Waste to Art Competition & Exhibition


Open: 23 March 2023
Closes: 12 pm 16 June 2023

Eco Art Workshops, Coleambally
(Delivered independently by Kerri Weymouth and Julie Bellato through Western Riverina Arts)
Children: 11, 12, 13 and 20 April (cost $20)
Adult: 11, 18, 20 and 25 May (cost $30)

Gala opening: 21 June 2023. Kerri Weymouth Art Studio & Gallery (25-27 Brolga Place, Coleambally) (formerly Sweatbox Gym) - All welcome - Get your free ticket now.
Coleambally - 21 June to 4 July 2023 at Kerri Weymouth Art Studio & Gallery (25-27 Brolga Place, Coleambally) (formerly Sweatbox Gym)

Darlington Point – 7 to 21 July 2023 at Murrumbidgee Shire Hall, Carrington Street
Jerilderie – 25 July to 8 August 2023 at The Willows Homestead, 11 Powell Street


Waste to Art is a community art competition and exhibition showcasing reused and recyclable waste materials. This exciting and innovative challenge invites schools, preschools, community groups and individuals to transform rubbish into art and design.

The purpose of Waste to Art is to use a fun cultural activity to encourage everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle, and through this, to challenge our attitudes about the things we throw away.

Our Waste to Art competition and exhibition complements our focus on managing waste better in our Council area. An important part of this is the Council-wide introduction of organics waste collection (FOGO) and recycling collection for Jerilderie residents.  


We are featuring a theme of “Love your own backyard”. The term “backyard” can loosely describe materials sourced from anywhere in our community – our yard, our river, the park, and so on. Alternatively, the artwork can be made of recycled/upcycled/reused material, but depict something in “our backyard”.


Download the Entrant Briefing Kit
Download an Entry Form and Terms and Conditions 

The competition will be held across the Murrumbidgee Council area from Thursday 23 March to 12 noon Friday 16 June 2023.

Entries will be accepted from outside the Murrumbidgee LGA, however, only Murrumbidgee LGA residents are eligible for prizes.

Entries may be submitted by a group or by individuals. We hope to receive entries from local artists/creators, men’s sheds, schools, preschools and community organisations. Any other entries will be warmly received.

Entries from outside the Murrumbidgee Local Government Area are welcome, but will not be eligible for prizemoney.

Materials that could be used in your Waste to Art project:

  • Artificial flowers
  • Bottle tops
  • Broken toys and puzzles
  • Buttons
  • Cardboard
  • Catalogues/junk mail
  • Coat hangers
  • Corks
  • Egg cartons
  • Fabric scraps, samples
  • Glass jars
  • Magazines
  • Milk cartons
  • Newspapers
  • Old jewellery, especially beads
  • Old signage/posters
  • Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Torn books
  • Unusual packaging

CATEGORIES (Individual or group entries welcome in all categories)

  • Primary School/Preschool

    • 2 Dimensional
    • 3 Dimensional
    • Functional – furniture, craftwork or wearable item made from recycled materials
  • Secondary School/Community member or organisation (no professional artists)

    • 2 Dimensional
    • 3 Dimensional
    • Functional – furniture, craftwork or wearable item made from recycled materials
  • Open (Professional artists) – defined as an individual who may not necessarily have formal art education, but has a history of exhibiting in solo/group exhibitions.
    • 2 Dimensional
    • 3 Dimensional
    • Functional – furniture, craftwork or wearable item made from recycled materials
First prize in each category will receive $200 prizemoney. A People’s Choice Award will be made at the completion of the final exhibition at Jerilderie (valued at $100). Judging will be undertaken by a panel.

All Artworks must

  1. Not exceed a weight of 20 kgs or a size limit of 1 metre in any one direction. If larger than this, they can be entered in their specific category as an A3 photograph, framed and ready to hang.

  2. Be labelled with your name and contact details.

  3. Include an artist’s statement (max 200 words) explaining your artwork (see entry form).

  4. Be safe for display and exhibition-ready. If the work is to be hung, a hanging system must be included (Framed and D-rings). If the work is free-standing, it must be stable (with no sharp, protruding edges).

  5. Be delivered/couriered to a Murrumbidgee Council office at any of these locations before 12 noon Friday 16 June 2023 (any courier fees are the responsibility of the entrant):

    1. 39 Brolga Place, Coleambally NSW 2707

    2. 21 Carrington Street, Darlington Point

    3. 35 Jerilderie Street, Jerilderie

  6. Be packaged securely for transportation, with instructions of how to assemble or display the item.

  7. Be collected from any of the above Murrumbidgee Council offices (please advise us which of the above locations you would prefer on the entry form).

Please note - There is no insurance on exhibits. An artist requiring insurance will need to take out their own insurance. All reasonable care will be taken in handling and dealing with works submitted, however Murrumbidgee Council will not be responsible for any loss or damage incurred to any of the artworks or materials.


Delivered by Kerri Weymouth and Julie Bellato in conjunction with Western Riverina Arts (funded by the NSW Government)

Art kit provided, as well as morning tea and lunch (by the Muddy Duck)


Kids: 11, 12, 13 and 20 April 2023, Times: 10 am to 3 pm, Cost $20 (Creative Kids voucher accepted)
Adults:  11, 18, 20 and 25 May 2023, Times: 10 am to 3 pm, Cost: $30

Location: Kerri Weymouth Art Studio & Gallery, 25-27 Brolga Place, Coleambally

Bookings: T: 0407 233 240 or online at https://bit.ly/407rBSD. Bookings close Monday 10 April 2023.


  1. Coleambally (Kerri Weymouth Art Studio & Gallery (25-27 Brolga Place, Coleambally) (formerly Sweatbox Gym): 14 to 28 June 2023. The gala opening night will be held on Wednesday 14 June (funded by the NSW Government). All are welcome.

  2. Darlington Point (Murrumbidgee Shire Hall, Carrington Street): 30 June to 14 July 2023.

  3. Jerilderie (The Willows Homestead, 15 Powell Street): 17 July to 3 August 2023.

People interested in buying artworks will need to contact the artist directly.

For further information, contact Murrumbidgee Council:
Anne Lyons T: 0418 294 010 or annel@murrumbidgee.nsw.gov.au
Eden Hercus T: 0428 758 087 or edenh@murrumbidgee.nsw.gov.au