The City of Rockingham has announced the curator and schools facilitator for its premier arts event, the Castaways Sculpture Awards. Respected artist Lyn Di Ciero has again been named curator for the sculpture awards and local artist Jacq Chorlton is Castaways’ schools facilitator. They will oversee the main exhibition of large-scale works on Rockingham foreshore, the Castaways schools exhibition at Churchill Park and the Maquette and Small Sculpture Award exhibition at the Rockingham Arts Centre. All entries are created from recycled and repurposed materials in a bid to raise environmental awareness across the city. Chorlton is a professional artist who works predominantly with clay and is also a visual arts technician at a local secondary school. She has been involved with Castaways since 2009, assisting with early sculpture workshops, working with students on their pieces and now facilitating the school program. She has also entered works in Castaways, winning two major awards. In 2010 she won the People’s Choice Award. Di Ciero has curated Castaways since its inception in 2008. She has an extensive arts background in visual arts writing and curation and has also explored filmmaking, with her filmography for the past decade including commissions from the Art Gallery of WA, the City of Rockingham and St John of God Health Care. She said curating Castaways was a highlight of her year and working with Chorlton was “an incredible boon”. “But it is the ‘magic’ day when sculptural works are installed (that) we all work collaboratively towards throughout the year,” Di Ciero said. “It’s when the innovative artistic vision of artists comes to life in one magical exhibition, spread from Rockingham Arts Centre to the foreshore, bringing new thoughts for audiences to ponder, aesthetic skill and beauty to wonder at, and often comical interpretations to chuckle at.” Mayor Deb Hamblin said the artists’ expertise would ensure visitors can “enjoy an array of sculptures that celebrate environmental awareness through artistic innovation”. Castaways will run from October 21-29 and entries close on May 28. For more information, visit rockingham.wa.gov.au/castaways.