Turning trash into art

Talented artists and students have creatively repurposed old materials into striking contemporary pieces for this year’s Art from Trash exhibition in Salamanca’s Long Gallery.

Organised by the Resource Work Co- operative, the annual exhibition has been running for 30 years, encouraging patrons to be more diligent with their unwanted materials through the production and display of visual art.

Visitors to Art from Trash can expect to see a wide range of artwork, including sculptures, paintings and textiles, all crafted from materials that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill.

Art From Trash attracts local and interstate artists such as Lorenz Cherry, who recently moved to Tasmania and has multiple pieces in the exhibition.

“I enjoy reinventing older objects and giving them new life as a wonderful piece of art,” she said.

“I had to think early on how to be creative and responsible.

“This exhibition speaks to my heart, it’s like it was made for me. Repurposed art is the future if we want to keep the world alive.”

Featured artist Sarina Dutton has been participating in the Art from Trash exhibition for nearly two decades and has an impressive showcase of 13 exhibits this year.

“I do assemblage work with a variety of different materials so my artwork works well with the exhibition’s philosophy,” she said.

“Art From Trash is a brilliant concept, there’s so much variety and my mind is blown every year.

“The more we can encourage children to repurpose and recycle the better.

“Encouraging the young ones involved to be excited about collecting trash and create beautiful art is a wonderful initiative.”

Art from Trash is a free exhibition which will run from 22 to 30 July. For more information go to www.resourcetipshop. com/art-from-trash

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