Plastic takes centrestage in community art project

He Waka Tuia Art + Museum co-manager Sarah Brown and curator David Dudfield are encouraging people to drop off clean plastic items at the five collection points throughout Invercargill to be used for an innovative community art project.

CLEAN plastic waste is wanted for an innovative community art project.

He Waka Tuia Art + Museum co-manager Sarah Brown said there were five collection points around Invercargill for people to donate plastic items to assist with the creation of a community art project with Dunedin-based artist Janet de Wagt.

Whether it was bottles, food or other containers, as long as it was plastic and it was clean, it would be welcome, she said.

He Waka Tuia curator David Dudfield said they were especially keen for plastic “things which were hard to recycle”, and in particular coloured plastics, such as milk bottle tops.

The project, You, Me and The Sea, would be created by school pupils and members of the public during workshops, some of which would be hosted by de Wagt.

As it would be a community art project, “participants would create the exhibition”, Brown said.

Two months had been set aside to create the work, which would be installed at He Waka Tuia ready to be exhibited in May.

de Wagt would visit schools throughout the region for two weeks holding workshops, followed by another five weeks of workshops, Brown said.

Part of the project was to also highlight some of the environmental issues around plastic, Brown said.

“By using plastic, we are hoping to make people aware of the amount of plastic they go through, and it will also extend the life of the items,” she said.

The collection bins had “a positive response from the community” so far, they said.

Hosting a community art project was also another way to encourage people to come into the space [He Waka Tuia].

“There has been a lot of intrigue… with people wondering what’s it’s gonna be,” Brown said.

“To help us create an underwater community art project, please donate your clean plastic.”

Collection bins had been loaned by WasteNet Southland.

Clean plastic items could be dropped off in bins at He Waka Tuia Art + Museum, cnr of Don and Kelvin Sts, ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill City Libraries and Archives, Splash Palace, and The Pantry, South City, during each individual business’ opening hours.

  • You, Me and The Sea, He Waka Tuia Art + Museum, Tuesday, May 18, to Sunday, July 3.