Almost 40 artists from ten countries will showcase their upcycling skills and creativity as part of ReArt, an Australian-first exhibition set to open on Earth Day (22 April) to celebrate the launch of acclaimed sustainability book Retrash.
From unexpected landscapes created from vintage linoleum and statement lighting fashioned from repurposed milk cartons to haute couture created from discarded magazines, the Reart exhibition features the work of local and international artists and designers who are exploring the creative possibilities of upcycling.
The artworks, each containing at least 70% second hand or waste materials, will be showcased at the inaugural ReArt exhibition at the M 2 Gallery in Sydney ’ s Surry Hills, opening to the public on 22 April, the 45th anniversary Earth Day.
The exhibition has been curated by Retrash author Nathan Devine, supported by Etsy, to celebrate the art of upcycling and aims to inspire the world to reconsider the idea of waste. More than 100 works were submitted for the exhibition from creatives around the world with judges Nathan Devine, Helen Souness (Etsy Australia) and Dimity Mullane (The Lewers Gallery) tasked with selecting the best and most creative upcycled entries for ReArt.
Retrash author Nathan Devine sai d: “I have worked with hundreds of upcyclers over the years and I never cease to be amazed at the beautiful and innovative products and art that people create. ReArt is set to be an exciting and inspirational exhibition and we look forward to creating a platform moving forward to inspire the world to rethink waste.”
Helen Souness, Etsy ’ s Managing Director for Asia and Australia, said: “ We were amazed by the breadth and creativitiy of the upcycled works submitted for ReArt from as far as Europe, the US and of course here in Australia, including many Etsy sellers.”
Visitors will be able to find out more about Retrash and the upcycling art movement on Saturday 25 April from 2pm to 4pm when author Nathan Devine will be signing copies of his book. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will also be announced on Saturday 25 April.
The ReArt exhibition will run from 22 to 26 April 2015.