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Monday, March 1, 2021

Artworks dive into issue of overconsumption

The old idiom ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ is being put to the test at a local art exhibition.

The Waste to Art exhibition is a part of the Lake Macquarie City Council’s Sustainable Neighbourhoods Program, and is open daily between 10am and 2pm at [email protected]

The exhibition will go until Sunday 13 December, and features over 40 pieces created by artists, students, and community members from across the region, including Newcastle-based artist Mardi Lee.

She will display her piece DarNet, which explores the differing textures, colours, and materials of waste.

“Rubbish and waste have become entrenched in our current way of living,” Ms Lee said.

“I hope my artwork will be the impetus for personal and community change in how we think about waste.”

The Sustainable Neighbourhoods program encourages community-driven events that work to minimise waste, such as the Repair Cafe in Lake Macquarie, Eco Angel clean ups, and Boomerang Bags sewing workshop.

Lake Macquarie City Council’s Community Partnerships Manager, Andrew Bryant, said the aim of the exhibition was to challenge the perceptions of waste.

“The significance of these artworks is that they prompt us to consider how we might be over-consuming,” Mr Bryant said.

“I encourage the Lake Mac community to visit the exhibition and take the time to think about how they can reuse the items and materials that are around them to create a more sustainable future.”

Visit Sustainable Neighbourhoods website for more information.