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Upcoming exhibitions:

Image credit: Rebecca Mayo, Plastic Bag (collecting rubbish), silk, botanical dye

Rebecca Mayo: It’s in the Bag
Caves: Nicholas Building Level 18, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne
26 April – 18 May
Artist walks: 27 April and 11 May 2019.
Meet at Caves at 2pm, duration of walk approximately 1.5 hours
Free entry
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


Image credit: Sarah McConnell Here Today, detail, 2019, monoprint

Sarah McConnell: Here Today – Defending takayna / Tarkine
St Heliers Street Gallery: Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
23 April – 19 May
Opening 26 April, 6:00-8:00pm, all welcome.
Free entry
The takayna or Tarkine region, in the north-west of Tasmania is one of the last remaining tracts of Gondwanan rainforest in the world. While these forests have been recognised for their incredible cultural, historical and ecological significance, they are still a site of ongoing tension.
Here Today points to the continued efforts of everyday people to protect these forests from logging over the past year. As we bear witness to the tide of our own destruction, these small acts of resistance reflect the recurring conflict in our relationship with nature and each other, and force us to face uncomfortable truths about our time and place on this earth.
Here Today is a reminder of our mistakes and failures, a celebration of our successes, an apology, and a message of hope.

Image credit: Lisa Stewart: Shifting Point: video still, 2019, HD video, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist 


The Counihan Gallery: 233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
27 April – 26 May
Opening 27 April, 2:00-4:00pm, all welcome.
Free entry

Backdrop, 2019, is a series of ‘internal’ landscape studies presented as an installation of works on paper and video. Backdrop investigates the ways that conceptions of landscape are informed by emotions, desires and cultural conditioning. Working with the outer world to reveal the inner, artists Laura Delaney, Alanna Lorenzon and Lisa Stewart invert the tradition of Western landscape painting to study the shared space between the mind and the natural world. Across their works, the artists reflect upon the objectification of the natural world and respond from their personal points of separation or connection to the landscapes that have shaped them.
Artists: Laura Delaney, Allana Lorenzon, Lisa Stewart

A Tree’s Worth

The Counihan Gallery: 233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
27 April – 26 May
Opening 27 April, 2:00-4:00pm, all welcome.
Free entry

Language frames the way in which we see the world. Recently, the term ‘ecosystem services’ has become a way to describe the important role of nature in ‘supporting’ humans. Often criticised for language that commodifies nature giving it a monetary value to be bartered with, it also gives nature a bartering force within the governance structures that exist. A Tree’s Worth questions the paradox of language, exploring the role that data may play in the human journey of learning to listen to trees, simultaneously celebrating trees and their ‘worth’ in society. This exhibition raises complex ideas around earth rights, voice, agency and the capacity of trees to mitigate a changing climate through collaboration between artists, planners and policy makers.
Artists: Selena de Carvalho, Aviva Reed, Scale Free Network, Sofia Sabbagh, Damien Wright

Image credit: Rox De Luca, Grace, 2016. Found plastic, wire

Rox De Luca: Gleaning for Plastic, on the Beach

Loop Bar & Project Space: 23 Meyers Pl, Melbourne
2 May – 31 May
Free entry

At the front of Loop Project Space, artist Rox de Luca creates installations within a number of cabinets continuing her practice of using plastic shards and remnant waste found at Bondi Beach, Rose Bay and Camp Cove.
The resulting sculptural garlands and mounds are reflections of her coastal home and its relation to the greater human landscape of waste.

Artist: Rox De Luca


Public Program:

Image credit: John Wolseley, The pearl fishers voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay, detail, 1985–89, sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas, Geelong Gallery, Gift of the artist, 2016, Reproduced courtesy of the artist

Art + Environment—John Wolseley and Alexandra de Blas
Geelong Gallery: 55 Little Malop St, Geelong
24 April, from 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Cost: Members $12.00, Non-members $15.00
Includes a glass of wine.
To celebrate Geelong Gallery’s participation in ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 and the exhibition John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda: Molluscs/Maypal and the warming of the seas, join us for a dynamic conversation with exhibiting artist, John Wolseley in conversation with environmental journalist, Alexandra de Blas.


Image courtesy of Bunjil Place

Natural Wonder: Western Port & It's Future

Bunjil Place Studio: 2 Patrick Northeast Dve, Narre Warren
9 May 2019, 7:30pm
Tickets $15
Join leading scientists, environmentalists and thinkers as they celebrate the importance and contemplate the future for Western Port, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.

Image courtesy of Gippsland Art Gallery

Art Vs Science: Is Science Relevant to Art?

Gippsland Art Gallery: 70 Foster Street
Saturday 27 April, 2:00pm
Tickets free
Bookings essential: T: 03 5142 3500 or E:
You’re invited to join a gathering of distinguished artists and scientists for an entertaining panel discussion about the enduring relationship between art and science.
Guest panellists include Lesley Duxbury, Josephine Jakobi, Associate Professor Linda Williams and Dr Jessica Reeves.
Bookings essential: T: 03 5142 3500



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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