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Lesley Duxbury: Echo — A Survey

March 1, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Echo is a survey exhibition of works from 1993 to 2017 by Gippsland-based artist Lesley Duxbury. Echo explores the development of Duxbury’s ongoing investigation into atmospheric phenomena through painting, printmaking, and photography, in the context of her longstanding engagement with the work of English artist John Constable (1776-1837). Artists: Lesley Duxbury Curator: Erin Mathews

Heather Hesterman: SAM EduLab 2019

March 1, 2019 - April 7, 2019

SAM presents a collaborative education laboratory with artist, educator and landscape designer Heather Hesterman. Known for her public projects with natural and constructed sites, Hesterman will work with students and teachers (primary, secondary and tertiary) from the Greater Shepparton Region in the creation of an immersive land based installation that will evolve and transform a SAM gallery space over the duration of the SAM local exhibition. Artist: Heather Hesterman Curator: Lara Merrington SAM EduLAB is supported by La Trobe University.

HEATHER HESTERMAN survey: multiples

March 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - June 10, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The work and collected objects in this cabinet draw on ideas and materials collected and developed over several years of Heather Hesterman’s practice. Collectively, the work investigates intersections of place, ecology, education and science. Hesterman uses repetition, time, space and scale as continual visual cues and themes in her artistic practice and research to explore issues concerning both our inner and outer landscapes: the emotional and the geographic.  Works such as Warming, 2017, look at globally pertinent issues of climate…

Isadora Vaughan: Gaia Not the Goddess

March 2, 2019 - June 23, 2019

In realising her large-scale sculptural forms, Isadora Vaughan reconsiders the basic properties of materials and their capacity to suggest meaning beyond themselves—poetic, political, organic or otherwise. For this installation, Vaughan has worked with bio-composite materials that have lately been gaining traction in debates around sustainable development: fungal mycelium and a compound of hemp and lime variously marketed as Hempcrete or Hemplime, along with materials local to Heide: the Mt Gambier limestone of McGlashan and Everist’s iconic Heide II, and beeswax from Heide’s colonies. Vaughan’s assemblages are entanglements…

In the Valley

March 2, 2019 - May 5, 2019

In the Valley is an exhibition that highlights the beauty and fragility of our natural environment on the Mornington Peninsula. Observing and documenting the changing landscape of the Kangerong Basin, Mt Martha, Somers and Port Philip Bay, artists Rosie Weiss, Jean Langley, Merryn Lloyd and Siri Hayes reveal their personal connections to the landscape, and the strong links to place that exists across generations. Incorporated into the exhibition will be a series of climate data visualisations inspired by the exhibition artworks,…

Peter Dombrovskis: Journeys Into the Wild

March 9, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Peter Dombrovskis (1945 - 1996) was one of the world's foremost wilderness photographers. His powerful, reflective and deeply personal images of the unique Tasmanian landscapes had a lasting impact, changing the way Australians think about their environment by making remote nature accessible through images. Some of Dombrovskis's photographs have been instrumental in the conservation of various Tasmanian wild places including the prevention of the damming of the Franklin River. Peter Dombrovskis was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1945 of Latvian…

Katrin Koenning: Swell

March 9, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Katrin Koenning’s exhibition Swell, is both beguiling and melancholy. It sits as a contemporary response to the tradition of the environmental photography of the 1970s and 80s. Avoiding expected tropes of disaster-imagery, Koenning’s recent work offers new narratives around the environment in order to focus on what is at stake and to decipher how humans and nature impact on each other. Curator: Pippa Milne

Vera Möller: A Thousand Tides

March 10, 2019 - June 9, 2019

A Thousand Tides is a creative exploration of the fauna, flora and terrain of the local coast of Western Port Bay in Victoria, a significant and exhilarating environment of diverse and unique habitats that has long been celebrated by local, national and international enthusiasts, experts and their organisations. UNESCO has recognised the Western Port Biosphere Reserve. The international RAMSAR Convention lists it as an ecologically important wetland site. New work brings together observational as well as imaginary materials, resulting in…

