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Castaways Sculpture Awards 2017 Entries Now Closed

2017 Castaway Sculpture Awards, 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 Prize for recycled sculpture with an aluminium component
  • • $3000: Fremantle Ports Award for recycled sculpture
  • • $3000: Sims Metal Management Award for recycled sculpture
  • • $3000: Engie Innovation Award for innovation in recycled sculpture
  • • $3000: City of Rockingham Award for Sustainable Living
  • • $500: People’s Choice Award
  • Alcoa Primary Schools Competition Award
  • Lions Club of Rockingham Secondary Schools Competition Award

Castaways 10 Year Anniversary Celebrations 2017

Come down to the Rockingham Foreshore on Saturday 28 October from 10am-4pm to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Castaways Sculpture Awards. The City will be hosting a free community celebration, with family friendly art activities and stalls in the park. Live music will be performed during the day, including the grand final of the Breakthrough Youth Music Competition.

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

This event is part of the City's Summer Series.


The City is urgently seeking volunteers to cover half day shifts in the information tent for the Castaways Sculpture Awards 2017.

If you are available to fill in one, or multiple shifts, can you please fill in the attached Volunteering National Police Clearance and return to the City as soon as possible, with preferred shift dates and times. Personal ID documents must be viewed in person at the City of Rockingham Administration.  If you have previously volunteered, or a City staff member can verify photo ID, then you can email copies of ID through with the form back.

Forms must be received by 30 September 2017 at the latest to ensure a position is secured.

If you volunteer for a role, you must ensure that you’re available to cover the shifts you’ve offered to cover, and be able to attend the Volunteer Briefing session.

This session is incredible important to attend, as you will receive more in-depth information on the role, receive volunteer shirts and badges and have the Curator and staff available for any questions you wish to ask.

Details are as follows:
Thursday 19 October
Rockingham Arts Centre- Multipurpose Room, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham

Title Form Size
National Police Clearance PDF 850KB
Volunteer Information PDF 65KB

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 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.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 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 customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.



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 customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

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 2016 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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