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'Wanton, Wild & Unimagined' exhibition to feature at the Hurstville Museum & Gallery


An exhibition by Townsville based environmental artist, Alison McDonald, will be featuring at Hurstville Museum & Gallery from 20 January – 13 May 2018.

Titled Wanton, Wild & Unimagined, this exhibition explores people’s connection with plastic and the affects it has on the environment through a series of colourful artworks that use plastic.

“Humans have long had a love affair with plastic, believing it to be the answer to our eco-prayers,” Alison McDonald said.

“My artworks reuse plastic materials in an attempt to raise questions about the relationship we have with plastic, and about its supposed sustainability,” she added.

Alison has spent many hours manipulating the humble plastic bottle, and collecting thousands of lids to make a variety of unimagined and impossible creations inspired by plants, oceans and by John Wyndham’s book, The Day of the Triffids.

As part of this exhibition, Alison will be visiting the Hurstville Museum & Gallery to give a talk on Thursday 8 March 2018 at 2.00pm. This free event provides a unique opportunity to meet Alison, and learn more about her creative process.

The exhibition will be on show at the Hurstville Museum & Gallery from 20 January – 13 May 2018 and is supported by an Education Resource for high school students in years 7-10, which is available on-line via

Wanton, Wild & Unimagined is a travelling exhibition organised by Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program; and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.

For more information, please contact the Hurstville Museum & Gallery on 9330 6444 or email

The Hurstville Museum & Gallery is located at 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville, andis walking distance from Hurstville Train Station and the Hurstville Bus Interchange.

Opening hours:

Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

Image Credit: Alison McDonald, Trickle, 2013. Individually hand cast & reduced recycled plastic lids & wire, 100 x 60 x 1cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

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