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Sustainable Waste to Art Prize

Categories and Prizes - Art Prize Details - How to Enter - Deliver your Artwork - Selecting and Judging - Important Dates - More Information

People’s Choice Award announced!

With over 250 votes submitted, we are please to announce the winner of the People's Choice Awards goes to Dane De Braekeleir-Cleal for his piece, Kurt Cobain in 4,438 buttons. 

Second place goes to Monique Bedwell for It’s Not Just a Cup of Tea, and third place goes to Minjun Jo for Natural Turtles. 

The City of Ryde proudly presents the return of the Sustainable Waste 2 Art Prize. Artists and members of the community are invited to enter the competition and exhibition with artworks that relate to sustainable living or waste themes.

2018 Winners and Commendations

SWAP | Open Category

1st Prize: Penny Simons - Flying Hare
2nd Prize: Mary Bowland - Circles of the Mind 
Highly Commended: Leesa Knights - Rise of the Little Eco Warrior
Highly Commended: Anna Mango and Tarja Martin - The Petal Dress
Highly Commended: Assaf Carmeli - RX52 Disintegrator


1st Prize: Trinity Myres - Perish
2nd Prize: Minjun Jo - Natural Turtles
Highly Commended: Hugo Mangelsdorf - Christmas in the Desert

JUNIOR YEP | Younger Category

1st Prize: Dane De Braekeleir-Cleal - Kurt Cobain in 4,438 buttons
2nd Prize: Dia MacNamara - Bottletop Flower
Highly Commended: Oscar Baldwin - Detritus Little Cuttlefish
Highly Commended: Christian Lane - Caught
Highly Commended: Sofia Smirniotis - My Future Sustainable Space


Judged from across all disciplines in SWAP Open Category, YEP and Junior YEP categories. Awarded to the design object which best uses reclaimed material to form a functional piece.
Winner: Monique Bedwell - Its not just a cup of tea

Highly Commended: Renee Aquilina - Marine Debris Collection


Visitors to the exhibition voted for their favourite artwork or design object.

Categories and Prizes

SWAP | Open Category
Winner $1,800 / Second prize $600
Open to artists and members of the community who are 18 years and over.

Winner $750 / Second Prize $250
Open to young people aged 14 to 17 years (as of 19 September 2018)

JUNIOR YEP | Younger Category
Winner $300 / Second Prize $100
Open to young people aged 10 to 13 (as at 19 September 2018)

Judged from across all disciplines in SWAP Open Category, YEP and Junior YEP categories. Awarded to the design object which best uses reclaimed material to form a functional piece.

Open to all applicants who are selected for the exhibitions in any category. Audiences will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork or design object in the exhibition.

Entries close on Friday 17 August 2018.

Successful artists to the exhibition will be notified by email and posted on the City of Ryde website on Friday 31 August.

Winners will be officially announced on the Exhibition Opening Night on Wednesday 19 September at See Street Gallery, Meadowbank.

Art Prize Details

Artworks considered for the exhibition can be the following
  • A sculpture, assemblage, collage or textile artwork created from used or recycled materials.
  • An object that you can use or wear created from used or recycled materials.
Artwork entry criteria
  • All two and three dimensional works to be constructed from used or recycled materials.
  • Original products can only be used for assembling the work, for binding, bonding and adhering painting.
  •  The art or design object must be no more than 150 cm in width or depth (including frame).
  •  Three dimensional works can be free standing or wall mounted but if wall mounted not exceed 20 kg in weight.
  •  Selection into the exhibition will be based on innovative use of waste materials or the upcycling of waste materials into the art or design object (creating a better quality object or one of higher environmental value).

All entrants must either live, work, study or play in the city of Ryde. City of Ryde staff, Councillors and those employed or volunteering on the SWAP 2018 project are eligible to apply and be selected for exhibition but are not eligible to win any of the Prizes, with the exception of the People’s Choice Award.

Entry Criteria

It is anticipated that around 80 art and design objects will be selected for the exhibition. All entries must be original work of the exhibitor and created within 2 years prior to 19 September 2018. Art 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.

