The exhibition promotes the re-use of objects and has involved students from 11 schools working closely with five local artists in a residency program to bring selected sculptures to life.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said students gained inspiration for the exhibition from an excursion to the City’s Millar Road Landfill and Recycling Facility.
“During the excursion students learned more about the recycling process and collected the materials needed to design their sculptures,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Not only does the Up-Cycle Art Project and Exhibition give students the chance to show off their artistic skill and creativity, it also helps instill the importance of recycling into them.”
Curator of the exhibition Barb Green said the sculptures were sure to bring a smile to visitor’s faces.
“The results are highly creative and inspiring and are a great credit to everyone involved,” Ms Green said.
In recent years the Up-Cycle Art Project Sculptures have been displayed alongside the Castaways Sculpture Awards exhibition.
However, due to the cancellation of 2018 Castaways Sculpture Awards, for the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation, this year’s school component will be a standalone exhibition.
Simon Pascoe, General Manager – WA Refining Operations, said Alcoa was proud to be an event partner and to sponsor the Alcoa Primary School Competition Award.
“It’s inspiring to see the quality of work produced by these young artists and how creative they have been with recycled materials,” Mr Pascoe said.
“The fact that this exhibition promotes the importance of recycling is something that personally resonates with me and something that Alcoa, as a manufacturer of an endlessly recyclable material, strongly believes in.”
The City also acknowledges the Rockingham Lions Club for their continued support and sponsorship of the Secondary Schools Competition Award.
The Up-Cycle Art Project and Exhibition will run from Friday 21 September until Monday 24 September 2018, open daily at the Rockingham Arts Centre from 10am until 3pm.
An awards night for the exhibition will be held on Friday 21 September, while on Sunday 23 September the exhibition will proudly support the Breakthrough Music Competition Finals which are being held in the courtyard of the Centre from 11am to 1pm.
The City would also like to acknowledge and thank all the students who participated in creating sculptures from the following schools:
Living Waters Lutheran College, Malibu School, South Coast Baptist College, Rockingham Montessori Adolescent Program, Baldivis Secondary College.
Hillman Primary School, East Waikiki Primary School, Port Kennedy Primary School, Safety Bay Primary School, Rockingham Montessori School, Rockingham Lakes Primary School.
Image: With the 2018 Castaways Sculpture Awards cancelled due to the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation, the Up-Cycle Art Project and Exhibition will be a standalone event at the Rockingham Arts centre.