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About the Castaways Sculpture Awards

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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 2017 exhibition was held from 28 October to 5 November and featured 66 artworks along the Rockingham foreshore. Visit the 2017 Castaways Sculpture Awards Winners page for images of the winning sculptures.

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 17,000 visitors attend the exhibition each year, with more than 60 sculptures from artists and schools gracing the Rockingham foreshore. The 2017 Castaways Sculpture Awards was accompanied by the Schools exhibition, showcasing works from local Primary and Secondary schools.A Whale of a Problem, Lucy Baddeley

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 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


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

Schools Competition


Entries are now closed for the 2017 Castaways Primary Schools Competition, proudly sponsored by Alcoa of Australia. The school competition accompanies the main exhibition.


Entries are now closed for the 2017 Castaways Secondary Schools Competition, proudly sponsored by the Lions Club of Rockingham.

Castaways Poetry Competition Penguin-Posse-by-Katie-Mitchell,-photo-by-Bethwyn-Gainsford

The Castaways Poetry Competition offers an opportunity for people with a literary talent to be involved in Castaways.

The 2017 Castaways Poetry Competition is now closed. See the Castaways Poetry Competition page for winners details.

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 2017 winners.


The City of Rockingham would like to acknowledge our 2017 event partners: Alcoa, Artcom, Lions Club of Rockingham, Fremantle Ports, Sims Metal Management and Engie.  Thank you for making this wonderful local event possible.

ALCOA   Engie Fremantle PortsArtcom Sims Metal ManagementLions
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