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Yhonnie Scarce: Hollowing Earth

February 18 - May 14
TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd
Healesville, VIC

Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia, and belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. She is one of the first contemporary Australian artists to explore the political and aesthetic power of glass, describing her work as ‘politically motivated and emotionally driven’. Scarce’s new work Hollowing Earth examines the issues related to the mining of uranium on Aboriginal land. $7.50 adults/$5 seniors/FREE pensioners, students & children

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Free

Ted Barraclough: Birdman

March 2 @ 8:00 am - April 29 @ 5:00 pm
Chapter House Lane, Chapter House Lane
Melbourne, VIC Australia

Over 250 of Ted Barraclough’s hand-carved Native Australian birds will be exhibited at Chapter House Lane’s exhibition space in Melbourne’s CBD. For the exhibition – Birdman – wrens, honeyeaters, magpies to the critically endangered Swift Parrot will take over the laneway windows, and offer the opportunity to critically reflect on the role of birdlife in the environment around us.

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Free

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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Free

Wesley Stacey: The Wild Thing

March 4 @ 10:00 am - April 28 @ 5:00 pm
Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill, VIC 3150

Wesley Stacey is a living legend of environmental photography. In the 1970s he ‘dropped out’ of city life and set up camp in the wilderness of the NSW south coast. Living close to the land for over 40 years, Stacey’s photographs offer a unique, immersive perspective on Australia’s complex ecology.

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Free

Jeannie Baker: Circle

March 16 @ 8:00 am - May 14 @ 5:00 pm
Domain House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Dallas Brooks Drive
South Yarra, VIC

Award winning children's author and artist Jeannie Baker's latest picture book, Circle, will remind us to reflect on the importance of the world’s remaining wetlands. "Everything in nature is interdependent and connected and changes we make in one place can cause a chain reaction in other places, even at the opposite end of the world".

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Free

Anne Noble: No Vertical Song

March 24 @ 8:00 am - May 7 @ 5:00 pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), 404 George St
Fitzroy, VIC

Internationally renowned New Zealand artist, Anne Noble, has developed a number of projects in recent years concerned with bees, global species loss and the revitalization of human relationships to complex living systems. No Vertical Song is a series of portraits of dead bees, installed as if populating an imaginary museum of the future from a time when the bee no longer exists.

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Free

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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Free

Competing Interests

April 4 @ 12:00 am - April 29 @ 12:00 am
Niagara Galleries, 245 Punt Rd
Richmond, VIC 3121

The fantastical worlds created by Helen Wright in her exhibition Competing Interests focus on her concern for the natural environment. These recent paintings, drawings, prints and cast sculptures describe a world where natural and man-made elements come together to form precarious towers, poised to crumble.

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Free

Penelope Davis: Sea-Change

April 6 @ 10:00 am - May 6 @ 5:00 pm
MARS Gallery, 7 James St
Windsor, VIC

In this installation, Penelope Davis creates hybrid jellyfish where natural forms meet the detritus of contemporary technologies. The work poetically evokes the symbiosis between the human and natural worlds suggesting a future evolution that is both monstrous and beautiful. Jellyfish are used as a motif to examine consumption, environmental degradation and other critical issues associated with global warming.   RELATED EVENT MARS Floortalk: Penelope Davis, Joanne Mott, Robert Hague

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Free

Joanne Mott: Mapped

April 6 @ 10:00 am - May 6 @ 5:00 pm
MARS Gallery, 7 James St
Windsor, VIC

Globalisation and its effects on our planet come into relief in Joanne Mott’s sculpture exhibition, Mapped. World globes on stands portray planet earth, each encrusted with thousands of colourful map pins. Each globe tells a different story; where continents are off axis, inside out, out of place or upside down.   RELATED EVENT: MARS Floortalk: Penelope Davis, Joanne Mott, Robert Hague

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Free

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.

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Free

Anna Madeleine & Renee Beale: One Last Call

April 12 - May 14
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St
Carlton, VIC

In this participatory artwork, your broken mobile phone can still make One Last Call. Will it be for environmental change? A message for the future? Or to a long lost loved one? One Last Call is a participatory artwork that considers the environmental impact of manufacturing mobile phones, and a provocation to invent more sustainable ways to communicate.   RELATED EVENT ThoughtLAB-14: MacGyver 2100

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Free

Lauren Berkowitz: The Bottles

April 12 @ 8:00 am - May 13 @ 5:00 pm
Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 40 Dodds St
Southbank, VIC Australia

Lauren Berkowitz’ major installation The Bottles explores issues associated with waste, consumerism, recycling, cultural consumption and beauty... themes that are in the spotlight as much right now if not more than they were 23 years ago when the work was first devised.

