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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: Yandell Walton, Shifting Surround, 2019, video still from projection installation

Yandell Walton: Shifting Surrounds
The Substation: 1 Market St, Newport
4 May – 15 June
Free entry
Artist Yandell Walton invites visitors to The SUBSTATION to experience her immersive, site-specific digital installation Shifting Surrounds. This major exhibition of discrete installations was developed by the artist through a series of on-site residencies in 2017/18 and the resulting work responds to the unique architecture of the building to interrogate the shifting environments caused by climate change.
Artist: Yandell Walton
Curator: Kali Michailidis

Image credit: Samraing Chea, Heavy traffic scene, 2011, pencil on paper

Our Life, Our World

Arts Project Australia: 24 High St, Northcote
4 May – 8 June
Free entry

Our Life, Our World considers the effect of human development and intervention on accelerating climate change. From representations of the local Melbourne environment to considerations of large-scale global environmental challenges, the exhibition considers climate as both an environmental and social issue.

The World Around Us
Arts Project Australia: 24 High St, Northcote
4 May – 8 June
Free entry

The World Around Us, refers to a five-block radius around the Arts Project studio in Northcote. Through the process of walking the same paths over a year, the artists have examined the local environment in detail and articulated their interests and concerns. Participating Artists have created work on the extraordinary macro world of insects and the floodlines and flow of the Merri Creek highlighting the environmental challenges faced in their local world.

Artists: Samraing Chea, Michael Camakaris, Paul Hodges, Chris Mason, Miles Howard-Wilks, Georgia Szmerling
Curator: Sim Luttin

Image credit: Sam Atyeo (1910-1990), Wyperfeld National Park, 1933, oil on canvas

Water, Soil & Life

Charles Nodrum Gallery: 267 Church St, Richmond
4 May – 25 May
Free entry
Climate scientist Dr Joelle Gergis has been invited to co-curate an exhibition drawing out aspects of her recent research into Australia’s settlement-era climate through artwork.
From 2009–2012 Dr Gergis led the Australian Research Council Linkage funded South-Eastern Australian Recent Climate History (SEARCH) project; a landmark initiative, spanning the sciences and the humanities to reconstruct the region’s climate variability from first European settlement in 1788. In April 2018, she published ‘Sunburnt Country: The future and history of climate change in Australia’ which presented much of SEARCH’s research.
Each of the selected artworks will interrogate the climate in which it was made to share and illustrate Dr Gergis’ work and to encourage action on climate change.

Group exhibition: Sam Atyeo, J. H. Carse, John Mather, William Frater, Sidney Nolan, Elwyn Lynn, Eva Kubbos, Michael Shannon, James Gleeson, Tony Coleing, Mandy Martin, Richard Clements, Maxie Tjampitjinpa, Rick Amor, Lynne Boyd, Guy Stuart and more

Curators: Kate Nodrum and Joelle Gergis


Image credit: Lisa Waup, Continuity, 2018, cotton rag sheild, detail

Linden New Art: 26 Acland St, St Kilda
4 May – 23 June
Free entry
In Elements, artists have been inspired by the fundamental elements of nature – Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Wood and Metal. Through their use of local natural materials such as shell, coral, kelp, bark, feathers, clay and possum skins, the artists reflect on both the fragility and strength of our planet.
This group exhibition showcases artworks from Baluk Arts, an urban Aboriginal Arts Centre based in Mornington
Artists: Lisa Waup, Dominic Bramall-White, Robert Kelly, Cassie Leatham, Beverley Meldrum, Rebecca Robinson, Tallara Gray, Gillian Garvie
Curator: Lisa Waup

Image credit: Renee Hope, Ring 2018, Sterling silver, recycled plastic, citrine, garnets

The Urban Gleaner & The Plastique, Pt. II
Tempcontemp @Northcity4: 61 Weston St, Brunswick
10 – 18 May
Free entry

The Urban Gleaner and the Plastique, Pt.II examines the consumer waste that is a growing area of concern and inspiration for the contemporary jeweller. With many different types and vast amounts of plastic used on a daily basis in our (sub)urban environments – these materials provide a rich source of inspiration and most importantly allow artists to make comments on a social, political and environmental level. As artists become contemporary bricoleurs, scouring their homes, workplaces and public spaces for materials, they are a collective group of inquirers that ask how we may wear and integrate them in new and innovative ways.
Artists: Renee Hope, Regina Middleton, Lauren Simeoni, Sanna Bradestad, Isabelle Azaïs
Curators: Laila Marie, Anna Gray

If in Queensland:

Image credit: Sarah Rayner, A short story from a long tale, 2018, hand-carved porcelain

The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower
Noosa Regional Gallery: Riverside, 9 Pelican St Tewantin, QLD
3 May - 16 June
Free entry
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower is an ambitious exhibition project that sets out to re-create the abundant and biodiverse natural ecosystems of the Noosa region – inside Noosa Regional Gallery – while also exploring how humans interact with and coexist with this space. Taking its title from the Dylan Thomas poem, the exhibition sets out to consider and convey the interconnectedness of nature and humankind, the energy and force that flows through each and the cycle of life and destruction that makes it wondrous and sublime. The entirety of Noosa Regional Gallery’s exhibition spaces will be transformed into a visual, conceptual and immersive representation of the Biosphere ecology, articulating and underscoring the diversity, interconnectedness and beauty of the ecosystem while exploring the way we interact with, learn from and rely on this environment.
Artists: Leah Barclay, Bianca Beetson, Deidre But-Husaim, Tess Chodan, Simon Finn, Kim Guthrie, Lou Jaeger, Ash Keating, Sam Leach, Lisa Morgan, Sarah Rayner, Natalie Ryan, Kylie Stillman, A.J. Taylor, Naomi White and more



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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