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Commissioned by the Grafton Regional Art Gallery for the opening of their new gallery complex, Unwrapping was a community led art project looking at sustainability and single plastics - aimed at changing a community's relationship to waste.


The project harnessed the power of the 'craft circle' to

engage in conversations and increase understanding of plastics and sustainable alternatives.

Participants were asked to put a value upon waste by collecting their single use plastic over a 4 week period, and use it as a creative mosaic medium.

The project accessed different parts of the gallery demographic: school children, practising artists and hobby creatives. 

The artists were also available during the opening week of the installation to discuss sustainability in the gallery with viewers, whilst adding to the interactive DIY mural.


Creative Leads: Matthew Aberline and 

Maurice Goldberg

Manufactured by: The Beautiful and Useful Studio

Gallery Collaborator: Grafton Art Gallery

Community Collaborators: Friends of the Grafton Art Gallery / Workshop Program, Cowper Art Gallery and Studio, and the Grafton High School. 


Commissioned by the Grafton Art Gallery, in conjunction with an onsite residency, for the opening week of the new gallery complex. 

Participants and viewers were engaged in conversations around single use plastics, and building an understanding of sustainable alternatives, degradable vs biodegradable options, and methods of recycling in partnerships with Clarence Valley Council Waste.


Textiles made from recycled PET polyester, with single use plastic embedded onto biodegradable cellulose film sponsored by Compost Me.

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