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Waste to Art exhibitions opening this weekend

3 October 2019

Local artist Graham Barnes with his piece

More than a hundred pieces of art created from re-purposed waste will be on show at Gatakers Artspace and the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere from this weekend.

Cr David Lewis said the exhibitions were the culmination of the Waste to Art competition, which encouraged Fraser Coast residents to unleash their creativity and re-purpose waste items that could have ended up in landfill.

“This exciting competition and exhibition gives aspiring and professional artists the chance to explore and share waste reduction messages while showcasing their artistic ability,” he said.

“Art works have been created from repurposed items that have been sourced from the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s reuse markets, op shops, second hand shops or what the artists have collected from their own homes.

“Some of the entries have included a garden wall art piece made from a ceiling fan, wall art made from driftwood and soy sauce bottles and a stereo system made from a worn out bedroom dresser.

“This is the second year Council has run this competition and this year we’ve added more categories and doubled the prize pool on offer which has seen more than 100 entries received, up from 76 last year.”

Cr Lewis said some truly magnificent pieces of art had been created with the competition winners to be announced as part of the official openings this weekend.

“I encourage everyone to come along to the official openings to meet the artists and discover the inspiration behind the artworks,” he said. “It’s free to attend and refreshments will be provided.

The four competition categories include 18 years and over, 12 – 17 year olds, eight to 11 year olds and under 8s.

The opening of the over 18s exhibition will be held this Friday 4 October at 6pm at Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough.

The opening of the under 18s exhibition will be held on Saturday 5 October at 11am at the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere in Hervey Bay.

The Waste to Art exhibitions will be on display at the two centres from this weekend until Saturday 27 October 2019.