Recycled Art Cultural Trail

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Artists have always been free to create any art form out of any object or material that is available to them. Today there is an increasing interest in art that uses old or used items to create something which is brand-new and attractive. There are a variety of terms used from recycled or upcycled art to ecological art. Recycled Art can carry any tone, whimsical, poignant, inspiring, useful, beautiful, and even wearable.

The advantage of reusing and recycling materials in this way helps preserve natural resources, and landfill space, while saving money.

Old fashioned value for money combined with our commitment to recycling and sustainability means the Mid North Coast has a wealth of sources of the raw material for recycled art for both locals and visitors with some towns even having OP Shop Trail brochures. This regional trail provides our picks of the best places to find recycled art and the places to uncover the trash you can turn into a treasure.

There are an increasing number of artists on the Mid North Coast excelling in this art form. Check some of them out online.

Nick Warfield

Sculpture Artist & Creatives Bellingen

Nick Warfield is a sculptor, maker and installation artist based near Bellingen. The scope of his practice encompasses sculpture, installation, furniture, decor, structure and workshops. “Thrown away objects offer me…

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Nick Warfield is a sculptor, maker and installation artist based near Bellingen. The scope of his practice encompasses sculpture, installation, furniture, decor, structure and workshops. “Thrown away objects offer me…

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One Off makery

Port Macquarie Hastings

One Off Makery was established in 2011 with the intention of seeding a small creative industry making high calibre work from frugal resources, for theatre, performance, museums, education and the…

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One Off Makery was established in 2011 with the intention of seeding a small creative industry making high calibre work from frugal resources, for theatre, performance, museums, education and the visual arts. Its major successes have been Salvage Spider, a major installation and the hugely successful Frugal Forest exhibition still touring regional galleries. http://frugalforest.oneoffmakery.net.au/

 

For more information on One Off makery, view their website, http://oneoffmakery.net.au/

Rustic Charm

A Butcher by trade, Eric Hull now describes himself as Metal Artist by choice. During a holiday in the Murray River Region in 2010, he first saw junk art and…

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A Butcher by trade, Eric Hull now describes himself as Metal Artist by choice. During a holiday in the Murray River Region in 2010, he first saw junk art and started making metal sculptures. Inspired by nature; his large creations are made from old items from garage sales, markets and scrap metal bins

Check out our Public Art Trail for examples highlighting the reuse of materials. Here are some of the best.

Nambucca Mosaics and painted pole

Nambucca

The Nambucca Mosaic Walk is a creative public art project that winds it way along nearly 60 metres of the footpath in Nambucca Heads near the local Police Station. Local…

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25 Bowra St, Nambucca Heads

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The Nambucca Mosaic Walk is a creative public art project that winds it way along nearly 60 metres of the footpath in Nambucca Heads near the local Police Station. Local artists and volunteers scoured the district for distinctive tiles, pottery, china and other knickknacks to create this spectacular artwork. Capturing the maritime essence of the area, its crazy patterns and mosaic work features mythical creatures plus dolphins, fish and a great octopus coming out of the waves.

Old Butter Factory Sculptures

Bellingen

A large public art sculpture can be found in the grounds of the Old Butter Factory Complex in Bellingen. The life-size camel is made from found objects and visitors are…

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1 Doepel St, Bellingen

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A large public art sculpture can be found in the grounds of the Old Butter Factory Complex in Bellingen. The life-size camel is made from found objects and visitors are asked to see how many of these objects they can identify in their new home – artist is unknown. There is also many smaller pieces of art to be found in the gardens of the complex.

Skate Park

Kempsey

Community members from 4 to 50 years of age collaborated with artists James Moulton, Simon Chamberlain, Corey Boulton and Jason Beard to bring to life this useable artwork. The vibrant…

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Skate Park, Belgrave Street, Kempsey

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Community members from 4 to 50 years of age collaborated with artists James Moulton, Simon Chamberlain, Corey Boulton and Jason Beard to bring to life this useable artwork. The vibrant colours and unique designs reflect the diversity of the participants.

