Volunteers Needed at Rockingham Arts Centre

Volunteers Needed at Rockingham Arts Centre

If you are passionate about art and want to make a difference in your community then a fantastic opportunity awaits at the Rockingham Arts Centre.

The Rockingham Arts Centre is looking for people interested in the arts to form a dedicated group of volunteers who will assist with the manning and running of City of Rockingham exhibitions that are hosted at the Centre.

Interested volunteers will be added to a database and will be asked for assistance when required. Those interested in becoming a volunteer have the option to attend two dimensional artwork hanging training with respected art company Art on the Move, at no expense to the volunteer.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents who were passionate about art to get involved with the Rockingham Arts Centre.

“The Rockingham Arts Centre is the premiere venue for art in the City and a fantastic opportunity now exists for volunteers looking to get involved at the Centre,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City is encouraging anyone who is interested in volunteering to contact the Rockingham Arts Centre, regardless of whether they have extensive volunteering experience or are seeking to volunteer for the first time.”

The Rockingham Arts Centre consists of a multi-purpose room, studio/office space and an exhibition space.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am–3pm, Monday to Friday or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

Free Art Awards Twilight Events

Free Art Awards Twilight Events

Lovers of art and culture will be able to enjoy the wide range of stunning submissions made in the 2019 City of Rockingham Art Awards during two free Twilight Events during May.

On both Wednesday 8 and 15 May, curator of the 2019 Art Awards Jude van der Merwe, will lead guided tours of the exhibition, providing visitors with detailed insight into the wining artworks. Each week one of the judges, either Dr Ric Spencer or Ms Jo Darbyshire, will also be present.

The Twilight Events start at the Rockingham Arts Centre from 5.30pm, with tours running from 6pm–7pm. During the tours visitors will be able to also enjoy live music and light refreshments.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Twilight Events were open to anybody interested in learning more about some of the fantastic work submitted in the 2019 Art Awards.

“The Art Awards showcase the unique heritage, cultural and historical aspects of the City all within the 2019 theme of Space,” Mayor Sammels said.

“No RSVP’s are necessary for the Twilight Events, residents can simply attend on the day and receive a detailed tour of the exhibition’s finest artworks from our talented and experienced curator, Jude van der Merwe.”

The City received nearly 200 entries in this year’s awards, with 89 selected for exhibition at the Rockingham Arts Centre and the Gary Holland Community Centre.

Participating artists submitted work for judging in seven categories including Open, Heritage, Indigenous, Local Resident, 3D, Youth and Emerging.

Outside of the Twilight Events, residents can view the Art Awards Exhibition until Sunday 19 May from 10am–3pm daily.



Perth Symphony Orchestra Delivers Ensemble Masterclass

Perth Symphony Orchestra Delivers Ensemble Masterclass

Students from Waikiki Primary School were treated to an “Ensemble Masterclass” from the Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) on Wednesday 1 May 2019 as part of a musical program facilitated by the City of Rockingham.

For the past three years the City of Rockingham has contracted the PSO to provide the Romance on the Green concert at the Village Green in February. Part of the arrangement with the PSO sees the group visit a number of schools across the City to deliver musical programs to both primary and secondary students.

Waikiki Primary School was one of the schools to benefit from the group’s visit, with students from kindergarten to Year 6 taking part in an immersive musical experience. Led by a conductor and PSO musicians, students of all skill levels got the chance to make music in a fun and informative environment that utilised brass, string and percussion instruments.Students with PSO members and the City of Rockingham Mayor.

The PSO also engages in “Share the Chair” sessions with small groups of secondary students. These sessions are for students already engaged in musical education and focus on skill building and introducing young people to professional musicians.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the City of Rockingham was delighted to be able to help facilitate the Ensemble Masterclass program at Waikiki Primary School.

“The Perth Symphony Orchestra is a supremely talented group that brings the joy of music to the City of Rockingham each year through the Romance on the Green concert and with visits to local schools,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The Ensemble Masterclass at Waikiki Primary School was a huge hit with students. For some it was their first experience with music like this and the enthusiasm on their faces was evident for all to see.

“The program with the PSO contributes to building the capacity of young people seeking to engage with the arts and cultural activities. It also helps to widen experience and provide support for students who may have a future in the music industry.”



