Recycling Art Competition 2017

The Salvage Recycling Art Competition is back in 2017. 

This competition explores the creative potential in reusing and recycling household items and furniture and aims to inspire people to see the reuse possibilities of items that may have otherwise have been thrown away.

This initiative was developed in 2012 to raise awareness of Council's tip shops at Acacia Ridge and Geebung and keep reusable furniture and household items out of landfill. The tip shops are operated by the Endeavour Foundation, which is a non-government organisation that provides support and opportunities for people with a disability. 

Visit the exhibition and vote for your favourite artist

Visit Salvage Recycling Art Exhibition until 19 August 2017 (excluding Sundays) at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Fortitude Valley. 

Vote for your favourite Salvage artwork online or in person at the exhibition. Voting closes on 10 August 2017.


A high calibre of Brisbane artists submitted expressions of interest to participate in the 2017 competition resulting in nine Brisbane-based artists being selected to create artworks. Read the artist profiles.

The artists create artworks from furniture and other household items sourced from Council's tip shops and/or from other second-hand centres around Brisbane.

Competition artists have 16 weeks to create their artwork and may modify, add to, or remove elements from recycled pieces during the creative process. Artworks must demonstrate the competition purpose, 'the creative recycling of second-hand household furniture and items'. If newly purchased materials are used, they must form only a minor part of the artwork.

Each competition artist receives a voucher to the value of $100 to be used at a Council's tip shop for the sole purpose of purchasing materials for the competition. Additional funding to the value of $200 is also available to each competition artist to cover the cost of other materials.

Professional photographs of the final artworks will be displayed for public voting and digital copies provided to competition artists for their portfolios.

Competition and exhibition timeline

The table below includes important dates for the Salvage Recycling Art Competition and Exhibition.

Key dates Action
Friday 2 December 2016 Expressions of interest opened.
Monday 30 January 2017 Expressions of interest closed.
Friday 10 February  Selected artists notified.
Friday 17 February - Friday 12 May Competition begins. Artists commence artworks. Artists must be available to attend a competition briefing on Friday 17 February.
Friday 12 May

Artists submit final artworks for exhibition.

Friday 7 July to Saturday 19 August Artworks exhibited at Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts. Public voting opens. Public invited to visit the exhibition and vote for their favourite artwork.
Thursday 10 August Public voting closes.
Friday 18 August Winning artists announced.

More information

For more information about this year's Salvage Recycling Art Competition:

Related links

Check out artwork from previous years of the Salvage: Recycling Art Competition:

12 July 2017