Rockingham Castaways Sculpure Awards entries open next month

Ginko by Brett Todman, Alcoa Major Award winner, Castaways 2017.
Ginko by Brett Todman, Alcoa Major Award winner, Castaways 2017.

THE Castaways Sculpture Awards will return bigger and better this year.

The awards will run from Saturday, October 26 to Sunday, November 3 at the Rockingham Beach Foreshore.

Since 2008, Castaways has been the City of Rockingham’s signature arts and culture event, which celebrates artistic innovation and environmental awareness.

The nine-day outdoor exhibition features about 50 stunning sculptural works that are created from repurposed materials.

In 2019, Castaways will comprise three simultaneous exhibitions.

The main Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition and the Schools Exhibition will both be on display at the Rockingham Beach Foreshore. Meanwhile, a new Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will also be held at the Rockingham Arts Centre on Kent Street.

Non-acquisitive prizes for the awards have been increased. The Alcoa Major Award has doubled from $5000 to $10,000 and a new Local Resident Award has been added to the prize pool.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the awards attracted entries from a wide range of artists.

“Castaways creates opportunities for emerging and professional artists, local businesses and schools to be involved in a large scale community event that promotes sustainability alongside arts and culture,” he said.

“It encompasses a number of concepts and blends them successfully, which in turn attracts thousands of visitors to the Rockingham Beach Foreshore.”

Up to three artists will be selected for mentoring by curator Lyn Diciero in the lead up to the show, building capacity amongst emerging artists.

Ms DiCiero encouraged professional and emerging artists to submit entries to be part of the fantastic event.

Entries open Monday, February 4 and close Monday, June 3.

Entry forms for the awards will be available on the City’s website from February 4 at Castaways.

Entry forms for the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will be available from July 8.