Collected Debris. Image courtesy of Sea Shepherd Australia. Image by Rebecca Griffiths

Rubbish on the Shore | Symposium Presented by Agency Projects and National Gallery Victoria

Tue 28 May, 11am–3.30pm

Collected Debris. Image courtesy of Sea Shepherd Australia. Image by Rebecca Griffiths
Past program

NGV International

Great Hall
Ground Level

Rubbish on the Shore is a cross-cultural think-tank that explores design solutions for ghost net and associated marine debris impacting Indigenous communities and Sea Country across Northern Australia.

The Rubbish on the Shore | Symposium event follows a three-day think-tank on Miwatj Country with Indigenous leaders from over 20 First Nations rangers groups and artists working across Indigenous owned art centres, and a delegation of experts from educational institutions, professionals working within the design and architecture sectors, material scientists, marine biologists and data analysts.

Join Agency Projects and NGV for a series of insightful conversations where we will unpack what lessons have been learned and how design thinking and collaborative conversation can seed solutions to the issues impacting Australia’s oceans and waterways.

Panel sessions and speakers will be announced soon.

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.

Mayatili Marika, Chair, Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation
Mayatili Marika is a Rirratjiŋu Traditional Owner and a Yolŋu woman based in northeast Arnhem Land. Part of a new generation of leadership for Yolŋu people, she is a bilingual leader and advocate who is involved in the education pipeline for aboriginal people in the region. She is the University of Melbourne’s Cultural Advisor and Partnerships Officer based in Northeast Arnhem Land and Chair of Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, which develops and implements culturally and environmentally appropriate resource management strategies around Nhulunbuy. From the Marika clan, Mayatili belongs to one of the great artistic and political dynasties of Australia.

Leila Gurruwiwi, Public programs, Agency Projects
Leila Gurruwiwi is a multi-talented individual with a diverse range of skills and expertise. She is a proud Yolŋu woman, originally from Galiwinku on Elcho Island in North East Arnhem Land, who grew up on Dja Dja Wurrung Country (Bendigo, Victoria). She is a media personality, a captivating presenter, a talented actor, a cultural ambassador and a knowledgeable mentor. She is an inspiration to all, particularly in her tireless efforts to create a safe environment for minority groups. Leila is the Public Programs lead at Agency Projects where she works to create opportunities for First Nations perspectives to be heard by a wider audience.

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