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Turning Waste Into Art

by Michelle Roberts on 27th April 2012

With over $3000 worth of cash and paint prizes to win, Central Queenslanders of all ages are urged to turn their trash into treasure for the Castaway Art competition as they 'find it, save it, create it.'

The CQ Local Government Association (CQLGA), along with competition sponsors Derivan Pty Ltd and BMA have expanded the Castaway Art competition to be included at 5 major events around the Central Queensland region.

Entrants of the Castaway Art competition must use ‘found objects’ in their artworks while reflecting the competition’s theme of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.’

The competition has three age categories, primary, secondary and open, and is split into two distinct classes; 3D sculpture and other artworks.

The Castaway Art competition will be held at the following events:

  • Callide Valley Show 18-19 May, Banana Shire Council
  • Clermont Show 29-30 May, Isaac Regional Council
  • Ecofest 3 June, Gladstone Regional Council
  • Emerald Show 5-6 June, Central Highlands Regional Council
  • Rockhampton Show 8-10 June, Rockhampton Regional Council

The CQ Local Government Association (CQLGA), sponsor of the Castaway Art, is eager to see the environmentally-friendly creations locals will produce for the competition.

Previous entrants have taken the concept to new heights, with innovative and creative pieces including scrap metal animals and jewellery made from recovered materials.

CQLGA Operations Manager, Michelle Roberts, said the competition will provide a new opportunity for artists and environmentalists alike to showcase their ideas and talents through the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ concept.
“Environmental sustainability, including waste-minimisation, is an issue of ever-increasing interest and importance.

“This competition aims to raise awareness about waste-minimisation while showcasing creative local talent,” Mrs Roberts said.

The competition’s previous success in this region can be attributed in part to the combination of an enthusiasm for personal recycling and a wealth of artistic talent.

“With the support of show societies and councils around Central Queensland, the CQLGA is pleased to be providing a direct link between our artistic community and the strong local support for recycling and environmental issues,” said Mrs Roberts.

All entries will be judged according to their artistic merit, creativity and reflection of the theme.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions in each category.

The prizes up for grabs include high-quality artist paints from Derivan Pty Ltd and small cash prizes.

Don’t miss out, visit www.cqlga.asn.au for more information on the competition and how to enter.

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