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Castaways Sculpture Awards Approaching

Date12 October 2021

The City of Rockingham’s 2021 Castaways Sculpture Awards are approaching, with the Rockingham Foreshore and the Rockingham Arts Centre to be transformed by sculptures made from repurposed materials. 

Running from Saturday 23 - Sunday 31 October, Castaways features three exhibitions including the Main Exhibition and Schools Competition at the foreshore, and the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition at the Rockingham Arts Centre.    

Lesley Barrett and David Johansen's piece Yatim.

In total, 88 artworks from artists and schools across WA will be displayed throughout Castaways, with each sculpture reinforcing its own environmental message. This year’s event will see $26,000 in prize money shared by artists across a number of categories. 

Visitors can expect to see a diverse range of sculptures at this year’s event. Artist Denise Pepper, who has recently featured on Network 10’s television show Making It Australia, is featured in the Castaways Main Exhibition with her sculpture Do I look good in this?

Local artists Lesley Barrett and David Johansen’s Yatim is sure to catch the eye. Made from recycled steel and bronze, the artwork references the loss of natural habitat for Australian wildlife. 

“The Castaways Sculpture Awards highlights the City’s commitment to recycling and its growing reputation as a centre of cultural activity,” Mayor Barry Sammels said. 

Since 2008 Castaways has been providing emerging and established artists with an opportunity to showcase their creative abilities, with an environmental focus front and centre. Visitors to this year’s exhibition are sure to be delighted by the range of stunning artworks on display. 

“Castaways is made possible thanks to support from its sponsors and the City would like to acknowledge the contribution of Alcoa, Water Corporation, Waste Authority, and Fremantle Ports.”  

The event will also feature a guest artist for the second year in a row, with 2010 Major Award winner Tania Spencer taking part. The guest artist helps to facilitate an exchange of knowledge between emerging and experienced artists.  

Judges for Castaways Sculpture Awards in 2021 are Professor Clive Barstow (Executive Dean of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University) and Stuart Green (renowned public artist). Castaways Schools Competition judges in 2021 are Leanne Bray and Rob Gear (both artists and educators). 

For more information on the event visit Castaways.

Image: Lesley Barrett and David Johansen’s Yatim is made from recycled steel and bronze, and is one of many sculptures that will catch the eye of visitors at Castaways. Picture: City of Rockingham.  

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