Floating Land attracts internationally acclaimed artists
An impressive panel of six local and visiting artists will participate in the Greening the Arts Forum on Wednesday 1 June. The forum will focus on the importance of sustainability in creative practice as part of this year’s Floating Land events program.
The forum has been designed as an intimate gathering of creative minds set in the lounge areas of historic Roberts House in Boreen Point. Local and international Floating Land artists were carefully selected to be a part of an ongoing international dialogue about environmental awareness and discuss the global context and perspective for local artists and their work.
Facilitator for the evening, Liz Capelin from the Sunshine Coast Council explains this conversational style event introduces the panel’s practices and discusses the intricacies of exploring environmental themes in their work.
“Floating Land brings together artists from all over the world, working on themes of effecting social change and environmental balance,” she said.
“The Greening the Arts Forum provides a rare opportunity to step outside the day-to-day art practice and engage with innovative peers.”
The forum will be webcast live and discussion is already underway on PlaceStories. The evening will also be documented on film. The event is FREE but RSVP is essential as limited spaces are available and catering is to be provided. To RSVP phone Noosa Regional Gallery on (07) 5449 5340.
Greening the Arts Forum key speakers are:
Sue Ryan (Artistic Director of Ghostnets Australia)
The GhostNets Australia art project represents an innovative artistic response to a large-scale environmental problem. Due to the prevailing currents in the Gulf of Carpentaria, lost and discarded fishing nets float through the waters, collecting marine life and washing up on beaches. GhostNets artists use this marine debris to create beautiful artworks.
Ramon Guardans (Spain)
Artist and scientist Ramon Guardans traces pollutants and their effect on local and global populations, health and environments and examines the relevance of different ways of life in understanding exposure. He has been involved for 20 years in international action on atmospheric and marine pollution including the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP).
Jo Tito (New Zealand)
Jo Tito is a Màori artist with an innate connection to the land and environment. Her work weaves kohatu (rock) and wai (water) with digital storytelling. As a meditation on these materials she brings forward a Màori concept of water and connections to the environment, and how our understanding of these connections might help to bring healing to our planet and peoples.
Lyndon Davis (lead Gubbi Gubbi Dance artist)
Gubbi Gubbi Dance is a group of Indigenous artists and performers who were born and raised on the Sunshine Coast and hold a very special bond with the area. Many are direct descendants of the local Gubbi Gubbi people. Lyndon Davis and Shannon Chilly founded the troupe in 1996 to ensure that their culture is maintained and to link to the broader community by fostering understanding of traditional customs.
Corrie Wright (representing the Catchment Collective)
The Catchment Collective is a group of Sunshine Coast artists who have undertaken a series of Green Art projects across the region, collaborating to engage the local community in environmental issues. Corrie Wright’s work Wipeout considers Water Culture – cultures that are synonymous with our behaviours. The effects of floating landfill and our cultural conditioning to bottled water are tackled in a progressive series of experiences intended to advocate an urge to action. These actions are not fixed, but expand over time and aim to generate community conversations and questions.
James Muller (local)
Ship of Fools combines emergent video mapping technologies to project imagery onto a sinking sailing boat constructed from weed bamboo, paperbark and calico. The installation examines our cultural relationship to water in a time of climate change. Ship of Fools is a collaborative work of Kris Martin (bamboo/fibre artist: Weaving Wizardry), James Muller (projection and new media: Earthbase Productions) and Jeunae Rogers (soundscape).
Greening the Arts Forum- Floating Land
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Wednesday 1 June
Roberts House, Orchard Ave, Boreen Point
Roberts House, Boreen Point
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