The Union theatre Gallery was full to the brim with artists and art patrons on the night of Friday 7 June as the winners of the Lithgow round of the 2024 Waste 2 Art competition were announced and celebrated. Waste 2 Art 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. Local artists had the opportunity to address the crowd and share insights on their creative process and their passion for turning waste into art.

Lithgow City Mayor, Maree Statham applauded the event saying, “We have such a strong pool of artistic talent in our community, and it was exciting to see all the creative ways that waste can be repurposed into genuinely beautiful artwork. Congratulations to all the winners and I wish you all the best for the next stage of the competition.”

Waste 2 Art provides an innovative approach to waste education and invites individuals, schools, and community groups to take up the challenge and repurpose materials that would otherwise have been thrown away or considered useless.

One of the event organisers, Lithgow City Council’s Waste Education and Strategy Officer, Glynnis Nancarrow, highlighted the contribution Waste 2 Art makes to community waste education, saying “The volume of waste generated, particularly through packaging, is often overlooked. Waste 2 Art brings the scale of the waste we generate into focus, which starts an important conversation, all while creating some fantastic artworks.”

The winners will now go on to compete in the regional Waste 2 Art competition in Parkes. The works will be on exhibition at the Lithgow Union Theatre Gallery until Thursday 4 July 2024 and the gallery will be open Monday – Thursday 10am – 12 noon.

Waste 2 Art is a Regional NSW community art exhibition and competition open to all residents of the NetWaste region. The NetWaste region has 26 member Councils, including Lithgow, and covers approximately 40% of NSW.

The Regional Waste 2 Art exhibition will be held in Parkes Shire Library, 25 Bogan St, Parkes NSW 2870 from 10 August 2024.


Prize Category Artist Title
1st prize Primary School- 3D Zig  Zag  Primary
1st prize 2D – Open Michael Green No where to go
Runner up 2D – Open Prudence Mogg Tribal Whispers
1st prize 2D- Community Olivia Geraghty Water Rights
2nd prize 2D- Community Clare McAdams Kitty Litter
1st prize 3D – Open Fiona Russel Autumn Solace
Runner up 3D – Open Sarah Mitchell Enlightenment
1st prize 3D – Community Olivia Geraghty Sail Away
Runner up 3D – Community Bathany Fairbairn A bit of everything
1st prize Functional Kathy Argoulas Plastic Fly door curtain