Six emerging local artists will have the opportunity to showcase their creative abilities during the City of Rockingham’s first ever Open Studios – Art and Artists Exhibition, which will run throughout July, August and September 2019 at the Rockingham Arts Centre.
Artists will work in residence at the Rockingham Arts Centre and will have the chance to engage with the community, display and sell their artwork.
The exhibition will be broken into two fortnightly blocks, with the first taking place from Wednesday 31 July to Sunday 11 August 2019. Artists featured include Anastasia Wright, Terrel Weir and Carol Clitheroe.
Block two will take place from Wednesday 28 August to Sunday 8 September 2019. Vanessa Liebenberg, Penny Rulyancich and Tich Dixon will be the local artists showcased in this block.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged the community to explore the exhibition.
“Our community is home to a number of fantastic emerging artists and the City is delighted to be able to showcase their skills during the Open Studios – Art and Artists Exhibition,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Three artists at a time will be working on their arts practice and will be available for the community to come along to view their works, have a chat, watch them in action and have the opportunity to purchase their artworks.”
Each block of the exhibition will be celebrated with an opening night at the Rockingham Arts Centre. Block one will host an event on Friday 2 August while the opening night for block two will take place on Friday 30 August 2019. Both events will run from 6pm – 8pm.
The Open Studios – Art and Artists Exhibition will also be available to the public from 10am – 3pm during the designated dates.
Amateur photographers in the City of Rockingham have less than a month left to enter the 2019 Act-Belong-Commit PhotoVoice Rockingham Competition.
Participants have until 4pm on Friday 16 August to submit an entry to be shortlisted for the 2019 PhotoVoice Exhibition, which will be held at the Gary Holland Community Centre from Wednesday 18 September to Wednesday 9 October.
PhotoVoice encourages people to take a photo and add a caption or ‘voice’ to their image which shows how they act, belong and commit to looking after their mental health.
Selected images in the three week competition will go in the running to win cash prizes in their respective categories. All photos in the competition will be judged on their composition and communication of the Act-Belong-Commit message.
Category winners will be announced at an awards evening on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at the Gary Holland Community Centre. During the exhibition visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite piece in the public choice category, which will also be announced during the awards night.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents of all ages to make a submission before the deadline.
“For more than 10 years PhotoVoice has given amateur photographers a platform to demonstrate their creative abilities to the community,” Mayor Sammels said.
“This year there are variety of categories available for participants to enter and showcase how they keep mentally healthy, with cash prizes available.
“Each year hundreds of people enter and I encourage all residents with a keen eye for photography to consider entering this year’s awards.”
Entries in the competition must be made online. For more information on how to enter visit PhotoVoice.
Submissions for the City of Rockingham’s first ever Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition, which will coincide with the 2019 Castaways Sculpture Awards, are now open to the community.
The Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will be displayed at the Rockingham Arts Centre from 26 October – 3 November 2019. The event will celebrate the beauty and intricacy of small scale, three dimensional artworks that are created with recycled and repurposed materials.
A $2,500 Warnbro Centre Maquette and Small Sculpture Award will be presented to one artist who demonstrates excellence in the creation of a small sculpture and whose work creatively uses recycled components.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the exhibition represented an exciting first for arts and culture in the City of Rockingham.
“The City is delighted to be hosting a Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition for the first time ever, which will be held simultaneously with the acclaimed Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Entries for the exhibition are open to both emerging and professional artists from across Western Australia, so I encourage local artists to make a submission.”
Artists can enter pieces into both the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition and the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition, provided they adhere to the separate terms and conditions.
The Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will run from Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November 2019, from 9am – 5pm daily at the Rockingham Arts Centre.
The City of Rockingham will proudly host a number of community events to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019, with residents across the City invited to attend.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July and give people the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
The theme of NAIDOC Week in 2019 is Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future. This theme acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have always wanted an enhanced role in decision making in Australia’s democracy.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was delighted to be participating in a series of events that focused on bringing the community closer together.
