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Creative Partnership creates a Waste Not World

13/05/2014

​Aligning with the Year 4 curriculum unit - Smart Arts - students from Edge Hill State School were recently involved in a community partnership and artistic collaboration with a difference.

Working with artist Ruby Boussard and using found and up-cycled materials, the Waste Not World was created inside one of the historical 'tanks' at the famous Tanks Art Centre, Cairns. The project encouraged participants to consider matters of conservation, recycling and sustainability, while also delivering an opportunity for hands-on creativity.

Activities began in the week leading up to the Tanks Art Centre's inaugural Children's Festival held on Sunday 4 May. Students visited the Tanks Arts Centre in class groups and with guidance and support from Ms Boussard created and populated a maze-like recycled cardboard world with life-sized silhouettes of children, dressed with fabric scraps, recycled garments and other discarded objects. Students were encouraged to paint designs on the walls of their Waste Not World and write messages to their audience.

Adults and children attending the Cairns Children's Festival were then able to explore the hallways, chambers and secret doorways creatde by our students and add their own recycled touches to the walls and residents of the Waste Not World. The large sclae evolving work of art captured imaginations and was enjoyed by many.