About the Castaways Sculpture Awards
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
Primary and secondary schools across Western Australia are encouraged to enter large scale outdoor sculptural works created from recycled and repurposed materials for selection in the Schools Exhibition Competition as part of Castaways Sculpture Awards 2019.
Selected sculptural works will be exhibited alongside the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition at the revitalised Rockingham Foreshore.
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.
- Sculptures must be made from recycled and repurposed materials or have recycled and repurposed components to be considered.
- School sculptures must not exceed 1m2 in diameter and 3m in height.
- All school sculptures must contain six anchor points to safely secure the sculpture in place on grass during the exhibition. Anchor points must be incorporated within the maximum diameter of the sculpture and form part of the sculpture’s base in order to secure the base directly to the grassed area. Guy ropes or other external methods of fixing will not be accepted.
- Sculptures must be able to withstand strong winds, sun, rain and sea spray.
- Sculptures must be able to withstand the curiosity of the public. Please ensure there are no sharp elements or protruding pieces at eye height for various age groups.
- Should the sculpture not be complete, an entry form must be filled in and submitted by the closing date accompanied by several photos of the unfinished item to enable the curator to determine whether the item will be exhibited during the Castaways Sculpture Awards Schools Exhibition.
- The curator will select entries for exhibition which adhere to the requirements and terms and conditions.
- All entries are considered NOT touch friendly unless interactive or otherwise specified.
- Installation and de-installation is the responsibility of the schools.
- Judging will take place at 1pm on Friday 25 October 2019, and announcement of the prize winners will be made at the Opening Night and Awards Ceremony, Saturday 26 October 2019.
- All exhibiting schools will receive a participation certificate at the Award Ceremony.
- The winners of the Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition (Primary and Secondary) will receive a perpetual trophy to display at the school which will be returned to the City of Rockingham in February 2020 and replaced with an individual trophy etched with the school's details.
- 24-hour security surveillance will be provided during the exhibition.
The entry form will be available on Monday 17 June 2019.
|Castaways Sculpture Awards Schools Exhibition Competition Entries Open
||Monday 17 June 2019
|Castaways Sculpture Awards Schools Exhibition Competition Entries Close
||4pm Friday 2 August 2019
|Castaways Sculpture Awards Installation
||Friday 25 October 2019 (before 1.30pm)
|Castaways Sculpture Awards Opening Ceremony and Awards Presentation
||Saturday 26 October 2019
|Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition Open
||Saturday 26 October - Sunday 3 November 2019
|Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition De-installation
||Monday 4 November 2019 (8am start)
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.
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.