Call for Applications

carvings on the sandstone arches of the Ross Bridge, TasmaniaIn 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 sculpture close upOne 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. It is open to practised sculptors and complete novices alike. In keeping with the work of Ross’ traditional stonemasons, entries must be completed using only hand tools. Entries must also be worked from the stone block supplied by the competition. All entrants who deliver a work for exhibition will be in the running for the Daniel Herbert Sculpture Prize.

This Bicentennial year, let the unique heritage of Ross inspire you to awaken your creativity – you may well be surprised at just what you are capable of.

sandstone sculpting hand tools

For more information and to apply to enter Set in Stone, download the Application for Entry here.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come basis.

(If you have trouble downloading the form, please check your downloads folder, or email and we will send one to you).


Key Dates:

9 August 2021: Applications open.

21 August 2021: Stone available for collection.

5 November 2021, noon: Deadline for delivery of completed work.

5  November 2021, evening: Exhibition opening and announcement of winners (by invitation)

6 November – 5 December 2021: Public Exhibition

5  December 2021: Announcement of People’s Choice award