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Trial Bay Goal | Sculpture in the Gaol

Sculpture in the Gaol is a public art exhibition in a location like no other.

Hosted by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service at the historic Trial Bay Gaol in South West Rocks, the exhibition features around 100 works by professional and hobbyist sculptors from all over NSW and beyond.

Sculpture in the Gaol has a ten-year history. The exhibition programme begins in June with the Escapee Trail, with the main exhibition in the Gaol spanning the month of August each year.

The sculpture exhibition attracts artist entries from all over NSW and interstate, plus many local schools from around the Macleay Valley. Works are exhibited in and around the Gaol cells, which makes for a unique gallery experience.

Trial Bay Gaol receives thousands of visitors during the month-long exhibition, with some 1,800 people visiting during the opening weekend.

The exhibition unites the community around South West Rocks through its engagement with schools and in particular via the Escapee Trail, in which sculptures are hosted by local businesses.

Works are priced for sale, both during the exhibition and via a year-round online retail channel for participating artists.

More info: Sculpture in the Gaol website

Image: Dunghutti elders telling the story of The King of the Birds next to their 2018 community installation,  to which over 200 people contributed. Photo credit: Sculpture in the Gaol / Jessica Robertson