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Free

Regenesis

April 17 @ 12:00 am - May 16 @ 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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

Feedback Loop

April 20 - May 7
Blak Dot Gallery, 33 Saxon St
Brunswick, VIC

Feedback loops are considered vicious or virtuous cycles in climate change. A positive feedback accelerates marine population collapse through overfishing, a negative feedback decelerates it through marine nurseries. Indigenous people have historically sustained negative feedback through reciprocal practices. Grounded in the interconnectedness of all living creatures and preservation of our natural ecosystems, indigenous knowledge systems continue to evolve amidst ignorance, silencing and dismissal.

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Free

Ray Arnold: Prospect & Refuge

April 20 @ 8:00 am - May 7 @ 5:00 pm
Australian Galleries – Melbourne, 28 Derby St
Collingwood, VIC

Ray Arnold ‘s etchings of Mt Lyell, in Western Tasmania, show the heavily scarred landscape from the impact of mining. Plants appear to be re-colonising the area, and it is in this sense of the possibility of another ‘elsewhere’ world, that evokes a sense of possibility that what was lost may be reclaimed.   RELATED EVENT: Artist talk: Raymond Arnold

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Free

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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Free

Raquel Ormella: Southern Economies

April 22 - May 14
LAB 14 Gallery, The Carlton Connect Initiative, Corner Swanston St and Grattan St
Carlton, VIC 3053

Raquel Ormella’s exhibition Southern Economies presents new textile works commissioned for the festival, alongside an installation from 2005, '130 Davey Street'. The new works use hi-vis material to map Antarctica, revealing this 'wilderness' as a space of contested global political economies.   RELATED EVENT Change makers, planet shakers

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Free

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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Free

EXIT: Globalisation, Climate Change and Art

April 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne, 761 Swanston St
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

Globalisation has always been contested. Its economic and cultural transformations have been promoted and welcomed by some; its incursions bitterly resisted by others. Meanwhile, the pace of globalisation is accelerating. Its instabilities and impacts are intensifying. We are leaving one world behind and entering others. How can we think about these interwoven drivers of exit and entry? How best to represent, understand and respond to them? Can art play a role here? In a time of increasing anxiety about globalisation and its impacts, the installation…

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Free

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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Free

SAM Out Late! April – Curatorial Floor Talk: FRESHWATER

April 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), 70 Welsford St
Shepparton, VIC

Join us for a drink and walk through FRESHWATER with SAM Director Dr Rebecca Coates. She will discuss how artists have engaged with the theme of fresh waterways and its significance to Shepparton.

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Free

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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Free

Decolonising Climate Action

April 29 @ 8:00 am
Blak Dot Gallery, 33 Saxon St
Brunswick, VIC

Blak Dot Gallery and the Counihan Gallery In Brunswick, in partnership with ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 are pleased to present an afternoon of performances, conversations and readings on Decolonising Climate Action. The event brings together artists, activists and experts to creatively respond to and discuss Indigenous knowledge systems informing decolonised climate action on land management, sustainability, climate justice and climate refugees. Featuring: Readings from Feedback Loop artist Katie West and Claire G Coleman Conversation on Decolonising Climate Action Facilitated by Dr Tyson Yunkaporta with Jacynta Fuamatu from 350Pacific, Allara…

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$10

Bike Tour with Squeaky Wheel: City

April 29 @ 8:00 am
Federation Square, Swanston St & Flinders St
Melbourne, 3000

Set your wheels in motion with an ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 bicycle tour! Starting at Fed Square, you’ll visit four festival exhibitions, hearing from the artist/curator at each stop. This tour includes visits to: Lauren Berkowitz: The Bottles at Margaret Lawrence Gallery Ted Barraclough: Birdmanat Chapter House Lane Raquel Ormella: Southern Economies at Carlton Connect Initiative and finishes at:     Diller Scofidio + Renfro: EXIT at Ian Potter Museum of Art in Parkville. Bring a bicycle in good working order and wear appropriate brightly coloured clothing. If…

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Free

In conversation – Mandy Martin, Alexander Boynes, Guy Abrahams, Bronwyn Johnson and Jason Smith

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Geelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop St
Geelong, VIC

