We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Sovereign Custodians of the land on which we live and work. We extend our respects to their Ancestors and all First Nations peoples and Elders past, present, and future.

Rubbish on the Shore Think Tank

Presented by Agency Projects on Miwatj Country, this series of thought-provoking conversations around the impact and possible solutions for ghost net and marine debris pollution that heavily impacts remote communities across the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Torres Strait, will bring Traditional Owners together with a broad group of design thinkers to tackle the problem through design based solutions. Ghost net and marine debris pollution is a global problem that requires innovative local solutions.

Indigenous leaders from over 20 First Nations rangers groups and artists working across Indigenous owned art centres will be joined by a delegation of experts from educational institutions, professionals working within the design and architecture sectors, material scientists, marine biologists and data analysts in a discussion around the importance of applying systems thinking and design solutions to the Ghost Nets environmental issue.

The project will be complemented by a series of follow-up conversations and presentations across 2024 and an event at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), to be held as part Melbourne Design Week in 2024. Findings and results of the project will be shared with a wider public through a published report.

Participating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ranger and Art Groups include: Anindilyakwa Arts, Numbulwar Numburindi Arts (NNA), Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre, Moa Arts, Numbulwar Numburindi Rangers, Anindilyakwa Land & Sea Rangers, Yirralka Rangers, Dhimurru Rangers and Mua Lagalgau Rangers.

This advocacy event is presented by Agency Projects with the support of: Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation, Federal Government Ghostnet Taskforce, Parks Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS), and Sea Shepherd.

View the full program here.

Image courtesy Sea Shepherd Australia