All About Rays: Erub Arts

Completing projects and maintaining a high-level vision has been challenging during COVID. Art fairs and events have been cancelled or postponed, and there has been a strong shift to digital which has meant the demand for better and better images has escalated. This is challenging in our regions that struggle with internet and connectivity, sometimes without access for months, resulting in hot-spotting from phones and connecting via Zoom and Teams. This is a new, challenging reality!

However, at Erub Arts we are working smarter, linking our projects together and collaborating with individuals and groups, and it is paying off.

We open early next year with an exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia. We have been working with DFAAT over a two-year period on the filming project which will accompany the show. Large ghost net rays glide through the water confronting people with their size and use of material. Adopting a broad theme that connects everyone through rays was a great way to ensure continuity.

With a view of working smarter, as part of the newly formed Ghost Net Collective, we are working with many other artists, community groups, educators and filmmakers to combine our visions. By working like this we are expanding our collaborative ethos, learning more, and even though we are geographically isolated, learning to live and work in the new COVID world. We are seeing that we can achieve great things by reaching out and collaborating alongside others.

Main image credit: Florence Gutchen with her ghost net ray at Nepean Island - Image Lynnette Griffiths

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