“The City of Rockingham recognises the deep, ongoing connection that Nyoongar people have to this region, and the links of people living here today, with a long line of ancestors,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Rockingham is a wonderful, diverse community and NAIDOC Week represents a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
“While NAIDOC Week will officially be held from 7 – 14 July, the City will be hosting multiple events throughout June, July and August so residents have the best possible chance to participate in a series of exciting activities.”
NAIDOC Week events
City of Rockingham events celebrating NAIDOC Week include:
Rockingham NAIDOC Celebration Event
When: Thursday 4 July 2019
Where: Gary Holland Community Centre
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Come along and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and community. Cultural performances, fun activities and food available.
Cultural Walking Tour – Point Peron
When: Friday 12 July 2019
Where: Point Peron, Rockingham
Time: 4.30pm – 6pm
Suitable for all ages, this guided tour will give an in-depth perspective of Point Peron. Participants will receive a spiritual introduction to the land and sea while enjoying Nyoongar language and traditional dream time stories. Free event. Bookings essential.
Art Exhibition “Danjoo-Interwoven”
When: Wednesday 10 July – Sunday 28 July 2019
Where: Rockingham Arts Centre
Time: 10am – 3pm daily
Danjoo – Interwoven celebrates local Aboriginal culture, country, language and visual arts practice in WA. Artworks by 18 Aboriginal artists will be on display. Free event.
Native Herbs and Spices Workshop
When: Thursday 25 July 2019
Where: Mary Davies Library and Community Centre
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Join Marissa Verma from Bindi Bindi to learn about native herbs and spices and their uses in food and medicine. Free event. Bookings essential.
Film Screening – “Jasper Jones”
When: Thursday 1 August 2019
Where: Safety Bay Library
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Come celebrate the 2019 NAIDOC theme – ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’ with a special screening of a landmark award winning feature ﬁlm Jasper Jones. Free event. Refreshments provided.
Act-Belong-Commit Cooking Workshop
When: Thursday 1 August 2019
Where: Autumn Centre, Rockingham
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Join Dale Tilbrook from Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery as she shares a wealth of knowledge about native foods and Aboriginal land management, while cooking an easy and nutritional meal to enjoy. Free event. Bookings essential.
When: Sunday 4 August 2019
Where: Warnbro Community Library
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Learn the art of contemporary Aboriginal weaving using natural and hand dyed rafﬁa with award winning Aboriginal Artist Lea Taylor. Bookings essential. Cost $5.50 pp. Suitable for 18+.
For more information about these events or to book your place contact 9528 0333.
Primary and secondary school students across Western Australia now have the opportunity to showcase their artistic skills at the City of Rockingham’s Castaways Sculpture Awards, after entries for the Castaways School’s Exhibition Competition opened.
The Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition encourages schools to enter large scale outdoor sculptural works created from recycled and re-purposed materials.
These works will then be displayed alongside other selected entries in the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition at the newly revitalised Rockingham Beach Foreshore throughout October and November 2019.
The Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition is proudly supported by Alcoa of Australia and the Lions Club of Rockingham, which sponsor the primary and secondary school awards respectively.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged schools across WA to enter the competition.
“The Castaways Sculpture Awards is the premier event for art and culture in the City of Rockingham and the Castaways School’s Exhibition Competition is an important element of this magnificent event,” Mayor Sammels said.
“The Castaways Schools Exhibition gives students the chance to show off their creative skills while also learning about the importance of recycling.
“Historically, the entries the City has received from students of all ages has been very impressive and we look forward to seeing the bar being raised even further in 2019.”
Castaways is a nine-day outdoor exhibition that will be curated by Lyn Di Ciero. It will feature a two-day Foreshore Celebration on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019 which will see the foreshore come alive with free entertainment and activities for people of all ages and abilities.
Entries for the Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition close on Friday 2 August 2019. Judging will take place on Friday 25 October, with winners announced on Saturday 26 October 2019 during the official Castaways Opening Night and Awards Ceremony.
For more information or to make a submission visit the Castaways page on the City of Rockingham Website.