Artists bite back

Corner Gallery owners and artists J'aime Fazackerley and Alex Miller, of Doubleview, with resident dog Buddy at the exhibition. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d417901
Corner Gallery owners and artists J'aime Fazackerley and Alex Miller, of Doubleview, with resident dog Buddy at the exhibition. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d417901

More than 15 artists from around Perth have a variety of art forms on display at the Corner Gallery in Subiaco this week, with money raised going to the Conservation Council of WA (CCWA).

J’aime Fazackerley from The Corner Gallery and Little Wing Collective said he hoped the exhibition would promote awareness of the opposition towards the Government’s shark mitigation policy.

‘I think art has always done a great job of reflecting society and how society deals with different issues, and art is a great way to get messages across without putting up a banner or a slogan. It makes people think in a different way,’ Fazackerley said.

‘It can evoke different emotions in people and make them think deeper about things rather than just hearing a slogan.’

Danielle Glenister from the CCWA said the council was working hard to stop the baited drumlines from being re-installed in October.

‘This doesn’t have to be the answer. The Conservation Council is very much on the side of science and proven non-lethal methods. We’re not saying don’t do anything, but we’re saying this is not the answer and it’s very damaging to the ecosystem and the sharks,’ Ms Glenister said.

‘If a citizen went out and killed a tiger shark they would be prosecuted, so it’s a double standard really.’

Ms Glenister said the Apex exhibition was named and themed to educate the public about the importance of apex predators in an ecosystem.

‘As the apex predators, if we start messing with that ecosystem then the ocean that we love can be affected,’ she said.

‘There is a lot of negativity surrounding this’