Local artists Sam Moss, Jess Poulsen and Shona Wilson have been selected for Byron Shire Council’s $5,000 Climate Conversations commission, for their collaborative project, Mending and Tending: Art that works for Nature.
Climate Conversations is a new creative initiative that invites Northern Rivers artists to collaborate with community and explore ways we can adapt, reorganise, and evolve in the face of climate change through the arts.
The theme for the inaugural Climate Conversations is ‘Adaptation’ and last year artists were invited to submit an application for a collaborative, community-focused project and exhibition.
“All the applicants submitted thoughtful and innovative exhibition proposals centred around the pre-selected theme of Adaptation,” Byron Shire Council’s Gallerist, Sarah Harvey, said.
It was encouraging to see so many artists exploring how to generate conversations about climate change.
“The selected artists are well known in our community and have significant experience exploring and responding to our natural environment. I’m really looking forward to what the artists produce for this commission,” she said.
The team of selected artists will present the work as part of an exhibition at Byron Bay’s Lone Goat Gallery later this year.
As part of the project, the artists will host talks and workshops in the gallery and out in the field that will generate deeper conversations and immersive experiences, highlighting the fragility of our landscape and discussing the issues of climate change and adaptation.
Information on this project is on the Lone Goat Gallery website.