Waste to Art



2 – 16 May 2015

Waste to Art is a community art exhibition and competition that showcases creative works made from reused & recyclable waste materials. This initiative invites schools, community groups and individuals to turn rubbish into an art form of their choice, from sculptures to clothing. 

The Waste to Art Community Art Exhibition is open to all community members, artists and schools located in the Blue Mountains City Council area. Entries are invited in 4 different categories: Primary School, High School, Community or Open & Building.
Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of judges.
Winners will be announced and over $3000 worth of prizes awarded at the Opening of the Waste to Art Exhibition at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

To be part of the exhibition, works must be delivered to the Cultural Centre by Monday 27 April 2015, 2:00pm.

Click here to download an entry form.

Challenge the way we look at waste!

The winning artworks from each five categories will then be displayed at the Regional Competition in Bathurst in July 2015

This project is funded and presented by the Blue Mountains City Council.

IMAGE: ANNA DI MEZZA Trash Can Mona 2014 – Winner of the People’s Choice Awards.



Get involved in the 2015 Waste to Art program and join us along with Three Farm; a Sydney based social design enterprise for 3D printing workshops that use waste as material for your designs.



Saturday 11 April

1:30pm – 3:30pm

Future Practise

Learn about 3D printings change making potential, demonstrating 3D printing as a tool for personal fabrication, sustainable production and how you can integrate 3D print technology into your own life or creative practise.

You will then be guided through a hands-on session in CAD design and the running of a desktop machine with the option to create your own unique design for either a jewellery piece or a planter box. Upon completion of your design, these objects will be delivered to the Blue mountains Cultural Centre for collection.

Why not exhibit your completed design for your chance to win over $3000 worth of prizes awarded at the Opening of Waste to Art at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre!

What to bring?

All materials will be provided however students must bring their own computers, with a free version of 123D Design downloaded prior to the class: Click the following link to download: http://www.123dapp.com/design

$35/10% discount for InSight Members

Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410




Thursday 9 & Friday 10 April

10:30am – 4:00pm

Future Makers

Join us this school holidays for a Lemonade and Cookie Stall Workshop combining 3D design, 3D printing, entrepreneurship, sustainability, collaboration and empathy into 2 days of problem solving fun!

In the true spirit of Waste to Art, students will learn what it takes to design, build, promote, market and sell products with the environment and society in mind. Students will become social entrepreneurs by creating a Lemonade Stall that will raise money for a charity of their choice.

This workshop will challenge students to 3D design products such as cookie cutters and lemon squeezers that they will 3D print and use as tools in their stall.

What will students make?

A lemonade stall made from waste materials, 3D printed lemon squeezer, 3D printed cookie cutters, Lemonade, Cookies and a mini business plan.

What to bring?

All materials will be provided however students must bring their own laptop or iPad for CAD Design. Please also bring a packed snack, lunch & drink (Please do not pack foods which contain nuts).

Suitable for 8 – 12 years

$80/$70 InSight Members for both days

Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410



Three Farm instructors share a vision of sustainable and ethical futures informed and encouraged by the principals of the next industrial revolution. One area of this technological revolution that really grabs us is the democratisation of manufacturing and the movement into additive manufacturing and digital manufacturing.

Three Farm facilitates cultural engagement though the marriage of digital and tradition fabrication and the use of up-cycled materials as a platform for teaching design thinking to action a meaningful and sustainable process for social development. For more information – www.threefarm.com




2.5hr Workshop + Gallery visit – All materials included.


Is your school ready for Waste to Art?

Take your class to visit the Waste to Art exhibition this year and get involved with a special Screen Printing Workshop led by local artist Freedom Wilson.

Students will learn all about the fun and easy process of screen printing as they play with images, shapes, colour and collage to produce multi layered, bold and vibrant prints. Unleash your creative side the smart way by using waste as material for your masterpiece!

For more information or to make a booking please contact Public Programs & Education on 4780 5675 or nbaker@bmcc.nsw.gov.au