Castaways Sculpture Awards

2022 Castaways Sculpture Exhibition

Castaways Sculpture Exhibition

Saturday 22 October - Sunday 30 October 2022

The City’s iconic Castaways Sculpture Awards celebrates artistic innovation and environmental awareness. Castaways is an annual outdoor sculptural exhibition showcasing artworks created from repurposed materials at the Rockingham Foreshore.

Castaways started in 2008 as a community arts project to raise awareness around the discarded items or ‘castaways’ washing up on local beaches and has continued to expand and evolve. Today, Castaways provides an important opportunity for emerging and professional Western Australian artists, schools and local businesses to be a part of a regionally-recognised arts program that continues to promote sustainability values.

Castaways Sculpture Awards 2022 will consist of three exhibitions, with a prize pool of $26,000 (non-acquisitive):

All three exhibitions will run concurrently from Saturday 22 October – Sunday 30 October. During the exhibition, pick up a free Castaways catalogue from the Information Tent at the Rockingham Foreshore; which will be open daily from 9am-5pm. If any of the sculptures catch your eye, chat to staff at the Information Tent for details on how to purchase.

Beach wheelchairs and beach walkers will also be available at the Information Tent for people to loan free of charge. These are available on a first come, first served basis. Beach access matting will also be available for the duration of Castaways, to help people using wheelchairs, walkers, and/or prams to view the sculptures on the sand.

Main Exhibition Greg James

An impressive 79 sculptures will be exhibited as part of Castaways 2022. This includes 32 works in the Main Exhibition, 25 works in the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition, and 22 works in the Schools Competition. A full list of the exhibiting artists can be found below.

This year Castaways welcomes Guest Artist, Greg James.

Greg James was born in Perth. His involvement with art began at 18 when he enrolled at Claremont Technical College (later to become Claremont School of Art) where he studied Fine Art, majoring in Sculpture. He initially worked as a Sculpture Technician for Claremont School of Art before, establishing a small foundry in his home studio in 1987. In 1992, he moved his studio to J Shed, where he developed the Greg James Sculpture Studio Gallery. 

His numerous public sculptures have become well known landmarks throughout Fremantle and Perth, while his collectable work is displayed throughout Australia, and in galleries in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. His work has also featured previously in Rome, Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Hong Kong. Greg specialises in bronze sculpture, however, he also works with materials such as stone, marble, wood, forton, aluminium and steel, and produces paintings and drawings using acrylics, charcoal, pencil, pastel, oil and watercolour.

The Dry by Lesley Barrett The Dry by Lesley Barrett

Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition

The Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition coincides with the Castaways Sculpture Awards, celebrating the intricacy of small-scale three-dimensional artworks. Emerging and professional artists are invited to create indoor sculptures using recycled and repurposed materials to be exhibited at the Rockingham Arts Centre.

Castaways Schools Competition Pleasant Marlee by Mount Pleasant Primary

Both primary and secondary schools are invited to design and create a sculpture from recycled or repurposed materials for public exhibition alongside emerging and professional artists.

A number of benefits have been reported by teachers including student collaboration, belonging to a community event and the pursuit of knowledge and new skills.

Castaways aims to introduce to young people how values and important messages can be effectively promoted through engaging channels – important for future community leaders.

Awards

AwardJudging criteria

$10,000 Alcoa Major Award

Overall excellence in recycled sculpture artwork with a 30% visual aluminium component

$5,000 Innovation Award

Use of repurposed (recycled) materials in an innovative or unexpected way

(Artists working in repeated concepts will not be eligible) 
$5,000 Water Corporation Sustainability AwardArtwork that supports the concept of sustainability in its message
$2,500 Maquette and Small Sculpture AwardExcellence in small scale sculpture, creatively using repurposed (recycled) materials
$2,000 City of Rockingham Local Resident AwardLocal artist residing in the Rockingham district
$1,000 Fremantle Ports People’s Choice Award - Main Exhibition

For the artwork that receives the most votes from members of the public

$500 Fremantle Ports People's Choice Award - Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition

For the maquette artwork that receives the most votes from members of the public

Sponsors

With thanks to our 2022 sponsors: Alcoa, Water Corporation, and Fremantle Ports.

Alcoa logo   Water Corporation logo   Fremantle Ports logo

Volunteer for Castaways

Each year, volunteers staff the Information Tent at the Rockingham Foreshore throughout the Castaways exhibition. Information Tent volunteers distribute catalogues and handle enquires from visitors. Two volunteers are required per shift; daily shifts are 9am-1pm and 1pm-5pm. Volunteers can register for any number of shifts to suit their availability.

Interested? Read the Volunteers Role Statement document below for more information. To apply, fill out the Volunteer Expression of Interest below and email the complete form to customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au

Resources and videos

For artists

Video

Castaways Sculpture Awards 2022 - Installing Footings with Artist Stuart Bryce

Castaways is an annual outdoor sculptural exhibition showcasing artworks created from repurposed materials at the Rockingham Foreshore.

Video

Castaways Sculpture Awards 2022 – How to Photograph Your Artwork with Peter Zuvela

Learn how to take and get the best images of your artwork.

For schools

Video

2022 Castaways School Competition – Teacher Information Presentation

Presented by Castaways Curator Lyn Di Ciero and Castaways Schools Facilitator Jacq Chorlton, this webinar covers all you need to know to get involved in the 2022 Castaways Schools Competition.

Gallery 2021

  • Alcoa Major Award Winner Mark Thompson with his artwork Whale
  • Innovation Award Winner Jill Smith with her artwork Rag Doll
  • Water Corporation Award Winners Heloise Roberts and Moira Craig with their artwork Pathogen
  • Waste Authority Maquette and Small Sculpture Award Winner - Conglomeration by Margaret Dillon
  • Local Resident Award Winner Carol Clitheroe with her artwork Respect for the Echinoderm
  • Secondary School Award Winner - A Plastic Coast Creature by Rockingham Senior High School Education Support Centre
  • Alcoa Primary School Award Winner - Oh, oh Omeo…underwater hOmeo by Oakwood Primary School
  • Fremantle Ports Main Exhibition People's Choice Award Winner - Carbonature Metamorphosis ‘A Quest for Balance’ by Kim Perrier
  • Fremantle Ports Maquette and Small Sculpture People's Choice Award WinnerFremantle Ports Maquette and Small Sculpture People's Choice Award Winner - Casting with Nature – Termites 3, Coral of the Jarrah Forest by Paul Fontanini
  • Fremantle Ports Schools Competition People's Choice Award Winner - Rocket Ram by Rockingham Beach Primary SchoolFremantle Ports Schools Competition People's Choice Award Winner - Rocket Ram by Rockingham Beach Primary School
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  • Fremantle Ports Maquette and Small Sculpture People's Choice Award Winner
  • Fremantle Ports Schools Competition People's Choice Award Winner - Rocket Ram by Rockingham Beach Primary School
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