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Art From Waste competition winners now on display

The winners of an art competition based on the theme of winter and created from materials found in everyday recycling streams such as cardboard, plastic, metal and paper, now have their pieces on display in a local gallery.

Instigated by Shropshire recycling and resale organisation Reviive, Art From Waste can be found at the Participate Contemporary Artspace (PCA) in the Riverside Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury

From a wide selection of offerings competition judges Sara Mai, director at PCA and eco artist Wren Miller chose the following winning pieces:

1. Lightberg by Jancis Vaughan

2. Brother Winter by Mal Brown

3. Beware of the Bear by Ivan Allen

The first, second and third prize winners each received vouchers of £250, £150 and £100 vouchers to spend in any Reviive outlet.

Sara Mai said: “Lightberg is an installation piece made from old lamps and recycled material board. We thought this piece best encapsulated the theme of winter and liked the parallels that could be drawn from the bogging around of icebergs and the bobbing around of waste in the planet’s waters. What is seen on the surface is just a glimpse of what’s below.

“Brother Winter, a mask made from a mixture of plastics and found objects, encapsulates the spirit of winter both visually and in verse. We liked the simplicity of Beware of the Bear, a polar bear puzzle made with box cardboard and paint, which exemplified an easy re-use of waste resources to art-play.” 

The judges also commended Meole Brace KS2 Art Club for its snowflake and Nicola Benbow for Winter Within.

Julie Hotchkiss, retail manager at Reviive, said: “This competition was a lot of fun and highlighted just how creative we can be with material we would normally dispose of.  It was also great to collaborate with Sara, Wren and the team at PCA. Well done to the winners. “

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