HIDDEN 2023 Exhibiting Artists

Kealey Bacic, Glenn Barkley, Lachlan Bell, Corey Black, Caitlin Bowe, Celine Cheung, Cole Cochran, Harry Copas, Crackpot Studios (Caroline Wright, Mandie Robertson, Sarah Robertson, Bridget Willis), Lisa Hölzl, Kumiko Delaney, Szymon Dorabialski, Entangled (Belinda Piggott, Dinah Taprell, Jane Lush), Stevie Fieldsend, Emily Greenwood, Sylvia Griffin, Hyun Hee Lee, Virginia Keft, Soyoun Kim, Benita Laylim, Karlina Mitchell and Lee Mitchell, Clare Nicholson, Nicole O'Regan, Leyla Oz, NC Qin, Taryn Raffan, Jayanto Tan, Jane Theau, Dianne Turner.

Amity College, Ashfield Public School, Barker College, Cabramatta High School, Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School.

Matthew Johnson, Sach Killam, Daniel Kilminster, Harold McLean, Matt McLennan, Josh Tilden, Daniel Tranter-Santoso.



HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures is an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, running since 2009. It takes place amongst the pathways and gardens in one of the oldest sections of Rookwood Cemetery, on Dharug Land. Rookwood Cemetery is the largest and most multicultural cemetery in Australia: rich in heritage, traditions, and layered narratives.

HIDDEN 2023 has three categories: Sculptures, Schools and Stonemasons. The exhibition spans contemporary, diverse, and traditional art forms. With artworks from creatives of all ages, experiences and backgrounds: from school children and teenagers, to apprentices and tertiary art students, to established stonemasons and professional contemporary artists. 

Alongside an intriguing range of contemporary artworks by midcareer, established and emerging artists in the long-running Sculptures section, HIDDEN 2023 also includes the Schools and Stonemasons categories. The Schools section shares insights into the creative imaginations of school children and teenagers, whist the Stonemason’s section brings the general public up close to see the traditional, finely honed, hand-carving skills of living stonemasons. Focusing on gothic architectural details, these new stoneworks are set in the context of Rookwood Cemetery’s historic array of stonemason carvings on headstones, vaults and memorials, spanning the past 150 years.

The Sculptures category features a wide range of artistic approaches, materials, and forms. There is a broad span of works ranging from celebratory, big, bright, and colourful, through to personal, contemplative, and thought provoking. All works respond to the context of Rookwood in some way, such as the cemetery’s contemporary relevance, diverse cultural practices, historical significance, celebration of life, personal stories, or evocative sense of place. And/or engage with one or more of the HIDDEN themes: contemplation, history, culture, remembrance, diversity, love, loss, mourning, spirituality, relationships, memory, community, cycles of life and the passage of time.

HIDDEN 2023: 21 October – 19 November

  • Free entry
  • Open sunrise to sunset
  • Free audio tour and map
  • Full colour printed catalogue for sale, to raise funds for Friends of Rookwood restoration projects
  • Public program with Curator Tours, Artist Talks and Events


Key dates

14 Oct: HIDDEN Satellite Exhibition opening at the McGlade Gallery, ACU Strathfield

21 Oct: HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2023 Launch, 1-3pm

21 Oct – 19 Nov: HIDDEN Exhibition and Public Program with curator tours, artists’ talks and events

19 Nov: HIDDEN Closing Day Events


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