Geelong Gallery host a dynamic conversation with exhibiting artists Mandy Martin and Alexander Boynes, Co-founder and CEO of CLIMARTE, Guy Abrahams, Executive Director of CLIMARTE, Bronwyn Johnson and Geelong Gallery Director, Jason Smith. This event will be a collaborative examination of the ongoing and cumulative effects of industry on landscapes, fragile ecosystems, human conditions, and remind us of the social and political agency of the artist. The panel will discuss arts capacity to creatively engage and inspire action on climate…

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Bloomtown – Living Public Art Installation

April 30 @ 8:00 am - May 21 @ 5:00 pm
Counihan Gallery, 233 Sydney Rd
Brunswick, VIC

From 30 April – 21 May the Speaker’s Plinth outside the gallery will be transformed into a piece of living and growing public art. Bloomtown explores the intersection of street art and urban gardening in the context of climate change. The work is manifested through the creation of a ‘living illustration’ that depicts scenes of Melbourne’s urban sprawl being transformed into a bright green future. The project includes native plants that have a strong connection to the biodiversity of the City…

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Free

Yandell Walton: Human Effect

May 1 - May 7
Arts Centre Melbourne, External Wall, Level 7 Terrace, Main Lawn, 100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia

Human Effect employs new technologies to create a responsive public projection and animated installation. The human impact on the environment is increasingly evident, from global warming, to diminishing resources; the world is enormously affected by the human touch. Human Effect is presented by Climarte and The Centre For Projection Art in association with Melbourne Knowledge Week.

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Ed Morris (USA) Avowing the Political: Art and Social Change

May 1
Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne, 761 Swanston St
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

Artist and co-founder of The Canary Project Edward Morris will discuss the diverse ways in which artists can contribute to social movements to address climate change.  He will draw on his own work creating and producing myriad projects – from the directly activist Green Patriot Posters to contemplative museum exhibitions – and also upon the work of other artists.  He will discuss these projects in light of the ideas of organiser Marshall Ganz that to thrive, all social movements need…

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Free

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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Free

ThoughtLAB-14: MacGyver 2100

May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St
Carlton, VIC

The Earth has been stripped bare of every last elemental resource. Humanity is still reeling from the collapse of capitalism in the late 21st century. The mistaken promise of technology as the only pathway to a sustainable way of life broken with the reality that technology itself requires finite resources. Out of the dust, makers, tinkerers, and inventors flourish recycling, upcycling, and repurposing devices, machines, and gadgets. With the help of a guest panel we invite you to channel your…

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Forms of Resistance

May 3
The Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston St
Collingwood, Victoria 3066 Australia

From different forms of agitation - disruption, confrontation and subversion - to dialogical and representative forms of storytelling and mapping, to the creation of new imaginaries with which to move into the future, artists use a vast toolbox of tactics to incite social and political change. In this panel discussion, Central Australian filmmaker Alex Kelly, Quandamooka woman and artist Megan Cope, and Melbourne-based artist and researcher Amy Spiers discuss their work, their influences and their ideas around issues of environmental…

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Free

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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Free

Ocean Imaginaries

May 5 - July 8
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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Mel Evans (UK) Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts

May 5
Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne, 761 Swanston St
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia

Mel Evans is a London-based artist and activist, and part of Liberate Tate, an art collective exploring the role of creative intervention in social change. Her book Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts was published by Pluto Press in 2015. Liberate Tate made over fifteen unsanctioned performance interventions inside Tate galleries in opposition to BP sponsorship and in 2016 the art collective won its six year campaign and Tate ended the BP deal. Performances included assembling a 16.5m wind turbine blade, performing in…

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Free

Curator’s talk: Ocean Imaginaries

May 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston St
Melbourne, VIC Australia

With Associate Professor Linda Williams. Bookings essential: 03 9925 1717 / rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au

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Free

Flow: Artist and Curator talks

May 6 @ 8:00 am - May 7 @ 5:00 pm
Counihan Gallery, 233 Sydney Rd
Brunswick, VIC

Join Flow exhibition artists and curator to hear a discussion of their work and the exhibition. Featuring Heather Hesterman, Bridget Hillebrand, Rebecca Mayo, Jen Rae and Sarah Tomasetti. This event will be Auslan interpreted    

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Free

Artists Respond: Critical and Creative responses to a changing planet

May 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Counihan Gallery, 233 Sydney Rd
Brunswick, VIC

Join artists and sustainability experts for our critical discussion group around climate change response, sustainability and creativity. If you are an artist or creative working with sustainability in the content or methods of your practice we would love for you to take part in this discussion group. Call us for more details: 03 9389 8622 Facilitated by Matt Wicking.    

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Free

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.

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Free

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.

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