Record breaking Sculpture in the Gaol

The ninth annual Sculpture in the Gaol exhibition, at South West Rocks, has already set a new record and organisers are hoping to top 5,000 visitors when it ends this Saturday (2/9).

Sculpture in the Gaol, Trial Bay, installation litter sculpture

The exhibition features more than 80 works from artists including professional sculptors from as far afield as the Blue Mountains and first time artists from kindergarten at South West Rocks Public School.

Lela Green, exhibition curator for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) said this year’s Sculpture in the Gaol exhibition has attracted record numbers of visitors to Trial Bay Gaol at South West Rocks.

“Close to 2,000 people attended the opening gala day on Sunday 6 August, which was double last year’s turnout,” Lela said.

“Over $20,000 worth of works have been sold already.

“That is a great result for artists and a strong measure of how this local event is growing in reputation.

“The exhibition is a partnership between the NPWS and the South West Rocks Chamber of Commerce.

“The ninth edition of the annual sculpture exhibition culminates in a presentation event at Sea Breeze Hotel in South West Rocks, from 1pm on Saturday 2 September,” Lela said.

Winning sculptures in each of six categories will be announced and prizes awarded. These include $1,500 cash plus 2 nights’ accommodation at Smoky Cape Lighthouse Keeper Cottages for winners of the two main categories of large and small sculptures.

Beyond the Gaol itself, a further 23 sculptures are located in 14 businesses around South West Rocks, as detailed on the Escapee Trail map, available from the Gaol or the Sculpture in the Gaol Facebook page.

For further information, find Sculpture in the Gaol on Facebook and follow @sculptureinthegaol on Instagram.