The Art of Adaptation

The Art of Adaptation is a program of exhibitions, performances, and events that exploit contemporary arts practices and technologies to promote awareness of climate change related issues, such as Council’s Salvaged Art project returning in 2017.

Salvaged Art 2017

Salvaged Art will focus on climate change and entrants are encouraged to develop work which raises awareness of threats such as sea level rise, temperature increase, and fire and storm risk. Entries may also address adaptation, mitigation, resilience and recovery issues.

The competition is open to all artists, hobbyists, young people, community groups and schools. All artworks are to be made from recycled, re-purposed and reused materials and must address the Climate Change theme.

Enter via the online form: Salvaged Art 2017.


  • Open Award $700
  • Amateur Artist $300
  • 13-17 Years Award $150
  • 6-12 Years Award $50


  • $250 for most creative work addressing the theme
  • $250 for most creative climate change message


  • Entry deadline: 5pm, Friday 18 August
  • Delivery of artwork: 10am – 12pm & 4pm – 6pm, Monday 25 September (to Kingston Beach Hall)
  • Exhibition opening & winners announced: 6pm – 8pm, Friday 29 September (Kingston Beach Hall)
  • Exhibition dates: 11am – 4pm daily, Saturday 30 September to Wednesday 4 October
  • People’s Choice Award announced: 10am, Wednesday 4 October
  • Artwork collection: TBC

Conditions of Entry

  • All artworks are to be made from salvaged materials.
  • Maximum size for 2D artworks: 1.5m x 1.5m, not more than 10kg for works to be hung, and not than 50kg for 3D works.
  • All artworks are to be the original work of the artist.
  • All artworks are to remain at the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.
  • All delivery and pick-ups are the responsibility of the artist.
  • A transport/storage fee of $50 will be charged to artists/s for each artwork not picked up on the specified day.
  • All artwork to be hung on walls must be supplied with D-rings or wires to enable display using the gallery hanging system.
  • All sculptural work must be safe and freestanding.
  • Artworks must not contain sharp, toxic or dangerous components that might cause injury.
  • Kingborough Council is not responsible for loss or damage to any artworks during the exhibition.
  • Artists are advised to insure their own artwork against loss or damage during the exhibition.
  • Kingborough Council reserves the right to photograph artworks in the exhibition for promotional and archival purposes, including posting images on the internet.
  • Kingborough Council reserves the right to reject any artworks not deemed suitable or appropriate for the exhibition.
  • Section winners will be judged by the following criteria: raise awareness of issues related to climate change, transform waste into a resource, creativity, quality of work and innovation.