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The City of Melbourne invited Ghost Net Art Project to run a two day public workshop at Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival in 2014. It was a wonderful opportunity to visit Melbourne, meet local artists and share the ghost net story with a new audience.

Ghost Net Art Project team Sue Ryan and Greg Adams met up with Torres Strait artists Angela Torenbeek (Moa Island) and Georgia Curry and her daughter Kelly Beckley (Hammond Island) to run the workshop in a large marquee set up at Birrarung Marr behind Federation Square on the banks of the Yarra River. 

We were thrilled to have Melbourne fibre artist Ilka White join us for the workshop. Ilka had been one of the key facilitators of the Ghost Net Art Project in 2010 and it was a wonderful opportunity for us to work with Ilka again. Well known indigenous Victorian fibre artist Vicki Couzens, renowned for her possum skin cloaks, also joined us to help facilitate the workshops.

The ghost net sculpture of an Eastern Long-necked Turtle was created and gifted to the City of Melbourne. There was such a great energy in the marquee with lots of laughing and storytelling, reuniting with old friends and making new ones, not to mention making wonderful things out of marine rubbish.

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