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Castaways to Celebrate Aluminium and Recycled Materials

Date08 October 2020

The 2020 Castaways Sculpture Awards are approaching fast, with sculptures created by talented artists from across Western Australia set to transform the Rockingham Beach Foreshore. 

Castaways is running from Saturday 24 October – Sunday 1 November 2020. The event features the Main Exhibition on the Rockingham Foreshore, the Schools Exhibition in Churchill Park and the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition located at the Rockingham Arts Centre. 

Castaways is running from Saturday 24 October – Sunday 1 November 2020. The event features the Main Exhibition on the Rockingham Foreshore, the Schools Exhibition in Churchill Park and the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition located at the Rockingham Arts Centre. 

More than $26,000 in prizes are available for artists across a variety of categories in this year’s event, with the $10,000 Alcoa Major Award being awarded to one artist for overall excellence in recycled sculpture with an aluminium component. 

A number of artworks featuring aluminium will be highlighted in the Main Exhibition including Janice O’Meara’s One Point Five, which is a stunning full-size representation of a mare and foal, created from recycled copper, stainless steel and aluminium wire. 

Artist Richard Aitken, who was the winner of the 2019 Castaways Water Corporation Sustainability Award, returns in 2020 with his sculpture Bait Ball, a deceptively simple use of old mattress springs with attached cut aluminium fish, which move and glint in the wind and sun. 

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said it was exciting to see the innovative ways in which artists were able to use aluminium to create their sculptures.

“For over a decade Castaways has given aspiring and experienced artists a platform to showcase their creative abilities, and aluminium is one of the materials that has been at the forefront of some truly incredible pieces of work,” Mayor Sammels said. 

Aluminium is a 100% recyclable material and once again it is going to be one of the key products that will feature at the Castaways Sculpture Awards. The City is delighted to welcome Alcoa on board once again as a Major Castaways sponsor, and we look forward to seeing some of the outstanding work artists create as they vie for the $10,000 Alcoa Major Award.

Alcoa Kwinana Refinery Manager Mark Zaborowski said he is pleased to be partnering with the City of Rockingham for the 12th year to bring this exciting local exhibition to the community for all to enjoy in 2020.

“It’s great to see our final product – aluminium – being used in some of the sculptures this year,” Mr Zaborowski said.

“I’m particularly proud that Alcoa’s support is again giving local primary schools the opportunity to participate and learn about the importance of art, community and sustainability.”

Other Castaways prizes include the $5,000 Engie Innovation Award, the $5,000 Water Corporation Sustainability Award, the $2,500 Waste Authority Maquette and Small Sculpture Award, the $2,000 City of Rockingham Local Resident Award, the $1,000 Fremantle Ports People’s Choice Award and the $500 Voter’s Prize, which is also sponsored by Fremantle Ports. 

The City thanks Alcoa Australia, Water Corporation, Engie, Waste Authority and Fremantle Ports for sponsoring the Castaways Sculpture Awards. The City also thanks Lions Club of Rockingham and Artcom Fabrication for their support.

For more information visit Castaways.

Image: Richard Aitken's Bait Ball (left) and Paul Roget's scupture made from verge wood, plastics, aluminium, shells, nuts, bolts and paint will delight visitors at Castaways.

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