The dates have been moved from May to October this year aiming for more reliable weather.
Artists are asked to submit entries for the 2016 awards until 3 June 2016. Schools entries close on 19 August. Full guidelines and entry forms are available from the Castaways page. Curated by Lyn DiCiero, artworks in the unique outdoor exhibition must have a recycled component.
City of Rockingham Mayor, Barry Sammels said the exhibition presents unique challenges for artists: “I am thrilled we will be running Castaways again this year, and I hope the October date will be warmer for visitors to the foreshore.
“Castaways has become a major art competition for the region and attracts entries from some very accomplished artists from around the country.
“Working with recycled materials can require specialist tools as well as knowledge and the artists do a fantastic job with quite a challenging brief.
“The artworks always deliver whether it is through ingenuity, social or environmental comment or sheer aesthetics, visitors always enjoy a colourful and striking array of sculptures which transform our most popular beach into an outdoor gallery for the week.
“The underlying message of the awards and exhibition is reuse and recycle, while art is perhaps a whimsical way to raise awareness, the sculptures often carry a serious message about humans’ impact on the environment and sculptures created with recycled materials illustrate this beautifully.
“The City of Rockingham would like to acknowledge our generous sponsors, which have contributed a prize pool of $20,000. Major Prize Sponsor, Alcoa returns once again this year and with it’s long standing support the competition attracts a high caliber of entry. Alcoa also sponsors educational workshops for local schools during exhibition week. Fremantle Ports will for a second year sponsor the second prize and GDF Suez has renewed its sponsorship of the Innovation Award.
For more information contact the Community Development Officer (Arts & Culture) on 9528 0333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org