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Art is where you find it

Tuesday, 20th March, 2012

TRASH TO TREASURE: Museum assistant Melissa Anderson with a recycled tar drum refigured by Maggie Connell. TRASH TO TREASURE: Museum assistant Melissa Anderson with a recycled tar drum refigured by Maggie Connell.

The adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” could be taken as the theme for a new art competition opening the city.

City Council through the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum is now inviting all people with an artistic bent to take part in the “Sims Metal Waste 2 Art” and design competition. 

Museum Manager, Angela Bailey, said the competition provided entrants with a “blank canvas” to produce art from material that would otherwise be destined for the rubbish dump. 

“It is a chance to give old materials a new life,” said Ms Bailey. “I encourage people to take up this challenge and create a masterpiece that can be shared by the community.” 

Around 20 councils in Central and Western NSW are participating in the project, and BH Council’s Waste Education Officer, Libby Guest, said artists had a wide range of materials from which to choose.

“Plastic bags, milk bottles, that old piece of pipe, cans and bottles ... combining them can make great artworks and at the same time spread the message that it is important to recycle,” Ms Guest said. 

All entries will be given a mark out of 10 (3 for concept, 3 for standard and 4 for recycling). Nominations close on Tuesday, March 27. 

(Entry forms are available from the BH Mining & Minerals Museum, or download from the NetWaste website http://www.netwaste.org.au/waste2artentryform.pdf. More information on the program can be had at http://www.netwaste.org.au/projects/wasteToArt.htm) 

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