Plastic waste and its environmental harm is a global issue, but there are ways to make it useful and beautiful.
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery presents a series of talks and art workshops this month to explore the creative potential of recycling plastic.
Curator, Jo Besley, and Still: National Still Life Award winning artist Sarah Goffman, the Plastic Collective CEO and founder Louise Hardman, and Still Salon exhibitor Jeremy Sheehan will come together for ‘Table Talk’ panel discussion on Friday 12 January, 2018.
In her award-winning artwork ‘Asian Table’, artist Sarah Goffman upcycled discarded fast food containers into a beautiful replica of a Chinese porcelain collection. The art work not only drew parallels between the longevity of the materials, but also the nature of what we are leaving behind for future generations.
Similarly, local artist Jeremy Sheehan has been working collaboratively with Pacific Island communities to create art works that highlight the issue of discarded plastics and the impact they are having on their lives. Some of these works have recently been included in Sydney’s Sculpture by the Sea and the Still Salon exhibition currently on display at the Sawtell Art Gallery.
Plastic Collective CEO and inventor Louise Hardman is focused on empowering communities around the world to tackle the problem of plastic waste with the help of her award-winning weapon against waste, the ‘Shruder’ machine. Louise educates others on the chemistry of plastics, the process of shredding, extruding and repurposing plastics into new items.
“Our disposable culture and addiction to plastic and our concern for the environment and the legacy we are leaving for future generations are at the heart of the creative and practical work undertaken by Sarah, Jeremy and Louise. These themes were also echoed many times over in the entries received for Still: National Still Life Award,” said Ms Besley.
Everyone is welcome to come along to the talks and/or workshops.
- Friday, January 12, 2018, ‘Table Talk’ panel discussion at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. Free entry.
- Saturday, January 13, 2018, ‘Creative Table‘ for children aged 8 to 15. Two hour hands-on workshop with Sarah Goffman, Woolgoolga Library. $10 per person.
- Saturday, January 13, 2018, ‘Recycled Table‘ for people aged 16+. Two hour hands-on workshop with Sarah Goffman, Woolgoolga Art & Craft Gallery. $20 per person.
- Sunday, January 14, 2018, ‘Still at the Table‘ for people aged 16+. Four hour hands-on workshop with Sarah Goffman at the Coffs Harbour Creative Arts Group in the Showground. $40 per person.
To book tickets or find out more, follow the links.