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Notable Observances > World Oceans Day

Tuesday 4 June 2019 > 6.30PM to 8PM


This year, World Oceans Day is celebrating leadership in preventing plastic pollution in our oceans and sharing solutions that inspire and activate the global community.

Join a thought provoking discussion with artists Rox De Luca and Penelope Davis along with Port Phillip EcoCentre founder Neil Blake in conversation with Linden New Art Director Melinda Martin. Hear how they have confronted the crisis of plastic pollution in our oceans and how they aim for a better future.

“Together we can protect and restore our ocean” – World Oceans Day


WHEN > Tuesday 4 June 2019, 6.30PM to 8PM
VENUE > Linden New Art, 26 Acland Street, St Kilda 3182
COST > $35, including a drink on arrivle and $5 donation to EcoCentre




Rox De Luca is a Sydney-based artist. She creates installations using plastic shards and remnant waste found at Bondi Beach, Rose Bay and Camp Cove. She recently finished an artist residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre in Western Australia. De Luca has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and has been collected in Deakin University Art Gallery Collection, Edith Cowan University, New England Regional Art Museum, Royal Perth Hospital, Sydney University Union including private collections in Australia, Europe and USA.

Penelope Davis is a Melbourne-based artist working with photography and sculptural installation. Her photograph work is created without a camera, they are camera-less photograms or scans that capture light refracting through transparent resin casts. Recently, Davis has been crafting jellyfish forms from collage of components in a similar way. Davis has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and overseas. Her work is held in numerous public and corporate collections nationally and internationally, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum and Art Gallery, Artbank, ANZ Bank, DC Design China, Victorian College of the Arts, City of Port Phillip, BHP Billiton, University of Melbourne and private collections within Australia, USA, Canada, Europe, China and Japan.


The EcoCentre is a leading community managed organisation with a dedicated team of scientists, educators and volunteers who design and implement innovative environmental programs. Our expertise is Port Phillip Bay health and the urban ecology of Greater Melbourne, within the traditional lands and waters of the Kulin Nation. We bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to spark solutions and inspire environmental leadership.Each year we collaborate with over 25 Affiliate organisations, 120 schools and 250 partners from business, government, philanthropy, education and research institutions. Our collective impact since 1999 has transformed the way Melbourne understands wildlife, waterways and wellbeing in the age of climate change.

Neil Blake is the founding director of the EcoCentre. He is widely recognised and loved by the community for his deep knowledge, personable character, and extensive experience in environmental management, local history, biodiversity and community development. Neil is the Port Phillip Baykeeper for the global Waterkeeper Alliance, providing an independent voice for our Bay and its inhabitants large and small. Neil inspires all ages to prevent plastic pollution, assisted by his alter ego Captain Trash, the musical pirate who teaches the five ‘ARRRGHS’: Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Remove.

What is Notable Observances?

Notable Observances are socially engaged conversations that are aligned with United Nations International Days and inspired by our current exhibitions. These conversations inspire change and celebrate the leaders promoting awareness and action on these global issues.




IMAGE > Erin Coates free diving in Cozumel, Mexico. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Kate Driver.

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