Bowerhouse Community Reuse Centre workshops

Would you like to learn how to create beautiful mosaics or sculptures from used materials?

Bellingen Shire Council in partnership with MIDWASTE are hosting two creative upcycling workshops including a mosaics and sculpture workshop to teach you how to get creative with old stuff and turn used materials into something new and beautiful.

The creative upcycling workshops will be held at The Bowerhouse Community Reuse Centre on Short Cut Road at Raleigh and will cost $60/$30 concession per workshop. The Mosaic Workshop is on Saturday October 14 from 9.30am – 3pm and the Communal Sculpture Workshop is on Saturday October 28 from 9.30am – 3pm. To register visit

Upcycling is the process of turning old, used or unwanted products into new materials or items. At the Communal Sculpture Workshop, participants will work with sculptor Paul Miller learning how to use recovered materials to create a combined group sculpture. Participants will develop a group design and use tools and objects to create a combined artwork which will be displayed at The Bowerhouse.

The Mosaic Workshop, with local artist Fiona McAulay will teach participants indoor and outdoor mosaic techniques. Participants will commence work on a small quality mosaic project during the day which they can then take home to complete. The workshop will provide examples of some great upcycled mosaics and will also allow participants to share ideas and gain knowledge and experience on basic design theory and some technical considerations.

This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy. 

The Bowerhouse Community Reuse Centre is open 8:30am to 4:00pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and has a great selection of quality recycled and second hand items including books, CDs, furniture, household items and clothing for sale. The shop also accepts unwanted but reusable items during the opening hours of the Raleigh Waste Management Centre (open every day but Tuesdays).

Information about upcoming workshops can be found at as well as other information on waste recovery, reuse and reduction.

For more information please contact Molly Odgers, Waste Management Coordinator, on (02) 6655 7300.