Sustainability competition

The University of Bedfordshire supports the World Health Organisations Sustainability Development Goals and encourages our learning community to demonstrate sustainable behaviours that minimise impact on the environment.

May is the month where library teams create displays about the future we choose and sustainability.

A map of the world made from motherboard parts

What is upcycled art?

The concept is about giving a piece of waste material such as paper, card or plastics a second life! It is a step beyond conventional recycling efforts, as items you think have served their purpose, can be upcycled, and transformed. Presenting waste materials within a piece of art gives them a renewed purpose – a second life!

Could you create a fantastic piece of art from recycled materials?

TAFU (Student Chapter), Sustainability and colleagues in the Art ad Design department, in association with University of Bedfordshire libraries are running a competition to find the most creative, imaginative piece of art using waste materials.

What can you create from your waste items?

A bee made of upcycled materials

What else?

We’d love to display your pieces in Luton campus library. Please contact for more information.

What you need to know

  • Your entry must be an original creation, entirely produced by you.
  • Your entry cannot be a copy or resemble another person's artistic creation including published or unpublished work or anything that can be attributed to another artist.
  • Initial your creation and take a photo.
  • Send your photo to by midnight on Friday 7th June. In the subject bar of your email put ‘Art Competition’.
  • We are grateful for all entries. Winners will be notified by email by 5pm, Friday 14th June.

Submit your entries by Friday 7th June 2024, for a chance to win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place and one of three Amazon vouchers worth £100, £50 and £25.

Good luck!

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