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Rebecca Mayo: Habitus

March 4 @ 8:00 am - June 18 @ 5:00 pm
Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Rd
Bulleen, VIC

In this installation, Rebecca Mayo reflects on the history of the Heide site to create imagery for a series of cloth sandbags. Printed with dyes made from indigenous and introduced plants gathered locally by the artist, they are stacked to form a wall in the exhibition space, symbolising the crisis point of climate change and highlighting the cumulative impact of everyday and habitual activities.

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FRESHWATER

April 1 @ 8:00 am - June 4 @ 5:00 pm
Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), 70 Welsford St
Shepparton, VIC

FRESHWATER is an exhibition that considers how water reflects ecological, cultural, political and economic realities. Through the works of over twenty Australian artists and artist collectives, alongside historic works drawn from the SAM Collection, FRESHWATER highlights how water remains central to identity, and to how and where we live. Including works by Ian Abdulla, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, Louis Buvelot, Vera Cooper, Nici Cumpston, Bonita Ely, Jackie Giles Tjapaltjarri, Eugene Von Guerard, Brent Harris, Andrew Hazewinkel, Lyndal Jones, Sir…

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Luminous Relic

April 8 - July 9
Geelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop St
Geelong, VIC

Luminous Relic presents a major collaborative painting and moving image work by Mandy Martin and Alexander Boynes, with a score by Tristen Parr. Based on fieldwork around industrial Geelong, this urgent politically charged work examines the ongoing and cumulative effects of industry on landscapes, fragile ecosystems and human conditions. RELATED EVENTS In conversation - Mandy Martin, Alexander Boynes, Bronwyn Johnson and Jason Smith Lecture: Jason Smith - Luminous Relic  

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Regenesis

April 17 @ 12:00 am - June 18 @ 12:00 am
Acland Street – City of Port Philip, Acland Street Plaza, Acland St
St Kilda, VIC 3182 Australia

Acland Street St Kilda becomes a site for the exploration of climate change discourses, through a public art work that explores our perceptions of what it is to be living during a time of significant changes to our environment. Artist team Cave Urban will be creating their bamboo, light and sound installation Regenesis in Acland Plaza. This woven bamboo chamber takes the shape of a seed pod or chrysalis. It is open at one end as if something important has…

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John Akomfrah: Vertigo Sea

April 19 - July 16
Ian Potter Museum of Art, 800 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3010, Australia 3010

Vertigo Sea is a poetic meditation on the ocean and its role in the history of slavery, migration, and conflict. Fusing archival material and newly shot footage, this stunning film by celebrated British filmmaker John Akomfrah is a timely reminder of current issues around global migration and ecological concerns.

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro: EXIT

April 19 - July 16
Ian Potter Museum of Art, 800 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3010, Australia 3010

In an immersive, 360-degree installation, EXIT visually correlates global human migratory trends with urgent social and economic issues. Data gathered from over one hundred sources is geocoded, processed through a programming language, and presented visually by a rotating globe that translates statistics into maps, texts, and trajectories as it orbits the space.

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Murray Fredericks: Vanity

April 19 - May 27
ARC ONE Gallery, 45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, VIC

In Vanity, artist Murray Fredericks commences a new cycle in his 14-year Salt project with his latest series of abstract photographic landscapes from Lake Eyre - Kati Thanda. In this exhibition Fredericks interrupts his boundless, ethereal horizons through the intervention of mirrors, examining notions of narcissism and the human condition in the age of the Anthropocene.   RELATED EVENT Artist talk with Murray Fredericks

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Flow

April 21 - May 21
Counihan Gallery, 233 Sydney Rd
Brunswick, VIC

Flow is a peculiar type of motion; what water does when ice sheets melt; what makes rivers etch the earth over eons; humanity’s movement from the past into the future. Flow invites us to witness the ecological present while hearing the call of our common ecological future. Including works by Colleen Boyle, Clara Brack, Garth Henderson, Heather Hesterman, Bridget Hillebrand, Penelope Hunt, Rebecca Mayo, Harry Nankin, Jen Rae, Dominic Redfern, Cameron Robbins, Sarah Tomasetti and Mauritzio Toscano. RELATED EVENTS Flow: Artist and Curator talks Decolonising Climate Action Artists Respond: Critical and Creative Responses…

