Your feedback and responses are critical for our work shaping the festival in the future. We would love it if you could take our three minute audience survey for the chance to receive a copy of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE: THE BOOK. This beautiful hard-cover book was produced following the inaugural ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE festival in 2015.
Although the official festival dates are over, there are plenty of exhibitions still open around the city. Don't miss the chance to see these works before they close.
Heather Hesterman, Lake Mungo, 'evidence of water,' 2016. Digital print, dimensions variable, courtesy the artist
Flowis 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.
Angela Tiatia, Lick, 2015, single channel high definition video, 6 minutes, 33 seconds, 16:9, colour, sound, edition of 8
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.
Kristin Headlam, Lulled in the Flowers, 2001, oil on canvas, 76 x 152cm
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.
Murray Fredericks, Mirror 11, 2017
digital pigment print on cotton rag
120 x 155 cm
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.
Porous Borders, Impermeable Boundaries 2017 (detail)
hemp, wool, natural dyes, sand
360 x 130 x 38 cm
Photograph: Matthew Stanton
In Habitus, 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. View the online catalogue here.
We are grateful for the support of the City of Melbourne, and are pleased to share with you a message about the City's commitment to climate change action.
City of Melbourne is committed to climate change action. The City has taken many actions to adapt and mitigate climate change and has been recognised for its leadership in responding to both. We are working with the community to ensure Melbourne proactively deals with climate change through different strategies and programs across energy, biodiversity, waste, water management, events and the arts.
The City became carbon neutral in 2012 and we have set an ambitious target for Melbourne to become a carbon neutral city by 2020. A key component of this strategy is sourcing more electricity from renewable energy. The City has set a target to source 25 per cent of the municipality’s electricity from renewables by 2018.
We want Melbourne to prosper and thrive and continue to be a global leader in climate change adaptation. Our refreshed Climate Change Adaptation Strategy provides updated direction on how we plan, prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change.
This strategy has five goals and 30 actions to help guide how we work to deliver, partner and advocate for effective climate change adaptation in Melbourne. It will enhance Melbourne’s reputation as a leader in climate change adaptation by detailing how we will increase existing efforts and implement new actions to work towards our vision of a city that is adapting well to climate change.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 takes place and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present, & future. We also acknowledge the invaluable artistic and cultural legacy of Australia’s Indigenous peoples, who over many thousands of years have engaged with the natural world and its forces through their art, and who have been sustainable stewards of this land.