Castaways Sculpture Awards
Castaways Sculpture Exhibition
Castaways Sculpture Awards is the City’s signature arts and culture event, celebrating 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 2021 consisted of three exhibitions, with a prize pool of $26,000 (non-acquisitive) - the Main Exhibition and Schools Competition displayed at the Rockingham Foreshore; and the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition at the Rockingham Arts Centre.
Castaways ran for nine days from Saturday 23 October - Sunday 31 October.
Entries for 2022 will open on the following dates:
- Main Exhibition - Monday 28 February
- Schools Competition - Monday 28 February
- Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition - Monday 11 April
Entry forms and terms and conditions will be available on this page.
To be involved in 2022, complete the survey below to register your interest.
Be part of Castaways 2022
A panel will select artworks for exhibition based on the following selection criteria:
- strength of 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.
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
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.
Congratulations to our 2021 Schools Competition winners:
Alcoa Primary School Award
Oh, oh, Omeo … underwater hOmeo by Oakwood Primary School
Secondary School Award
A Plastic Coast Creature by Rockingham Senior High School Education Support Centre
Awards and Sponsors
Congratulations to our 2021 award recipients and those who received a commendation:
$10,000 Alcoa Major Award
|Whale by Mark Thompson||Overall excellence in recycled sculpture artwork with a 30% visual aluminium component|
$5,000 Innovation Award
|Rag Doll by Jill Smith|
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 Award||Pathogen by Heloise Roberts and Moira Craig||Artwork that supports the concept of sustainability in its message|
|$2,500 Waste Authority Maquette and Small Sculpture Award||Conglomeration by Margaret Dillon||Excellence in small scale sculpture, creatively using repurposed (recycled) materials|
|$2,000 City of Rockingham Local Resident Award||Respect for the Echinoderm by Carol Clitheroe||Local artist residing in the Rockingham district|
|$1,000 Fremantle Ports People’s Choice Award - Main Exhibition||Carbonature Metamorphosis ‘A Quest for Balance’ by Kim Perrier|
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||Casting with Nature – Termites 3, Coral of the Jarrah Forest by Paul Fontanini|
For the maquette artwork that receives the most votes from members of the public
|Fremantle Ports People's Choice Award Trophy - Schools Competition||Rocket Ram by Rockingham Beach Primary School||For the school artwork that receives the most votes from members of the public|
- Maquette and Small Sculpture Award Commendation - Kitchen Scope by Lisa Dymond
- Major Award Commendation - Carbonature Metamorphosis ‘A Quest for Balance’ by Kim Perrier
Thank you to our sponsors: Alcoa, Water Corporation, Waste Authority and Fremantle Ports.
Taking a photo of a sculpture
In 2020, the Castaways Photo Competition was introduced as a means for visitors to engage with the artworks without contact (for hygiene and health restrictions purposes).
The competition came back for Castaways 2021. All participants had to do was snap a photo of their favourite artwork and share it to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #CastawaysRockingham for a chance to win one of two insta-worthy prizes; a $100 Penguin Island Ferry and Discovery Centre Family Pass or $100 Perth Wake Park Gift Voucher.
Congratulations to our two winners: Stacey Klish, with her great photo of Tuinna Blackie's The Sad Pair; and to Angela Dugouchet with her photo of Darren Smith's Molly-mu.
Castaways Sculpture Awards 2021 - Artist in focus: Tuinna Blackie
Rockingham artist Tuinna Blackie, winner of People’s Choice Award at Sculpture by the Sea for her incredible Boab Tree, is exhibiting at Castaways for the first time this year. Here she works on The Sad Pair, made from recycled aluminium and copper.
Castaways Sculpture Awards 2021 - Artist in Focus: Greg James
Watch Greg James prepare his artwork, Dot 2 and Ron 2, made from recycled steel for this year's exhibition on the Rockingham Foreshore.
Castaways Sculpture Awards - Artist in Focus: Denise Pepper
Channel Ten’s Making It contestant, Denise Pepper, creates her enchanting Castaways entry, Do I Look Good In This? Made from timber mirror frame, aluminium substructure, coloured stainless steel mirror finish.