About the 2020 Art Awards

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2020 Art Awards

The City of Rockingham Art Awards return in 2020, exploring the theme: Connection.

Open to Western Australian-based artists only. Employees of the City of Rockingham are ineligible to enter. A copy of the terms and conditions can be found below.

Entries closed on Friday 21 February 2020.

Successful entrants will be notified no later than 13 March 2020.


The Art Awards will be presented at the Rockingham Arts Centre and Gary Holland Community Centre from Saturday 2 May – Sunday 17 May 2020. An Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday 2 May 2020 at the Gary Holland Community Centre.



We live in a time when our understanding of 'the interconnectedness of all things' is continually expanding, particularly through electronic communication and artificial intelligence drive systems.

And at the same time, those systems have the capacity to distance us from each other. We are constantly pulled together and pushed away through our daily activities and the choices we make. 

Human beings crave connection to each other, to our families and to our larger communities. Whether we choose a life of solitude or a life of active connection to others, humanity needs connection to survive and flourish.

Judging criteria

Successful entries in the 2020 Arts Awards will be judged against four key criteria:

  • Quality of the composition, design and completed work
  • Creativity and originality in response to the theme
  • Clear sense of the artist’s intent and purpose (inherent meaning)
  • Relevance to the City of Rockingham Collection and the City of Rockingham.

Key dates for participating artists

Friday 21 FebruaryEntries close at 4pm
Friday 13 MarchSuccessful entrants will be notified
Friday 27 MarchSuccessful entrants are required to return their signed forms
Tuesday 28 AprilArtworks are to be delivered to the Rockingham Arts Centre between 8am-12pm
Saturday 2 MayExhibition opens
Saturday 2 MayAwards ceremony
Wednesday 6 MayFirst Twilight tour
Wednesday 13 MayFirst Twilight tour
Sunday 17 MayExhibition closes
Monday 18 MayAll artworks to be collected from the Rockingham Arts Centre between 2pm-6pm


Twilight tours

Two Twilight Tours will take place throughout the exhibition period, encouraging the community to experience a guided tour of the exhibition across both venues. The tours will be facilitated by the curator of the awards and a judge. No bookings are required.

Wednesday 6 May 2020

  • 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham

Wednesday 13 May 2020

  • 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
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