Monday October 22, 2012
Northern Inland Regional Waste's (NIRW) Waste into Art & Design Exhibition has been named as a finalist in the NSW Local Government Arts and Culture Awards.
The annual exhibition and competition, which has been sponsored by Essential Energy for the past three years, invites professional artists, community members and schools to use their artistic flair to create beautiful or useful artworks and designs out of discarded or preused materials.
Local exhibitions are held by councils (including Tamworth Regional Council) across the northern inland region, culminating in the regional finals hosted by NIRW.
NIRW Program Coordinator, Sue-Ellen Hogan said the announcement is excellent recognition of the creative and environmentally-minded community in the northern inland region.
'The Waste into Art and Design Exhibition asks the community to think about how materials and resources can be re- used and not just thrown away, the format has allowed community members from a large geographical area and with a varied level of artistic experience to participate,' Ms Hogan said.
'With the support the local councils and our sponsor Essential Energy, we have been able to actively engage our community in the 're-use and re-cycle' message. The standard of the 2012 artworks was extremely high and we are pleased that the exhibition has received this recognition.'
NIRW is a collaborative group between 13 regional councils in Northern Inland NSW, including Tamworth, Liverpool Plains, Gunnedah, Uralla, Armidale, Walcha, Guyra, Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Inverell, Moree, Narrabri and Gwydir. NIRW focuses on region-wide resource-recovery and waste management initiatives and education.
The award winners will be announced in Sydney in November at the Local Government Arts and Culture Summit.