Gallery chosen as major festival’s first interstate venue

In a coup for Noosa, Victoria’s popular ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE Festival has chosen Noosa Regional Gallery as its first ever affiliate exhibition venue outside of Victoria.

The Gallery will host an ambitious exhibition as part of its involvement.

“We’re thrilled to have been selected to become part of this respected festival, hosted by Climarte,” Noosa Regional Gallery Director Michael Brennan said.

“The festival’s mission is to harness the creative power of the arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change. With our affiliate exhibition, we aim to re-create the abundant and biodiverse natural ecosystems of the Noosa region through art,” he said.

Called The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower, the Noosa exhibition will also explore how humans interact with and coexist with their surroundings.

“This is not merely a group exhibition of landscape paintings,” Mr Brennan said. “The Gallery will be loaded with artworks that flood the available surfaces and bounce off one another with dramatic shifts in orientation and scale.

“This exhibition is about artists taking a leading role in keeping climate and environment at the forefront of our attention.”

Featuring the works of 30 artists across 17 projects, Mr Brennan’s curation will see the Gallery transformed into a visual, conceptual and immersive representation of the Noosa region Biosphere ecology.

Artists include Sam Leach, Bianca Beetson, Leah Barclay, Kylie Stillman and Ash Keating.

“The calibre of these artists and the currency of the ideas makes this exhibition a great fit for the vision of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE, says CLIMARTE’s Executive Director, Bronwyn Johnson.

The exhibition will feature sculptures, paintings and photographs alongside video, installations and soundscapes.

Museums and galleries across Melbourne and regional Victoria will host more than 30 curated exhibitions as part of the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE Festival.

The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower is at Noosa Regional Gallery from May 3 to June 16, 2019. Entry to the Gallery is free. Visit the website

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