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This year the Castaways Sculpture Awards will be held at the Rockingham foreshore from 22 October to 2pm, 30 October 2016 instead of in May.

Entries have now closed for this year's awards.

Community Engagement

New to Castaways this year is the sculpture ‘Message on a Bottle’ by Greg Gelmi.  Collect your tag from the information tent and add it to our ultra-shaggy community sculpture. Suitable for all ages.

The information tent is open daily from 9am-5pm from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October 2016.

Cansumerism Community Workshops

Saturday 29 October 2016
Two sessions: 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

Learn creative recycling methods in this community workshop where artists Tim Keevil and Hayley Bahr will create impression prints onto recycled aluminium cans from within their cleverly disguised print making workshop.

Take part in an onsite demonstration, followed by a hands-on workshop. Learn the skills of impressing onto recycled aluminium cans and printing onto paper.

Your works will be added to the Cansumerism sculpture as part of a work that grows throughout the Castaways Sculpture Awards exhibition. 

Bookings are essential. To book, visit the information tent. Suitable for ages 12+.


About Castaways

Castaways Sculpture Awards is an annual art competition that has been running since 2008.  Castaways combines the theme of recycling and environmental awareness with the creative re-use of materials and innovative sculpture. 

The exhibition highlights two areas of great importance to the City: providing and supporting arts and cultural opportunities for residents; and raising the profile of recycling and environmental sustainability. 

Castaways creates opportunities for emerging artists to showcase their artworks alongside established professional Artists. More than 15,000 visitors attend the exhibition each year, with more than 50 sculptures gracing the Rockingham foreshore.

Castaways also includes a free art forum, educational workshops, a Poetry Prize and Photography Competition. 
The 2015 Castaways Sculpture Awards was accompanied by the Schools exhibition, showcasing works from local Primary and Secondary schools. 

Lyn DiCiero has been selected to curate the 2016 exhibition.  Lyn has a wealth of experience. As well as curating the Castaways Sculpture Awards, she has curated the City of Belmont Art and Photographic Awards, the City of Rockingham Art Awards, the Boardwalk Sculpture Awards at Mindarie Marine, the annual National Lifestyle Villages Art, and Soroptimist International of Fremantle 'Help the Homeless' Art Auction.  Lyn DiCiero is the owner and editor of ‘The Artist Chronicle’ and also writes visual arts features for The West Australian newspaper. For further information visit www.artistschronicle.com.

For more information on the 2016 Castaways Sculpture Awards, contact the Community Development Officer (Arts and Culture) on 9528 0333 or customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

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Alcoa Schools Educational Workshops

The Schools Educational workshops are proudly sponsored by Alcoa of Australia. The 2016 Alcoa Schools Educational Workshops will be held during the Castaways Exhibition, from 24 – 28 October 2016.

For more information contact Community Development Officer  (Arts and Culture) on 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au

Schools Competition


The Schools Competition is proudly sponsored by Alcoa of Australia and will accompany the main exhibition for the full nine days in 2016.

Entries for primary schools are now closed.

For more information contact the Community Development Officer Arts and Culture 9528 0333 or customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.


The Secondary Schools Competition is proudly sponsored by the Lions Club of Rockingham.

Entries for secondary schools are now closed.

For more information contact the Community Development Officer (Youth) 9528 0333 or customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

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The 2016 Castaways Poetry Prize offered an opportunity for people with a literary talent to be involved in Castaways.

To see the winner of the 2016 Castaways Poetry Competition, please visit our Castaways Poetry Prize page.

Castaways Photography Competition

The 2016 Castaways Photography Competition offers an opportunity for people who prefer photography to use their camera to capture their own perspective of Castaways during the exhibition.

Entry is free and any type of camera can be used.  

Entries must be of the exhibition and/or surroundings during the exhibition.

Competition opens Saturday 22 October 2016 and closes Friday 11 November 2016.



The City of Rockingham would like to acknowledge our event partners: Alcoa, Engie, Artcom, Fremantle Ports and the Lions Club of Rockingham. Thank you for making this wonderful local event possible.


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