I Want Change: Two decades of artistic defiance, disapproval and dissent

April 2, 2013 12:00 am to April 12, 2013 12:00 am

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Michael Agzarian |Brook Andrew | Zanny Begg | boat-people.org | Bindi Cole | James Dodd | Fiona Foley | Jamin | Ash Keating | Deborah Kelly | Azlan McLennan | MEEK | Van Rudd | Carl Scrase

Exhibition at LUMA

A shadowy figure sits cross-legged against a wall. Hands outstretched, he holds a placard above a beggar’s cup, scrawled with the text, “KEEP YOUR COINS, I WANT CHANGE.” MEEK’s iconic stencil, Begging for Change, sums up a sentiment that experienced a groundswell in contemporary art practice in Australia during the Howard era and has maintained an active presence to the current day. The War on Terror, our treatment of refugees, the environment, Indigenous identity and the GFC have each figured prominently as political issues that have occupied artists and their practices over the past 15 years. I Want Change takes a snapshot of these issues and the often public, performative and socially engaging working embraced by artists to voice their protest, criticism and concern.

Image credit: Begging for Change
Stencil, dimensions variable
Image courtesy of the artist

WWF Earth Hour Creative Awards

February 18, 2013 4:00 am to March 11, 2013 4:00 am February 18, 2013 4:00 am to March 11, 2013 4:00 am

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WWF  Creative Arts Award are looking for inspiring projects – within the visual or performance arts – exploring environmental concerns, and offering audiences new ways of understanding and engaging with the issues.

Perhaps an artist with a new vision of our relationship to nature. Or a theatre group dramatising the social impacts of climate change. Gain public recognition for your great work and inspire reflection and action in the community. Apply now!

Image: Ghost Nets, winners of the Creative Arts category, WWF Earth Hour Awards 2012 © WWF-Australia

Creatively Connecting to Nature Network

November 17, 2012

HumaNature Connect offers group experiences that explore and enhance connections with nature and self using creative expression and experiential process.

Its mission is to facilitate profound, personal awareness about the critical role that human – nature connections play in the positive health and well-being of the whole natural world. We believe that by developing this mindfulness, individuals can make a positive difference to the global issue of sustainability.

HumaNature Connect also hosts the Creatively Connecting to Nature Network that has been established to enable practitioners to meet with other like-minded folk to share and explore their practice, experientially. This is for you if you a facilitator, artist, educator, therapist or any other practitioner that uses creative expression in your work to explore relationships with nature. Click on link below to see the flier.

Creatively Connecting to Nature Network

Inaugural gathering:  Saturday November 17 2012;

9:30am-1pm; Darebin Parklands Alphington (Separation St entrance)

RSVP essential

www.humanatureconnect.com

Sustainable Living Festival Melbourne

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2013
Be a part of Australia’s Largest Sustainable Living Festival, 9-24 Feb 2013. Host an event in your city, town, shire or street. Join the state wide festival and boost your profile through the Festival’s promotions & networks. See this promo video:
http://festival.slf.org.au/festival-video
Applications Now Open

More information http://festival.slf.org.au/

Everything Falls Apart – Artspace

July 17, 2012 12:00 pm to August 5, 2012 6:00 pm July 17, 2012 12:00 pm to August 5, 2012 6:00 pm

Artists: Balteo Yazbeck & Media Farzin, Jem Cohen, Phil Collins, Sarah Goffman, Sarah Morris

Everything Falls Apart brings together several significant works by international and Australian artists presented over two exhibitions. Part I clusters work that acts as reflective analysis in and of the aftermath of system disintegration, including ecological and cultural belief systems.

More information http://www.artspace.org.au/gallery_project.php?i=166

Image credit: Phil Collins

Students of Sustainability

July 4, 2012 12:00 am to July 8, 2012 12:00 am July 4, 2012 12:00 am to July 8, 2012 12:00 am

SoS 2012 will be held on Dja Dja Wurrung country from the 4th to the 8th of July at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus **

REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN – Register at http://tinyurl.com/sos2012rego

RIDE-SHARES BOARD: http://studentsofsustainability.org/2012/need-a-ride-2/

/ Are you committed to a better or more sustainable future? /

/ How about seeing action on environmental and social justice issues? /

/ Or are you just looking for a wealth of information to start getting involved? /

Whatever the reason, Students of Sustainability (SoS) 2012 is for you!

STUDENTS OF SUSTAINABILITY (SoS) is a convergence of students, activists, Indigenous groups, academics, environmentalists, and the wider community. It’s an awesome opportunity to meet like-minded people, have lots of fun and to share knowledge and skills on current environmental and social justice issues. Come and see how you can be part of the environment movement and movements for social change!

Check out http://studentsofsustainability.org/
Contact us on info@studentsofsustainability.org
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