There’s still plenty of time to soak up many thought-provoking exhibitions as part of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019, where climate change is at the forefront of artistic expression.
The World Around Us examines seven artist’s local environment, detailing their interests and concerns. Artists Eden Menta, Will Murray, Georgia Szmerling, Miles Howard-Wilks, Anthony Romagnano, Lachlan Turk and Aiden Sefo have created work highlighting the environmental challenges faced in their local world through the process of walking the same paths over a year. (Pictured right) Showing at Arts Project Australia, Northcote, May 4 – 8 June.
Isadora Vaughan: Gaia Not The Goddess 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. Showing at Heidi Museum of Modern Art, now until 23 June.
Heather Hesterman Survey: Multiples investigates intersections of place, ecology, education and science, providing the viewer with a space to observe and navigate each object as part of a terrain, like points on a map. The objects each have individual meaning, yet collectively, they contribute to a deeper conversation about our human connection with the natural environment. Showing at Shepparton Art Museum, now until 20 June.
John Wolseley & Mulkin Wirrpanda: Molluscs / Maypal and the Warming of the Seas presents Wolseley’s ten metre long, six panel panoramic watercolour The pearl fisher’s voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay, 1985-89. This immersive installation sees Wolseley and senior Yolgnu artist and clan leader Mulkun Wirrpanda extend their decade-long collaboration. Showing at Geelong Gallery, now until 2 June. (Pictured below)
Other highlights include Some Significant Equations, inspired by two significant papers written in the ‘60s by Japanese-born, American meteorologist and climatologist Syukuro Manabe who developed a global mathematical model to simulate climate change. Presented by acclaimed UK artist Liam Gillick, the artwork is wrapped around the corner of Swanston Street and Masson Road at The Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne, now until 2 June. Artist Yandell Walton invites visitors to The SUBSTATION to experience her immersive, site-specific digital installation Shifting Surrounds, showing at the Substation, Newport, now until 15 June; Bruised: Art Action & Ecology in Asia addresses ecological issues and how actions can be big or small – it’s the action that is important however subtle, showing at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, now until 1 June.
ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 is a socially engaged festival of ideas, exhibitions and events. Presenting over 30 curated exhibitions across Melbourne and regional Victoria, two theatre premieres, public programs and keynote lectures the 2019 festival will consider ideas and concepts around art and activism, community engagement, energy transition and accelerated action on climate change.