Sculpture in the Gaol

And the winners are……….

Large sculptures

Winner: Kat Atkins ‘Rhythm Hunters’

Runner up: Sam Hawkins ‘Seahorse’

Small sculptures

Winner: Sam Hawkins ‘Starving Eagle’

Runner up: Alf Blakey ‘Cookie’

Curator’s Award: Kamp Kultur by Sandra Murphy


Highly Commended:

John Wilby, Glen Ravo, Eric Hull’s body of work (multiple entries each)
Gavin Skinner ‘Game of Drones’
Lisa Domeny ‘Trial Bay’
Robyn Hull ‘Daisy Chain’
Colin Visser ‘Flight’ and ‘Fright’

All pre-schools were awarded prize, as there hasn’t previously been multiple entries from pre-schools and therefore no dedicated category.

  1. SWR Pre-school ‘Little Bird Little Bird, Tell Me About The Ocean’
  2. Dalaigur Pre-school ‘Nganhang Nyinda (You Me) Canoes’ based on King of the Birds story told by Aunty Vicki Taylor and Uncle Jon Kelly involving over 200 community members
  3. Schools as Community Centres Playgroup ‘Therapy Quilts’


Primary School Sculpture

Winner: Willawarrin Public School ‘Enjoy Nature. Recycle” with assistance from Sam Hawkins
Runner up: South Kempsey Public School ‘A Family of Birds’
Highly Commended: South West Rocks Public School ‘Bruno Robo’
Highly Commended for heritage theme: Gladstone Public School’s body of work and Willawarrin Public School ‘A celebration of freedom after Internment’ and South West Rocks Joey Scouts ‘Germans by the Sea’

High School Sculpture

Winner: Kempsey High School ‘Hana’s Suitcase’ and ‘Animal Yarns’
Runner up: Kempsey High School ‘Arachnid Invasion’
Individual Sculpture: Mekenzie Healey from St Pauls for ‘To Survive’ ceramic

High School Photographic (group prizes)

Winner: Melville High School Yr 7-12
Runner up: Kempsey High School Yr 9
Highly Commended: Areerat Brooks ‘Ghosts of the Past’ (KHS student independent entry)

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5th AUGUST to 1st SEPTEMBER 2018

100th Anniversary of Closure of German Internment Camp, Trial Bay ; Sculpture in the Gaol : 5th August – 1st September 2018

Calling for expressions of interest for the annual Sculpture in the Gaol Exhibition at Trial Bay.
Following the success of the Sculpture in the Gaol exhibition over the past ten years, Trial Bay Gaol will once again be transformed into a dramatic artistic landscape with sculptures displayed throughout the Gaol site. South West Rocks Chamber of Commerce and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service wish to invite you to participate in the 2018 Sculpture in the Gaol Exhibition, along with celebrating the closure of the Trial Bay German Internment Camp.

This year there are 2 major prize categories as well as runners up and a random sculpture draw winner. There is no entry fee to exhibit and sculptures may be priced for sale.

Category B: Small metal, timber and/or mixed media sculptures.
Category A: Large metal and/or timber sculptures and/or
Theme: 100th anniversary of closure of German Internment Camp at Trial Bay. Theme is not mandatory.

Schools Section

All school students in the Macleay area are encouraged to enter the Schools Sculpture in the Gaol Exhibition and/or the Schools Photographic/Art Exhibition. Entries for the schools Photographic/Art Exhibition must relate to the Macleay area with the theme “100 year anniversary of Germans and soldiers leaving Trial Bay Gaol”.

There is over $3000 worth of prizes to be won in the Sculpture in the Gaol Exhibition.

This year’s sculpture winners will again be chosen by popular vote of the viewers and announced at the closing of the sculpture exhibition at the Seabreeze Beach Hotel, South West Rocks at 1.00pm on Saturday, 1st September 2018.

Escapee Trail

You may also be interested in displaying your sculptures, artworks or photographs in one of the South West Rocks businesses as part of the Escapee Trail. All Escapee Trail works must be priced for sale.

Entries close: 5.00pm Friday, 29th June 2018

Sculpture exhibition open day: Sunday, 5th August 2018

For more information visit Website will be updated by April 3.
Contact – Cath Ireland Mobile: 0459 846 833 or Email:

Post images and entry form to:
Sculpture in the Gaol Cath Ireland PO Box 25 South West Rocks NSW 2431
PO Box 25, South West Rocks NSW 2431
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