Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Waste to Art (Lithgow)


Entries due 19 May 2023. Waste to Art is a community art exhibition and competition that showcases creative works made from reused & recyclable waste materials.

This exciting and innovative challenge invites schools, community groups and individuals to turn rubbish into any art form of their choice, from sculptures to clothing. The purpose of the project is to encourage the concept of refuse, reduce, reuse & recycle whilst challenging attitudes about waste and what is thrown away.

Each year there is a specific waste stream that will be featured during Waste 2 Art and this year is the Year of Textiles & Fast Fashion which allows us to focus on specific problem wastes.

NetWaste consists of 25 councils across NSW. Each year Councils are invited to participate in the latest round of Waste 2 Art by NetWaste. Council involvement is voluntary and depends on availability of a community or council representative who is able to coordinate the local competition. Last year 13 council shires participated.

Local Competition and Exhibition –

  • Entries open 1 March  to 19 May 2023
  • Delivery Date for artworks to local competition – 9 June (includes judging/launch and announcement of winners)
  • Public exhibition dates – 10 June to 8/9 July.
  • Location – details regarding the exhibition location and Waste to Art Workshops will be provided as they are confirmed.

Regional Exhibition – The winning artworks from each local exhibition and competition will be transported to a Regional Exhibition that is organised by NetWaste. The cost of transport to & from the Regional Exhibition will be covered by NetWaste but the packaging of each artwork for travel is the responsibility of the artist. The next Regional Exhibition will be hosted by Blayney Shire Council and the opening is  22nd July 2023 at Platform Arts Hub Blayney Cnr Adelaide St and Railway Lane, Blayney Small prizes are awarded as part of the Local Waste to Art events but there is almost $10,500 in prize money awarded at the Regional Waste to Art event. Obviously the Primary & Secondary Categories have been included specifically for schools but students can also enter into the Community and in the Creative Repair, Restore and Refurbish Categories.

Categories (Entries may be submitted by groups or individuals)

Primary School, Secondary School, Community (Groups or individuals may enter this category but no professional artists) or Open (Professional artists may enter this category)
There are 3 sections open to each of the above categories:

  • 2 Dimensional
  • 3 Dimensional
  • Functional – Furniture/craftworks/wearable objects made from recycled materials

Creative Repair, Restore and Refurbish.

  • Be creative

Annual Theme Waste

  • 2023 Theme of Textiles & Fast Fashion (The winning artwork for this category will be chosen from one of the above categories)

The Waste 2 Art Community Art Exhibition and Competition is open to all community members, artists and schools who currently reside in the NetWaste region.

  •  All artwork in each category must demonstrate the re-use and recycling of waste.
  • Entrants will be notified of competition results by email.
  • The results of the competition will be announced to local media.
  • All entrants grant permission to the organisers to publish &/or broadcast the names and photographs of the finalists and the winners through print and electronic media.
  • Judges and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.


  •  Include a brief description of your composition, the materials and inspiration of your artwork. Preferably this should be emailed to the Council’s Waste 2 Art Coordinator, Kylie Blakemore otherwise include your description with your entry form (Maximum 200 words)
  • Be exhibition ready, which means that if the artwork needs to be hung it must include a hanging system (it can be simple).
  • Be stable and safe for public exhibition.
  • Any instructions for display or set-up of your artwork should be included when submitting artwork to the local exhibition (or, if successful, the regional exhibition).
  • Not exceed a size limit: 2 dimensional – 2×2 metres & 3 dimensional – 2x2x2metres.
  • Not exceed a weight limit of 40kgs. If the work exceeds these limits photographs will be accepted. The photographs must be supplied by artists and be ready to hang).

All artwork must be delivered to your local participating council and collected once the exhibition has ended. For details please contact the local Waste 2 Art Coordinator.
The cost and means of transport to the local exhibition are the responsibility of the entrant.
If your work is identified as a local winner it will be transported to a Regional Waste 2 Art Exhibition. NetWaste will cover the cost of transporting artworks. The organisers will take all reasonable care in
handling and dealing with works submitted, however the organisers will not be responsible for any loss or damage incurred to any of the artworks or materials.

For further information regarding the Lithgow Waste to Art Competition 2023 contact:
Kylie Blakemore, Cultural & Community Development Officer
Phone: 6354 9999