WHERE GREAT IDEAS ESCAPE
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.
The Gaol first opened in 1886, after 13 years of construction by convict laborers. During World War I, the building became an internment camp, in which detainees of German descent filled their time with impressive flourishes of creativity through art and performance. This experience continues to influence artists to this day, while the statuesque stone building provides an impressive backdrop for the artworks.
The gaol is situated in the natural coastal surroundings of Arakoon National Park and inspires numerous environmentally-themed group installations by local school students. Sculptures appear throughout the township of South West Rocks in early July, as the Escapee Trail brings the playful nature of art to businesses for everyone to enjoy.