The Kimbolton Sculpture Festival…

Big creativity in a little village.

Future Festival Dates
Saturday April 4 2020
Saturday March 27 2021

Have you been a spectator who has marvelled at the fantastical creations that have evolved from the Kimbolton Sculpture Festival?

Did it get your mind ticking on what you would make?

Well, anyone can be creative and this will be a day to come together to celebrate creativity, community and the power both those things have in bettering our mental health.

And now is the time to start dreaming, plotting and planning your entry for 2020.

This festival is about being part of the bigger picture that the creative process can give you access to, and the only limit is the wide open Manawatū sky. 

See the 2019 Winners of the NZ Rural Sculpture Awards and Youth Awards.


What to expect:

*A wonderful day out with jaw dropping sculptures that reflect on this beautiful land we live in. 

*Proof that art is for everyone and that a little village is big on community spirit and heart.

*Prize money that makes the competition hot with categories that cater for all. 

*Activities that will fill your day and keep the whole family happy, true country hospitality will be here by the bucket load.

*Quality stalls, good food and great coffee. 

*A feeling of inclusion and positivity…..this festival is for everyone. Think of it as a mental health day off the farm, a day out of the house and an adventure with a difference.


Sculptor Entries

Make an original sculpture and let that niggling good idea become a reality. We encourage you to use recycled materials and what is at hand. What’s in the shed? Be creative, give-it-a-go and get on board.

 The top prize is $5000 and there are more than 10 categories.



Stall Holders

Calling for stall holders with standout products to sell. We’re searching for colorful craft, artisan food, delicious home produce and goods that showcase country life.

Special deals for locals and early bird registrations.



Sculpture & Art

The Kimbolton Sculpture Festival sees all sorts at our local domain: makers and creatives, sculptors, artists, musicians, farmers and lifestylers. City parents can expect to lose children to pony rides and wool dives. House and garden divas will haggle over who gets to load the 4x4 with some really big sculptures. Cars will leave packed with craft goodies. Big mobile homes are expected to park up and family campers plan to make a weekend of it.

Not something you'd wanna miss. If you’ve got a Ute – bring it – you’ll need all the room it’s got.

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What's at stake?

Northern Manawatu comes together as a community to create the Kimbolton Sculpture Festival.

Our  charitable trust works with local community groups, schools, businesses, sponsors and local government.

It’s a reason for people from all over New Zealand to turn off the telly and make something. You're invited to take a bit of a punt, risk something, and have a go. It's supposed to be fun.


Rural New Zealand.
Tomorrow’s inspiration.

Building on two successful years The Kimbolton Sculpture Festival 2020 is going to be bigger than ever, taking the little village to new levels of creativity. 

And we want you to be a part of it, we invite you to make 2020 your year not just to be an observer, but a participant…..a maker of your own dreamt-up marvel.

Now you may think that’s for others, but creativity and making is part of human nature and this festival is a celebration of grabbing what’s at hand and having a go.

You could win $5000, you could walk away with the Creative Cocky Award or you could just have a heap of fun along the way.

So start dreaming, start plotting and most importantly, start making. The Kimbolton Sculpture Festival 2020 is an open door to creativity.



About Kimbolton

Rural Art

Ours is a small town. Kimbolton village is home to 250 people and more than 1500 people inhabit the wider district. In April 2018 and 2019 we hosted the Kimbolton Sculpture Festival.

We love our place in the hills north of Feilding. Artists, musicians, academics, and all sorts of practical types make this a community. There's a pub, a self-serve petrol bowser, cafe, police house, fire station, working garage, a few churches, a town hall and a thriving school and preschool.

It takes a while to get here and a blink to drive through, but our village on the crest of green hills and the people we call neighbours are the real deal.