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2015...Calling all artists who love showcasing their creations, that spring from the imagination of discarded waste streams...

ART From TRASH…is back!

Entries open: Friday March 6th: Closing:  Friday 2nd May: Link at top of page. 

You can now Pay by internet Banking: Direct Deposit: Details on the Form.
Please make sure your deposit has your name clearly identified & email your completed entry form & receipt of payment to

Mail orders & Bank cheques accepted: Mail: PO box: 98 South Hobart, Tas 7004 with completed entry form. [ NOTE:-Please detach delivery slip and keep for attaching to artwork.

Important Dates & Information for Your Diary:
Entry forms & conditions: Open Friday 6th March 2105- Closing Friday 2nd May 2015.
 Late Entries will not be accepted: Due to having only the Long Gallery and NOT the Side Space, we have to change the conditions of entry to:

  •  Size limit is 1.5 metres in any direction per payment fee of $20. Works over this size will be charged a double entry fee.
  •  One entry maximum per person/group. This is to allow maximum equity to all who wish to enter. 
  • Please note: The category " Transforming Trash Together" is not an award category this year, due to altered sponsorship arrangements.
  • A new schools participation category " SCRAP" [ Sustainable creative resourceful arts practice] is available. Details outlined on new blog page. RWC- 2015 "SCRAP" Awards.
  • Tasmanian Early Years Foundation is providing sponsorship to encourage children from 0-6 yrs, to participate in the exhibition. Please indicate on entry form " Early Years" entry. This year there is a theme for Early Year's entrants, entitled " Micro Spaces". [Yes, partly inspired by limited Gallery allocation, but mostly because children appear to be great observers of all little things.]
Delivery of Artworks:
All artworks are to be delivered to the Long Gallery on the 19th May….in order to photograph works and curate the exhibition successfully….Late deliveries, may not be accepted, photographed, or included in our catalogue. Please make sure you are organized so that we can meet our set-up requirements.

Collection of Artworks & Purchases:
All artworks must be collected on the 4th June, between 9-6.30 pm.  A late collection fee will apply if works are not claimed. All artworks that have been purchased at the Exhibition, must be paid for in full prior to or at collection on this day.

Artwork Sales:
All artworks may be for sale at the exhibition. We ask that you consider your pricing strategy, will include a 25% commission fee to Resource Work Cooperative. It is the responsibility of Artists selling their work to provide us with their ABN or sign a statement of supplier form. Please ensure this is done on delivery day. 

We are looking forward to sharing your Artworks with the community...happy creating!

Art From Trash 2014

Hello Everyone,

Thank-you to everyone who has entered this year's exhibition, entry has now closed. The important dates for your diary are:

  • Delivery of Artworks to Long Gallery Wednesday 21st May from 10 -6.30 pm, Long Gallery, Salamanca Art Centre.
  • Exhibition Dates: Opening Night Friday 23rd May, 6-9pm Long & Side Space Gallery, Salamanca Art Centre.
  • Exhibition is open daily from 10-5 pm, Saturday 24th May - 4th June
  • Collection of Artwork: Thursday 5th June, 10-6.30 pm..... this includes all sold work. 
Opening Night......invite everyone, its a great night to gather together & celebrate this inspiring community event. We love Art from Trash!

Last year the Hobart City Council, through continued sponsorship, purchased a range of works from the Exhibition as part of it's Public Art Program. These works have been installed at the new resource  recovery centre at McRobies Gully in South Hobart. So next time you visit the South Hobart Tip-shop take a look at the artwork. This proved an inspiring and successful collaboration between HCC, Resource & Artists. ........Update: Pleased to announce HCC continues with sponsorship & will be purchasing works from the 2014 Exhibition.. Thank-you especially to Jeff Holmes from HCC for facilitating this support.

Hopefully we can continue building on this creative vision to provide emerging re-use artists opportunities to make and place work in our community spaces that inspire waste minimization practice. A note to artists, why not visit the Tip-shop at South Hobart and imagine what you could make to enhance this new space. Obviously works would have to be durable, however there is fantastic vertical space inside that could be considered for artwork installation.

