Art of Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Release date: 18 October 2016

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 details

  • Issue date

    18 October 2016
  • FDI withdrawal date

    15 November 2016
  • Denominations

    2 x $1, 2 x $2. Se-tenant pairs.
  • Stamp design

    Lisa Christensen, Tree Branches Design
  • Photography

    Cara Ratajczak
  • Product design

    Lisa Christensen, Tree Branches Design
  • Paper

    Tullis Russell Red Phosphate
  • Printing process

    Offset lithography
  • Stamp size

    37.5mm x 26mm
  • Minisheet size

    135mm x 80mm
  • Perforations

    13.86 x 14.6
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50
  • National postmark

    Cocos (Keeling) Islands, WA 6799
  • Issue withdrawal date

    30 April 2017

*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.