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Salvage: Recycling Art Exhibition 2017

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
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One man's rubbish is another man's creative tour de force
This is a small exhibition which is running until the 19th of August. It doesn't take long to view - but I think the messages that it delivers stay with you for a much greater time. So is it worth making the trip to see it? Definitely, in this day and age when packaging, plastic, consumerism are almost drowning our very existence, this brings a different perspective on how we should behave and what we can achieve with it.

Here are artists who are content, indeed delighted to work only with what they have salvaged from tips from Brisbane City Council tip shops and second-hand stores and they have put their creative forces to produce art which is impressive, heartfelt and didactic. What else could be so successful and effective in its outcome!

So go along and see the art work and vote for the best one. I know where my vote has gone and I think you will find it hard to choose.
A book lover's delight
A book lover's delight

Max Littler has produced a fluid and streamlined statue which has a lithe a smooth finish, made of second had books which no one wanted. It is an impressive and beautiful art work, and hugely creative.

These are some interesting creatures
These are some interesting creatures

Cate Collopy produced her art work called "The Herd" from discarded biscuit tins, golf clubs, light fittings, bed springs and aluminium cans. They are all unique and look wonderful, almost ready to run you down as they sport their antennas and snouts in different forms.

I particularly enjoyed the gentleness of this artwork made with coloured pencils, old domino pieces, game boards and bits of puzzles ( we all have ones with missing bits in our homes don't we - well now you know what to do with them).

A special little chair
A special little chair

And talking of jigsaw puzzles take a look at these necklaces which are quirky and fun, made from jigsaw puzzle bits and I think the tops of pens.

Necklaces with a difference
Necklaces with a difference

The exhibition is one aspect of what is on offer. There are posters up suggesting how you can reuse material and some of the suggestions are simply too good not to adopt.

That is not all - the exhibition is partnered with workshops and events where artists have talked about how they have produced their art, while others share the secrets of their craft. You can restore your own stool or chair instead of spending hundreds of dollars asking others to do it for you, or up cycle bowls and baskets, make lampshades and upcycle furniture and homewares. You can even be shown how to make a T-shirt tote bag and no booking is required nor any stitching. Now that is an offer that potentially can transform a large number of T shirts in your wardrobe to useful Xmas presents for the family.

Oh, and did I forget to mention these are all FREE events!

It is at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art.
Monday to Thursday 10 am to 4 pm
Friday 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday 10 am to 4pm

You can even organise a free facilitated tour of the exhibition for a group by emailing

To look at the programme and what is on offer go to

Recycling Art Exhibition
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Why? Interesting and creative art work with message
When: 7th July to 19th August 2017
Phone: 3403 8888
Where: Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art, 420 Brunswick St (Cnr Berwick St) Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Cost: FREE.
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These look great Marina
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