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2019 Castaways Curator: Request for Quote Open

We are seeking quotes to engage a professional curator for the re-launch of the Castaways Sculpture Awards 2019.

Castaways Sculpture Awards, running since 2008, invites emerging and professional artists to create innovative sculptures using re-cycled and re-purposed materials in a celebration of environmental awareness.

In 2019, the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition will run from 26 October to 3 November at the newly revitalised Rockingham Foreshore.

Request for quote responses must be received by 4pm Wednesday 12 December 2018 to be considered.

Please see the full role scope below.

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Contract - 2019 Castaways Sculpture Awards Information sheet PDF 832 kb
Request for Quote - 2019 Castaways Sculpture Awards Information sheet PDF 676 kb

2018 Castaways Sculpture Awards - Cancelled

The Castaways Sculpture Awards for 2018 have been cancelled and will be returning in 2019.  

The City's Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation will commence in June 2018.  Stage 1 of the project which impacts the Boardwalk and beach area directly in front of the cafes will be upgraded between June and December 2018.  These works will have a significant impact on the showcasing of the 2018 Castaways Sculpture Awards exhibition.  Council has decided due to these scheduled works that Castaways Sculpture Awards will not take place in October 2018.  Castaways Sculpture Awards will return in October 2019, bigger and better.

About Castaways

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.