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aRRRRRt Awards a feature of Port Stephens’ first sustainability festival

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A special collaboration between Port Stephens’ EcoNetwork and Artisan Collective, the aRRRRRt Awards, will be among the features of the region’s first-ever Sustainable Futures Festival.

The inaugural event, on beautiful Worimi country, kicks off from 10am on Sunday 11 September at the St Philip’s Christian College campus at Salamander Bay.

Entry is by gold coin donation.

Residents and visitors alike can check out some eco-friendly wares in the marketplace, enjoy a scoop of fresh gelato, and attend a talk or workshop on sustainable living delivered by industry experts.

There’ll also be plenty of activities for little and big kids, “live” entertainment, delectable food and heaps of prizes on offer.

Meanwhile, an independent, esteemed artist from Newcastle will have the difficult job of selecting the victors from a very competitive field in the aRRRRRt Awards.

Not only will the works be on display at St Philip’s Christian College that day, organisers are set to announce the winners, too, with a cash pool of $1,000 up for grabs.

The open adult prize is worth $500, with the secondary school recipient collecting $250.

The winner of the primary school category pockets $250 – and a serve of gelato from Jetty Gelato for every pupil in the classroom.

A non-cash prize is available for People’s Choice as well.

EcoNetwork Port Stephens executive member Alison Rogers said the aRRRRRt awards recognised artists’ creativity to put the R into aRt: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose or Recycle.

“It’s been a fantastic concept,” she stated.

“The finalists’ works have been viewed over the past month at Jetty Gelato (Shoal Bay), Tomaree Library and Community Centre (Salamander Bay), The Greenhouse Eatery (Pacific Dunes, Medowie) and Artisan Collective Port Stephens (Nelson Bay).

“And, we’re excited to share how the Port Stephen community has found creative ways of expressing the importance of Rethinking, Reducing, Reusing, Repurposing or Recycling.

“We’d like to thank sponsors Boomerang Bags Raymond Terrace, Hunter Region Landcare Network (via Hunter Local Land Services), Jetty Gelato and Lion Studios for their support.”

The finalists include works across digital media, painting, wearable art, sculpture and much more.

“I’m really impressed with the depth of talent,” Artisan Collective Port Stephens member Peter Masters said.

“Artists of all ages have incorporated the themes of Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose or Recycle in some very inspiring and exciting ways.”

If you’re interested in purchasing any of the art works, email [email protected]

For further information about EcoNetwork’s Sustainable Futures Festival, visit www.ecops.au/sff

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