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EARTH CANVAS

Various artists

17 July - 29 August
Main Gallery & Margaret Scott Gallery

In Australia, the way we produce food and fibre has come to rely increasingly on industrial principles of
production. This approach has led to many environmental and human health losses.

Regenerative agriculture is emerging as an alternative approach. Its principles focus on the health of nature
and people, and on how all things are interconnected. It is more than sustainability; it is the active rebuilding
or regenerating of an ecosystem towards full health.

The Earth Canvas project invited contemporary artists to work on regenerative farms between the Murray
and Murrumbidgee rivers in southern New South Wales. The project aimed to link the artists’ perspective on
the land with the farmers’ management of the land. What was revealed was a mutual creativity of approach
and deep empathy with the landscape.

This exhibition explores the experiences of both the regenerative farmer and the artist, their respective
engagement with the land and their vision for a healthier world.

The artists and farms involved in the Earth Canvas project are:
• Rosalind Atkins, working with the Wearn Family at Yammacoona, Little Billabong
• Jenny Bell, working with the Coughlan family at Mount Narra Narra, Holbrook
• Jo Davenport, working with the Austin Family at Mundarlo, Mundarlo
• Janet Laurence, working with Rebecca Gorman and family at Yabtree West, Mundarlo
• Idris Murphy, working with the Coghlan family at Eurimbla, Gerogery
• John Wolseley, working with Gillian Sanbrook at Bibbaringa, Bowna

and a specially commissioned work for the Mount Gambier exhibition:
• Carmel Wallace, working with Liam and Sarah Brokensha at Glenhuntly, Eight Mile Creek

Earth Canvas was developed by regional collaborative Earth Canvas: Art in Ag, curated by Albury
LibraryMuseum, and supported by the National Museum of Australia. This project has been assisted by the
Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

 

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