Waste Art Competition & Exhibition

Art the Challenges the Way We Look at Waste

The exhibition, held at Te Ara Ātea, showcased all entries to the 2023 Selwyn High Schools’ Waste Art Competition. The exhibits were on display over a weekend in August 2023. Our thanks go to the staff of Te Ara Atea for their excellent hosting.

This exciting and enjoyable competition, first launched in 2021, is open to all rangatahi from year 7 to 13, not just those attending high school. The event runs biennially, so keep an eye out for the competition in 2025. The 2021 competition’s overall winner was titled “From Bags to Riches” – a dress crafted from repurposed feed bags and bailing twine. Other notable works included an R2D2 sculpture constructed from a used gas cylinder and various pieces incorporating materials destined for landfills. All entries exhibited remarkable creativity and were deservedly recognised with prizes.

The 2023 exhibition maintained the high standard set by its predecessor, presenting the judges with the challenging task of determining category and overall winners, as well as merit award recipients.

Whakamihi to all the artists for their mahi and originality.

2023 Winners:

Overall Winner: Grace Anongngos and Ingrid Aquino for their entry “The Forest Station.”

High School Winner: Kathryn McKenzie’s entry “Wastey the Hedgehog.”

Intermediate Winner: Lachie Smolenski with “Reined In.”

Merit Award Recipients:

  • Susanna Tully – “Salvage Style Dress”
  • Eleanor Jack and Brooke Wendelken – “Blue Sky Stays Bright”
  • Bharya Malhotka – “Sword Of Sapphires”
  • Eileen Liu – “Eco Friendly Headwear”

A Few Photos from the Exhibition

Candy Wrapper Catwalk

Silvia Hector

Wastey the Hedgehog

Kathryn McKenzie

Recycled Paper Playing Cards

Josh Aubrey

Sword Of Sapphires

Bharya Malhotka

Salvage Style Dress

Susanna Tully

Coconut Shell Plant Pots

Sanura Lokuliyanage


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