Sculpture in the Gaol exhibition at Trial Bay, South West Rocks.

Submissions for the ninth annual Sculpture in the Gaol exhibition at Trial Bay Gaol are open. 

Gaol manager Neville Nunney said the historic prison provides a captivating backdrop for the more liberated atmosphere of a sculpture exhibition.

“The closing date for artists to submit works is June 16,” Mr Nunney said. “Entry is free of charge and artists stand to share in a $5000 prize pool.”

SWR Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service are holding the exhibition, which will be open daily from August 6 to September 2.

TINY DANCER - by Marie Croft. An entrant in the 2016 Sculpture in the Gaol competition.  Photo: L. Green / OEH

TINY DANCER - by Marie Croft. An entrant in the 2016 Sculpture in the Gaol competition. Photo: L. Green / OEH

Coordinator Lela Green said with more than 5000 visitors to the Gaol during the exhibition, artists have the chance to showcase their work and connect with buyers.

A Chamber initiative called the Escapee Trail will see artworks adorn shopfronts of participating businesses.

“All art works featured in the Gaol exhibition and on the Escapee Trail will be priced for sale,” Ms Green said.

Major prize categories include large metal and/or timber sculptures, and small metal, timber and/or mixed media sculptures. Separate categories exist for schools and student entries for the photographic/art exhibition must relate to the Macleay area with the theme ‘From the Mountains to the Sea’.

For more information visit www.sculptureinthegaol.com.au

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