This spring (kambarang), Castaways Sculpture Awards is set to take over Rockingham's award-winning foreshore from Saturday 23 October to Sunday 31 October.
Curated by Lyn DiCiero and consisting of three spectacular exhibitions with a prize pool of $26,500 (non-acquisitive), Castaways is the City of Rockingham's signature arts and culture event, celebrating artistic innovation and environmental awareness.
The annual outdoor sculptural exhibition commenced in 2008 as a community arts project to raise awareness around the discarded items or 'castaways' washing up on local beaches.
Over the years, it has continued to evolve and expand and now attracts the participation of emerging and professional Western Australian artists, schools and local businesses.
All three Castaways exhibitions will showcase artworks created from mostly repurposed materials; there will be the Main Exhibition and Schools Competition displayed at the Rockingham Foreshore and a Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition at the Rockingham Arts Centre.
To make the most of your visit, pick up a free Castaways catalogue from the Information Tent at the Rockingham Foreshore, which will be open daily from 9am-5pm.
If there is a sculpture that catches your eye, chat to staff in the Information Tent for details on how to purchase.
FREE ARTIST TALK
Complementing the exhibitions is a free Artists Talk program. On selected days, exhibiting artists will discuss their concepts, creative processes, and how they successfully design and develop a sculpture of exhibition standard. No bookings are required.
Beach wheelchairs and beach walkers will also be available at the Information Tent for people to loan free of charge. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Beach access matting will also be available to help people view the sculptures on the sand. This is especially good for people with disability, seniors, and parents using prams.
FREE TACTILE TOURS
People with a disability, friends and family are invited to attend a free Tactile Tour of Castaways Sculpture Awards conducted by DADAA (Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts, Australia). AUSLAN interpretation is available on Thursday. Bookings are essential. For more information and to book, please contact Jacqueline Homer at DADAA via Jacqueline@dadaa.org.au or 0400 111 018.
The Photo Competition also returns in 2021. To take part, simply snap a photo of your favourite artwork and share it to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #CastawaysRockingham for your chance to win one of two insta-worthy prizes. Entrants must be over 18 year's to participate. Read the terms and conditions here.
This event is proudly sponsored by Alcoa, Water Corporation, Waste Authority and Fremantle Ports