Wollongong's Moving Mountains gallery hosts 'Art of Food Waste' exhibition

ACTIVATING ART: Hidden Harvest's Berbel Franse hopes art by Eloise Cleary, Nicci Bedson and others will highlight Australia's food waste problem. One out of five bags of groceries ends in the rubbish, equating to around $1,036 turfed according to Foodwise. Picture: Robert Peet
ACTIVATING ART: Hidden Harvest's Berbel Franse hopes art by Eloise Cleary, Nicci Bedson and others will highlight Australia's food waste problem. One out of five bags of groceries ends in the rubbish, equating to around $1,036 turfed according to Foodwise. Picture: Robert Peet

Rescued food will be the centrepiece of an exhibition opening that aims to spark tasty conversations at Wollongong’s Moving Mountains pop-up gallery on Thursday.

Gallery manager Nicci Bedson has mixed a recipe of 15 artists hailing from the Illawarra and Sydney and culinary delights from local not-for-profit Hidden Harvest for “The Art of Food Waste” which runs until November 17.

“Even if we can just have a small effect on the way people think about food waste that will be a great achievement,” said Ms Bedson, who’s also exhibiting her own clay sculptures in the show.

“We really hope the visual aspect of the show leaves a really strong impression on people and they go away and they talk about the ideas that have been brought up and even start to investigate for themselves how they can reduce food waste.”

Food and live performances will accompany the opening night on Thursday, with the show consisting of a variety of mediums including interactive digital art, collage, drawing, performance and textiles.

While artist talks and a Hidden Harvest skills workshop will be on Saturday November 11 from 2pm.

Picture: Craig Sillitoe
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Picture: Craig Sillitoe .

Founder of Hidden Harvest Berbel Franse said she hoped the exhibition would inspire people to take action.

The organisation is becoming more prevalent spreading their message at events, such as serving free toast with tomato chutney at the Yours & Owls music festival in October.

Bread that would have otherwise gone to waste was “rescued” from bakeries, while it was a similar situation for the over-ripe fruit and vegetables used in the chutneys.

FOOD FACTS*

Picture: AP/Mark Lennihan

Picture: AP/Mark Lennihan

  • Up to 40 per cent of the average household bin is food
  • On average one in five bags of groceries ends up in the bin
  • Australians throw out $8 billion worth of edible food each year – that’s 4,000,000 tonnes of food (enough to fill 450,000 garbage trucks)

‘The Art of Food Waste’, Moving Mountains Gallery, 1 Globe Lane in Wollongong running until 17 (opening night Thursday November 9).