2014 Create from a Crate
VWA Exhibitions

2014 Create from a Crate

Hatch Contemporary Arts Space,
Banyule City Council

Backspace Gallery,
Ballarat Art Gallery / City of Ballarat

Create from a Crate first commenced in 2003 and ran through until 2006.

In 2012/13 Waste Converters and the Victorian Woodworking Association are once again organising this competition after a 6 year hiatus.


Will Matthysen

First Prize – $3,000

Clock 174 by Will Matthysen

Philippa Haydon

Second Prize – $2,000

Tom's Offcuts by Philippa Haydon

Andrew Potocnik

Third Prize – $1,000

Pod X by Andrew Potocnik

People's Choice Award

The votes for the Waste ConvertersPeople's Choice Award have been counted and the winner of the $1,000 prize is: Will Matthysen for Clock 174


History & Aim

The crates used for the previous competitions came from the Iveco Truck manufacturing plant in Dandenong. This year the timber used for the competition will come from pallets that were made in the USA and they have come from AMCOR Flexibles. These pallets were used to import rolls of heavy metallic film used to make food packaging.


The aim of the competition is to promote the re-use of waste timber that is currently going to landfill. The competition focuses particularly on post-industrial timber packaging waste.

Each year in Victoria, 500,000 tonnes of timber waste is disposed of. Much of this timber waste is packaging waste in the form of pallets, crates and boxes. Often imported pallets are made of exotic timber species and much of this timber has the potential to be recycled into new and value added products.

We hope that the Create from a Crate Competition helps make people aware of the potential that this waste material has for being re-used and recycled. We would like to change people’s attitudes towards timber waste so that people begin to consider this timber more as a resource that can be reused, rather than as refuse to be discarded. The competition provides the incentive for individual wood designers and crafts people to design and construct functional or artistic objects from the timbers available from these pallets.

Competition Categories & Awards

A minimum of 4 Prizes will be judged and awarded including:

First Prize$3,000
Second Prize$2,000
Third Prize$1,000
Waste Converters Prize$1,000

Additional prizes and categories may be added.

We will be aimining for the initial exhibition and announcement of competition winners to be held will at a Melbourne Metropolitan Gallery, followed by a tour of the exhibition to Regional Victorian Centres.

Materials & Design

Material Collection

The timber used in the Competition is provided from the Waste Converters Recycling Depot in Dandenong South. This timber comes from shipping pallets and crates that were made in the USA and supplied for recycling from AMCOR.

Two wooden pallets will made available to each contestant.

EACH PALLET CONTAINS: (all dimensions approximate)

  • 3 bearers 1520-1670mm long, 150 x 70mm
  • 9 boards 760mm long, 100 x 20mm
  • 1 board 760mm long, 125 x 20mm
  • 2 boards 760mm long. 150 x 25mm.

Note: These pallets are larger than the standard Chep pallets. To collect the pallets you will need appropriate transport such as a trailer, ute, large 4wd, or van. These pallets will not fit in the back of a sedan or hatchback, and should not be attached to roofracks.

Object Design

  • Contestants are required to design and construct functional or artistic objects from the crate timbers.
  • A maximum of 10% of the total amount of the finished work may be other materials such as, glass, steel, or other timbers.
  • The idea is to "emphasise" rather than hide the recycled origin of the material!

Contact Details

For additional information on Create from a Crate, contact:

Libby O'Brien - Curator
e: exhibitions@vwa.org.au
m: 0430 500 420

  • View all VWA Exhibitions
  • 2012 Across the Board / Stormwood
  • 2016 Create from a Crate

Contact Us

Victorian Woodworkers Association (VWA)
Postal Address

42 Courtney St,
North Melbourne, VIC 3051
03 5776 2178

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5 Tyrone St,
North Melbourne, VIC 3051
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