In March 1953, in company with Jack, Judith and little Meredith McKinney, I had stood on the top of Mount Tinbeerwah behind Noosa, looking out over the white-edged arrow head of land that has Laguna Bay on its right and Wide Bay to the left… Although 1953 had a very dry spring, it was obvious that this was great wildflower country in addition to having a fascinating system of sand mass with related river and lakes. It would make a unique national park. (McArthur 1989, p. 52)
The role of writers and artists has been crucial in raising awareness about the specific characteristics and qualities of the Queensland environment. Through their activist involvement they were instrumental in bringing about changes to legislation and the establishment of certain national parks and protected areas. Among those involved were Kathleen McArthur, particularly working in collaboration with Judith Wright (and others). This year is the 101st anniversary of the birth of these influential women whose actions and work is well worth engaging with and celebrating. This one day symposium will focus on exploring how the writings and work of these women and other various artists have captured, responded to and echoed the landscapes that they lived within and travelled across. The symposium will have a particular focus on the work of Judith Wright and Kathleen McArthur, their engagement with the Sunshine Coast and links with the nascent environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The scope of the symposium will also extend to encompass and investigate historical and contemporary arts based responses, and activism for and with the more than human world.
The symposium program will include a range of papers and creative presentations. The symposium is being run in conjunction with the 'Wild/flower Women' exhibition to be held at the Noosa Regional Gallery 26 Nov – 15 Jan. For more information and symposium themes click here.
Judith Wright (1915-2000 + Kathleen McArthur 1915-2001)
Reflections on artists, environment and activism
One Day symposium
Wednesday 23 November 2016
24 Oct 2016 | All welcome at Wild/Flower Women symposium in Noosa
CQUniversity Noosa, Noosaville
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