Waste 2 Art

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Waste 2 Art is a FREE waste inspired art competition and exhibition that celebrates the reuse and recycling of waste in the Bathurst Region. There's a category for every member of the community and each year there is a waste theme to guide your creations. The focus of Waste 2 Art is to challenge the way we look at waste. 

2024 Waste Theme: Year of Packaging

Packaging is often extremely wasteful and can impact our environment. Australians throw away around 1.9 million tonnes of packaging each year! Packaging takes a lot of energy, water and other natural resources to produce.

Plastic is often used in packaging as it is lightweight, durable, decay resistant, mouldable and inexpensive, however this comes at a price. Plastic is not biodegradable and when disposed of in landfill, will remain there for hundreds or even thousands of years to come.

By highlighting packaging waste through the 2024 Waste 2 Art competition, we hope that entrants of the competition and visitors to the exhibition will learn about the impacts of the various types of unsustainable packaging, and how to avoid it where possible. As well as be inspired to make more sustainable choices around packaging in their day to day lives.

We know that not all artworks will be made from 100% waste materials, however each artwork must make use of waste packaging to be eligible for entry.

Competition and Exhibition Location 

The 2024 Competition and Exhibition will be held at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) - Wattle Foyer.

Delivering Artworks

Artists can deliver their artworks to BMEC on Sunday 5 May 10.00am - 3.00pm & Monday 6 May 10.00am - 3.00pm. 

Entries Close: Monday 6 May 2024, 3.00pm. 

Terms and Conditions: Terms-Conditions.pdf(PDF, 1MB)

ENTRY FORM - There are two ways in which you can submit your entry form:

1. Print the entry form and submit when delivering your artwork. Click here for printable form:Entry-Form.pdf(PDF, 119KB)


2. Submit your entry form online by clicking the link here: https://forms.gle/JsRFq4oKWJWdUDSFA

Opening and Awards Presentation: Saturday 11 May 2024, 11.00am at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (Wattle Foyer). 

Supports and Resources

Some great resources have been created with the help of local artists, creatives and educators, to inspire, excite and inform educators and community members to enter the Waste 2 Art competition and exhibition.

An Educator's Resource:

We have created this comprehensive, easy-to-follow, curriculum-focused resource for educators of students ranging from pre-kinder to senior high school. Download here: Waste 2 Art - Educators Resource(PDF, 4MB)

Video Resources:

For more information please contact Council's Waste 2 Art Coordinator on phone (02) 6333 6100 or via email waste2art@bathurst.nsw.gov.au.