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Castaways Sculpture Awards

2021 Castaways Sculpture Exhibition

Castaways Sculpture Exhibition

Inflorescence by Tony PankiwCastaways 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.

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Selection process

Freedom by Coster MkokiA panel will select artworks for exhibition based on the following selection criteria:

  • originality
  • 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 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 PrimaryBoth 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:

AwardWinnerJudging criteria

$10,000 Alcoa Major Award

Whale by Mark ThompsonOverall 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 AwardPathogen by Heloise Roberts and Moira CraigArtwork that supports the concept of sustainability in its message
$2,500 Waste Authority Maquette and Small Sculpture AwardConglomeration by Margaret DillonExcellence in small scale sculpture, creatively using repurposed (recycled) materials
$2,000 City of Rockingham Local Resident AwardRespect for the Echinoderm by Carol ClitheroeLocal artist residing in the Rockingham district
$1,000 Fremantle Ports People’s Choice Award - Main ExhibitionCarbonature 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 ExhibitionCasting 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 CompetitionRocket Ram by Rockingham Beach Primary SchoolFor 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.

AlcoaWater CorporationWaste AuthorityFremantle Ports

          

Taking a photo of a sculpture Taking a photo of a sculpture

Photo Competition

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.

               Stacey Klish's winning photo of Tuinna Blackie's The Sad Pair

                  Angela Dugouchet's winning photo of Darren Smith's Molly-mu

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

Video

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.

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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.

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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.

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