A truly supported community art exhibition which starts with cleaning up debris at the Abrolhos Islands to selling that ‘debris’ at a prestigious annual art event.

Launching on Clean Up Australia Day, the first Sunday in March each year, a team of Latitude Jewellers volunteers travel to the Abrolhos Islands, home to our pearl farm, to spend their weekend ‘cleaning up’ the environment. 

Following the Clean Up, people come from near and far to select items that inspire them. Artists have a few weeks to create their master piece, and the category winners will be announced at the exhibition opening night on Saturday 30th April 2022.

The exhibition is at Latitude Jeweller's and will be open to the general public from 1st May until the 28th May 2022.

There is an opportunity for the community to vote for their favourite piece of art and the People’s Choice Award will be announced on the 27th May 2022.

With around 100 entries this is a truly unique exhibition that has a
strong sustainability message and aims to drive awareness of our environmental
responsibility to protect and reserve the Abrolhos Islands and our beautiful planet.

If you’re an art lover, don’t miss the opportunity to view the incredible pieces created and proudly displayed at Latitude Jewellers, 169 Marine Terrace, Geraldton.

Pioneered by Pia Boschetti in 2011 and managed by her business Latitude Jewellers in Geraldton WA, we extend thanks to our major sponsors Latitude Fisheries, Abrolhos Aquaculture Australia and Latitude Jewellers and to all the event sponsors, including Sikoya DesignKarl Monaghan Photography, Young Motors Geraldton, Geraldton Air Charter,  Getaway Outdoors, Abrolhos Adventures, Batavia Coast Maritime Heritage Association and Dream Charters.

The Flotsam & Jetsam event will follow all guidelines and directions issued by the WA
Government. For the most up to date information please visit www.wa.gov.au/government/covid-19-coronavirus

nautical wonders, myths and mysteries

The theme for Flotsam & Jetsam 2022 is Nautical Wonders, Myths and Mysteries.

Latitude Jeweller's has a long ongoing relationship with the ocean and we draw inspiration from our Island home at the Abrolhos Islands. From its rich history of shipwrecks, fascinating marine life and the peoples that have travelled there over the past four centuries. 

We often wonder, if only the ocean could put into words, her secrets, mysteries and untold tales, if she could, what would she reveal? 

Some examples you may like to incorporate into the design of your artpiece:

Navigational Charts

Mythical Sea Creatures

The Houtman Abrolhos Islands Ships or Shipwrecks

Navigational Symbols

Celestial Navigation

Navigational Instruments

The Southern Cross

After the success of the 2021 Flotsam & Jetsam Wearable Art theme, we are incorporating this as a stand alone catagory in 2022.

All Themes ARE OPTIONAL - we believe people should have the freedom to create...

categories and prizes

1. Abrolhos Adventures Flotsam and Jetsam Recycling Award

The entire piece is to consist of 95% found recycled objects which were collected from Flotsam and Jetsam (glue, nails, paint are acceptable additions to your piece).

Prize is a $1,200 gift voucher from Latitude Jeweller's, plus a trip to the Abrolhos Islands from Geraldton Air Charter valued at $420.

2. Artist's View, sponsored by Karl Monaghan Photography

Combine the Flotsam and Jetsam with your own style and additional mediums.

Prize is a $1,000 voucher from Latitude Jewellers plus a $500 voucher from Karl Monaghan Photography

3. Wearable Art Award, sponsored by Sikoya Design 

The piece that most represents a wearable work of art, for example interesting ways to make jewellery, accessories, bags or even maybe dresses – use your imagination. This category includes the use of Flotsam and Jetsam but in addition, you can include your own medium similar to the Artistic View category.

Prize is a $1,000 voucher from Latitude Jewellers.

4. Junior Artist's View, sponsored by Getaway Outdoors

 This prize is awarded to a child 16yrs or younger from any of the above categories.

The prize is a $400 voucher from Getaway Outdoors

5. Gallery Choice Award, sponsored by Latitude Jewellers

The piece of artwork from any of the entries voted by the Latitude Jewellers team members as their favourite and most outstanding entry.

The prize is a $500 gift voucher from Latitude Jewellers.

6. People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Latitude Jewellers

For the duration of the exhibition, the general public will be invited to vote for their favourite entrant. The winner will be announced on the 27th May 2022.

The prize is a $500 gift voucher from Latitude Jewellers.

7. Gemma Allen Memorial Award, sponsored by Latitude Jewellers

Artwork to be judged from any of the above categories.

The prize is a $500 gift voucher from Latitude Jewellers. 

8. Maritime Heritage Award, sponsored by Batavia Coast Maritime Heritage Association

Artwork that depicts the rich maritime heritage (natural and/or human) of the Batavia Coast (Dongara to Kalbarri to the Houtman Abrolhos Islands) representing the maritime heritage of the Batavia Coast including the Abrolhos Islands. This is judged from any of the above categories.

The prize is $250 cash from Batavia Coast Maritime Heritage Association plus a $250 voucher from Latitude Jewellers.