Bio-Tech Evolution: Engagement with the Non-Human

Call for Submissions for Exhibition closes 4 November 2011 This exhibition will be used to examine interactions between humans, technology, and biology, with the aim of re-invigorating the social, cultural and environmental value of non-human life. Artworks that contain / deal with “wet biology” are encouraged, ethics /quarantine clearance must also be confirmed if this is required.  The exhibition will be held at the Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. Please email word documents and Jpegs  to Donna Franklin at,  including an Artist Statement, 300 word Biography, contact details and a photograph of proposed work or previous workt for further information.  The Exhibition will run for two weeks in either May or June 2012.

Floods don’t discrimate. Saving the Warmun Community Art Collection

On the 13 March 2011 after weeks of heavy rain the rivers and tributaries in the east Kimberley overflowed, sending a deluge across the land forming a torrent of water throughout the region. Nestled tightly on Turkey Creek, the Warmun community was ravaged. The community was declared a natural disaster zone and nearly everyone was airlifted from their homes to Kununurra 200 km away. The Warmun Art Centre, which held the Community Art Collection, sustained considerable damage to its buildings, equipment and its artworks. At least half of the items in the Collectin were submerged in muddy flood waters and all sustained mould damage due to humid conditions over the following days. With generous probono support from all around, and in particular from Argyle Diamond Mine and CCMC, and from ANKAAA the collection was helicoptered to an air-conditioned building and into the safe hands of CCMC conservators.  Toll Holdings provided a truck to bring the artworks to Melbourne.

The Warmun Community Art Collection holds the earliest art produced in the Kimberley containing significant works by the first generation artists of the east Kimberley painting movement: Paddy Jaminji, Rover Thomas, Jack Britten, Henry Wambini, Hector Jandany, George Mung and Queenie McKenzie. For many years, elders would congregate under a bough shelter and use these items to teach. The children who were taught with these items are now adults and practicing artists themselves. They too, now believe their children need to be educated in the same way. The survival of these artworks is in jeopardy and the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) at the University of Melbourne is helping with it preservation. However, support is needed for the Centre to complete work on the most important and most badly damaged works.

From 17 to 21 October community elders will visit Melbourne to advise on the conservation program for the collection. To ensure this collection is returned to its rightful place, your help is needed. A fundraising dinner will be held at University House at the University of Melbourne on 21 October 2011.  Community elders and conservators will talk about the importance of this collection and about the conservation program that will see its safe return to Warmun. Tickets to the dinner are available at $150 per ticket, including three courses and wine. For bookings or information on how you can help support the conservation of this important collection please contact Director of the CCMC, Associate Robyn Sloggett on 8344 6455 or email:

Making Sense, Craft Victoria.

October 12, 2011 11:00 am to October 15, 2011 11:00 am

Making Sense combines the work of artists Jasmine Targett and Debbie Symons. The works highlight the Antarctic region as a sensitive indicator of global change. Fearlessly the artists search for understanding the history of changing environmental conditions, presenting insight into mapping the forecast for tomorrow.

Tomorrow LandJasmine Targett’s luminescent series Life Support Systems uses NASA space suit helmet glass to discuss the history of monitoring the Earth’s Atmosphere and today’s attitudes towards Climate Change: the forecast for tomorrow. Deceptively beautiful the works examine alarming environmental data and the sublime beauty of impending decay.

Debbie Symons’ work is politically charged, discussing the moral and ethical consequences of ecological decisions. Symons’ drawing and video works explore the historical, political and environmental predicament of the Antarctic and its waters. The works chart the effects of environmental change on the 60 migratory species that rely on this region.

Making Sense at Craft Victoria & Federation Square Urban Screens, till October 15th, 2011.

Made to Measure – TREADLIE Handmade Bike Show – State of Design Melbourne

July 21, 2011 to July 24, 2011

Craftsmanship and design are combined in an exhibition of especially commissioned custom-built bicycles from around the country.

The final selection of bikes will be based on their aesthetics, artistry and creativity. Accompanying each exhibit will be stories about the bikes and their builders.

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The Repair Workshops – broken stuff repaired and upcycled

July 29, 2011 to July 31, 2011

The Repair Workshops is a creative, interactive exploration of the power of repair. Guided by professional artists, designers and engineers, your broken items will get repaired or – if they can’t be fixed – completely reimagined!

To celebrate and demonstrate all the creative feats of repairing, we will be launching the two days of public workshops on Friday 29th July from 6pm.

The Launch will include speeches and a live auction of created works with all proceeds going to Environment Victoria. Check out: