The City of Ryde’s annual Sustainable Waste 2 Art Prize (SWAP) is back for its 11th 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 Wednesday 1 September 2021 to Thursday 16 September 2021. The selected artworks will also be able to be viewed online via a virtual tour from Wednesday 1 September to Thursday 30 September 2021.
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
Read more about the Art Prize
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 2021. 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
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 2021
Winner $750 / Second Prize $250
Open to people aged 14 to 17 years as at 1 September 2021
Winner $300 / Second Prize $100
Open to people aged 10 to 13 years as at 1 September 2021
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 2021 Dates
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|Thursday 1 April
|Wednesday 30 June
Saturday 3 July
Wednesday 7 July
Saturday 10 July
|Waste to art workshops to help you create your SWAP entries
|Sunday 1 August
|Thursday 5 August - Monday 9 August
||Successful exhibiting artists notified and posted on the City of Ryde website
|Thursday 12 August - Saturday 14 August
||Selected artworks and design objects to be delivered to See Street Gallery
|Wednesday 1 September
||Opening night and awards ceremony at See Street Gallery 6.00pm – 8.00pm
|Thursday 2 September - Thursday 16 September
||Exhibition at See Street Gallery 11.00am – 4.00pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed Sunday to Monday)
|Thursday 2 September - Thursday 30 September
||Digital exhibition on City of Ryde website
|Friday 17 September - Saturday 18 September
||Artworks and design objects to be collected from See Street Gallery
|Thursday 30 September
||People’s Choice Award voting closes
|Tuesday 5 October
||People’s Choice Award winner announced
Terms and Conditions
View the competition's Terms and Conditions
All entries must be the original work of the exhibitor and created within 2 years prior to Wednesday 1 September 2021.
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 Wednesday 1 September 2021 to Thursday 16 September 2021.
The selected artworks will also be able to be viewed online via a virtual tour on Council’s website from Wednesday 1 September to Thursday 30 September 2021.
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 Thursday 5 August and Monday 9 August 2021.
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 Wednesday 1 September 2021 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 Tuesday 5 October 2021.
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 12 August or Friday 13 August 2021 between 10.00am - 6:00pm, or Saturday 14 August 2021 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 17 September 2021 between 10.00am - 6.00pm or Saturday 18 September 2021 between 10,00am - 4.00pm.
Collection of works by other parties requires arrangement with the curator prior to Friday 17 September 2021.
Works that are not collected by Saturday 18 September 2021 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 16 September 2021. 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 2021 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
Download the PDF version(PDF, 172KB) of the application form or apply online below.
Click here to view form.
All queries regarding the exhibition and the application process can be made to City of Ryde's Waste Project Coordinator on 9952 8222.
This program is in partnership with TAFE NSW
Last updated on 18 May 2021