Marine debris becomes another work of art in AW region

If you live in Adelaide, or are visiting soon, be sure to visit Tandanya Arts Centre to see the cumulative efforts of regional Aboriginal artists.

Tandanya Arts Centre staff Jayden Smith and Steve Harrison with Guldamara*

The ‘Guldamara’ (Blue Swimmer Crab) artwork now on display is a joint creation by Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara, the Tjutjuna Arts Centre in Ceduna and the people of Yalata in the state’s far west.

The spectacular sculpture is made entirely from marine debris collected from Yalata beaches by members of the Yalata Youth Centre, and was created by local Aboriginal artists from the Far West Coast Region.

The group were guided by artist Sue Ryan from Ghost Nets, a Queensland-based group that aims to draw public attention to the threat that ocean debris poses to marine life and coastal landscapes.

Guldamara is the second sculpture created through the collaborative efforts of the region’s communities, Ghost Nets and the Tjutjuna Arts Centre. The first was the extraordinary ‘Jidarah’ (internal access only), a four-metre-long sculpture of a southern right whale.

Jidarah is now a popular exhibit housed in the Oceanagraphic Museum of Monaco.

Only time will tell if international recognition may also be in store for Guldamara. It’s on display at Tandanya until April 29.

*Image courtesy of the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute – Tandanya