The Sea is Sinking

Fern Smith Maggie Cowling Youbi Lee Margaret Cowling
An imagined sea floor

About the Project: The Sea is Sinking a participatory art installation of an imagined underwater environment, inspired by Port Phillip Bay’s marine created from a limited pallet of sustainable and environmentally friendly materials.

Through a series of workshops in schools, neighbourhood houses, FernArtz Studio, participants will produce artworks to contribute the Sea is Sinking engaging access to all ages and abilities in the community.

Curated by Fern Smith, in collaboration with The Creative Team (Youbi Lee, Margaret Cowling, Maggie Cowling) and The Partners (Moomba Park Primary School, Coburg North Primary School Art Dept. and Moreland Neighbourhood Houses. This project project started in September 2018. From September to November 2019 the project will be most active. The Sea is Sinking, the interactive immersive installation will be exhibited at Merlynston Progress Hall from 21 to 25 November 2019.

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Creative Workshops
FernArtz Studio 23A Lorensen Ave Coburg North
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
1.30-3pm   and 4-6
5 -24  July 2019
August 13- 30 All of September October 2019
no booking required cost by donation Casual drop in
Call out Create Works for the Sea is Sinking
Now – until 30 October 2019 – free entry – Create artworks from recycled paper, cornflour glue eco friendly paints (all materials used must be able to be compostable suitable for a veggie garden or native plantings) for example no plastics, metals, acrylic paint or unnatural fibres. If unsure contact curator Fern Smith on 0408978747 or
drop in on Tuesday and Wednesday Workshops at FernArtz Studio.
Creative Workshop Reynard Street Neighbourhood House
13 September 2019 Times to be confirmed no booking required & free
Creative Workshop Brunswick NH 43A De Carle Street 
19 September 2019 Times to be confirmed no booking required & free
Creative Workshop Brunswick NH 43A De Carle Street 
17 October 2019 Times to be confirmed   no booking required & free
Creative Workshop 4A Reynard Street NH 18 October
Times to be confirmed 2019 no booking required & free
Drop off art creations at FernArtz Studio
8-10 November 2019 3-6pm or ring to arrange another time free entry
Sea is Sinking interactive immersive installation
Merlynston Hall Coburg North
22-25 November 2019 10am -7pm Times to be confirmed
no booking required & free entry

Local Business Support

Sealed Air is supporting The Sea is Sinking art project through giving their paper and cardboard waste to the project of which Moomba Park and Coburg North Primary are recipients.   Find out more about Sealed Air:

Melbourne Blinds – 662 Sydney Rd, Coburg North VIC 305 tle is supporting The Sea is Sinking project by giving their waste cylinders to the project, forming the piers in the installation.

Title: “Coral and fish resting” Medium: artist made opaque water colour, vegetable dye and starch glue on recycled paper pulp, shredded paper and cardboard, adhered with artist made starch glue used as an example for workshops. Date: 2019 Artist: Fern Smith To create the interactive immersive installation it will the sum of thousands of individual artistic objects.


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Mail to: FernArtz
Director Fern Smith
23a Lorensen Ave
North Coburg VIC.
Australia 3058
Mobile: +61 40897874