Work­shop will add to up­com­ing art ex­hi­bi­tion

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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