Katie West: Clearing

March 23, 2019 - May 19, 2019

In Clearing, artist Katie West weaves the many threads of her practice together - natural dyeing, meditation and the creation of reading/listening spaces where the voices of Indigenous people dominate. Clearing is a space to recall with our bodies that this is a world that emerges through reciprocity - the infinite instances of chemical exchange and dialogue between plants, animals, microbes, natural elements and phenomena. Naturally dyed fabrics carrying the colour and scent of country create an opening in a…

Yang Yongliang

March 30, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Yang Yongliang’s work combines the visual language of ancient Chinese scroll painting with digital technologies to create poetic yet disquieting works. The large-scale projection Endless stream (2016) depicts a classically sublime landscape that is contaminated by an endless stream urban development. This fantastical scene evokes feelings of empathy for the ancient mountains rising from the mist, slowing being consumed by human inhabitation. Artist: Yang Yongliang Curator: Joanna Bosse

John Wolseley & Mulkin Wirrpanda: Molluscs / Maypal and the Warming of the Seas

March 30, 2019 - June 2, 2019

John Wolseley’s 2016 gift to Geelong Gallery of his ten metre long, six panel panoramic watercolour The pearl fisher’s voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay, 1985-89, is the catalyst for an immersive installation in which Wolseley and senior Yolgnu artist and clan leader Mulkun Wirrpanda, extend their decade-long collaboration. Both artists share a profound sense of the beauty and fragility of the earth and its ecosystems, and in this project their works meditate especially on the mollusc as a…


April 4, 2019 - May 2, 2019

Bleached is a meditation upon the fate of our coral reefs, and considers the health of ocean and marine ecology and by extension humanity’s own fate. Four separate installations will explore the environmental degradation and coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. Spread across two exhibition spaces at the Alliance Française, the installations will use recycled and everyday detritus, from ‘single-use’ plastics to recycled crockery. Artists Chloe Bensahel Carolyn Cardinet Carmel Wallace Tim Craker Curated by Carolyn Cardinet

David Keeling: As The Light Falls

April 9, 2019 - May 4, 2019

In this exhibition artist David Keeling continues his decades-long commitment to picturing the landscapes of his native Tasmania. His body of work bears witness to the changing character of a landscape under pressure from climate change and development. Coastlines altered by storm surges, paths cut through pristine forest, and roads pushing through bush to expose coastal vistas looking out to a beckoning horizon. Artist: David Keeling

Bruised: Art Action & Ecology in Asia

April 12, 2019 - June 1, 2019

When it comes to ways in which artists address ecological issues, actions can be big or small – it's the action that is important however subtle. In the face of complex environmental problems Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia examines how artistic response combined with gentle activism can result in a rich legacy and empower further actions in the community. Featuring Australian and international artists whose work focuses on environment and social issues in Asia, including: Arahmaiani, Alfredo and…

Rewriting the Score

April 13, 2019 - July 14, 2019

Artists, Alexander Boynes, Mandy Martin and Tristen Parr have collaborated on a new twelve metre installation for ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 at Latrobe Regional Gallery. Rewriting the Score was commissioned by Latrobe Regional Gallery in collaboration with CLIMARTE and incorporates painting, video and sound to address the energy transitions that are occurring in the Latrobe Valley. Mandy Martin’s high key canvases represent the Valley’s natural and industrial environment at this moment. These canvases are also the grounds for Alexander Boynes’ digital video…

Anne Zahalka: Wild Life, Australia

April 16, 2019 - May 18, 2019

The term Anthropocene denotes an ecological turning point where the impact of human behaviour is significantly and permanently affecting our planet, contributing to drastic changes on climate and the environment. In Wild Life, Australia, artist Anne Zahalka considers this impact on the natural world through a series of digitally reimagined photographs of early dioramas from the Australian Museum, outlining unsettling ethical and environmental issues in this country. Habitat displays and dioramas have long been part of natural history museums. These…

Cameron Robbins: Remote Sensor

April 18, 2019 - May 18, 2019

Artist Cameron Robbins works to make tangible the underlying structures and rhythms of natural forces. Using his wind powered drawing instruments; Robbins’ installations transcribe the invisible energies of nature, the wind, the tides and light to create drawings, photographs, and moving image works.

