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


In addition to the Earth Canvas exhibition, The Riddoch will also present the following:

Sunday 22 AUGUST (POSTPONED – New date TBA)
Farm & Art Open Day

Wednesday 25 AUGUST
Webinar: Regenerative Farming in your backyard

Saturday 28 August
Workshop: Natural Pigment painting with Carmel Wallace


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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We acknowledge the Boandik Peoples as the traditional custodians of the land we meet on today. We respect their spiritual relationship with the land and recognise the deep feelings of attachment our First Nations Peoples have with the land.

Image: Belinda Bonney, Reconciliation of the Nation: we all walk together as one (detail)