From time to time, Kingborough Council organises or supports arts and cultural competitions and exhibitions. Current exhibitions are published on our Events page.

Current Competitions

Draw(er) up a Seat

An art prize is breathing new life into old furniture at the Kingborough Community Hub.

Old drawers from the former Kingston High School science lab have been transformed into stools for the Hub. Members of the Channel Men’s Shed and job seekers from the Kingborough region, have been repurposing the drawers, which are now ready to be decorated by young artists.

This new youth art prize invites high school students in the Kingborough region to be inspired by new discoveries in science in the creation of artworks, which will be reproduced on the stools. The stools will then return to the Community Hub and will be available during exhibitions, workshops and film nights. The stools are already in place and we are looking forward to seeing them revitalised with some great art and design.

There are two categories, both with cash prizes. Years 7 to 8 and Years 9 to 10 are the two categories and both attract a $500 cash prize for the winners. The artwork will be judged on originality, visual impact and style. Don’t worry, they will not be judged on scientific accuracy, molecular structure or the periodic table. All the works from the finalists will be shown in an exhibition in September, to complement the Salvaged Art Prize and exhibition.

Those wishing to enter must be either a Kingborough resident or attend a high school in Kingborough. See the information below and apply online.  Closing date is 13 September 2019.


The works can be in any of the following mediums:

  • drawing
  • painting
  • photography
  • print-medium (lino-cut, etching, screen ..)
  • digital art
  • collage
  • and anything else you can dream up on a two dimensional surface.

As the art-work will be digitally reproduced to decorate the stools bold designs will probably work best.

As the seats are being repurposed from timber drawers from the old Kingston High School science labs, we thought it appropriate to link the first prize with this idea. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a science nerd to draw inspiration from the world of scientific discovery. There is so much amazing stuff going on in this sphere, that you could simply google ‘new scientific discoveries’ and straight away come up with some inspirational imagery and ideas. Think stem cell research, discovery of new species, cloning, DNA, artificial intelligence….

Rest assured that the finished artwork will be judged by ‘arty types’, based upon originality, visual impact and style, NOT on scientific accuracy, molecular structure or the periodic table 😉

If you’re still struggling for ideas have a chat to your art and/or science teachers, check out Professor Brian Cox’s great docos, head to the library or binge on some sci-fi movies! Have fun, learn something new & get creative!

Closing date is 13 September 2019.

Apply online via the form below.

Draw(er) up a seat

Apply to have your artwork on our new stools at the Kingborough Community Hub
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Salvaged Art

The much loved Kingborough Council Salvaged art show is once again encouraging all community members to think about creating a piece of art from something that might normally be thrown away. Whether whimsical or with a serious artistic slant all ideas and entries are welcome to this art-with-a-message community show. From school students to seniors, from the timid first time exhibition entrant to the professional artist, individuals, groups, families and friends are free to collaborate, have fun and submit something made from predominantly salvaged materials. There are endless ideas and examples on the internet if you are feeling stuck for ideas and there is no shortage of materials which can form sculptures or wall hangings, garden decorations or fine art. The Kingborough Community Hub will be the home for this year’s exhibition so there’s plenty of space to fill. Salvaged will be open from Thursday 26 September until Wednesday 2 October. There are a range of prizes being awarded.  Artwork can be sold – please discuss with exhibition staff.

Please refer to the entry form below.

The deadline for entries is Friday 13 September 2019 with artwork due on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September 2019.

2019 Salvaged Art

  • Please provide a description of your artwork for exhibition labels.
  • Categories

    Please note that the People's Choice Award is announced at the end of the exhibition. All entries are eligible for this award.
  • To enter your artwork in a section, please check one of the below.
  • Important Dates

    Winners are announced at the opening of the exhibition at 6pm on Friday, 27 September 2019 at the Kingborough Community Hub. The exhibitions runs 10am - 4pm daily, Saturday 28 September to Wednesday 2 October. Delivery of artwork to the Kingborough Community Hub on 23 and 24 September between 10am - 4pm.
  • Please let us know if you plan to attend the opening night and if you would like to volunteer as a gallery attendant.
    •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.