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The aRRRRRt Awards, a Festival feature

Sustainable Futures Festival – 11 Sept 2022

The aRRRRRt Awards, a Festival feature: winners announced!

Sunday 11 September 2022 at The Sustainable Futures Festival.

Open: Anne-Maree Hunter ‘Im-Permanent Frost’ 

Secondary: Emelia Thurlow ‘The Flying Book’ 

Primary: Emily Clark ‘Caution thoughts’ 

People’s Choice: Jamie Mackintosh ‘Bag Jellyfish’ 

About the aRRRRRt Awards

The aRRRRRt awards recognise artists’ creativity to put the R into aRt: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle. These inaugural awards are a special collaboration between EcoNetwork Port Stephens and Artisan Collective Port Stephens, celebrating EcoNetwork’s Sustainable Futures Festival.

All finalists will be on display and winners announced on 11 September at the Sustainable Futures Festival in the grounds of St Philip’s Christian College, Salamander Bay. An independent, esteemed artist from Newcastle will have the difficult job of selecting the winners from a very competitive pool.

A cash prize pool of $1000 is up for grabs. The Open Adult prize is worth $500 and the Secondary School Prize is $250. The winner of the Primary School prize is $250 and a serve of gelato from Jetty Gelato for every student in the classroom! There is also a non-cash prize for the People’s Choice Award.

The finalists include works across digital media, painting, wearable art, sculpture and much more. Below are some of the finalists.

Alison Rogers, a member of the EcoNetwork Executive said ‘We are excited to share how the Port Stephen community has found creative ways of expressing the importance of Rethinking, Reducing, Reusing, Repurposing or Recycling’.

Peter Masters, a member of Artisan Collective Port Stephens, said ‘I’m really impressed with the depth of talent – artists of all ages have incorporated the themes of Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose or Recycle in some very inspiring and exciting ways.’

The finalists can be viewed at the following locations between 16 August 2022 and 2 September 2022:

  • Jetty Gelato at Shoal Bay
  • Tomaree Library and Community Centre – Salamander Bay
  • The Greenhouse Eatery at Pacific Dunes, Medowie
  • Artisan Collective Port Stephens, Nelson Bay

And don’t forget – Festival Day is on 11 September at St Philip’s Christian College, Salamander Bay from 10am – 4pm. Come along and vote for your favourite artwork in the People’s Choice category.

If you have questions or interest in purchasing the artworks please email

More information:

Download the media release here.

Sponsors of the aRRRRRt awards are Boomerang Bags Raymond Terrace, Hunter Region Landcare Network (via Hunter Local Land Services, funded through The Australian Government’s National Landcare Program), Jetty Gelato, Shoal Bay and Lion Studios, as part of EcoNetwork’s Sustainable Futures Festival.