Ghost nets in the Numbulwar art centre. Images courtesy of Numbulwar Numburindi Arts.
Past Event

AGENCY UNTOLD – A Collaborative Design Solution for Global Environmental Issues

Presented by Agency Projects


Tue 23 May 8:30am - 9:30am


Booking required


Agency Projects, (Level 1 Johnston Street Building). Room 102
Collingwood Yards, Johnston Street, Collingwood VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom All gender bathroom Assistance animals welcome Seating available Wheelchair accessible

From the devastation caused by ghost nets in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory,  to the effects of climate change on remote communities like Indulkana, South Australia, this discussion will unpack how a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary collaboration, based on innovation, art, design and science, is required to address the issues and opportunities around some of the most pressing global environmental concerns.  

This sharing of cultures and celebration of innovation is designed to kick-start a conversation around real sustainable and economical solutions to these major environmental concerns affecting remote First Nations communities. 

Featuring a national panel of speakers including master Numbulwar weaver Rose Wilfred, Manager Indigenous Programs at the National Maritime Museum, Matt Poll, Minyma Aṉangu artist Tanya Singer, Western Yalanji artist Errol Evans and preeminent designer Trent Jansen.

“For ghost nets and marine debris from northern Australia, to overcome the issues around economies of scale, the focus must be on high quality bespoke products such as homewares, housing products and artistic pieces. Reflecting the unique cultural and artistic values and the strong connection to Country of Indigenous communities in the region, will provide opportunity to develop profitable, self-sustaining business models for the region to responsibly dispose of ghost nets.”

Ghost Nets Needs Analysis and Feasibility Study for Northern Australia, Parks Australia.

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