‘Shoulda Been Here Yesterday’: The Ocean Art Exhibition Making Waves on Surf Coast

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‘Shoulda Been Here Yesterday’: The Ocean Art Exhibition Making Waves on Surf Coast

Words by Staff Writer

One for the art enthusiasts and beach lovers.

Get ready to dive into an extraordinary ocean art exhibition that’ll leave you in awe of the sea’s beauty and power.

‘Shoulda Been Here Yesterday’ is making a splash as it kicks off the highly anticipated Surf Coast Arts Trail next weekend, showcasing the talent of local women and non-binary artists.

Shoulda Been Here Yesterday

  • Date: Friday 4 August
  • Time: 5.30-7.30pm
  • Location: Hoop Gallery, The MAC, 77 Beach Rd, Torquay

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Curated by the dynamic duo Jessi Rebel and Ula Majewski, this multi-media group show is all about our deep connection to the saltwater and the coastal places we call home. The exhibition puts the spotlight on First Nations artists and other ocean creatives living on Wadawurrung Country, making it a celebration of culture, creativity, and community.

Speaking about the exhibition, Jessi Rebel, one of the talented curators, shared her excitement, saying, “I love the way that art can bring people together, and so to co-curate “Shoulda Been Here Yesterday” with the intention of creating conversations about the ongoing impacts of climate change on Sea Country and our invaluable coastal areas just makes sense to me.

“It’s cool to have a bunch of really amazing local artists wanting to contribute to this space, bringing their creative expression of those ideas and visions that prompt us all to think about how we go forward to fighting and caring for the areas we love the most.”

Jenna Winship

And trust us, this isn’t just any ordinary art show. It’s a chance for these local artists to showcase their passion for the ocean and its conservation, prompting all of us to think about how we can protect and preserve the areas we cherish the most. It’s a beautiful blend of creativity and advocacy that’ll leave you inspired.

The exhibition features over 50 stunning artworks from a diverse range of artists, including Caitie Philpott, Emily Wright, Emma Taunt, Jenna Winship, Karina Donkers, Kat Tillman, Laura Wilson, Leslie Carvitto, Regina Middleton, SallouArt, Tarryn Love, Ula Majewski, and Wattleitbe.

This ocean-inspired art extravaganza will run from 3-27 August, giving you plenty of time to immerse yourself in the wonders of the deep blue sea through the eyes of these talented creatives.

So, if you’re looking for a way to kick off the Surf Coast Arts Trail in style, mark your calendars for ‘Shoulda Been Here Yesterday’ and get ready to dive into a world of creativity and coastal connection.

‘Shoulda Been Here Yesterday’ takes place at Hoop Gallery. The MAC. 77 Beach Rd, Torquay.