artist and school applications

Applications are now open for the 2019 Sculpture in the Gaol exhibition from Saturday 3 to Friday 30 August 2019 at Trial Bay Gaol, as well as for the Escapee Trail, in which sculptures are situated in businesses across the Macleay Valley from early June, through to the end of August.

  • Artist submissions may comprise completed works, works in progress or concepts

  • The exhibition suits sculptures and installations, displayed in Gaol cells or outdoors, around the Gaol precinct

  • Entries for the Exhibition and the Escapee Trail close at the end of June 2019.

  • No entry fee

  • $5,000 prize pool

  • Gain valuable exposure for your work, make sales during and after the exhibition

Applications can be made either online, or by downloading the form, using the buttons below. Please read our terms and conditions before submitting your application.



We do not stipulate a theme for works submitted to for Sculpture in the Gaol. We encourage and delight in discovering the expansive range of ideas conveyed by artists through their work.

Nevertheless, there are two perpetual themes to which artists, schools and community arts groups may respond.

1) “There are no walls around my imagination”
Works that respond to and reflect the prolific artistic output of German interns confined to Trial Bay Gaol during the First World War, exploring the ways in which creativity flourishes despite physical constraints.

2) “Living in harmony with a pristine environment”
Works that demonstrate our respect for the natural environment or acknowledge the complex and subtle ways eco-systems support all life, especially our own. Trial Bay Gaol is situated within a national parks reserve. How can we reduce dependence on plastic goods and unsustainable consumption to help preserve this natural environment?