Jane Burns: Listed

April 18, 2019 - May 18, 2019

In south-eastern Australia, more than 25 animal species are teetering on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss, feral animals, landscape fragmentation, disease and climate change. Amongst these is the iconic Tasmanian Devil, and Victoria’s animal and bird emblems, the Leadbeater’s Possum and the Helmeted Honeyeater respectively. This is happening in our backyard and on our watch. In this exhibition artist, Jane Burns creates works which hang together by a thread. The work shows animal subjects in a state of disappearance. The…

Birrarung: A Film by Maudie Palmer

April 18, 2019 - May 18, 2019

Maudie Palmer presents her short video on the powerful, yet largely unknown journey, of the Yarra River in Victoria, Australia. Birrarung is the narrative of the river Yarra from its source to the sea. It is a nature/culture visual poem that reminds us of the importance a river has upon a city’s ecology. Maudie Palmer: Duration 26 minutes 37 seconds Cinematography: Darryl Whitaker, Jackson and Jacqueline Mitelman Editor: Ashlee Lukas Original music by: Bryony Marks

Joanne Mott: Somewhere Under The Rainbow

April 18, 2019 - May 18, 2019

Somewhere Under The Rainbow is an interactive sculpture by artist Joanne Mott. Composed of a series of seven solar-powered luminescent arches to walk through that reflect both concern and optimism about our collective responsibility for how we consume energy in these current times.

Sarah McConnell: Here Today — Defending takayna / Tarkine

April 23, 2019 - May 19, 2019

The takayna/Tarkine region, in the north-west of Tasmania holds one of the last remaining tracts of Gondwanan rainforest in the world. While these forests have been recognised for their incredible cultural, historical and ecological significance, they are still a site of ongoing tension. Here Today points to the continued efforts of everyday people to protect these forests from logging over the past year. As we bare witness to the tide of our own destruction, these small acts of resistance reflect…

Liam Gillick (UK): Some Significant Equations

April 23, 2019 - June 2, 2019

‘Climate change has a scientific basis that is beyond question. In two significant papers written in the 1960s Japanese born American meteorologist and climatologist Suki Manabe developed a global mathematical model to simulate climate change. This art work comprises a series of large graphic panels that display some of the groundbreaking equations Manabe developed to help us better understand our planet. The work is a tribute to his hard work and the aesthetic elegance of his equations.’ Liam Gillick Liam…

Rebecca Mayo: It’s In The Bag

April 26, 2019 - May 18, 2019

In this exhibition, artist Rebecca Mayo has created a series of supermarket bags. Instead of extruded polyethylene Mayo's bags are constructed from cloth she has dyed with plants collected on local walks. The bags will be used by people joining artist-led walks during the exhibition. Approaches to 18th century knowledge acquisition through the collection of plants from ‘elsewhere’ and the presence of plastic waste in our environment, will be used to provoke consideration of contemporary relations to the world, including…


April 26, 2019 - May 18, 2019

CLIMARTE Poster Project II commissions ten contemporary artists to each create a unique poster provoking public dialogue and accelerating a response to the unfolding climate crisis. Hundreds of the posters will be plastered around Melbourne as well as exhibited at Testing Grounds during the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival. The artists, based on land of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung people of the Kulin nation, and on Gadigal Country of the Eora nation, have created a diverse, critical and sometimes alarming…


April 27, 2019 - May 26, 2019

Backdrop, 2019, is a series of ‘internal’ landscape studies presented as an installation of works on paper and video. Backdrop investigates the ways that conceptions of landscape are informed by emotions, desires and cultural conditioning. Working with the outer world to reveal the inner, artists Laura Delaney, Alanna Lorenzon and Lisa Stewart invert the tradition of Western landscape painting to study the shared space between the mind and the natural world. Across their works, the artists reflect upon the objectification…

A Tree’s Worth

April 27, 2019 - May 26, 2019

Language frames the way in which we see the world. Recently, the term ‘ecosystem services’ has become a way to describe the important role of nature in ‘supporting’ humans. Often criticized for language that commodifies nature giving it a monetary value to be bartered with, it also gives nature a bartering force within the governance structures that exist. A Tree’s Worth questions the paradox of language, exploring the role that data may play in the human journey of learning to…


