TRAPPED Sculptural works by Cecile Williams

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18 May – 11 June 2015

West Australian artist Cecile Williams is committed to using art for social change. Here she explores the problem of ghostnets – illegally discarded fishing nets left adrift in our oceans, creating evocative work from ghostnet and marine debris. View 18 May – 11 June, hours Mon to Fri 10am – 4.45pm and Sat 12 – 4pm

WA curator John Stringer wrote – “Frequently working in assemblage by recycling found and discarded material and rarely using conventional art-making techniques she achieves a comfortable union and surprising rapport between the natural and the synthetic. It is this transformative process akin to alchemy and magic which gives Williams’ work its particular strength and character.”

See the exhibition works at this link:

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IMMERSION is an initiative of artist Cecile Williams to explore art for social change with a conversation looking at the impacts of plastic marine debris in our oceans –  implications, actions and reflections, bringing together science + environmentalists + arts.

A series of visual presentations and shared experiences with Heidi Taylor, CEO and founder of the national marine debris initiative Tangaroa Blue Foundation; Sara Hajbane honours student in Marine Science and Archeology at University of Western Australia; Professor Caroline Baillie UWA  & Director Waste For Life; Rebecca Prince-Ruiz of Earthcarers; artists Nalda Searles, Angela Rossen, Tim Pearn and Cecile Williams; and Maureen Maher of Keep Australia Beautiful WA plus open input from all attending. This event is free and open to all to attend.

IMMERSION is on 6 June  2015 from 10am to 12.30pm at Gallery Central, 12 Aberdeen Street, Perth


Some points to consider:

  • Since 2005 well over a million pieces of rubbish have been collected from WA beaches during beach clean-ups, weighing at over 75 tonnes!!
  • The oceans currents are currently collecting much of the world’s marine debris and dumping them into the ‘North American gyre’, and area covers an area bigger than Australia, and lies to the east of Hawaii. It is known as the Pacific Garbage Patch.
  • The recent tsunami in Japan is said to have dumped an ‘island’ of debris which stretches over 100kms long. These debris will wash up and dump onto the beaches of Hawaii and the west coast of the USA
  • Ghostnet is causing extensive pollution and destruction of marine flora and fauna, along the northern coast of Australia, especially in the Gulf of Carpentaria, where the currents are dumping tonnes of this illegally discarded commercial fishing net onto reefs and shorelines.
  • On her local beach, the stunning Greens Pools just outside of Denmark, in the south of WA, Cecile is seeing a gradual increase in the volume of marine debris washing up onto the beaches of that once pristine environment.



Central Art Auction


Central’s Visual Arts and Jewellery students stage an auction of donated artworks – this year promises some treats for the canny bidder. Established and emerging West Australian artists have generously provided mini masterpieces for lucky Perth people to acquire at remarkable prices.

Auction 6pm Thurs 18 June.

View Wed 17 and Thurs 18 June 10-4.45pm

View the artists here:


Perth Artist Trevor Richards has applied his striking designs to the windows of five old shopfronts on Beaufort Street between Aberdeen and Newcastle, adjacent to Central Institute.
The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and Gallery Central have commissioned Richards to create a strip of geometric designs linking the spaces and enlivening the disused shops. Richards completed the first shop window in early 2013 with a design derived from a floor tile pattern discovered at the New Norcia Hotel, formerly a Benedictine Hostel.  All the designs are inspired by mosaic tile patterns from churches and other buildings around the world.