Castaways Sculpture Awards
The City of Rockingham’s Castaways Sculpture Awards is Rockingham’s signature arts and culture event, celebrating artistic innovation and environmental awareness. The outdoor sculptural exhibition showcases sculptural artworks from Western Australian artists created from recycled and repurposed materials at the newly revitalised Rockingham Foreshore.
Running since 2008, the annual exhibition creates opportunities for emerging artists, professional artists, local business and schools to be involved in a large scale community event promoting sustainability alongside arts and culture.
Cancelled in 2018 due to the Rockingham Foreshore Revitalisation Project, Castaways returned in 2019 bigger and better than ever.
Castaways Sculpture Awards 2019 comprised of three coinciding exhibitions running from Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November 2019:
Premiering in 2019, the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition at the Rockingham Arts Centre celebrated the beauty and intricacy of small scale three-dimensional artworks created with recycled and repurposed materials.
In 2019, owner and editor of the esteemed Artist Chronicle magazine, Lyn DiCiero, curated the Castaways Sculpture Awards bringing her extensive sculptural curatorial experience to the awards once again.
2019 Castaways Sculpture Award winners
Congratulations to the award winners for Castaways 2019:
- $10,000 Alcoa Major Award - Gail Farquhar ‘Intersect’
- $5,000 Engie Innovation Award - Rachel Solomon ‘Golden Child’
- $5,000 Water Corporation Sustainability Award - Richard Aitken ‘One More Roll of the Dice’
- $2,500 Warnbro Centre Maquette and Small Sculpture Award - Shorena Laue ‘Not Dressed to Impress 1’
- $2,000 City of Rockingham Local Resident Award - Carol Clitheroe ‘Look Up’
- $1,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Fremantle Ports
- $500 Voter's Prize sponsored by Fremantle Ports.
|$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|
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Local Resident Award winner Carol Clitheroe's artwork ‘Look Up’ Warnbro Centre Maquette and Small Sculpture Award winner Shorena Laue's artwork ‘Not Dressed to Impress 1’ Water Corporation Sustainability Award winner Richard Aitken's artwork ‘One More Roll of the Dice’ Engie Innovation Award winner Rachel Solomon's artwork ‘Golden Child’ Alcoa Major Award winner Gail Farquhar's artwork ‘Intersect’
Up-Cycle Art Project
The Up-Cycle Art Project is an artist-in-residence program placing professional sculptural artists in local Rockingham primary and secondary schools for one term in the lead up to Castaways.
As a class, under the guidance of the artist, students worked collaboratively to create one sculpture made from recycled materials. The final sculptures are displayed in the schools exhibition alongside the main exhibition on the Rockingham Foreshore.
Alcoa of Australia proudly sponsors the primary school residencies as part of the Up-Cycle Art Project.
Schools Competition winners
Twenty schools across Western Australia entered sculptures made from recycled materials into the 2019 Castaways Schools Exhibition. Awards were presented to one primary and one secondary school for outstanding entries. Congratulations to the winners.
Alcoa Primary Schools Competition and Award
Comet Bay Primary School ‘Magnificent Musical Octopus Garden’
John Tonkin Education Support Centre ‘Ocean Man’