Get Inspired (And Involved) At This Month’s Iconic Sculptures Exhibition, Castaways

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While it’s fair to say we love our beaches in WA, it’s equally fair to say we love hosting epic sculpture exhibitions on them once the weather starts getting a little warmer. Taking place on the beautiful Rockingham Foreshore, Rockingham’s Castaways Sculpture Awards, has gone from strength to strength over the years, now an iconic event on the WA arts calendar since its inception in 2008.

Not only does it provide an important opportunity for both emerging and established artists, and schools to showcase their work, it also serves as a poignant comment on recycling, waste and sustainability, with all exhibiting artworks created from repurposed materials.

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Biodiversity by Gavin Cochrane.

This year’s Castaways, running from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October, features 78 sculptures across three exhibitions with a fantastic total prize pool of $26,000, including the $10,000 Major Alcoa Award.

People are strongly encouraged to get involved by voting in the Fremantle Ports People’s Choice Awards (and go in the running to win a $500 Fremantle Ports Voter’s Prize), and entering the Castaways Photo Competition. To enter, visitors need to take a photo of one of the sculptures and share it publicly to Facebook or Instagram with the tag #CastawaysRockingham. There are three Instagrammable Rockingham experiences up for grabs.

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Patience by Jan Mullen.

This year, Castaways also welcomes a very special Guest Artist, Greg James, whose numerous public sculptures have become famous landmarks throughout Fremantle and Perth, along with collectible works on display throughout Australia and abroad. Greg James and a number of other exhibitors at this year’s Castaways will also be giving free artist talks over the course of the event.

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Nostalgia – Bonsai Cherry Blossoms (detail) by Yuko Takahashi

It’s important to note as well that Castaways is accessible, with beach wheelchairs and beach walkers available from the Information Tent for people to use free of charge, and there will be beach access matting laid down for people using wheelchairs, walkers or prams to view the sculptures on the sand.

To find out more about this year’s Castaways Exhibition head to rockingham.wa.gov.au/castaways and start planning your trip today!

Castaways is sponsored by Alcoa, Water Corporation, and Fremantle Ports.

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