ONE man's trash is another man's treasure - or in this case, artwork.
Creative minded locals to Gunnedah and surrounding areas are being encouraged to turn their recycled waste into pieces of art for this year's Art into Waste exhibition at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery.
The theme for 2021 is 'Metal Reimagined' and local students and artists can get creative using a number of waste metal products including cans, wire or electrical cables.
Gunnedah Shire Council's cultural precinct team leader Lauren Mackley said the competition is being held in partnership with Northern Inland Regional Waste to promote the message to reduce, re-use or recycle.
"Every two years we run this program as an education platform to help people to reimagine everyday products that are generally seen as waste products that could be reused for something and also have fun in the process," she said.
"Previously we've seen people do portraits out of electrical cables, we've seen amazing sculptures coming through.
"Every year one of the sculptures is chosen to go on permanent exhibition out at the entrance to the waste facility.
"So, some of the creations from previous years are still on display out there. In the past, we have often received a lot of wearable art, which is really interesting."
Entries are open to schools and students, the community within the wider New England North West region and there is also a special people's choice award voted on by the public.
In a nice touch there's also $150 up for grabs for each of the seven categories.
Entry forms are available via this link https://www.thecivic.com.au/art--exhibitions or, from Gunnedah Shire Council's main administration office in Elgin Street, at the Gunnedah Shire Library and at The Civic counter.
Submission forms and ready to hang artworks are to be submitted to The Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery by 5pm May 24.
The Waste into Art exhibition officially opens at 1pm on Friday July 2 and continues until Sunday, 10 November.
Every artwork goes on exhibition and the winners are decided by a representative from the Gunnedah Waste Facility and as well as a representative from Northern Inland Regional Waste.