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DIGITAL | Sustainable Waste to Art Prize Workshop (open)

The City of Ryde is running a two-part workshop to help you get started on creating artworks for the Sustainable Waste to Art Prize (SWAP).

SWAP is a chance to express your creativity through re-purposing rubbish and recovered materials. At a time when reducing waste is more important than ever, SWAP presents a fun opportunity to learn new skills and explore the artistic potential of items you would usually throw away.

Key Information

This is a two part workshop series. All participants must attend both sessions:

Part 1 – Saturday 11 July from 10am-12pm
Part 2 – Saturday 18 July from 10am-12pm

These free online workshops will be held via Zoom. After registering to attend the workshops, you will receive a link via email prior to the event. 

About the Workshops

In the first session, participants will learn about the creative potential of a variety of commonly discarded materials including plastics, household objects, fabric, wire, metal and cardboard. Through demonstration and examples in the facilitator’s art studio, students will explore construction techniques and look at the various ways materials can be successfully connected by using the most appropriate tools, glues and hardware for the task. Participants will gain insight into how and where to obtain materials, tools and inspiration to create unique artwork from salvaged materials. This first session will also provide an opportunity for participants to discuss ideas they might have for their SWAP project and how to get started.

The second session will focus on issues that may have arisen during the process of participants making their SWAP artwork or even just looking at the materials they have collected and their potential for reuse. This session will also provide an opportunity to brainstorm ideas, look at the work they have produced and areas that may need reworking or attention.

Who is this for?

This workshop is open to young people aged 16 years and over who live, work, learn or play in the City of Ryde. It is open to people of any level of artistic experience.

What you'll Need

This workshop will be run on Zoom. You will be emailed a link to the workshop and instructions about how to logon prior to this event.

You’ll need access to a stable internet connection and a computer, laptop or tablet with a web cam to participate in the workshop. We don’t recommend using a phone due to the small screen size.

You won’t need art supplies for the first session as you’ll be learning techniques and ideas to try later. In the second session you’ll to bring along the SWAP artwork you’ve started to show the group. This can be a work in progress and Jane will help you if you have any questions.

About the Presenter

Jane Gillings has been a practising artist for over 30 years working with a variety of materials, most notably, recycled and found objects. She has been a finalist in a number of outdoor sculpture exhibitions including Sculpture at Scenic World, Sculpture at Sawmillers, Sculpture in the Vineyards, Willoughby Sculpture prize, North Sydney Art Prize, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Hidden at Rookwood and at Sculpture by The Sea where she has exhibited 11 times. Jane is a casual artist-educator at the Art Gallery NSW and runs children’s and adult workshops at the National Art School, NSW Dept. of Education, Australian Museum, local councils, private colleges and schools.

About SWAP

The City of Ryde’s annual Sustainable Waste to Art Prize (SWAP) is back for its 10th year! With larger prizes and more opportunities to get creative, this environmental art competition is not to be missed. Make an artwork and submit it for consideration in the 2020 SWAP exhibition at See Street Gallery, Meadowbank TAFE. There’s $5,000 in prize money up for grabs across six categories – Open (18+ years), Youth (14-17 years), Junior (10-13 years), Functional, Schools Participation and People’s Choice. Find out more and enter at our SWAP page.

Date & Time

Saturday 11 July 2020 / 10.00AM - 12.00PM
Saturday 18 July 2020 / 10.00AM - 12.00PM


City of Ryde
Phone: 9952 8222


Free; registrations essential.

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Last updated on 22 June 2020