Upcycling socks

Create a masterpiece with old textiles for a chance to win a prize and have your art displayed at the museum.

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Add to Calendar 20201112 000000 20201211 235900 America/Vancouver Upcycled Art Contest Create a masterpiece with old textiles for a chance to win a prize and have your art displayed at the museum.


Inspired by the feature exhibit Nature's Clothesline, this contest is all about reusing old textiles and materials to create new things. It could be art or something useful. The only rule is you have to use existing materials instead of new ones. And it's for kids only! Check online or Pinterest for inspiration. Here are a few project tutorials used in past museum camps too.

How to Enter

Simply have your parents post a photo of your project to social media and hashtag it #MuseumOfSurrey. You can also email your project to museum@surrey.ca. The deadline to enter is December 11, 2020. 

The Prize

All participants will be invited to display their creations at Museum of Surrey from February 3-21, 2021. Just like professional artists! Projects will be judged in two categories: 1) children up to age 12 and 2) youth aged 13-18. Museum staff will shortlist final entries and then put the final decision to a vote on social media from December 14-16. Prizes for each category are:

  • Winner - $250 Native Shoes giftcard
  • Runner Up - $100 Native Shoes giftcard

Submission Sizing

For submissions to be displayed in the museum, they must either be:

  • Maximum 1ft x 1ft x 1ft if they are multidimensional
  • Maximum 2ft x 4ft long if they are wall hanging

Tutorial from Artists in the Nature's Clothesline Exhibit

Amy Walker is a Vancouver artist who pre-COVID used her cargo bike-turned art studio to host sustainable art-making sessions in public spaces. While her 'Makemobile' is parked at home these days, she is spreading word of the dramatic increase in textile waste worldwide by showcasing her work at Museum of Surrey. As Walker attempts to educate people and get them thinking about where their clothes come from and where they will go, she has provided a tutorial to upcycle scrap fabric.

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