Taking aim with ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019

Presenting over 30 curated thought-provoking exhibitions at leading museums and galleries in Victoria, ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 will kick off in 3 weeks, as artists, curators, scientists and policy experts envisage a world where we protect and care for our earth.

Bruised: Art Action & Ecology in Asia at RMIT Gallery (April 12-June 1) examines how artistic response combined with gentle activism can result in a rich legacy and empower future actions in the community. The exhibition features Australian and international artists whose work focuses on environmental and social issues in Asia, including Thai-Australian artist Kawita Vatanajyankur (pictured right). As part of the exhibition, one entire room in the gallery will be turned into a working kitchen. Bruised Food: a Living Laboratory will critically reflect on food and social practice, presenting weekly food and art events which will include a cricket banquet, a meal of salt tolerant plants, and a celebration of stories of migration and Asia including spices and personal histories.

In a major new exhibition at The Substation in Newport, Yandell Walton’s immersive, site-specific digital installation Shifting Surrounds (May 4-June 15) (pictured below) responds to the unique architecture of the building to interrogate the shifting environments caused by climate change. Yandell’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and non- traditional public spaces including Light City Festival Baltimore, Digital Graffiti Florida, Experimenta Speak to Me, Melbourne Festival, VIVID Festival Sydney and White Night Festival Melbourne.

Four exhibitions will take over each level of MARS gallery in Windsor April 18-May 18, including the rooftop sculpture garden. The stunning Anemograph photographs of internationally acclaimed artist Cameron Robbins – who had a solo exhibition at Tasmania’s MONA in 2016 – can be seen in Suns Stars and Wind, transcribing the invisible energies of nature, the wind, the tides and light. Founding director of TarraWarra Museum of Art Maudie Palmer will present her epic mediation on the Yarra with her film Birrarung, Jane Burns depicts extinct animals who’s lives literally hang by a thread in Listed, and guests can walk through Joanna Mott’s solar powered luminescent arches in Somewhere Under the Rainbow to consider both concern and optimism about our collective responsibility.

Further out of town, In The Valley at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery until May 5 highlights the beauty and fragility of our natural environment, and Katie West’s Clearing at TarraWarra Museum of Art (until May 19) features naturally dyed fabrics carrying the colour and scent of country, creating a beautiful space for meditation, reading, listening and conversation. Molluscs/Mapal and the Warming of the Seas at Geelong Art Gallery until June 2 is an immersive installation in which John Wolseley and senior Yolgnu artist Mulkun Wirrpanda meditate on the mollusc as a powerful indicator of changing oceanic conditions and water systems.

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 is a socially-engaged festival of climate change related arts and ideas featuring curated exhibitions and theatre works alongside a series of keynote lectures, events and public forums featuring local and international guests. www.artclimatechange.org