This stamp issue celebrates creative culture on Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The Big Barge Art Centre, housed in a restored former working barge, is a local hub for fostering traditional and non-traditional art-making.

Two of the centre’s recent community projects are Art Adrift and Art Afloat, the works of which express a vital connection with place, responding to the ebb and flow of life on the islands. In the long tradition of beachcombing, the artists have gleaned their materials from the shoreline, refashioning the flotsam to give it new meaning.

While the artworks reflect the rhythms of island life – boats and sea floats, for example – they also respond to the pressing environmental problem of detritus borne across the waters on ocean currents.

Technical specifications

Issue date
18 October 2016
Issue withdrawal date
30 April 2017
2 x $1, 2 x $2. Se-tenant pairs
Stamp design
Lisa Christensen, Tree Branches Design
Cara Ratajczak
Product design
Lisa Christensen, Tree Branches Design
Paper - gummed
Tullis Russell Red Phosphate
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size
37.5mm x 26mm
Minisheet size
135mm x 80mm
13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout
Module of 50
FDI postmark
Cocos (Keeling) Islands WA 6799
FDI withdrawal date
15 November 2016

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