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Denistone artist wins SWAP People's Choice Award

Published on 14 October 2020

Local artist Debby Sanurryta has been named the winner of the People’s Choice Award as part of the 2020 Sustainable Waste to Art Prize (SWAP).

Ms Sanurryta, who lives in Denistone, won the award and the $250 prize for her design ‘Fairy Dress’, which is an eye-catching outfit made from raffia strings, net fruit bags, baking paper and string. 

Originally from Indonesia, Ms Sanurryta said the fairy dress reminded her of the beauty of nature.

The People’s Choice Award is determined by members of the public who vote for their favourite artwork or design object during the SWAP exhibition. ‘Fairy Dress’ received 62 out of a total of 584 votes to win the award. 

Meanwhile, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary School in Gladesville has taken out the Schools Participation Award, which is awarded to the school with the highest number of SWAP entries.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary School submitted 18 entries from their Year 5 and Year 6 students and will take home $200 for winning the award. 

SWAP is a unique competition in which artists who live, study, work or play in the City of Ryde produce artworks that are made from repurposed waste material. This year’s competition attracted more than 130 entries which transformed waste into artworks and objects inspired by our natural environment, ocean pollution, the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and more.

The full list of 2020 SWAP award winners and commendations is as follows:

Open Category

1st place: ‘Telefishion’ by Nicole Williams

2nd place: ‘2020 Vision’ by Leanne Cowie 

Highly commended: ‘Sustainability, Creativity and Nurture combined is Mindfulness’ by Rekha Joshi

Highly commended: ‘The Western Star’ by Martin Watson

YEP – Youth Environment Prize (open to people aged 14 to 17)

1st place: ‘Everlasting Bouquet’ by Charlotte Hill

2nd place: ‘Natural Flare’ by Emma Whitmore

Junior YEP (open to people aged 10 to 13)

1st place: ‘Too late to say I’m sorry!’ by Stephanie Wilcock

2nd place: ‘The Mask of Waru’ by Anushua Dutta

Highly commended: ‘The Great Wave of Rubbish’ by Gladesville Public School

Highly commended: ‘Patterns of COVID (Bakery Treats)’ by Ineke Joscelyne

Functional Award

1st place: ‘Plarn Products’ by Clover Barnard

2nd place: ‘Recycle Reef’ by Sue Stafford

Schools Participation Award

1st place: Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary School, Gladesville

People’s Choice Award

1st place: ‘Fairy Dress’ by Debby Sanurryta 

The 2020 SWAP exhibition can still be viewed online at 

The City of Ryde would once again like to acknowledge all the people who made this year’s SWAP competition and exhibition possible including Meadowbank TAFE, Council staff and the expert judging panel which was comprised of artists Rox De Luca and Shane Forrest, and co-founder and Director of Good For The Hood, Jo Taranto.

Last updated on 14 October 2020