Aspiring and professional artists from across the Parkes Shire are encouraged re-think their creative materials as part of this year's Waste to Art competition.

The community art exhibition and competition are open to all local residents to showcase creative works made from reused and recyclable waste materials.

The theme for 2020 is aluminium and steel cans.

Parkes Shire Council's Manager Cultural Education & Library Services, Kerryn Jones said "the aim is to challenge peoples’ perceptions about ‘rubbish’ and to celebrate the reuse and recycling of waste through arts and crafts."

"It's a great opportunity for artists, both aspiring and professional, to think outside the box, have their work exhibited, as well as promote the environmental sustainability message."

The five competition categories include:

  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Community (no professional artists)
  • Open (this section is open to anyone from the community as well as professional artists)
  • Building or Element of Building/Large Sculpture (please see details on the entry form).

In each category there are three sections:

  • 2-Dimensional works - poster/ painting/ collage/ drawing
  • 3-Dimensional works - sculpture / installation
  • Functional - furniture/ craftworks/ wearable objects made from recycled materials

Application forms can be downloaded from link below. Hardcopies are available from all the Parkes Shire Libraries. Entries close Tuesday 14 April 2020.

All entries can be delivered to Parkes Library on or before 14 April during library opening hours. For the delivery of large entries please call the library. 

The artwork will go on display at Parkes Library from Monday 20 April until 16 May 2020. Parkes Shire winners will be announced on Friday 24 April 2020.

The winning artwork will go on to be displayed at the Regional Competition to be held at Coonamble Shire Council from 27 June 2020 for a period of 12 weeks.