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Trash To Treasure Residency Multi-Platform Exhibition: Celebrating Trash As A Meeting Point For Culture

Trash To Treasure Residency Multi-Platform Exhibition: Celebrating Trash As A Meeting Point For Culture | Can trash reveal to us our cultural differences and similarities? What is your relationship with trash in your creative practice? Where should artists draw the line between waste and material? Eight artists address these questions and more during the pilot residency program Trash to Treasure that happened from October 2021 to February 2022. The residency concludes with an exhibition of the creative outcomes both in the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

Turning Trash Into Treasure Meaning

Turning Trash Into Treasure Meaning: Trash-Treasure is a cross-cultural art residency program that celebrates trash as a site of cultural exchange to Trash-Treasure art exhibit.

Nur Hannah Wan_Linocuts, Guitar String, Fruit Bags

CarolineHB_Plastic & Crisp Bag Weaving

During the residency, eight creative practitioners: four from the United Kingdom (textile artist Caroline Hyde-Brown; artist Genevieve Rudd; documentary-filmmaker Nur Hannah Wan; natural dyer Ummi Junid) and four from Malaysia (multidisciplinary digital artist Abdul Shakir; artist Fariza Azlina; new media artist KC Tan; visual artist Joanne Loo) underwent a creative exchange using waste material as a point of contact (turn trash into treasure projects).

Genevieve Rudd_Cyano Type Exposure

Fariza Azlina_Heated Plastic Pieces

Fariza Azlina_Heated Plastic Pieces

Eco artists collected 'trash' from their daily lives and creative practices. The waste materials from both countries were then exchanged and used to forge new narratives and creative outcomes.

Eco Artists Turning Trash Into Treasure

Eco Artists Turning Trash Into Treasure| The assortment of waste material collected reflects the diversity in creative discipline: 3D printed test objects; batik scraps; used tea bags; linocuts; beach plastic; and takeaway packaging were some of the materials sent from one country to the other. For some of the artists, working with waste materials was an entirely new concept that turned trash into new products. The residency was an opportunity to explore ways of reusing what would otherwise be discarded. The materials were used in experiments involving cyanotype, embroidery, dyeing, and even digital applications such as projection mapping and video capture.

Ummi Junid_Teabag & Batik Experiment

Teabag Material

CarolineHB_Batik Beading Embroidery

Trash to Treasure will culminate in exhibitions both in the United Kingdom and Malaysia. The Malaysian exhibition will be held at FabU Cafe, Sunway Metro, Bandar Sunway from 18 – 20 February 2022, and will showcase the outcomes of the Malaysian artists during the residency. Appointment slots will be open in February on the residency website, Projek Trash Treasure. Each session is limited to 10 pax in line with S.O.Ps. The United Kingdom exhibition will be held in Norwich, further details to be shared on the Trash to Treasure website and social media channels. It is so interesting to see how to turn trash into something useful from the upcoming showcase.

"It's important to evaluate the future! We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go"-quotes about turning trash into treasure

A virtual experience on the residency website will allow visitors to enjoy the outcomes from both countries. Each outcome will be displayed in a virtual gallery, and visitors can also view behind-the-scenes footage, listen to artist interviews and watch exhibition highlights.

About Trash <––> Treasure
Trash <––> Treasure residency program was formed by Joanne Loo and Ummi Junid, supported by the British Council Connections Through Culture Grant 2021-2022. The art residency is a cross-cultural program that celebrates trash as a meeting point for culture sharing. Its aim is two-fold: to examine the possibility of culture sharing between the United Kingdom and Malaysia, using waste material as a starting point; and to engage fellow creatives in conversations on sustainable creative practices.

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Bella Jamal

Hi! Bella Jamal is a part-time blog writer of Ini Adalah Bellarina Natasya. A long time ago graduated from the National University of Malaysia with a degree in Bachelor of Chemistry, now working as a Social Media Professional for Telco company. For any opportunities, can contact me at

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