and drinks.

We heard words by our Manager, Tamara Baker, and from Jim Irvine, of Shaw Contracting, sponsor of our prizes and People’s Choice Voting program.

Our judges, Tasmanian Sculptor David Hamilton, and Tasmanian Painter, Helene Weeding, had a difficult time deciding winners, as the quality of artworks was amazing. For each special mention and winner, they provided insight and we are pretty sure everyone now recognises just what a challenging medium stone is to work with.

We enjoyed fabulous food and drink prepared by Larna from Heartlands Larder, and Nathan from The Imbibers.

Here we share some photos from our opening night. We hope y9ou enjoy them. Remember the People’s Choice Vote is now live until 5th December. It’s quick, easy and free to vote, and when you do, you are supporting the artists and our sponsors.

Happy snaps from our opening night!

Tamara Baker, Tasmanian Wool Centre Manager, welcomes everyone to the opening night of the exhibition.

Jim Irvine, Shaw Contracting, gives a few words as our sponsor.

Judges David Hamilton and Helene Weeding discussing how they made their very difficult decision.

Michael Smith with his Winning piece, Boreas.

Anita Denholm, the wonderful artist who first introduced the concept for the Set in Stone event, says a few words.

Patrons enjoying the opening, with the exhibition front and centre.

Patrons at the opening night.

Patrons at the opening night.

Set in Stone – The Daniel Herbert Sculpture Prize.


In 1821 Governor Macquarie gave the name Ross to his camping place on the Macquarie River.

Over the coming years, Ross would develop as a town with a long and proud tradition of working with its locally quarried sandstone. The fine-grained Ross stone was used in the construction of many of the town’s buildings, still so much a feature of Ross today.

sandstone sculpting hand toolsOne of the best known and loved historical features of Ross is its sandstone bridge. Completed in 1836 by convict masons and labourers, each of its arch-stones are richly decorated with carvings of mysterious symbols and faces.  Daniel Herbert is the convict mason credited with the design of these carvings and he and his fellow convicts carved the intricate designs using only the most basic of tools.

Set in Stone is a sculpture competition and exhibition that aims to celebrate traditional techniques and forms.

You’ll find pieces by practiced sculptors and complete novices alike. In keeping with the work of Ross’ traditional stonemasons, entries are created using only hand tools. All pieces are in the running for the Daniel Herbert Sculpture Prize and People’s Choice Prize.

Set in Stone – exhibition details:

Open daily to the public from 6 November – 5 December 2021, from 10am – 3pm.

Venue: Tasmanian Wool Centre, 48 Church St, Ross.

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors of Set In Stone.