Rottnest Foundation Art Exhibition

The inaugural Rottnest Foundation Art Exhibition 2019 was held over the period 11-19 May 2019 and was exhibited at the prestigious Holmes à Court Gallery @ no.10 Douglas Street, West Perth.

The unique natural and cultural values of Rottnest Island or Wadjemup have long inspired artists and this was reflected in the exhibition theme The Essence of Rottnest’. 

Over 100 professional artists accepted the invitation to interpret the exhibition theme and create artworks on 50x50cm canvases, sponsored by Oxlades Art Supplies.  Funds raised from the sale of artworks will support the Foundation’s role in delivering environmental and heritage conservation projects on Rottnest Island.

The Exhibition was professionally curated by Sandra Murray, a highly regarded Art Curator who currently works with the Royal Agricultural Society of WA and Bankwest.  Judges Sandra Murray, Tony Pankiw and Laetitia Wilson announced at the opening event of the inaugural Rottnest Foundation Art Exhibition the following:

First Prize
Sacred Ground by Jill Kempson

Highly Commended
Mapping by Mikaela Castledine

Highly Commended
Visitors and Locals by Lorraine Biggs











Prizes were provided courtesy of the Rottnest Island Authority, Hotel Rottnest and Rottnest Express.

Mapping by Mikaela Castledine received the most votes by the People’s Choice nominations.


“Pool” by Monique Tippett


The Rottnest Foundation is very grateful to artist Monique Tippett who kindly donated all proceeds from the sale of her artwork “Pool” to the Rottnest Foundation for conservation work on the Island.  “Pool” is made from blackbutt, inks, inflorescent powders (glow in the dark:, silver leaf and lacquer on board.

“Islands 2” by Jo Darvall




The Rottnest Foundation also appreciates the generosity of artist Jo Darvall who has donated all proceeds from the sale of her oil painting “Islands 2” to the Rottnest Foundation.


“Last Look” by Julie Silvester


Artist Julie Silvester said she was more than happy for all proceeds from the sale of “Last Look” to go to the worthy projects that the Rottnest Foundation undertake.  The Foundation thanks Julie for her generosity.



We thank the following generous sponsors and supporters of the Rottnest Foundation Art Exhibition 2019.