The popular eco-art trend of turning marine debris into beautiful and interesting works of art, is spreading like crazy around the world, with Jurien Bay being the latest hot-spot.
Youth of Jurien Bay will have the opportunity to give it a go at an upcoming Marine Debris Art Workshop, which is being organised as part of the Shire of Dandaragan’s 2017 Spray the Grey Youth Festival in Jurien Bay on 19 April.
— Hamish Longbottom (@HamishLongbott1) March 24, 2017
Bits of plastic, discarded fishing tackle, rope and drift-wood recently collected from local beaches by Jurien Bay District High School students, are among the common types of marine debris material that will be used to make the art work.
Local artist Kiera Anderson from Sea Spray Art is facilitating the workshop themed Creatures of the Deep! – with help from members of the Jurien Bay Men’s Shed.
Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) Coastal and Marine Project Officer Hamish Longbottom said “Marine debris is a global problem and our coastline is not immune to it, so this will be a fun way to draw attention to the problem.”
“Through the workshop we will be able to see up-close some of the variety of marine debris that ends up on our shores,” he said.
“Some is carried here by ocean currents from far away, while others originate from our own coastal towns. We can do something about the latter.
“We all have a responsibility to look after our oceans and it has to start locally.
“We need to support our youth – for they are our next generation of coast carers who can help ensure that our coastal and marine environment is clean and healthy,” he said.
For more information about the Shire of Dandaragan’s Spray the Grey Event, contact 08 9652 0800. For more information about NACC’s work with marine debris, go to www.nacc.com.au/project/beach-clean-up-days/
This workshop is supported by NACC, the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife, Sea Spray Art and Jurien Bay Men’s Shed, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.