May 1, 2019 - May 17, 2019

The Living Pavilion is a living laboratory - a recyclable, biodegradable, edible and biodiverse event space that celebrates Indigenous knowledge, ecological science and sustainable design through participatory arts practice. Its unique horticultural design features over 40,000 indigenous plants endemic to the Kulin nation. The Living Pavilion free public programs will bring together experts in art and curatorial practice with some of the foremost researchers in climate and environmental science and includes five sessions with Ecofeminist Fridays and 4 sessions of…

Rox de Luca: Gleaning for plastic, on the beach

May 2, 2019 - May 31, 2019

At the front of Loop Project Space, artist Rox de Luca creates installations within a number of cabinets continuing her practice of using plastic shards and remnant waste found at Bondi Beach, Rose Bay and Camp Cove. The resulting sculptural garlands and mounds are reflections of her coastal home and its relation to the greater human landscape of waste. Artist: Rox De Luca Read Paul Allatson's essay on Gleaning for plastic, on the beach here

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower

May 3, 2019 - June 16, 2019

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower is an ambitious exhibition project that sets out to re-create the abundant and biodiverse natural ecosystems of the Noosa region – inside Noosa Regional Gallery – while also exploring how humans interact with and coexist with this space. Taking its title from the Dylan Thomas poem, the exhibition sets out to consider and convey the interconnectedness of nature and humankind, the energy and force that flows through each and the…

Our Life, Our World

May 4, 2019 - June 8, 2019

Our Life, Our World considers the effect of human development and intervention on accelerating climate change. From representations of the local Melbourne environment to considerations of large-scale global environmental challenges, the exhibition considers climate as both an environmental and social issue. Artists Samraing Chea Michael Camakaris Paul Hodges Chris Mason Miles Howard-Wilks Georgia Szmerling Curator: Sim Luttin

The World Around Us

May 4, 2019 - June 8, 2019

The World Around Us refers to a five-block radius around the Arts Project studio in Northcote. Through the process of walking the same paths over a year, the artists have examined the local environment in detail and articulated their interests and concerns. Participating Artists have created work on the extraordinary macro world of insects and the floodlines and flow of the Merri Creek highlighting the environmental challenges faced in their local world. Artists  Eden Menta Will Murray Georgia Szmerling Miles Howard-Wilks…

Yandell Walton: Shifting Surrounds

May 4, 2019 - June 15, 2019

Artist Yandell Walton invites visitors to The SUBSTATION to experience her immersive, site-specific digital installation Shifting Surrounds. This major exhibition of discrete installations was developed by the artist through a series of on-site residencies in 2017/18 and the resulting work responds to the unique architecture of the building to interrogate the shifting environments caused by climate change. Artist: Yandell Walton Curator: Kali Michailidis   This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts,…

Water, Soil & Life

May 4, 2019 - May 25, 2019

Climate scientist Dr Joelle Gergis has been invited to co-curate an exhibition drawing out aspects of her recent research into Australia’s settlement-era climate through artwork. From 2009–2012 Dr Gergis led the Australian Research Council Linkage funded South-Eastern Australian Recent Climate History (SEARCH) project; a landmark initiative, spanning the sciences and the humanities to reconstruct the region’s climate variability from first European settlement in 1788. In April 2018, she published 'Sunburnt Country: The future and history of climate change in Australia'…


May 4, 2019 - June 23, 2019

In Elements, artists have been inspired by the fundamental elements of nature – Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Wood and Metal. Through their use of local natural materials such as shell, coral, kelp, bark, feathers, clay and possum skins, the artists reflect both the fragility and strength of our planet. This group exhibition showcases artworks from Baluk Arts, an urban Aboriginal Arts Centre based in Mornington Artists Lisa Waup Dominic White Robert Kelly Cassie Leatham Beverley Meldrum Rebecca Robinson Tallara Gray…

The Urban Gleaner & The Plastique, Pt. II

May 10, 2019 - May 18, 2019

The Urban Gleaner and the Plastique, Pt.II examines the consumer waste that is a growing area of concern and inspiration for the contemporary jeweller. With many different types and vast amounts of plastic used on a daily basis in our (sub)urban environments – these materials provide a rich source of inspiration and most importantly allow artists to make comments on a social, political and environmental level. As artists become contemporary bricoleurs, scouring their homes, workplaces and public spaces for materials,…

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