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Big Barge Art Centre

Story: Big Barge Art Centre
Episode: 8
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
Air Date: 3rd January 2021

The Cocos Keeling Islands are home to an incredibly unique and original art gallery, housed in an old restored barge.

  • The Big Barge Art Centre was the former ferry connecting West and Home Island. It was purchased by local artist, Emma Washer, who restored it over a 10-year period.
  • The centre hosts and sells original artworks made from the flotsam and jetsam that’s washed up on the shores of the Cocos Islands.
  • The artworks extend across multiple disciplines, with paintings, photographs, carvings and even jewellery.
  • It’s a family-focused venue, with a great space for the kids to play while you take some time to yourself.
  • There’s even a movie night that’s held there every fortnight. You can get more information by visiting the Cocos Club.
  • The new café is now up and running, providing visitors to the centre with coffee and cake while they take in the view.

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