About the Castaways Sculpture Awards
Castaways Sculpture Awards 2017 Entries Now Open
Entries are now open for the 2017 Castaway Sculpture Awards, which will be held along the Rockingham Foreshore from 28 October to 5 November 2017. $20,000 in prizes are available across eight categories:
- $5000 Alcoa Major Award for recycled sculpture with an aluminium component
- $3000 Second Award for recycled sculpture with an aluminium component
- $3000 City of Rockingham Award for recycled sculpture
- $3000 Innovation Award for innovation in recycled sculpture
- $3000 Sustainable Living Award
- $1500 Collective Art Award for sculpture by community and educational groups
- $1000 People's Choice Award
- $500 Voter's Prize
Entry is free. The closing date for entries is 2 June 2017.
Castaways Sculpture Awards is an annual art competition that has been running since 2008. The Awards combines the theme of recycling and environmental awareness with the creative re-use of materials and innovative sculpture.
The 2016 exhibition was held from 22 October to 30 October and featured 38 artworks along the Rockingham foreshore. Visit the 2016 Castaways Sculpture Awards Winners page for images of the winning sculptures. New this year was a community sculpture ‘Message on a Bottle’ by Greg Gelmi which added an exciting element for visitors to the exhibition.
The Castaways Sculpture Awards highlights two areas of great importance to the City: providing and supporting arts and cultural opportunities for residents; and raising the profile of recycling and environmental sustainability.
Castaways Sculpture Awards creates opportunities for emerging artists to showcase their artworks alongside established professional Artists. More than 15,000 visitors attend the exhibition each year, with more than 50 sculptures from artists and schools gracing the Rockingham foreshore. The 2016 Castaways Sculpture Awards was accompanied by the Schools exhibition, showcasing works from local Primary and Secondary schools.
The exhibition was curated by Lyn DiCiero. Lyn is the owner and editor of ‘The Artist Chronicle’, visual arts features for The West Australian newspaper, and curator of numerous visual arts and sculpture exhibitions throughout Western Australia.
This year's Castaways Sculpture Awards also included community and educational workshops, a Poetry Prize and a Photography Competition.
For more information on the Castaways Sculpture Awards, contact the Community Development Officer (Arts and Culture) on 9528 0333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expressions of Interest
Expressions of interest are now open for artist facilitators to assist with the Up-Cycle Art Project for 2017. This is an artist in residence program to assist primary and secondary students in the design, development and creation of a sculptural piece for submission into the Castaways Schools Competition.
Applications open 23 January 2017. The closing date is 13 February 2017.
Alcoa Schools Artist in Residence Program
The Schools Artist in Residence Program is proudly sponsored by Alcoa of Australia. This program take place as part of the Up-Cycle art project, in the lead-up to the Castaways Sculpture Exhibition. The program places artists in primary and secondary schools, where they will mentor the students to create a sculptural piece for the Castaway School’s Competition. For more information contact the Community Development Officer (Arts and Culture) on 9528 0333 or email email@example.com.
Entries are now open for the 2017 Castaways Primary Schools Competition, proudly sponsored by Alcoa of Australia. The school competition accompanies the main exhibition. Entry is free and the closing date for entries is 17 July 2017.
Entries are now open for the 2017 Castaways Secondary Schools Competition, proudly sponsored by the Lions Club of Rockingham. The school competition accompanies the main exhibition. Entry is free and the closing date for entries is 17 July 2017.
Castaways Poetry Prize
The Castaways Poetry Prize offers an opportunity for people with a literary talent to be involved in Castaways.
To see the winner of the 2016 Castaways Poetry Competition, please visit our Castaways Poetry Prize page.
Castaways Photography Competition
The Castaways Photography Competition offers an opportunity for people who prefer photography to use their camera to capture their own perspective of Castaways during the exhibition.
Entry is free and any type of camera can be used.
Visit the Castaways Photography Competition page for details of the 2016 winners.
The City of Rockingham would like to acknowledge our 2017 event partners: Alcoa, Artcom and the Lions Club of Rockingham. Thank you for making this wonderful local event possible.
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