The Ghost of GhostNets Australia’s Funding
Art often reflects life – the good and the bad – and it can also highlight events and organisations and causes that we might not have known previously about.
Currently on show at Umbrella Studio in Townsville is Mesh – an exhibition by North Queensland artists, Lynnette Griffiths, Sue Ryan and Marion Gaemers of 2D and 3D works meshing together ideas and techniques utilising materials found in the environment. Mesh is related to and inspired by the GhostNets Art Project – a project involved with GhostNets Australia which since 2002, has removed more than 12,000 free floating fishing nets from the ocean and beaches.
“Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been abandoned at sea, lost accidentally, or deliberately discarded. They travel the oceans of the world with the currents and tides, continually fishing as they progress through the waters.” And GhostNets Australia aimed to remove the accumulating nets from the ocean.
Yet GhostNets Australia announced yesterday that their federal funding has not been renewed and the organisation will close down at the end of June.
The works produced as part of the GhostNets Art Project has been exhibited in Cairns, Townsville, Sydney, Paris and many other places…
The organisation might soon be a ghost, but luckily in the meantime the art itself will stay with us, a reminder of a problem that unfortunately looks to be here to stay.