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Friday, November 4, 2016

Australia 2016 - Art of Cocos (Keeling) Islands




COUNTRY: AUSTRALIA
ISSUE DATE: 18 October 2016
STAMP SIZE:37.5 x 26 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Lisa Christensen, Three Branches Design





This stamp issue celebrates creative culture on Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The Big Barge Art Centre, housed in a restored former working barge, is a local hub for fostering traditional and non-traditional art-making. 

MINISHEET

Two of the centre’s recent community projects are Art Adrift and Art Afloat, the works of which express a vital connection with place, responding to the ebb and flow of life on the islands. In the long tradition of beachcombing, the artists have gleaned their materials from the shoreline, refashioning the flotsam to give it new meaning. While the artworks reflect the rhythms of island life – boats and sea floats, for example – they also respond to the pressing environmental problem of detritus borne across the waters on ocean currents.

FIRST DAY COVER
The artworks on the stamps, minisheet and cover have been created by Hamidah Abedin, Rebecca Bagnell-Smith, Pam Jones, Sandy McKendrick, Emma Washer and the Cocos Youth Group.

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Stamp images and description thanks to Australia Post

Australia Post