2019 Art Awards Winners Announced

2019 Art Awards Winners Announced

Winners of the City of Rockingham’s 2019 Art Awards were formally announced during a special presentation on Saturday 4 May 2019.

The winning artists were recognised at the launch of the Art Awards exhibition, which is being hosted at both the Gary Holland Community Centre and the Rockingham Arts Centre until Sunday 19 May 2019.

Winners from seven categories were formally recognised for their outstanding contributions within the 2019 theme of Space, with 89 artworks shortlisted for display throughout the exhibition.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated the winners on their stunning submissions.Award winners at the awards opening.

“On behalf of the City of Rockingham I would like to congratulate the winners and all of the artists who took the time to make a submission in the 2019 Art Awards,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The Art Awards highlight the unique cultural, historical and heritage aspects of our wonderful City. They encourage artists to put their natural talents to use and it also provides them with a pathway to establish themselves in the art world.

“This year successful artists responded imaginatively to the theme of Space, clearly describing mental, emotional and physical spaces.”

The City received nearly 200 entries for the Art Awards. Winners from each category were selected by a judging panel.

“The City would also like to acknowledge the vital contribution from curator Jude van der Merwe, whose wealth of experience has helped to make this year’s exhibition one of the best yet,” Mayor Sammels.

“The City also thanks Dr Ric Spencer and Ms Jo Darbyshire, who have had the challenging task of choosing this year’s winners.”

Selected entries are on display until Sunday 19 May 2019 at the Gary Holland Community Centre and the Rockingham Arts Centre from 10am–3pm daily.

The winners of the 2019 City of Rockingham Art Awards include:

Robert Carter Youth Award Winner
Jacinta Posik
Big Nanna

Local Resident Award Winner
Nicole Steenhof
Wonder / Deduct

3D Award Winner
Adam Logie
Personal Space

Emerging Award Winner
Lorraine Defleur
Structural Space

Heritage Award Winner
Andy Quilty
Reserve #9 (track to Lake Walyungup)

Indigenous Award Winner
Joshua Muir
Ocean Explorer

Open Award Winner
Matthew Wright



Free Native Plants for Rockingham Residents

Free Native Plants for Rockingham Residents

As part of the City of Rockingham’s commitment to building water sensitive communities and to support the establishment of backyard habitat for wildlife, the City will be giving away free native plants at Carramar Coastal Nursery from Saturday 4 May – Sunday 12 May 2019.

Residents will be able to collect up to 10 free seedlings per household from the nursery, which is located in Port Kennedy.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the native plants giveaway would be bigger than ever this year.

“Given the success of the program in 2018, the number of plants available in this year’s giveaway has almost tripled,” Mayor Sammels said.

“During the giveaway plants will be handed out on a first come first served basis, so I urge people to get in quick to avoid disappointment. All residents need to take part is proof of address, such as a driver’s licence, to verify that they live within the City of Rockingham.

“By taking part in the native plants giveaway residents will not only be boosting their own gardens, but also the City’s green canopy.”

Carramar Coastal Nursery is located at 1834 Mandurah Road in Port Kennedy and is open from 7.30am–4.30pm.

For more information regarding the Native Plants Giveaway please contact the City of Rockingham on 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.



Invitation to Westport update

Invitation to Westport update

City of Rockingham residents are invited to join the Independent Chair of the Westport Taskforce, Nicole Lockwood, at a free community event for an insight into Westport’s scope, process and latest findings.

Come along if you are interested in the port and transport infrastructure required to handle the freight demands of Perth’s growing population for the next 50-100 years.

  • When: Thursday 16 May 2019
  • Time: 9.30am–11am
  • Where: City of Rockingham Administration Centre, Civic Boulevard, Rockingham

Westport’s strategy will focus on the ports at Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury along with their associated road and rail links; this means that the City of Rockingham will be at the centre of the final strategy. This is an opportunity to learn the accurate details from the Chair of the project, ask her questions directly, and provide your input into the Westport Strategy by completing a community survey.

As this is a free event and seats are limited, registration is essential. Register online now. Registrations are open until 12 May.

For more information, contact Westport directly on 6551 6525



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