Artists from Erub Arts Collaborative transform ghost nets (abandoned fishing nets) to create dynamic installations featuring marine animals and environments. Erub (Darnley Island) is one of the most remote communities in Australia, located 160 kilometres northeast of Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula.

Ghost nets drift with the ocean currents and tides, continuing to catch fish, trapping and killing marine fauna in the process. Indigenous rangers, who care for their Country in Northern Australia, clean up the nets and rescue entangled wildlife. The nets are then used by the artists to create works of art, bringing to light the irreparable harm that discarded nets cause to local marine life.

Erub Arts Collaborative reminds us to be attentive to our local environment and that sustainability is everyone’s responsibility.

‘We are all connected by the world’s oceans’.
Artist Florence Gutchen

Getting Started

Bring the artists into the classroom.

Marion Gaemers, Australia, born 1958, Sydney, Coral panel, 2017, Townsville, Queensland, recycled discarded fishing nets, rubber, metal armature, dimensions variable; Courtesy the artist and Erub Arts; photo: Lynnette Griffiths.

Making & Responding

Be an environmental storyteller.

(front) Sarah-Dawn Gela, (middle left to right) Nancy Naawi, Ethel Charlie, Florence Gutchen, (back) Nancy Kiwat, Racy Oui-Pitt, Lavinia Ketchell with their Squids, 2017; Courtesy the artists and Erub Arts Collaborative; photo: Lynnette Griffiths.

Education Resource

See our Erub Education Resource for more ideas for in classroom.