Workshop will add to upcoming art exhibition
ART Whitsunday and Ecobarge held their final recycling workshop last week ahead of the Art Whitsunday annual exhibition next month.
The workshop was the last of three workshops held throughout the year in different locations to provide people with greater access, especially in areas such as Dingo Beach and Hydeaway Bay..
The goal of these workshops was to find an alternative use for marine debris collected from the beaches of the Whitsundays.
Members of the public creatively transformed debris such as netting, thongs and rope into a range of artworks, which will be on display at the annual exhibition.
Art Whitsunday Annual Exhibition co-ordinator Belinda Curry had hoped the recycling workshops would increase awareness as to what is impacting the region.
“The workshops were an important event in a number of ways, firstly to produce work to exhibit at the annual exhibition in order to raise awareness of what is accumulating on our beaches and waterways and the efforts that Ecobarge volunteers go to, to keep the region beautiful,” she said.
Ms Curry said the idea of us- ing recycled materials inspired a new form of creativity for many locals in the area.
“By using recycled materials people feel more confident to tackle an artwork as they do not have preconceived ideas on what it should look like or be precious using the material.”
“We had self described "not artists" displaying the most amazing creativity and at little cost. It also brought people together that had never meet before from different regions of the Whitsundays including Hydeaway Bay, Lethebrook, Airlie Beach and Proserpine,” she said.
Ms Curry invites anyone in the region to attend the Art Whitsunday annual exhibition which will be held at Whitsunday PCYC on July 11 with more details to be advised closer to date.
For more information please visit Art Whitsunday Facebook page.
RECYCLING WORKSHOPS: Ecobarge liasion Jackie Smith talking to Art Whitsunday president Linda Forrester at Saturday's workshop.