Regional Waste 2 Art

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Used tyres, junk and waste were creative candy to the winners of the Netwaste Regional Waste 2 Art competition and exhibition, this year held in Condobolin.

The 2016 Regional Waste 2 Art Exhibition was held in Condobolin. Lachlan Shire Council in partnership with Western Plains Regional Development and Lachlan Arts Council hosted the event at the Condobolin Community Centre from 25 June to 18 July. It showcased 130 artworks from across 27 Local Government Areas.


The official opening of the Exhibition and announcement of Category Winners took place on Saturday, 25 June from 11am.  Judges were Arts OutWest’s Tracey Callinan, Bathurst-based artist and gallery owner Dean Mobbs, and Condobolin’s Rex Press.

Waste to Art is a community art exhibition and competition open to all local residents who reside in the NetWaste region. It engages the community and showcases creative works made from reused & recyclable waste materials.

Councils involved host a local competition and the winning artworks are then transported to a Regional Exhibition which is hosted by a different council each year.

The Waste 2 Art is designed to showcase creative works made from reused and recyclable waste materials, encouraging the audience to think about reducing, reusing and recycling waste. The theme featured for 2016 was “used tyres” however, artworks are made from a wide range of recyclable materials.

Lachlan Shire Council Mayor John Medcalf said Waste 2 Art is a fantastic way to draw attention to the issue of waste management.

“Managing waste is a major issue for today’s society and Waste 2 Art opens your eyes and challenges the way you view waste,” he said.

Friends Of Oberon Library’s Celia Ravesi said their group – many of whom travelled to the regional exhibition – were very proud to be included and especially to see two winners from Oberon: “We are proud of them as of the other award winners and entrants who took part and took up  the challenge of ‘Reduce Reuse Recycle’, and had a go at the Used Tyre theme this year.”

‘Table’ by Jocelyn Armstrong Oberon won first place in the community category and a highly commented in Functional plus the ‘Herbie Clarke Award’ trophy for excellence in recycling using timber. “This is the second year running for Jocelyn and fourth time for Oberon,” Celia said.

The overall winner was Jack Fox from Lachlan Shire for “Alzheimer’s”.

High School 2 D Winner - "Alzheimers" Artist - Jack Fox from Condobolin

High School 2 D Winner – “Alzheimers” Artist – Jack Fox from Condobolin.

People’s Choice winner was Nicole O’Regan’s ‘Phoenix’.

Regional winners included:

  • Herb Clarke Memorial Trophy Winner Jocelyn Armstrong (Oberon) “Table”
  • Primary 2D Winner Oberon Public School (Oberon) “Sunset”
  • Primary 3D Winner Harry & Poppy Grinter (Orange) “Doughnuts”
  • High School 3D Winner Jack Fox (Lachlan Shire) “Alzheimer’s”
  • Community 2D Winner Daneille Diener (Parkes) “Canola”
  • Community 3D Winner Karen & Barb Reinhardt (Lithgow) “Insy Winsy Spider”
  • Community Functional Winner Jocelyn Armstrong (Oberon) “Table”
  • Open 2D Winner Jolanta Nejman (Orange) “Circle of Life – Pink”
  • Open 3D Winner Eryn Mullins (Lachlan Shire) “Saw Horse Foal”
  • Open Functional Winner Sharyn Preisig (Parkes) “Lifecycle”
  • Blding or Sculpture 2D Winner Helen Standen (Parkes) “Packing Prominence”
  • Blding or Sculpture Functional Winner Leon Cunningham (Lachlan) “Functioning Sheep Yards”
  • Waste Theme Award Winner Nicole O’Regan (Oberon) “Phoenix”

For a full list of 2015/ 2016 winners and highly commended go to:

More images on the Waste2Art Facebook page.

Photos: Celia Ravesi and NetWaste

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