Sculpture in the Gaol winning artworks announced

The ninth annual Sculpture in the Gaol exhibition, culminated on Saturday at Sea Breeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks.

Sculpture in the Gaol WINNER - Primary School Sculptures: Kinder Cube by South West Rocks Public School Kindergarten

An enthusiastic crowd of fifty attended the announcement of winning artworks, with prizes awarded by the Mayor of Kempsey Shire, Councillor Liz Campbell.

More than 1800 votes were received during the four-week exhibition at Trial Bay Gaol, with several categories hotly contended. Votes for the top contenders in the two open categories were separated by a mere handful of votes.

The winning entries were:

Primary School Sculptures: Kinder Cube by South West Rocks Public School, Kindergarten

High Schools Photographic/Artwork: The Submerged Tales by Jasmin Asencio, Melville High School, Year 11

High School Sculptures: Manala the Monster Fish by Macleay Vocational College, Years 9, 11 & 12

Individual High School Sculptures: Dog by Hirushi Udawatta, Kempsey High School, Year 11

Open Category A - Small Sculptures: Panther by Sam Hawkins

Open Category B - Large Sculptures: Birdbath by Alfred Blakey

Winning entries from schools received cash prizes, with winners in the two open categories for small and large sculptures, each received $1500 cash plus 2 nights' accommodation at Smoky Cape Lighthouse Keeper Cottages. Prize monies were raised through the generous sponsorship of local businesses and coordinated by South West Rocks Chamber of Commerce.

Lela Green, exhibition curator for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) said this year's Sculpture in the Gaol exhibition attracted a record number of high calibre sculptures and artworks.

"There's no doubt the quality this year has outstripped expectations and with this growing reputation in mind, we're really looking forward to celebrating the tenth year of the exhibition in 2018," Lela said.

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