Youth Recycled Art Prize a hit
Posted on 11 Apr, 2023
The 2023 Youth Recycled Art Prize Exhibition Opening & Awards Night was spectacular!
On Thursday 6 April, 46 original creative pieces made strictly from recycled or reused materials by Alice Springs youths were exhibited in Alice Plaza.
On this special occasion, artists, friends, family and the Alice Springs community came together in celebration of the exhibition’s opening and to admire the wonderfully unique 3D pieces. As part of the couturial team, Judith Coverdale notes the “environmental conservation statements [and the] social impacts to the playful arrangements which aesthetically mimic life”.
Mayor Matt Paterson, Ettain Winter and Steve Anderson scored entries based on their use of recycled material, design and construction, and creativity, ultimately determining the winning entrants within each age group.
Deputy Mayor Eli Melky presented awards to the following prize winners for each category:
12- 14 years
- Winner: Trucking Yards Town Camp- “Trucking Jam”
15 – 17 years
- Winner: Emily Glover- “King Larry’s Dinner Invite
- Highly Commended: Miru Forrester & Emily Glover- “Recycled Wall‑E”
18 and over
- Winner: Ruby Kunoth-Monks- “Poison”
As the People’s Choice Award is determined by community votes the winner is to be announced after the closure of the Gallery!
“What took my eye was the attention to detail each sculptor had,” Judith Coverdale said.
“You can see the purposeful selection of shapes, colour and texture all reimagined.
“The imagination must go into overdrive to problem solve transforming a random collection of objects into something that is uniquely three dimensional. The ordinary is transformed, and it all begins with the first selections of an object and the imagination of the creator asking themselves what this could become.”
The gallery in Alice Plaza will also be open for the public to view on Saturday 8 April, and daily from Tuesday 11 April to Friday 14 April from 11 am to 2 pm.
“Alice Springs has so many brilliant young people in all fields. Events like the Youth Recycled Art Prize are amazing because if gives young people a platform to showcase their talents,” Mayor Paterson said.
“This year’s entries are absolutely incredible and have to be seen to be believed.”