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Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition

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About the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition

Emerging and professional sculptural artists are invited to enter one sculpture created with recycled or repurposed elements for selection to the 2019 Castaways Sculpture Awards. Curator Lyn DiCiero and a panel of industry professionals will select more than 50 works to be included in the inaugural outdoor exhibition.

Artists are requested to read the below dates, considerations and terms and conditions before submitting an entry for selection.

Key dates

Event Date
Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition - Entries open Monday 4 February 2019
Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition - Entries close *Closing date extended - 4pm Monday 17 June 2019*
Installation Friday 25 October 2019 7am–1.30pm
Opening Ceremony and Awards Presentation Saturday 26 October 2019 6pm
De-installation Monday 4 November 2019 8am–12pm

Important considerations

  • Environmental conditions - sculpture must be able to withstand strong winds, sun, rain and sea spray.
  • Safety of the public - sculpture must be able to withstand the curiosity of the public.
  • Please ensure there are no sharp elements or protruding pieces at eye height for various age groups.
  • Ease of installation and de-installation - the beach, jetty, boardwalk and other infrastructure/environmental elements must not be affected by installation and de-installation of sculpture.
  • The City of Rockingham requires artists to distinguish works which are interactive and thus "touch-friendly" to encourage gentle, explorative interaction from exhibition attendees. All works will be identified with "Please do not touch" signage unless specified as interactive. Works identified as interactive will be marked as "touch friendly" and should be sturdy enough to withstand touching, not climbing. While all reasonable effort will be made to protect work, the City of Rockingham accepts no responsibility for damage to works identified as interactive/touch-friendly.
  • 24-hour security will be provided from installation on Friday 25 October 2019 until de-installation of the exhibition at 8am on Monday 4 November 2019.
  • Insurance of entries is the responsibility of the artist.

For any enquiries regarding the Castaways Sculpture Awards, please do not hesitate to contact the City of Rockingham on 9528 0333 or email

Curator of the 2019 Castaways Sculpture Awards, Lyn DiCiero, can be contacted regarding the exhibition on 9336 1861 or email

Terms and conditions

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Castaways Terms and Conditions Information sheet PDF 112 kb

Selection and judging of winners

A selection panel consisting of Castaways Sculpture Awards Curator Lyn DiCiero and industry professionals will select more than 50 sculptures for display as part of the main exhibition.

Sculptures will be selected based on the following selection criteria:

  • overall strength of the artist’s vision and concept
  • clear and detailed concept design
  • succinct description of work
  • succinct construction and installation information including sub-surface requirements
  • consideration of public safety and interaction
  • thoughtful and creative use of recycled and repurposed components
  • experience and past works*.

*Emerging artists with little or no experience will be considered on their ability to demonstrate understanding of the above criteria. Any previous works to be uploaded as part of submission.

Exhibited works will be judged on artistic merit by a panel of industry experts.

Previous judges include Dr. Stefano Carboni, Director of the Art Gallery of WA; Amy Barrett-Lennard, Director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art; Alan Dodge AM CitWA Chevalier de I’Order des Arts et des Lettres, Arts Advisor and former Director of the Art Gallery of WA; Stephen Bevis, Arts Editor at The West Australian; Laetitia Wilson, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Landscape and the Visual Arts and visual arts reviewer for The West Australian newspaper; Jenepher Duncan, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of WA, Bruce Slatter, Head of the School of Design and Art at Curtin University and John Teschendorff, Adjunct Professor of Art at Curtin University.

Award Judging Criteria
$10,000 Alcoa Major Award Overall excellence in recycled sculpture with an aluminium component
$5,000 Engie Innovation Award Presented to the artist who demonstrates excellence in concept, vision and design, and whose work uses recycled materials in an unexpected way
$5,000 Water Corporation Sustainability Award Presented to the artist whose work most creatively utilises recycled or repurposed components and supports the concept of sustainability in its message
$2,500 Warnbro Centre Maquette and Small Sculpture Award Excellence in small scale sculpture creatively using recycled components
$2,000 City of Rockingham Local Resident Award Presented to a resident of the City of Rockingham for excellence in recycled sculpture
$1,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Fremantle Ports Presented to the artist whose work receives the most votes from members of the public

Judging criteria

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Selection and Judging Criteria Document Information sheet PDF 164 kb

Enter the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition

Entries closed on Monday 17 June.