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Benjamin Just: Human Made Tree

April 26 - May 18
Alliance Française De Melbourne, 51 Grey St
St Kilda, VIC 3182

Benjamin Just is the first laureate of the FAR (French Artists in Residence) program in Australia. In November and Decemeber last year, Just was in residence at the Bundanon Trust (NSW). Here he created a huge tree sculpture which will remain within the surrounding forest at Bundanon and created this exhibition that he describes as ‘portraits of trees’. Human Made Tree is a poetic ode to Australian nature.

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Disparate Lands

April 27 @ 12:00 am - July 1 @ 12:00 am

In Disparate Lands, artists Michael Camakaris, Paul Hodges, Miles Howard-Wilks, Chris Mason and Cathy Staughton explore various perspectives on climate change. Idyllic landscapes are juxtaposed with works of unsettling and contaminated lands. These large-scale works on canvas depict the promise of hope, as well as the stark reality of the environmental challenges facing our global community today. Presented by Arts Project Australia and curated by Sim Luttin and James McDonald.

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Brodie Ellis: The Crystal World

April 28 - May 20
Caves, Room 18, Level 6, 37 Swanston Street (Nicholas Building)
Melbourne, VIC 3000

“The sky was clear and motionless, the sunlight shining uninterruptedly upon this magnetic shore, but now and then a stir of wind crossed the water and the scene erupted into cascades of color that rippled away into the air around them.” – J.G Ballard, The Crystal World

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Time and Tide

May 2 - May 27
Alcaston Gallery, 11 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy, VIC 3065

Time and Tide is a curated intermedia exhibition in which participating artists of diverse experiences contemplate the impacts of climate change as observable reality within environment, culture, migration, and politics. Artists communicate their observations, stories and experiences to influence change against the most significant global threat we face today. The participating artists enlighten with diverse perspectives sharing their observations of climate change from Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian communities, Pacific Islands, India, urban Australia and globally. Artists include: Penny Byrne, Nellie…

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Land, Rain and Sun

May 3 @ 8:00 am - May 27 @ 5:00 pm
Charles Nodrum Gallery, 267 Church St
Richmond, VIC

All landscape painting reflects, to a greater or lesser degree, the climates of the land depicted. From the pastoral splendour in Michael Shannon’s expansive view of Mount Ida in Central Victoria, to the urbane elegance of Kristin Headlam’s glimpse of an intimate corner of Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens, Land, Rain and Sun is curated by Charles Nodrum with commentary by climate scientists Dr Joelle Gergis and Dr Penny Whetton.

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Ocean Imaginaries

May 5 - July 1
RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston St
Melbourne, VIC Australia

The sea has long appealed to the romantic imagination as a compelling metaphor for the sacred mysteries of nature. Yet this romantic view has recently been contradicted by a countervailing imagery of the slow violence of ocean pollution that not only represents a risk to human interests but also to a diverse range of marine creatures now threatened with extinction. This powerful imaginative contradiction is explored in Ocean Imaginaries through artworks evincing many of the complex responses to global oceans…

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Kylie Stillman: The Opposite of Wild

May 26 - August 6
Linden New Art, Domain House, Dallas Brookes Drive, South Yarra
Melbourne, VIC 3004

The Opposite of Wild reveals Kylie Stillman’s concerns about our response to and interaction with nature from a conceptual and physical perspective.   RELATED EVENT Meet the artist: Kylie Stillman

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Sam Leach: Avian Interplanetary

May 26 - August 6
Linden New Art, Domain House, Dallas Brookes Drive, South Yarra
Melbourne, VIC 3004

Sam Leach’s Avian Interplanetary is a proposal for a future habitat that considers the worldview of both humans and non-humans. The installation comprises paintings informed by robotic visual systems and sculptures referencing the aesthetic preferences of birds, insects and rocks based upon animal habitats research undertaken by cognitive neuroscientist Dr Mandyam Srinivasan.   RELATED EVENT Meet the artist: Sam Leach

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