Using repurposed materials, both established and emerging artists stretch their imaginative muscles, creating outstanding works of art.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said: “Castaways is the City’s premier art event, attracting nearly 20 000 visitors to our foreshore over the week of the exhibition.
“Recycled artworks can be extremely interesting and durable and we see incredible ingenuity in each exhibition. The City has a strong commitment to recycling and I am thrilled to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Castaways competition and exhibition.”
Aluminium, one of the world’s most recyclable materials, has been cleverly reinterpreted by artists at Castaways Sculpture Awards this year, with a damaged 1980s caravan being entirely rebuilt using aluminium and timber. The quirky sculpted caravan is now two stories tall, replete with a sundeck above. Another work, made from a repurposed satellite dish and fire extinguishers, acts as an oversized, wind chime reaching three-metres in height.
Often poetic and thought-provoking, Castaways works are fun too. Expect to see giraffes, as if cast adrift from their transportation ship, landing on Rockingham Beach, and a snowy drift of Sweet Alice flowers by day, lit at night to create a luminous magic display.
Visitors can also join in the fun by contributing to Message on Bottle, a two-metre high ‘bottle’ made from wire, commissioned by the City of Rockingham, and created by participating artist Greg Gelmi. Simply pick up a Castaways fluoro-pink tag and tie from the Castaways Information Tent from 9am-5pm during the exhibition and attach it the bottle to help create one very large ultra-shaggy sculpture during the course of the exhibition.
On the first weekend of Castaways visitors can also contribute to a very special tenth anniversary sculpture titled Community – a ‘community’ of forms inspired by Op Art and colour theories, using particular colours known to appear to vibrate when placed together.
Adding to the celebratory atmosphere of Castaways this year is a community celebration of live music and a range of arts activities from 10am until 4pm on the first exhibition day of Castaways, Saturday 28 October.
Long-time sponsor Alcoa has, once again, sponsored a major prize of $5000. Other prizes include the $3000 Fremantle Ports Award for recycled sculpture; the $3000 City of Rockingham Prize for recycled sculpture; the $3000 Engie prize for the most innovative sculpture; and the $3000 Sustainable Living Award. All prizes are non-acquisitive, and most works in the exhibition are for sale.
Participating artists in Castaways 2017 include Greg James, Yuko Takahashi, Jina Lee, Joan Johnson, Olivia Samec, Stella Onderwater and Nathan Setzinger.
Judges for Castaways in 2017 are Eugenio Viola, Senior Curator at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, and artist and visual arts researcher Dr Miik Green.
Primary and secondary schools join the legion of Castaways fans with their own exhibition of sculpture. Curator Lyn DiCiero said school entries are sure to bring a smile to visitors to the exhibition. “It's clear students had a lot of fun in preparing their entries,” she said. “But through the creative process, children have learnt an important lesson about caring for our environment.”
A record 15 primary schools will participate in Castaways this year, as well as six secondary schools.
Pre exhibition opportunities: to arrange interviews with artists please contact the Lyn DiCiero, Curator on 9336 1861, 0421 376 114 or email@example.com
Photo opportunity: All press are invited 12.30pm Friday 27 October at Rockingham Foreshore to meet artists and photograph newly installed works. Meet the Curator at the Information Tent on Churchill Park, corner Railway Terrace and Rockingham Beach Road, Rockingham. To arrange please contact Lyn DiCiero, Curator on 9336 1861, 0421 376 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org 14-Kelly-James
Throughout the whole exhibition from 9am – 5pm visitors can contribute to the ultra-shaggy sculpture, Message on a Bottle.