Ryde Young environmental artists win council awards

WINNERS of the City of Ryde SWAP (Sustainable Waste2Art Prize) 2017 were announced this week.

The winners used recycled materials and the theme of ‘sustainable living’ and the judges chose 79 works from 160 entries for exhibition from artists as young as eleven.

SWAP Curator, Ben Eadie, said he was stunned by the quality and diversity of the works.

“Each piece showed a creative, imaginative understanding of the sustainable living theme,” he said.

Members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Award.

The SWAP Open Category for young people over the age of 18 was won by Winner Leanne Cowie with her work “An Ocean of Plastic” and Second Prize was won by Michelle Robinson with her work “The Phoenix Arises”.

Highly Commended was Robert Hulland with his work “Elements of Past Time”.

The Youth Environment Prize was won by Ted Hines with his work “Hare” while Second Place was won by Tom Johnston with his work “JD Tractor”.

The Junior Category for children aged between 11 and 15 was won by

Elise Bejjani with “Fascinator” and Second Place was won by Stella Houlihan with her work “Cruate Animale”.

The Highly Commended award went toTrinity Myers with her work “Revenge of the Environment .”

The Functionality Award was won by Stephanie Powell with “Obsolete.com”.

The Junior Category for children aged between 11 and 15 was won by Elise Bejjani with “Fascinator” . Photo Courtesy Ryde City Council.