Waste into Art 2012 – competition for schools

Was your recycling bin at home overflowing, well in 2012 there was an opportunity to send the recycling to school with the kids to create an amazing art work for the 2012 Waste Into Art competition.

In 2012, Kempsey Shire Council hosted the Waste Into Art completion for the fifth time.

The competition has grown since it commenced in 2007 as an interactive and informative competition that highlights the importance of recycling to protect our environment in a creative and innovative way.

With strong environmental messages of environmental sustainability or an environmental concern people and their schools became involved.

Entry into the competition was free and there were four categories:

  • Domestic E-Waste - any electronic waste recycled into an art object. Can be 3D or suitable for hanging.
  • Mixed Media – artworks in which more than one medium has been used e.g. paint, paper, metal, plastic to make a statement relative to waste into art. Can be 3D or suitable for hanging.
  • Wearable Art - The wearable art must be worn on the opening night. This can be made out of any recycled materials; and
  • Drain Art Stencil - the Waste Into Art categories are growing again, this year with a new section being Drain Art Stencil. In this section students can design a stencil for Council to place on its drains conveying a waste message that reminds people drains lead to rivers and oceans and to put rubbish in the bins.

Each category had three age sections – Infants, Primary and Secondary.

The E-Waste and Mixed Media categories had prizes of $400 that was given to the school of the winners in each section, $200 for second place and $100 for third.

The Wearable Art and Drain Art Stencil categories had a prize of $250 for the winning designs. Prize money of $1,000 was awarded to the school of the Overall winning entry.

How entries were judged:

  1. Show the concept of reusing waste products and materials as a creative resource. At least 90% of the artwork must be composted of waste materials;
  2. The artwork reflects a message of environmental sustainability or an environmental concern;
  3. Creativity and aesthetic merit;
  4. Craftsmanship and quality of work; and
  5. Innovation.

An exhibition of “Waste into Art” finalists was on display at the Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery in Gladstone for one week from 17 October to 21 October. Final judging took place before the Opening of the Exhibition and Prize Giving Night on Tuesday, 16 October 2012.


This event was proudly sponsored by:

Sponsors logos for Waste into Art 2012