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Applications for the 2022 Sustainable Waste 2 Art Prize competition are now open! Scroll down to apply.
The City of Ryde’s annual Sustainable Waste 2 Art Prize (SWAP) is back for its 12th year in partnership with Meadowbank TAFE. With $5,000 in prizes and more opportunities to get creative, this environmental art competition is not to be missed.
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, as well as improve awareness of the environmental issues our world is currently facing.
Around 80 artworks and design objects will be selected for exhibition at See Street Gallery, Meadowbank TAFE from Thursday 1 September to Thursday 15 September 2022. The selected artworks will also be able to be viewed online via a virtual tour from Friday 2 September to Friday 30 September 2022.
Council will be running a series of free workshops throughout the year and has created educational resources and videos to help you create your entries. There’s also tips on writing an artist statement and photographing your artworks.
So what are you waiting for? Get started today!
Click here to view our upcoming SWAP workshops
About the Art Prize
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What kind of art can be submitted?
- Artworks and design objects submitted to SWAP must relate to sustainability or waste themes and be made from used or recovered waste materials
- Works can be two or three dimensional. They can be an artwork such as a sculpture, assemblage, collage or textile piece, or a functional object you can wear or use.
- Works must be no larger than 150cm in height, width or depth. This includes the frame or any other display devices.
- Three-dimensional works can be free standing or wall mounted. If wall mounted, they cannot exceed 20kg in weight.
- New (non-waste) products can only be used for assembling the work, including for binding, bonding and adhering.
- All entries must be the original work of the exhibitor and created within two years prior to 1 September 2022. Artworks and design objects previously exhibited in other prizes and exhibitions are still eligible.
- For cultural sensitivity reasons, artworks that contain certain unauthorised use of indigenous symbols, motifs or styles are not eligible.
- Works that are considered offensive will not be selected. Council reserves the right to refuse to exhibit artwork that does not align to Council’s community values
- A maximum of two entries may be submitted per person.
Who can apply?
- All entrants must either live, work, study or play in the City of Ryde.
- Entrants must be 10 years and older
Council has created educational resources and videos to help you create your entries. There’s also tips on writing an artist statement and photographing your artworks.
Categories and Prizes
View a list of Categories and Prizes
Winner $1,800 / Second prize $600
Open to people aged 18 years and over as at 1 September 2022
Winner $750 / Second Prize $250
Open to people aged 14 to 17 years as at 1 September 2022
Winner $300 / Second Prize $100
Open to people aged 10 to 13 years as at 1 September 2022
Schools Participation Award
Awarded to the school with the highest number of entries (maximum two entries per person).
Winner $500 / Second Prize $250
Judged from across all categories. Awarded to the design object which best uses reclaimed material to form a functional piece.
People’s Choice Award
Open to all applicants who are selected for the exhibition in any category. Audiences will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork or design object in the exhibition.
Important 2022 Dates
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|Friday 1 April 2022
|2, 5, 9, 12 July 2022
||Waste to art workshops to help you create your SWAP entries
|Sunday 31 July 2022
|Friday 5 August - Tuesday 9 August
||Successful exhibiting artists notified and posted on the City of Ryde website
|Thursday 11 August - Saturday 13 August 2022
||Selected artworks and design objects to be delivered to See Street Gallery
|Thursday 1 September 2022
||Opening night and awards ceremony at See Street Gallery 6 pm to 8 pm
|Friday 2 September - Thursday 15 September 2022
||Exhibition at See Street Gallery 11 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed Sunday to Monday)
|Friday 2 September - Friday 30 September 2022
||Digital exhibition on City of Ryde website
|Friday 16 September - Saturday 17 September 2022
||Artworks and design objects to be collected from See Street Gallery
|Friday 30 September 2022
||People’s Choice Award voting closes
|Thursday 6 October 2022
||People’s Choice Award winner announced
Terms and Conditions
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All entries must be the original work of the exhibitor and created within 2 years prior to Thursday 1 September 2022.
Works must be no larger than 150cm in height, width or depth.
A maximum of two entries may be submitted per person.
For cultural sensitivity reasons, artworks that contain certain unauthorised use of indigenous symbols, motifs or styles are not eligible. Works that are considered offensive will not be selected.
