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Entries Selected: Castaways Sculpture Awards


Artists have now been selected for the City of Rockingham’s hugely popular Castaways Sculpture Awards.

Over 75 entries were received for the popular event, with 38 selected. 2016 artists include Greg James, Janet Nixon, Yuko Takahashi, Joan Johnson, Stella Onderwater, Nathan Setzinger, Lesley Barrett, Claire Davenhall, Greg Gelmi and Tom de Munk-Kerkmeer (pictured).
Castaways 2016 entrant Instantaneous Gratificaticus: steel, wood, plastic and aluminium by Tom de Munk Kerkmeer
More than 15,000 visitors attended Castaways in 2015 and record numbers are expected again this year at Rockingham foreshore between Saturday 22 October and 2pm Sunday 30 October for the 2016 exhibition.

Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin said this year’s exhibition had been moved to make the most of the sun. “Normally held in May each year, the move to October should see us avoid the bad weather conditions we have experienced in the past three years,” she said.

Castaways combines the theme of recycling and environmental awareness with the creative re-use of materials and innovative sculpture. Works in the exhibition this year range from large scale to small, and from literal interpretations, to poetic and fun.

Deputy Mayor Hamblin said competition would be fierce with $20,000 in non-acquisitive prizes available. “As is the case every year, the artists have come up with some amazingly inventive sculptures,” she said. “It is going to be a fantastic event.”

Among the works is an ingenious two-metre drink can made from aluminium cans which transforms into a seaside printing studio; humble recycled pallets transformed into colourful beach residences; rows of aluminium cans spelling out a lullaby; an anamorphic environmental message, visible only from one stand point; an enormous picasso-esque bull created from recycled insulation panels; and a recycling school, replete with a wise owl teacher and ‘fish’ students, created from disused helium tanks.

Judges for Castaways 2016 include Jenepher Duncan, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of WA, and Dr Bruce Slatter, Deputy Head of School of Design and Art, Curtin University, and 2014 winner of the prestigious Bankwest Art Prize for Sculpture.

The City is also pleased to announce the Lions Club of Rockingham has joined as a sponsor for this year, and will sponsor the Secondary School Award for the next five years. The Secondary School Award is part of the Schools Exhibition which features work from primary and secondary schools and is held as part of the main Castaways exhibition.

Visitors to the exhibition will this year have the opportunity to contribute to an artwork as well. Commissioned by the City of Rockingham and created by Greg Gelmi, Message on a Bottle will gradually be covered in colourful tags placed on the work by the public during the exhibition.  

The 2016 Castaways Sculpture Awards will take place from 22-30 October on Rockingham foreshore and Churchill Park. Entry to the foreshore is via Val St or the Railway Terrace car park. 

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