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Upcoming Public Program:



Artists in Conversation – CLIMARTE Poster Project II
Testing Grounds- 1 City Road, Southbank, Victoria 3006 Australia
Sat 11 May
With Peter Waples-Crowe and Amy Spiers, Jen Rae and Clare McCracken. Moderated by curator Will Foster.
Four artists present a suite of works that deal with the past, present and future of the climate crisis. Addressing interconnected pressure points of our ecology, these works speak of the vulnerability of our land, water and cultures from the point of view of four artists living and working on the land of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung people of the Kulin nation.
Join CLIMARTE Poster Project artists for a presentation and discussion about the process of developing their artworks – the ways in which they each consider context and audience when making decisions about a single poster concept to provoke public dialogue and accelerate a response to the unfolding climate crisis.
Auslan interpreted upon request.

Image credit: The Living Pavilion, Mentha australis, River mint, photo Zena Cumpston


The Living Pavilion
The University of Melbourne
ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival Hub, Parkville Enter: Gate 8, Grattan St, opposite Bouverie St corner
1 May – 17 May
Free entry
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The Living Pavilion is a living laboratory - a recyclable, biodegradable, edible and biodiverse event space that celebrates Indigenous knowledge, ecological science and sustainable design through participatory arts practice. Its unique horticultural design features over 40,000 indigenous plants endemic to the Kulin nation. The Living Pavilion free public programs will bring together experts in art and curatorial practice with some of the foremost researchers in climate and environmental science and includes five sessions with Ecofeminist Fridays and four sessions of climate bites!
Sit and read or listen to Ecofeminist Readings as we create a refuge for critical ecological feminist thought and discussion to flourish. Delve into Nourishing Terrains: Australian Aboriginal Views of Landscape and Wilderness by Deborah Bird Rose. No pre-reading required.
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Sink your teeth into climate bites for lunchtime info packed discussions with experts on food, water, fashion, and nature. Take away practical knowledge and tips to bite back against our climate emergency.
Follow on Instagram: @thelivingpavilion and @climarteaus
The Living Pavilion is lead by Community artist and Ecological designer Dr Tanja Beer, Research Fellow Zena Cumpston and Knowledge Broker Dr Cathy Oke and is a co-production and collaboration with THRIVE Hub (Melbourne School of Design), Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (CAUL) of the National Environmental Science Program, the New Student Precinct of The University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus, and CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival. The Living Pavilion’s major horticultural and design partners are Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and Ecodynamics.

Image credit: Rebecca Mayo, Plastic Bag (collecting rubbish), silk, botanical dye, bag 50 x 28 cm.jpg



11 May 2019
2:00 pm
Artist walks
11 May 2019. Meet at Caves at 2pm, duration of walk approximately 1.5 hours

In this exhibition, artist Rebecca Mayo has created a series of supermarket bags. Instead of extruded polyethylene Mayo’s bags are constructed from cloth she has dyed with plants collected on local walks. The bags will be used by people joining artist-led walks during the exhibition. Approaches to 18th century knowledge acquisition through the collection of plants from ‘elsewhere’ and the presence of plastic waste in our environment, will be used to provoke consideration of contemporary relations to the world, including how we might take care of the places we inhabit today.

Join the artist, Rebecca Mayo for an inner city walk: you will have the chance to reimagine a pre-invasion landscape and help with a little tidying up.
Artist: Rebecca Mayo

Film Screening: Demain (Tomorrow)
The VRI: 18/20 Queens Pde, Traralgon
17 May
Doors at 6pm. Film to commence at 6.30pm
Free Entry
Demain (Tomorrow)
Filmmakers Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion travel worldwide to investigate concrete solutions to environmental and social challenges. During their journey, they meet the pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education.
Demain is feel-good story, showing solutions and how we can avoid the worst impacts of climate change and create a just and more sustainable world for tomorrow

Kawita Vatanjyanjur, Carrier II, 2017 [detail], digital image, courtesy of the artist

Bruised: Art Action And Ecology In Asia – Art & Gentle Activism
RMIT Gallery: 344 Swanston St, Melbourne
Thu 9 May
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Tickets: Free
Like planners, politicians and entrepreneurs, artists and curators have also swelled the ranks of activists and conscious citizens.
Join us for a panel discussion at RMIT Gallery as part of the Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia exhibition, which examines how artists are using creative actions to open discussions around food sustainability and production, environmental catastrophes and human migration in our region.
In this panel, curators, artists and researchers will look at the different styles of environmental activism and engagement when it comes to making an impact on the pressing issues in our region.
In response to the rapid change in the region, artists in Asia are producing work that explores in many surprising and creative ways issues such as urbanisation and displacement, as well as environmental change.
Dr Alban Mannisi: Landscape Urbanist and senior academic, RMIT
Yu Fang Chi: Taiwan-born jewellery artist
Dr Marnie Badham: Artist and researcher, RMIT
Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert: Artist, Curator and Lecturer Curating Contemporary Art, RMIT

Bruised Food Lab Event: Rice (Hunger Inc)

RMIT Gallery: 344 Swanston St, Melbourne
Mon 13 May
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tickets: Free
Join artist Elia Nurvista for lunch at RMIT Gallery to discuss the complex relationship of rise to the local/global dynamics of exchange and international aid in Indonesia and Asia.
We are taking bookings for those who will eat the meal. Observers may walk in on the day to watch the action, depending on space availability.
Please advise if you have food allergies [email: when your booking is confirmed]. The menu is primarily white rice. A full ingredient list will be provided on the day.
Bruised Food: a Living Laboratory is a project curated by Marnie Badham and Francis Maravillas that complements the exhibition Bruised: Art Action & Ecology in Asia at RMIT Gallery (12 April – 1 June). The Bruised Food Lab Events critically reflects on food and social practice, and present works and events by artists.
About the event
As one of the world’s major food crops and staple food, rice is unique in the extent and variety of its uses and its shaping of societies and cultures, particularly in Asia.
Significantly, the politics and economics of rice in the region have been transformed by processes of globalisation, new agricultural practices and technologies as well as changing diets and tastes. At the same time, the ecology of rice is embedded in established food and socio-cultural systems that are at once local and traditional.
Building on earlier works that explores the politics of rice in the context of Indonesia’s political economy (Hunger Inc) and colonial history (Rijstaffel: The Flamboyant Table) this project presents a series of reflections on significance of rice in the context of the Asian diaspora in Australia.
Find our more about the artist here

Bruised: Art Action & Ecology – Curators’ Talk
RMIT Gallery: 344 Swanston St, Melbourne
Mon 13 May
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Tickets: free
When it comes to ways in which artists address ecological issues, actions can be big or small – it’s the action that is important however subtle.
In the face of complex environmental problems the Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia exhibition at RMIT Gallery (12 April – 1 June), curated by Helen Rayment and Thao Nguyen, examines how artistic response combined with gentle activism can result in a rich legacy and empower further actions in the community
As part of the exhibition, Bruised Food: a living laboratory, curated by Marnie Badham and Francis Maravillas, brings together a lively program of art and events in a working kitchen within the gallery,to explore the politics and aesthetics of food as employed by contemporary social practice artists.
Join us at RMIT Gallery for curators’ talk, and delve deeper into the themes and ecological ideas in the exhibition, which examines how artists are using creative actions to open discussions around food sustainability and production, environmental catastrophes and human migration in our region.
Speakers: Helen Rayment, Thao Nguyen; Marnie Bandham & Francis Maravillas.




CLIMARTE acknowledges that the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival takes place on the unceded lands of First Nation peoples and pays its respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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