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About the Castaways Sculpture Awards

Sculptural boat on the foreshore at Castaways 2017.Page index

About Castaways

The City of Rockingham’s Castaways Sculpture Awards is Rockingham’s signature arts and culture event, celebrating artistic innovation and environmental awareness. The nine-day outdoor sculptural exhibition will showcase more than 50 sculptural artworks from Western Australian artists created from recycled and repurposed materials at the newly revitalised Rockingham Foreshore.

Running since 2008, the annual exhibition creates opportunities for emerging artists, professional artists, local business and schools to be involved in a large scale community event promoting sustainability alongside arts and culture.

Cancelled in 2018 due to the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation project, Castaways returns in 2019 bigger and better than ever.

Castaways Sculpture Awards 2019 will comprise three coinciding exhibitions:

The Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition has a prize pool available to sculptural artists with $25,500 worth of non-acquisitive prizes available to both professional and emerging artists.

In 2019, owner and editor of the esteemed Artist Chronicle magazine, Lyn DiCiero, will curate the Castaways Sculpture Awards, bringing her extensive sculptural curatorial experience to the awards once again.

This year we have introduced an artist development/mentoring program with up to four artists being selected, with at least one local artist included. Ms DiCiero will mentor the selected artists during the submission and selection process. Selected artists will be at the discretion of the Curator and the City.

The Castaways Sculpture Awards and the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will be held from Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November 2019.

Awards and Prizes

The following are the awards and prize amounts for Castaways 2019:

  • $10,000 Alcoa Major Award
  • $5,000 Innovation Award
  • $5,000 Sustainability Award
  • $2,500 Maquette and Small Sculpture Award
  • $2,000 City of Rockingham Local Resident Award
  • $1,000 People’s Choice Award

Vote for your favourite sculpture and be in the running to win the $500 People’s Choice Voter’s Prize.

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Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition

Running since 2008, the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition invites emerging and professional artists to create large scale outdoor sculptures using recycled and repurposed materials. The Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition will be located at the Rockingham Foreshore.

Find out more information on the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition and details on how to enter.

Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition

2019 initiates the inaugural Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition, displayed in conjunction with the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition. Emerging and professional artists are invited to create small scale indoor sculptures using recycled and repurposed materials. The Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will be located at the Rockingham Arts Centre.

Find out more information on the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition.

Up-Cycle Art Project

The Up-Cycle Art Project is an artist in residence program placing professional sculptural artists in local Rockingham primary and secondary schools for one term in the lead up to Castaways.

As a class, under the guidance of the artist, students work collaboratively to create one sculpture made from recycled materials. The final sculptures are displayed in the Schools Exhibition alongside the main exhibition on the Rockingham Foreshore.

Alcoa of Australia proudly sponsors the primary school residencies as part of the Up-Cycle Art Project.

Schools Exhibition Competition

School of Fish scultpure by Golden Bay Primary School - Alcoa Primary School Award Winner 2017.Schools across Western Australia are invited to enter a sculpture made from recycled materials for consideration for exhibition in the Schools Exhibition. Awards are presented to one primary and one secondary school for outstanding entries.

Alcoa of Australia proudly sponsors the Alcoa Primary School award as part of the Schools Exhibition Competition.

Lions Club Rockingham proudly sponsors the secondary school award as part of the Schools Exhibition Competition.

For more information and to enter please contact the Community Development Officer (Cultural Development and the Arts) on 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

Foreshore Celebration

To celebrate the revitalised foreshore as well as the re-launch of the Castaways Sculpture Awards in 2019, a two-day festival of free events for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy will occur on the opening weekend.

The City of Rockingham website will be updated with full details of the Foreshore Celebration soon.

Image credits

Top: Ginko by Brett Todman - 2017 Winner Alcoa Major Prize.
Bottom: School of Fish by Golden Bay Primary School - Alcoa Primary School Award Winner 2017.