Tag: arts

Stories from the Wildworld
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Stories from the Wildworld

Suzy Swamphen has never heard of the Life Magic and doesn’t know she is part of a Tribe. But her life is changed forever when Pip the Squirrel Glider and Roo the Kangaroo arrive at Second Lagoon, seeking help to save Pip’s bushland home. Stories from the Wildworld started out as a narrative, non-fiction book about...

Fighting apathy: exploring art’s role in the climate crisis
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Fighting apathy: exploring art’s role in the climate crisis

It was intuition rather than rigorous research that informed my decision to develop an exhibition that explores ‘humanity’s relationship with the environment’ for my first solo-curated show. I certainly had my doubts about the concept, namely whether the exhibition could actually have an impact on the subject I am seeking to visually represent. Undertaking research...

Talking to the Shoreline
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Talking to the Shoreline

Located along the well-trodden track that leads to where surfers regularly head down to the waves below, Point Leo’s ecopoetry trail encourages walkers to catch a glimpse of Western Port Bay’s shimmering blue waters behind each verse of the poem, seamlessly blending the artistic with the marine. Written by Michelle Leber, ‘Talking to the Shoreline’...

The Selfish Tree
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The Selfish Tree

‘Sometimes people ask me,’ said the Blue Gum*, ‘Don’t you mind when the termites hollow out your innards, your limbs drop, the parrots chew your skin to make new holes, the moths and beetles tunnel into your wood, and the cicadas suck your sap?’ ‘Yes, I sometimes wonder that,’ said the Squirrel Glider. ‘And I...

‘Brown birds in a brown landscape’
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‘Brown birds in a brown landscape’

Migratory shorebirds are considered our most endangered group of birds. Described as ‘brown birds in a brown landscape’, they are notoriously difficult to identify and are adept at remaining hidden in their threatened habitats; those mud flats and in-between tidal zones that are often not seen as distinct environments. It is this invisibility that has...