Decisions regarding works selected for exhibition and judging of prize winners will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
It is anticipated that around 80 artworks and design objects will be selected for exhibition at See Street Gallery, Meadowbank TAFE from Thursday 1 September - Thursday 15 September 2022.
The selected artworks will also be able to be viewed online via a virtual tour on Council’s website from Friday 2 September - Friday 30 September 2022. Exhibition curator Nick Vickers and the students from the Cert IV Arts Administration course at Meadowbank TAFE will curate and install the exhibition.
All works selected for the exhibition must remain on display in See Street Gallery, Meadowbank TAFE until after the conclusion of the exhibition.
SELECTING AND JUDGING
Artworks and design objects to be exhibited will be selected by the City of Ryde SWAP Project Team based on adherence with the entry criteria, environmental messaging and artistic merit. Artists and designers selected for the exhibition will be notified between Friday 5 August - Tuesday 9 August
The winners of the Open, Youth, Junior and Functional categories will be chosen by a panel of three independent expert judges. The winner of the Schools Participation Award will be determined by the school with the most entries. The winners will be announced at the official opening night and awards ceremony on Thursday 1 September 2022 between 6.00pm and 8.00pm at See Street Gallery, Meadowbank TAFE and published on Council’s website.
The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be determined by the entry with the highest number of votes cast by the public. The winner of this award will be published on Council’s website after the conclusion of the exhibition on Thursday 6 October 2022.
The City of Ryde reserves the right to change the judges without notification to the entrants.
DELIVERY OF ARTWORKS
Selected works are to be delivered to See Street Gallery, Meadowbank TAFE on Thursday 11 August or Friday 12 August 2022 between 10.00am - 6:00pm, or Saturday 13 August 2022 between 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Two-dimensional work must be ready for hanging with D-rings secured to the back, wire is not accepted. Three-dimensional works that are to hang must have a suitable hook or feature to hang the work from. Plinths will be provided for small artworks, but designers must supply their own mannequins. Works that contain multiple parts must be accompanied by instructions for display.
The position and placement of artworks and design objects within the gallery is at the discretion of the curator.
All queries related to artwork drop off are to be managed by the curator.
Artworks and design objects selected for the exhibition must be picked up in person with photo ID or receipt of entry on Friday 16 September 2022 between 10.00am - 6.00pm or Saturday 17 September 2022 between 10,00am - 4.00pm.
Collection of works by other parties requires arrangement with the curator prior to Friday 16 September 2022
Works that are not collected by Saturday 17 September 2022 may be disposed of.
All queries related to artwork collection are to be managed by the curator.
Artists and designers are responsible for the transportation of their works to and from the gallery.
SECURITY, LIABILITY AND INSURANCE
Artists and designers exhibit at their own risk. Insurance for the submitted works is the artist’s responsibility. The City of Ryde and See Street Gallery, Meadowbank TAFE will exercise reasonable care with all works selected for exhibition but will not be responsible for loss or damage to the work while in their custody, during transit or on exhibition.
SALE OF ARTWORKS
Any sales will be made directly between the artist and the buyer. Sold artworks cannot be removed from the exhibition until after it closes on 15 September 2022. City of Ryde and Meadowbank TAFE do not take any responsibility for facilitating the sale of SWAP artworks.
COPYRIGHT AND PHOTOGRAPHS
Artists and designers own the copyright of their work and licence the City of Ryde to use the submitted images and take photographs of the exhibition that can be used for the exhibition catalogue, publicity, press releases and other promotion in print or on the City of Ryde website for the 2022 and future Sustainable Waste 2 Art Prizes
INTERPRETATION OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS
In the event of a dispute regarding the interpretation of these terms and conditions, the decision of the City of Ryde shall be binding on all parties.
SIGNING OF DECLARATION
In signing the Declaration on the Application Form, the artist/designer acknowledges they have read, understood and accepted all the terms and conditions of this agreement.
Click here to Apply
Alternatively, download the PDF Form(PDF, 199KB).
All queries regarding the exhibition and the application process can be made to City of Ryde's SWAP Project Coordinator on 9952 8222.
This program is in partnership with TAFE NSW
Last updated on 2 May 2022