THE regional winners of this year’s recycling art and design competition will be announced this afternoon in Gunnedah.
The 2013 Waste Into Art collection, pulled together from entries from the member councils that make up the Northern Inland Regional Waste group across the north and New England region, is on show for two weeks now at the Creative Arts Gallery in Gunnedah.
The exhibition presents 49 pieces from nine member councils with all 10 of the category winners included.
Among them are the reborn lawn mower and scrap metal fashioned into a scotch thistle which were the joint winners of the open building or large sculpture section of the Tamworth section of the exhibition this year.
It’s Not Always Greener was created by Meagan Owers covering an old mower with synthetic grass while Scotchy was the entry from Erryn Crowell and made from parts of metal machinery, barbed wire and old tools.
Regional waste officer Alison Leckie said the Gunnedah display has entries from preschoolers to pensioners.
They include a sheep made from yoghurt cartons from a childcare centre at Werris Creek, a coffee table fashioned from an old timber bed frame, a kit showing how pencil shavings can be turned into pencils, and a garden sculpture made from bottle tops.
The regional exhibition follows on from the individual council winners announced in the past couple of weeks.
Meagan Owers also won the Tamworth open community textiles and wearable art category with her work which turned pre-loved ties into a dress.
There were eight winners in the Tamworth section, including a group of years 5 and 6 pupils from Tamworth Public School who won the primary category with their entry titled Close the Loop.
Calrossy Anglican School student Anne Johnston won the secondary category with her work, Drought.
Bernard Baxter was the open community art winner, Katie Doherty was the open community functional art winner and Imogen Easton won the open community junior section.
Tamworth waste education project officer Angela Dodson said this year was the first year joint winners had been announced for the building or large sculpture category.
“It was extremely difficult for the judge, Tamworth Gallery director Sandra McMahon, to pick between the two pieces as they both had strong characteristics,” she said.
“This year’s competition received 29 entries across the various categories and only two of the entries were from artists who had taken part in previous years.”
Meanwhile, at Armidale, Maria Rummery was named the People’s Choice winner for her Waste into Art design, Pixeleen.
More than 130 people voted in the Armidale ballot which comprised 29 diverse entries from textile art made from old blankets, shopping bags and lolly wrappers to artworks utilising bottle tops, discarded technology, horseshoes and empty boxes.
The Northern Inland Regional Waste’s annual Waste Into Art and Design competition is now in its 13th year and encourages the community to reconsider the way that unwanted items or “waste” can be reused and recycled.
All entries must incorporate the use of recycled or pre-loved materials.
The Gunnedah collection is open from Sunday and all days except Saturday from 10am to 4pm until October 6.