Decisions in regards to works selected for exhibition and final judging by the curatorial panel will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. Plinths for smaller sculptural works will be supplied by the gallery.

Deliver your Artwork

When: Thursday 13 September, Friday 14 September and Saturday 15 September 2018 between 10 am and 6 pm.

Where: See Street Gallery, Sydney Gallery School at the Meadowbank Campus of the Northern Sydney Institute - part of TAFE NSW

  • Two-dimensional works must be dry and ready for hanging with D-rings secured to the back. Wire is not accepted.
  • Three-dimensional works that are to hang must have suitable hook or feature to hang the work from.
  • Works of art that contain more than two separate elements, must be accompanied by instructions/diagrams for display. The position of placement of art and design objects within the gallery is at the discretion of the Curator.

Note: Artists and designers are responsible for the transportation of their works to and from the gallery.

Selecting and Judging

Artwork and design objects for the exhibition will be selected by the judging panel. The City of Ryde reserves the right to change the judges without notification to the entrants. Artists and designers selected for the exhibition will be notified by Monday 3 September.

The winners of the major prize categories will be chosen by the same judging panel. The winners of the major prize categories will be announced at the official opening at 6pm on Wednesday 19 September at See Street Gallery.


Professor Ross Harley | Dean of UNSW Sydney Art and Design / Chair of Arts and Culture

 Professor Harley is an award-winning artist, writer and educator whose career crosses the bounds of traditional and creative arts research. 

He was Head of School Media Arts UNSW (2009-13), Deputy Director at the National Institute for Experimental Arts [NIEA] and Co-Director of the ICinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research until 2013. A Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008, and became Dean of UNSW Art & Design in 2013.

Tim Silverwood | Co-founder & CEO of Take 3 / Founder & Director of ReChusable

Tim Silverwood is a passionate advocate for protecting our oceans and environment from human impacts. A keen surfer, Tim became alarmed at the increasing risks plastic pollution posed to our oceans and wildlife, co-founding the not-for-profit organisation ‘Take 3’ in 2009.

In 2011, Tim sailed 5000km across the North Pacific Ocean to study the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch, sharing his experiences through a popular TEDx talk on his return.

Tim’s achievements include being awarded the 2014 Green Globe ‘Sustainability Champion’; featuring in the hugely popular ABC series ‘War on Waste’ and starring as an ‘Ocean Guardian’ in the 2017 feature documentary ‘Blue’.

Wendy Sharpe

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most awarded artists, she lives and works in Sydney and Paris. She has been awarded The Sulman Prize, two Travelling Scholarships, The Portia Geach Memorial Award (twice), The Archibald Prize, and many others. She has been a finalist in The Sulman Prize twelve times, and The Archibald Prize six times. She has held over 52 solo exhibitions around Australia.

Peoples Choice Award

The winner of the people’s choice award will be determined by the artwork with the highest number of votes cast by the public. The winner of this award will be published on Councils Website on Wednesday 10 October.

Important Dates

Friday 17 August 2018
Applications close.

Friday 31 August 2018
Successful artists notified by email and names posted on City of Ryde website.

Thursday 13 September, Friday 14 September and Saturday 15 September
Delivery of artwork required. Selected artworks to be delivered to See Street Gallery, Sydney Gallery School at the Meadowbank Campus of The Northern Sydney Institute - part of TAFE NSW, between 10 am and 6 pm.

Wednesday 19 September 2018
Opening event and announcement of winners at See Street Gallery, Meadowbank, 6 pm - 8 pm.

Thursday 20 September - Thursday 4 October 2018
Exhibition Period
Gallery open days and times: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am - 4 pm.

Friday 5 October 2018
Collection of works from See Street Gallery between 10 am - 6 pm.

More Information

All queries regarding the exhibition and the application process can be made to the City of Ryde Sustainability Program Coordinator, Katie Helm on 9952 8247 or

Last updated on 11 October 2018