Transform trash into treasure in Waste to Art competition


Waste to Art - Tip Shop

Transforming second-hand cutlery into garden art, creating a masterpiece from denim offcuts, and sculptures from discarded furniture - it’s time to turn waste into art!

Entries are now open for Fraser Coast Regional Council’s annual Waste to Art competition, which now includes a new outdoor category and an increased total prize pool of $5000.

Resource Recovery spokesperson Cr Zane O’Keefe said this exciting competition and exhibition challenges how we look at waste while allowing entrants to showcase their artistic ability.

“Now in its 7th year, Waste to Art is open to artists of all ages to create a work of art using items destined for landfill,” he said.

“It was wonderful to see so much creativity last year, with 135 entries across four categories: 18 years and over, 12 to 17 years, 8 to 11 years, and under 8s.”

Arts and Culture spokesperson Cr Sara Diana Faraj said the new 'outdoor category' would allow for larger, more ambitious artworks that expand beyond the traditional gallery space.

“The total prize pool has increased to $5000 thanks to our generous sponsors – Hyne Timber, Cleanaway, Reuse and Recycle Group, and Nugrow,” she said.

“The first prize winner this year will receive $1500 – up from $1000 last year. The new outdoor category also has a $1000 prize.

“All entries will be displayed in the Waste to Art Exhibition at Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough at the end of the year.

“Members of the public can also vote for their favourite artwork during the exhibition with the People’s Choice Award. Don’t miss your chance to make a creative impact and possibly win big!”

Artworks must be made from items destined for landfill or re-purposed items and materials sourced from tip shops, op shops or second-hand shops.

Entries close on Friday 18 October 2024. Entry is free and open to all ages. 

Winners will be announced on Friday 15 November at the opening of the exhibition at Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough, which will run until 5 January 2025.

More details including terms and conditions and entry forms are available at