October date for Castaways expo 2016 in Rockingham

Safety Bay artist Carol Clitheroe’s winning 2015 Castaways piece Blow Your Troubles Away.
Safety Bay artist Carol Clitheroe’s winning 2015 Castaways piece Blow Your Troubles Away.

THE popular Castaways Sculpture Awards is set for one or two changes in its 2016 incarnation.

The City of Rockingham has sought expressions of interest for the role of curator for next year’s awards, which will be held in October, rather than late April/early May as in previous years.

The Castaways Sculpture Awards is a multi-component arts event held on the Rockingham Foreshore each year and 2016 will be its ninth year.

This year’s week-long exhibition attracted about 15,000 visitors to view the 45 works. Twenty-three pieces sold for more than a combined total of $14,500, compared to just over $5000 of sales in 2014.

The City of Rockingham’s evaluation of the 2015 Castaways found that almost 36 per cent of attendees learnt about the event by word of mouth. Local press accounted for more than 26 per cent.

It also proved a boon to local business, with more than 50 per cent of those surveyed during the event visiting a local cafe or restaurant.

The event was also successful in swaying attendees’ opinions on recycling, with more than 75 per cent responding that Castaways had changed their minds about recycling. All artists must use recycled materials in their pieces.

The City also received 2294 votes in the People’s and School’s Choice Awards.

A City officer commented at a recent corporate and community development committee meeting that the motivation for changing the date to later in the year was to take advantage of fairer weather and move it away from a similar timeframe to Cottesloe’s Sculpture by the Sea.