E095503 - Ghost Net Turtle
Turtle, made by Ellarose Savage in 2012 from ghost nets. Acquired 2013 - E095503. Image: Rebecca Fisher
© Australian Museum

Ages: Recommended for 16+

You’ve likely walked on a beach and seen washed-up, discarded fishing nets. Also known as ghost nets, these abandoned fishing nets pose a massive threat to marine life and birds, and can travel extremely long distances with currents and tides. However, First Nations communities and artists are repurposing them to create beautiful works of art and sculptures that tell traditional stories. In these in-depth, hands-on workshops try your hand at ghost net weaving and contribute to a giant woven creation as you discover creative solutions for reducing waste and the importance of caring for Country.

In this rare opportunity, be guided by artists from the Ghost Net Collective, and learn to weave using recycled materials discarded in our ocean, as you work collaboratively with other participants and facilitators to help create a large-scale woven artwork in the peaceful surroundings of the Australian Museum.

Following the workshop join an expert-led tour of Garrigarrang one of the AM's permanent First Nations galleries, to see how First Nations communities have used weaving and sustainable traditions for tens for thousands of years.

This 2.5 hour workshop is suited for both beginners and experts alike.

Note: November workshops will be led by Lynette Griffiths and guest artists from Erub Arts (Darnley Island, Eastern Torres Strait). December and January workshops will be led by local Sydney artists trained by the Ghost Net Collective.

Please refer to the AM's refund policy here. Members Benefits are for registered AM Members only.

The Ghost Net Collective

Ghost Net Collective
Ghost Net Collective Image: Ghost Net Collective
© Ghost Net Collective

The Ghost Net Collective is a collaborative cross-cultural movement that connects non-Indigenous and Indigenous artisans who are dedicated to raising awareness of ocean pollution and the importance of caring for Country. The Collective have been providing education and training for communities to be able to better care for Country. By removing and using discarded fishing equipment and nets from the ocean, this self-sustaining art practice also allows individuals the agency to create, sell and survive from these resources.

The Australian Museum is COVID Safe

To help keep our staff, visitors and community safe, the AM has COVID-19 protocols in place, including physical distancing, increased cleaning and hygiene practices. Facemasks are encouraged.

View our full COVID-19 safety information here.