In 2023 a group of artists at Bayley Arts set out to connect with and learn from Bayside City Council Billilla studio artist and environmental activist, Carolyn Cardinet. Exploring Sustainability Through Art.
The inception of exhibitions 'Plastic Problems', represents the meeting of artists and an immersive journey into the devastating environmental impacts of waste and plastic pollution on our beautiful coastal waters and our vulnerable marine life.
Carolyn Cardinet, a sustainability-focused installation artist, began her artistic journey in Paris before earning degrees from VCA and RMIT in Australia. With over 30 years of experience, her French heritage and passion for sustainability blend seamlessly in her work, showcased in 16 art residencies worldwide. In 2023, she was a finalist in several prestigious awards, highlighting her sculptural talent with pieces made from single-use plastics. Currently, she continues her narrative of sustainability and global
perspectives at her St Kilda studio residency.
Carolyn Cardinet, is an ARTivist or accidental activist, as she has first witnessed coastal degradation in Australia and embarked on numerous artist residencies globally to engage with society's waste and challenge hyper-consumerism. Through environmental art, she transforms found materials, emphasising the importance of her practice. In 2019, she attended the Brisbane 'Climate Reality Leadership' program with Al Gore, expanding her knowledge to raise awareness about climate change. She furthered her training as a Sustainability Leader with the Port Phillip council in 2021 and the Yarra City Council in 2022.