Indie record store and music venue Trash Cult announce T-Shirt Design Competition

Subscribe to Forte Magazine


Indie record store and music venue Trash Cult announce T-Shirt Design Competition

Submissions are now open for the Artless T-Shirt Design Prize 2022.

Most of us have a favourite t-shirt. It’s that t-shirt that fits as if somehow made specifically for us. It’s that t-shirt that magically makes us look and feel better than any other in our collection. Now, thanks to Bendigo’s Trash Cult, the possibly to-be favourite t-shirt of someone could well be designed by your good self. 

For those unfamiliar, Trash Cult is an independent store offering carefully curated records, books and film opened by Mick and Lorelle at the beginning of 2020. It lends its name from ‘trash culture’, a term popularised in the 1980s referring to artistic expressions considered to be of “low cultural profile”.  

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here

The basics:

  • The Artless T-Shirt Design Prize 2022 is a competition in which the winning design will be produced as a limited-run t-shirt for Trash Cult
  • By entering, artists give permission for their artwork to be used at the discretion of Trash Cult for future promotional purposes
  • Artwork music be A3 in size, contain the words Trash Cult, contain no more than three colours, and framed in black
  • Artists may submit up to three entries, at a cost of $10 per entry (proceeds go towards Ellis Park Wildlife Sanctuary, Sumatra) 
  • Submissions must be dropped off at Trash Cult during business hours. In addition to physical copies, a digital submission must be emailed to [email protected] 
  • For those outside of the Bendigo area, artists are able to email their designs to be framed by Trash Cult at an additional cost

The key dates:

  • Saturday, October 29: Submissions close. Please note the time of 3pm
  • Saturday, November 5: Opening event. Please note the times of 2-5pm
  • Saturday, November 19: Voting closes
  • Saturday, November 26: Winner announced

The other stuff: 

  • Submitted entries will be available to purchase, with Trash Cult taking a 25 per cent commission. 
  • Unsold posted submissions will not be returned
  • All works to be collected within three weeks of the exhibition’s end date 
  • The winner will be determined by popular vote

The glory:

  • Your design proudly worn by fellow Cultists
  •  $350 cash

Trash Cult is located at 15 High Street, Eaglehawk. Trading hours are 5-9pm Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturday. Further information is available through