What better way to meet the goal of creating recycled art than saving items from landfill and waste transfer stations. (We used to call them tips) A number on the Mid North Coast have associated tip shops where you can always find a bargain. Our Top Pick is the Bowerhouse Community Reuse Centre near Bellingen but you can find a complete list at www.midwaste.org.au/re-use-centres/

Bowerhouse Community Reuse Centre

Bellingen

Hours of Operation Friday,  Saturday & Sunday 8.30am to 4pm  

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Short Cut Road, Raleigh

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Hours of Operation

Friday,  Saturday & Sunday 8.30am to 4pm

 

The Green Shop – Bulahdelah

Gloucester

Open: Tues 1-5pm; Fri: 12-4pm and Sunday 10-2pm

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Golf Club Drive, Bulahdelah. , Bulahdelah

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Open: Tues 1-5pm; Fri: 12-4pm and Sunday 10-2pm

Gloucester Waste and Recycling Centre & Tip Shop

Gloucester

Tuesday-Friday: 7.30 – 4pm and Sat-Sun: 11am – 4pm. (closed Mondays, Christmas Day and Good Friday)

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385 Thunderbolts Way, Gloucester

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Tuesday-Friday: 7.30 – 4pm and Sat-Sun: 11am – 4pm. (closed Mondays, Christmas Day and Good Friday)

The ReUse Shop – Kempsey

Kempsey

Monday-Friday 7-4.30pm and Sat-Sun 9-4pm

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638 Crescent Head Rd, Kempsey

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Monday-Friday 7-4.30pm and Sat-Sun 9-4pm

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44 Uralla Road, Port Macquarie, 2444, Port Macquarie

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The Green Shop – Stroud

Gloucester

Open: Mon 11-3pm; Thurs 12-4pm and Sunday11-4pm.

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Simmsville Road, Stroud

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Open: Mon 11-3pm; Thurs 12-4pm and Sunday11-4pm.

Bucketts Way Waste Management Centre – Tip Shop

Greater Taree

Open every day 7am-5pm.  Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

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6839 The Bucketts Way, Tinonee

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Open every day 7am-5pm.  Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

The Green Shop – Tea Gardens

Great Lakes

Open: Mon & Wed 12-4pm; Tue, Thurs and Fri: 8am-12pm and Sunday 12-4:30pm

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Winta Road, Tea Gardens

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Open: Mon & Wed 12-4pm; Tue, Thurs and Fri: 8am-12pm and Sunday 12-4:30pm

The Community Recycling Centre (The Green Shop) Tuncurry

Open every day 8am-4pm.  Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

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Tip Rd, Tuncurry

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Open every day 8am-4pm.  Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

On a rough count there are around 50 op shops on the Mid North Coast. Many are connected to major charities while others such as Nabiac and Kendall are run to support local community projects. In some areas such as Port Macquarie or the Manning Valley you can even pick up an Op Shop Trail brochure from their Visitor Information Centres or in Nambucca go online to their tourism website at https://www.nambuccatourism.com.au/tours/more/opportunity-shops-in-the-nambucca-valley
No matter where you are you should explore them all with a very creative eye but there are some Aladdin’s Caves we wish to highlight both in terms of individual shops and localities.
Our Top Picks include:

Bowraville Treasures

Located on the corner of George & High Streets at the top of the town this is noted by so many as the place to go. Make sure you allow…

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Located on the corner of George & High Streets at the top of the town this is noted by so many as the place to go. Make sure you allow twice the time you think you may need to fossick.  Then allow for another couple of hours to explore the museums and galleries which have made Bowraville one of the official Creative Communities of the Mid North Coast.

Kendall Community Op Shop

Located in another of our Creative Communities this op shop is now a major funder of community projects having succeeded in its initial goal building the Kendall swimming pool. Perhaps…

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1A Comboyne St , Kendall

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Located in another of our Creative Communities this op shop is now a major funder of community projects having succeeded in its initial goal building the Kendall swimming pool. Perhaps because of these activities many people choose it as their place to donate goods ensuring a wide array of bits and pieces useful for recycled art. 

The Wauchope Five

This hinterland town has a strong connection to the arts through the very active Wauchope Arts but it’s also a treasure trove of five op shops and some fascinating purveyors…

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This hinterland town has a strong connection to the arts through the very active Wauchope Arts but it’s also a treasure trove of five op shops and some fascinating purveyors of old wares. Our top pick for finding just this and that and maybe more is the Salvation Army Op Shop at 7 Mackay St

The Macksville Four

This river town has much more than meets the eye and once bypassed by the Highway upgrade should be explored and enjoyed for its sense of all that is good…

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This river town has much more than meets the eye and once bypassed by the Highway upgrade should be explored and enjoyed for its sense of all that is good from yesteryear It has four op shops all within walking distance with our top pick for the variety of the weird and wonderful being the Anglican Op Shop at 6 Matilda Street. Only 15 minutes away is Nambucca Heads with another six or so outlets.