Rockingham Up-Cycle Art Project Exhibition winners announced

Hillman Primary School students Sean and Grace with teacher Suzie Robertson and Alcoa WA Refining Operations general manager Simon Pascoe, next to the winning sculpture.
 Living Waters Lutheran College students Thomas, Ryan and Jared with teacher Jessica McGushin and Rockingham Lions Club President Dennis Burges.
Hillman Primary School students Sean and Grace with teacher Suzie Robertson and Alcoa WA Refining Operations general manager Simon Pascoe, next to the winning sculpture. Living Waters Lutheran College students Thomas, Ryan and Jared with teacher Jessica McGushin and Rockingham Lions Club President Dennis Burges.

SCULPTORS from Hillman Primary School and Living Waters Lutheran College were crowned winners at the City of Rockingham’s 2018 Up-Cycle Art Project Exhibition.

The winners were recognised during an awards night at the Rockingham Arts Centre on September 21, with Hillman’s Mr Re-Use It All and Living Waters’ Mind Manipulator the standouts from 11 primary and secondary school entries.

The exhibition focused on promoting the re-use of objects and included more than 200 students who worked closely with five local artists in a residency program to create their sculptures.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the Up-Cycle Art Project Exhibition gave students a chance to show off their creative skills while also learning about the importance of recycling.

“The results of the sculptures at the Up-Cycle Art Project Exhibition were highly creative and a testament to the skills of all the students involved,” he said.

“It is fantastic to see the level of work produced for the exhibition and is a great reminder that most modern materials can be re-used more than once.

“Both Hillman Primary School and Living Waters Lutheran College’s sculptures were designed brilliantly and inspired some thought provoking messages.”

Hillman’s Mr Re-Use It All was designed to remind people of the harm waste can cause in our oceans, while Living Waters’ Mind Manipulator addressed issues surrounding how young people’s minds can be manipulated through the media.

In the past, the Up-Cycle Art Project sculptures had been displayed alongside the Castaways Sculpture Awards exhibition.

However, due to the cancellation of 2018 Castaways Sculpture Awards, for the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation, this year’s school component was a standalone exhibition at the Rockingham Arts Centre.

The participating schools were Living Waters Lutheran College, Malibu School, South Coast Baptist College, Rockingham Montessori Adolescent Program, Baldivis Secondary College, Hillman Primary School, East Waikiki Primary School, Port Kennedy Primary School, Safety Bay Primary School, Rockingham Montessori School and Rockingham Lakes Primary School.