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Recycling Art Competition Returns

11 August, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is calling for expressions of interests from Brisbane artists to participate in Council’s third Recycling Art Competition, which turns trash into treasure.

The Lord Mayor said the Recycling Art Competition is an opportunity for local artists to get creative with recycled materials and showcase the possibilities for reusing preloved items.

“The Recycling Art competition is about demonstrating what a cleaner, greener Brisbane is all about - recycling and reusing unwanted homewares and household items, rather than them ending up as landfill,” Cr Quirk said.

“Council is committed to diverting waste from landfill where possible and this initiative is a great way to promote recycling and reuse.

“The competition supports Council’s ‘Towards Zero Waste Strategy’ through showing the community how waste could be reused and recycle to reduce landfill.”

Cr Quirk said the artworks will be created from recycled furniture, homewares and textiles selected from the national Garage Sale Trail and Council’s Tip Shops

“Since Council’s two tip shops opened, 830 tonnes of goods have been diverted from landfill and prepared for sale by the Endeavour Foundation,” Cr Quirk said.

“It will be very interesting to see what the entrants from this year’s competition create from the Tip Shop items.

“Last year’s winners Bec Peart and Martin Pedder created Junkalina and the Clockingbird from an array of discarded objects and I’m sure this year’s artists will produce artwork of a high calibre.

“Artists selected for the competition will have ten weeks to complete their artwork before display and community voting in Brisbane Square Library in February and March 2015.

“The artworks that receive the most public votes will win their creators a share of $4000 in prize money.”

Brisbane’s two tip shops are located at: 46 Colebard Street West, Acacia Ridge and 27A Prosperity Terrace, Geebung. Opening hours are 8am to 4pm every Saturday and Sunday only.

Artists who would like to participate should submit their expression of interest, artist’s resume and portfolio via Council’s website between 8 August and 21 September.”

For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on 3403 8888.

[Ends] AUGUST 11, 2014

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