Sterling Bank Plc has unveiled the ‘Recyclart’ competition, in a bid to influence how Nigerians dispose of items that could be recycled and change the way they relate to the environment.
The Chief Marketing Officer of Sterling Bank, Mr. Henry Bassey, who disclosed this in a statement in Lagos, said the competition was intended to be an annual competition that would encourage participants to create a visual representation of the value of recycling waste materials.
“The use of recyclable material forces artists and audience alike to rethink daily choices that impact the environment on an active and reflective note. This competition aims to bring to the eyes of the public an admission of a detrimental reality that now needs to be included in the national dialogue.
“The competition will serve as a means of empowering young artists and emerging talents across the country to use waste materials that are recycled for art in public spaces as part of an effort to preserve culture,” Bassey said.
He added that “taking care of the environment is a great concern to many and one does not have to go far to see the negative effects of improper waste disposal or how such practice is affecting the lives of many in the country today.”
He noted that discarded items such as broken car parts, steel, tyres, generators and old computers which are capable of being used and repurposed into art works litter the environment in every part of the country.
The CMO, therefore, called for entries from young artists and emerging talents across the country to make the first edition of the competition a resounding success. He announced that grand prize winners of N1 million each would emerge from four zones including Lagos, Ogun, Rivers and Abuja.
He added that winners in the competition, which would run for five months, would also enjoy the rare privilege of a solo installation/exhibition in one public community park or space. The objective is to spark discussion on the benefits of using repurposed materials to create art and spin a narrative to reclaim these same public spaces these materials had cluttered and littered for so long, he said.