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Waste 2 Art

WASTE 2 ART is a Regional NSW community art exhibition and competition open to all residents of the NetWaste region, of which Lithgow is a part. It showcases creative works made from reused waste materials. The aim is to challenge peoples’ perceptions about ‘rubbish’ and to celebrate the reuse and recycling of waste through arts and crafts.

Waste 2 Art provides an innovative approach to waste education, invites individuals, schools, and community groups to take up the challenge and create a new life for materials that would otherwise have been thrown away or considered useless. Over the years many materials have been used, items like soft plastics, tin cans, bottle tops, plastic bags, parts from rusty farm machinery, scrap metal, bread tags, the options are limitless. Instead of ending up in landfill, these waste materials can be turned into fantastic works of art.

This competition gives aspiring and professional artists the chance to explore and share their “waste reduction message”.  It also provides a wonderful opportunity for the entire Lithgow community to showcase their creativity.

A specific waste item is featured as part of Waste to Art each round in an attempt to highlight problem issues, and this year is the Year of Packaging.


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Categories (Individual or group entries welcome in all categories)

  • Primary School
    2 Dimensional
    3 Dimensional
  • Secondary School
    2 Dimensional
    3 Dimensional
  • Community (no professional artists)
    2 Dimensional
    3 Dimensional
  • Open (Professional artists may enter this category*)
    2 Dimensional
    3 Dimensional
  • Creative Repair, Restore and Refurbish.
    Be creative with something which no longer has a use by bringing a new function to the item
  • 2024 Theme of Packaging (The winning artwork for this category will be chosen from one of the above categories)


*For the purpose of this competition a Professional Artist is defined as an individual who may not necessarily have formal art education but has a history of exhibiting in solo or group exhibitions.

Lithgow competition entry details

Entry submissions for the Lithgow local competition will open 21 May and close 31 May 2024. All entries will need to be submitted to the Lithgow Library and will be exhibited at the library when delivered. All works, except for the winners going to the regional competition, will need to be picked up from the library by 14 June.

Winning artworks from our local Lithgow exhibition will be transported to the Regional Competition hosted by Parkes Shire Council in August 2024.

Entry forms can be downloaded here.

If your work is travelling to the Sims Waste 2 Art Regional Showcase, please print several copies of the below label and attach securely to your packaging.


Entry Submissions21 - 31 May 2024
Entries CloseFriday 31 May 2024
Local awards nightFriday 7 June 2024
Local exhibition closesSaturday 8 June - people can collect work from 8 - 14 June
Winning entries to be collected and packaged ready to send to Parkes8 - 14 June 2024
Winning entries to be delivers to Lithgow Council for delivery to ParkesFriday 28 June 2024
Parkes Regional Showcase OpeningSaturday 10 August 2024
Public exhibition of regional ShowcaseMonday 12 - Saturday 31 August 2024
Lithgow works returned from ParkesThursday 5 September to Friday 6 September 2024

The SIMS Waste 2 Art Regional Showcase

Parkes Shire Council will host the 2024 SIMS Regional Exhibition & Competition. The official Opening is August 10th in Parkes, at the

Parkes Shire Library
25 Bogan St
Parkes NSW 2870

If your artwork is selected for the Regional Showcase artists are responsible for packaging their own work and delivering to Lithgow Council on the designated day, please confirm details with Lithgow coordinator Verity Brookes.

If you require further information about the Regional Exhibition contact Bill Tink from NetWaste on 0400 336 508 or email ela@netwaste.com.au

Terms & Conditions

Waste 2 Art is open to all community members, artists and schools residing in the NetWaste region if your council is participating.

  • Artworks must demonstrate the re-use and recycling of waste.
  • No new materials are to be used unless structurally required.
  • Competition results will be published on NetWaste and Waste 2 Art websites and social media.
  • Winning entrants will be notified by their coordinator.
  • All entrants grant permission to publish names and photographs of entrants and images of their artworks through print and electronic media.
  • Judges and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
  • The Judges decision is final, no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Artworks and copyright remain the property of the entrant
  • An artist’s statement will accompany each entry (300 WORDS).
  • Artworks must labelled with your name and title of work.
  • Have an artist’s statement (max 300 words) as a word doc.
  • Be stable and safe for public exhibition with no sharp protruding pieces
  • Not exceed 30kgs in weight or 1 metre in any one direction once packaged.
  • Be exhibition ready i.e. framed with D-rings. If freestanding it must stand independently and safely.
  • If your work is for sale the price on your original Entry Form will be provided with your contact details to interested buyers.
  • Include any instructions for display or installation in the package and emailed to admin@netwaste.com.au
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