ReArt exhibition celebrates the art of upcycling

Almost 40 artists from ten countries will showcase their upcycling skills and creativity as part of ReArt, an Australian first exhibition to celebrate the launch of sustainability book Retrash.

From unexpected landscapes created from vintage linoleum and statement lighting fashioned from repurposed milk cartons, to haute couture created from discarded magazines, the ReArt exhibition features the work of local and international artists and designers who are exploring the creative possibilities of upcycling.

The artworks, each containing at least 70% secondhand or waste materials, will be
showcased at the inaugural ReArt exhibition at the M 2 Gallery in Sydney’s Surry Hills, which opened to the public on 22 April, the 45th anniversary Earth Day.

The exhibition has been curated by Retrash author Nathan Devine, and supported by Etsy, the online marketplace for vintage and handmade goods, to celebrate the art of upcycling and aims to inspire the world to reconsider the idea of waste.

Retrash author Nathan Devine said: “I have worked with hundreds of upcyclers over the years and I never cease to be amazed at the beautiful and innovative products and art that people create. ReArt is set to be an exciting and inspirational exhibition and we look forward to creating a platform moving forward to inspire the world to rethink waste.”

Visitors will be able to find out more about Retrash and the upcycling art movement on
Saturday 25 April from 2pm to 4pm when author Nathan Devine will be signing copies of his book. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will also be announced on Saturday 25 April. The ReArt exhibition will run from 22 to 26 April 2015.

Visit the ReArt website for more information about the exhibition.

Read more about the “Once Upon A Queenslander” Armchair (pictured above), designed and constructed by Furniture Master Craftsman, Will Marx. Inspired by a beloved Queensland icon, the Queenslander homesteads, the chair is made from old floorboards, ceiling beams and battens salvaged from old Queenslander houses that have outlived their original usage as a home and shelter.

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