Have a look at our awards including,
  • Transforming Trash Together... sponsored by Southern Waste Strategy Authority: $300 worth of awards to schools or community groups.
  • Tasmanian Early Years Foundation... the award/s - encouraging younger participants of AFT from individuals, schools, including pre-schools and community groups. Their awards offer Artery vouchers to the value of $300 dollars.
  • Wearable Art Award.. inventive fashion from re-use materials 
  • People's Choice Award...which is voted on by visitors to the exhibition. Every year the winner from the People's choice award becomes the image for the next year's promotional poster, the beautiful work created by Lillydale District School students entitled "Tree of Knowledge"  was the 2013 winner. Amazing that this tree was transported to Hobart on a very windy day by their dedicated art teacher!
  • Youth Trash Rat Award....sponsored by Bendigo Bank Community Sector Banking, is offering youth participation up to 25 years four $50 Student Bank accounts. 
Our sponsors also offer in-kind support and contributions toward the cost of the venue hire. Thanking you all once again for your generous support of this event.
You could also sell your work and award yourself with the "I made some cash by making Art From Trash". Which ever way you roll,  just bring it! We love it all.

Entries Close: Tuesday 6th May: Entries now closed: Thank-you.

Art From Trash 2013

1,000 + visitors already to the 2013 exhibition !   

Don't miss out. Get on down to the Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart  Exhibition continues until Monday July 1. Open daily 10 am - 5 pm.   

Come along to the public lecture / presentation by John Vella and Lucy Bleach on artworks from the Art From Trash 2013 community art exhibition.  
WHEN: Saturday June 29, 3-5 pm.  
WHERE: Dechaineaux Theatre, Hunter Street campus of Tasmanian College of the Arts.

Treasures from Trash by Aukje Boonstra

Last Serving of the Lobsters by Mark Lleonart

Handbag by Sonja Cook

Art From Trash 2013

Warm up this Winter Solstice on the evening of Friday June 21, 2013.

Come along to the Exhibition Opening of Art from Trash 6-9 pm at Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre. Catch up with friends and family to view the 2013 artworks in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.

Or visit the exhibition any time from 10am to 5pm from 20th June to the 1st July 2013.

Exhibition information for artists

REMINDER TO ARTISTS entered in Art From Trash 2013

*Artworks to be delivered to Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre

                Monday June 17, between 10 am and 6.30 pm.

*Delivery Slip to be attached to each artwork.

*If required, include Hanging Instructions and /or Artist’s Statement
 for each artwork.

*Ensure that information on Delivery Slip (Name, Title of Work, Price
 and Medium) is correct as this is the version to be included in the
 Catalogue of Artworks and on the Gallery Tags.

 Thank you Co-ordinator, AFT 2013



People's Choice Award 2012

Ringo, the imposing suspended sculpture of a Wandering  Albatross in flight, is the People’s Choice award winner for the most creative reuse of waste materials in the Art From Trash2012 community art exhibition. The life size model was constructed by students from St. Virgil’s College under the tutelage of their teacher Bridget Jenkins


Eucalyptus (by Brie)
Over 300 people attended the opening night of Art From Trash 2012 on Friday May 4, at the Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre.

Artwork by Bec Pybus

John Vella, Head of Sculpture and Lecturer at the Tasmanian School of Art, who formally opened the exhibition described the exhibition as “impressive on many levels” and one which “had drawn together a rich demographic to experience sculpture and get people thinking about the environment”.

The 140 entries - all produced from waste materials - presented a dazzling range of artworks. Discarded items, salvaged by the participating artists, were transformed into a variety of beautiful, functional, often thought- provoking, sometimes quirky visual artworks.

Over the 16 days duration of the exhibition approximately 3,700 visitors viewed the exhibition.  Visitors covered a broad spectrum and included members of the public - both local and interstate, primary and high school students, Migrant Education and Creative Writing students from the Tasmanian Polytechnic, and a visiting theatre group delegation from China.  
Comments and feedback from visitors to the exhibition were highly complimentary and included the following from Peta Fay - “Inspirational ! What a relief that such imaginative and creative people exist. Thank you. The best yet !

Wearable Art Award 2012

Trashy Dresser, Bettina Bomford

Congratulations to Bettina Bomford, winner of the 2012 Wearable Art Award with her entry Trashy Dresser! 
Bettina crafted a flirty full-skirted dress with woven bodice from plastic bags, embellished with string bows and jewels made from blue plastic bottles.

The despised plastic shopping bag has never looked so good !