April 22, 2020

Science meets Art

With the support of Inspiring South Australia through an Art/Science Grant, “A Story of the Motherfish” is an exhibition of recycled art created by the community, using plastic that might otherwise find their way into the ocean.

As a result COVID-19, what was to be a physical exhibition, has been moved on-line. ‘A Story of the Motherfish’ exhibition includes:

  • A collection of artwork produced by the South Australian community curated by South Australian artist Stephen Hayter 
  • A song of hope, and a song challenging us to live with the consequences of bad, past decisions
  • Photography of some of the art works on location on the beach, telling it’s own story


‘A Story of the Motherfish” seeks to put the issue of microplastics into the context of the evolutionary history and adaptation of fish. It aims to both challenge us, and help us better understand the science.

Watch a short documentary on the project:

See a virtual gallery walk of the artworks:

Listen to the cautionary song, Come, down to the seaside

Follow the Marine Discovery Centre’s Facebook Page for updates on the project and find some videos of individual artworks on the Heaps Good YouTube Channel 

With additional support from Heaps Good Productions, Adelaide Youth Theatre, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Adopt A Spot Scheme, the Port Environment Centre, the palaeo team at Flinders University and the Black Diamond Gallery – Port Community Arts Centre, we all see this project as but another step in a process of sharing and understanding.

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