Making a splash with marine debris


From rubbish to remarkable, some of the artworks created at the recent Marine Debris Art Exhibition you would have to sea to believe.

Launching at the Arts Cultural Development Council (ACDC) gallery last weekend, the exhibition showcased 35 creations, made using recycled items found on our local Geraldton beaches.

The event opened with a bang with almost 100 people passing through to appreciate the innovative arts project, provided by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) and local artist Rose Holdaway.

Project facilitator and NACC’s Sustainability Coordinator Emma Jackson said: “It was great to be able to celebrate National Recycling Week by opening such a fun and interesting exhibition.”

“Rubbish is constantly seen in a negative light, I wanted people to associate it with a positive experience to encourage them to pick it up.

“I really hope that the exhibition inspires people to create their own masterpieces from marine debris.”

The artworks displayed were created over the first weekend of November by community members in two workshops run by Rose Holdaway in partnership with NACC, and the exhibition runs until 27 November at ACDC on 189 Marine Terrace, Geraldton.

Photo by Nadine Smith

Community member Cheryl Galloway said: “Such amazingly diverse art works made from marine rubbish #take3forthesea Thanks NACC and the awesome artist Rose Holdaway for running the workshops.”

To help spread the recycling message, a community plastic recycling bin is temporarily located outside ACDC for people to recycle type 1 and 2 plastics, such as plastic bottles and takeaway food containers.

This project is funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account and delivered in partnership with the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, City of Greater Geraldton and Rip-It Security Shredding and Recyclers.

YOU CAN recycle in Geraldton! Find out more: NARvis webpage.

For additional information, please contact Emma Jackson or call 08 9938 0104.

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