The art of upcycling: Entries open for Retrash’s inaugural Reart exhibition

Posted by | March 04, 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Sydney, 4 March 2015: Artists around Australia and the globe are invited to showcase their upcycling skills and creativity as part of an Australian-first exhibition to celebrate the launch of acclaimed sustainability book Retrash and Earth Day’s 45th anniversary.

The exhibition is being curated by Retrash author Nathan Devine, supported by Etsy, the online marketplace for vintage and handmade goods, to celebrate the art of upcycling and aims to inspire the world to reconsider the idea of waste.

Retrash and Etsy are now inviting artists and designers across Australia and around the world to explore the creative possibilities of upcycling and recycling and submit artworks for the exhibition.

Up to 40 artworks will be selected by judges Nathan Devine (Retrash author and Reart convenor), Helen Souness (Managing Director, Etsy Australia and Asia) and Dimity Mullane (Public Programs Manager, The Lewers Gallery) for the inaugural Reart exhibition at the M2 Gallery in Sydney’s Surry Hills.

Retrash author Nathan Devine said;

“Reart provides a platform to showcase the latest in upcycling innovation from artists and designers around the world, giving insight and inspiration into the possibilities of a more sustainable and connected planet.”

Helen Souness, Etsy’s Managing Director for Asia and Australia, said:

“As a Certified B Corporation, Etsy works every day to minimise the harm and maximise the benefit we have on people and the planet. We’re excited to be able to support this project to celebrate the beauty and environmental benefit of upcycling and recycling.”

To be considered for the exhibition, artworks must be created from at least 70% second hand or waste material. Submissions close on 23 March 2015 with successful entrants to be announced on 1 April 2015.

The Reart exhibition will open on Earth Day (22 April) running until Sunday 26 April 2015. Author Nathan Devine will be signing copies of his book on Saturday 25 April.

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