Castaways sculpture

Castaways 2019

The City of Rockingham’s Castaways Sculpture Awards is Rockingham’s signature arts and culture event, celebrating artistic innovation and environmental awareness. The nine-day outdoor sculptural exhibition will showcase 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 Beach Foreshore Revitalisation project, Castaways returns in 2019 bigger and better than ever.

Castaways Sculpture Awards 2019 will comprise three coinciding exhibitions:

The Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition has a prize pool available to sculptural artists with $25,500 worth of non-acquisitive prizes available to both professional and emerging artists.

In 2019, owner and editor of the esteemed Artist Chronicle magazine, Lyn DiCiero, will curate the Castaways Sculpture Awards, bringing her extensive sculptural curatorial experience to the awards once again. This year we have introduced an artist development/mentoring program with up to four artists being selected, with at least one local artist included. Ms DiCiero will mentor the selected artists during the submission and selection process. Selected artists will be at the discretion of the curator and the City.

The Castaways Sculpture Awards, Schools Exhibition and Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will be held from Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November 2019.

Sponsor logosAwards and judging criteria

Awards and prize amounts for Castaways 2019:


AwardJudging criteria
$10,000 Alcoa Major AwardsOverall excellence in recycled sculpture with an aluminium component
$5,000 Engie Innovation AwardPresented 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 AwardPresented 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 AwardExcellence in small scale sculpture creatively using recycled components
$2,000 City of Rockingham Local Resident AwardPresented to a resident of the City of Rockingham for excellence in recycled sculpture
$1,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Fremantle PortsPresented to the artist whose work receives the most votes from members of the public


Up-Cycle Art Project

Alcoa logoThe 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 work 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.

School of Fish by Golden Bay Primary School School of Fish by Golden Bay Primary School

Schools Competition

Primary and secondary schools across Western Australia are encouraged to enter large scale outdoor sculptural works created from recycled and repurposed materials for selection in the Schools Exhibition Competition as part of Castaways Sculpture Awards 2019.

Selected sculptural works will be exhibited alongside the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition at the revitalised Rockingham Foreshore.

Alcoa of Australia proudly sponsors the Alcoa Primary Schools Competition and Award.

Rockingham Lions Club proudly sponsors the Secondary School Award as part of the Secondary Schools Competition.

Rockingham lions club logo

Public tours

A free Castaways public tour will be happening on Saturday 2 November from 10am-11.30am starting at the Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham. The tour will be facilitated by 2019 Curator Lyn DiCiero. Bookings are essential. Please call 9528 0333 or email to secure your place.

People with disability, friends and family are invited to attend free tactile tours, conducted by DADAA, on:

  • Tuesday 29 October: 10.15am-11.15am or 11.30am-12.30pm
  • Thursday 31 October: 10.15am-11.15am or 11.30am-12.30pm

Bookings are essential. For more information or to book, please contact Jacqueline Homer from DADAA on email to or phone 0400 111 018.

See the flyer below for more information.

Education activities

Castaways Education Activities have been created to promote further engagement and learning at the 2019 Castaways Sculpture Awards. The activities are suitable for the following ages:

  • 3-7 years old
  • 8-11 years old
  • 12-15 years old.

Simply download the relevant copy below and print, or collect from the Castaways Information Tent located in Churchill Park during the exhibition.

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