CLIMARTE’s highly anticipated ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival returns from 23 April – 19 May 2019.

Since 2010 CLIMARTE has built a broad alliance of arts organisations, artists, curators, audiences and academics from across the spectrum of the arts and sciences to speak up about the grave dangers caused by human induced climate change while highlighting the path towards a fair and sustainable future. At each step along the way we have sought to engage more deeply with local communities, particularly those at the frontline of climate change and energy transition.

Now in 2019, ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE will present over thirty curated exhibitions at leading museums and galleries in Melbourne and regional Victoria. The 2019 festival will consider ideas and concepts around art and activism, community engagement, transition and accelerated action on climate change.

Alongside festival exhibitions, commissions, artist talks, theatre works, films screenings and keynote lectures, our public programs will bring together experts in art practice with some of the foremost researchers in climate and environmental science with prominent thinkers on cultural, philosophical and psychological consequences of climate change.

Let us do no more harm to our blue planet and join with the artists, curators, scientists, policy experts, museums and galleries and our committed partners and demand accelerated action on climate change for a just and sustainable future – for all life on earth.

Our 2019 program is now available to view online and download program here 

Exhibitions: Melbourne and regional Victoria

-Liam Gillick (UK): Some significant equations, presented by CLIMARTE and The Ian Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne
-CLIMARTE Poster Project II, Testing Grounds and poster sites around Melbourne
The Living Pavilion, The University of Melbourne, Parkville
-Dombroskis: Journeys into the wild, Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill
-Katrin Koenning: Swell, Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill
-Our life, our world, Arts Project Australia, Northcote
-The world around us, Arts Project Australia, Northcote
-Rebecca Mayo: It’s in the bag, CAVES, Melbourne
-Sarah McConnell: Here today – defending Takayna / Tarkine, St –Heliers Gallery, Abbotsford Convent
-Bruised: Art, action and ecology in Asia, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
-Yandell Walton: Shifting surrounds, The Substation, Newport
-Elements, Linden New Art, St Kilda
-Isadora Vaughan: Gaia not the goddess, Heide Museum of -Modern Art, Bulleen
-Backdrop, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick
-A tree’s worth, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick
-Vera Moller: A thousand tides, Bunjil Place Gallery, Narre Warren
-Rewriting the score, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell
-Lesley Duxbury: Echo – a survey, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
-Katie West: Clearing, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville
-In the Valley, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington
-Heather Hesterman: EDULab2019 at SAM – Shepparton Art Museum
-David Keeling: As the light falls, Niagara Galleries, Richmond
-Cameron Robins: Remote senor, Mars Gallery, Prahran
-Joanna Mott: Somewhere under the rainbow, Mars Gallery, Prahran
-Jane Burns: Listed, Mars Gallery, Prahran
-Anne Zalhalka: Wild life, Australia, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
-Water, soil and air, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Richmond
-The urban gleaner and the plastique II, Northside4 Studios, Brunswick
-John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda: Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas, Geelong Art Gallery
-Bleached, Alliance Francaise, St Kilda
-Yang Yongliang, Brighton Gallery, Brighton Town Hall
-Rox De Luca: Gleaning for plastic, on the beach, Loop Bar and Project Space, Melbourne

Theatre:

-Not Now, Not Ever written and performed by Lara Stevens, Brunswick Mechanics Institute
-You’re safe till 2024 written and performed by David Finnegan, Bunjil Place, Narre Warren

Keynotes:

Museums & Activism: Slaying the Zombie Myth of Institutional Neutrality

Beka Economopoulos and Jason Jones (USA)
Co-founders of The Natural History Museum and Not An Alternative, a collective that works at the intersection of art, activism and theory.

Date: Tuesday 30 April 2019, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, Melbourne
Free Entry – bookings essential: tinyurl.com/MuseumsandActivism

In a post-truth era, the role of trusted institutions of science is more important than ever. Drawing on recent initiatives organized by The Natural History Museum, a traveling pop-up museum founded by the activist art collective Not An Alternative, this talk will explore how The Natural History Museum leverages the symbolic and infrastructural power of science museums to transform them into vital infrastructures for environmental progress, champions of science for the common good, and advocates for a just and sustainable future.

The group’s work has been featured within Guggenheim, PS1/MOMA, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Queens Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, MOCAD, and Museo del Arte Moderno, and in the public sphere. Not An Alternative connects movements to museums and museums to movements, fostering a growing coalition of museum workers, activist scientists, and communities.

A Museum for the path ahead: New York City’s Climate Museum

MIRANDA MASSIE (USA)
Director, Climate Museum, New York City
Date: Wednesday 1 May 2019 6.30 – 8.00pm
Venue: The Carillo Gantner Theatre
Sidney Myer Asia Centre at The University of Melbourne
761 Swanston Street, Parkville
Free Entry – Bookings essential: tinyurl.com/NYCClimateMuseum

This keynote will address why we need a cultural shift in response to the climate crisis, and why dedicated climate museums are a necessary, though not sufficient, component of that shift. Massie will situate the initiative within its national and local contexts, discussing the public’s response and presenting work from the Museum’s first year of public programming, in particular its two main art exhibitions. This work illustrates the promise at the intersection of institution building and cultural transformation, and it also spotlights questions, challenges, and tensions that lurk within. How to recognise the transformative power of art without instrumentalising it? How to celebrate individual creativity while pulling toward the collective? How to mobilise a culturally conservative form—the museum—for the radical change we need?

Keynotes are presented by CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival in association with The Ian Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne

Film screenings:

-Accelerate, at Loop Bar and Project Space
-Demain (tomorrow), VRI, Latrobe Valley
-Birrarung, a film by Maudie Palmer, Mars Gallery, Prahran

Exhibitions already open to the public:

Image credit: Heather Hesterman, Mobile Forrest, 2018, pine, formply, acrylic, soil, plants

Heather Hesterman: SAM EduLab 2019

Shepparton Art Museum: 70 Welsford St, Shepparton
sheppartonartmuseum.com.au
1 March – 7 April. 
Free entry.
SAM presents a collaborative education laboratory with artist, educator and landscape designer Heather Hesterman. Known for her public projects with natural and constructed sites, Hesterman will work with students and teachers (primary, secondary and tertiary) from the Greater Shepparton Region in the creation of an immersive land based installation that will evolve and transform a SAM gallery space over the duration of the SAM local exhibition.

Artist: Heather Hesterman

Curator: Lara Merrington

In The Valley

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery: Civic Reserve, Dunns Rd, Mornington
mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au
2 March – 5 May
Free entry

In the Valley is an exhibition that highlights the beauty and fragility of our natural environment on the Mornington Peninsula. Observing and documenting the changing landscape of the Kangerong Basin, Mt Martha, Somers and Port Philip Bay, artists Rosie Weiss, Jean Langley, Merryn Lloyd and Siri Hayes reveal their personal connections to the landscape, and the strong links to place that exists across generations.

Incorporated into the exhibition will be a series of climate data visualisations inspired by the exhibition artworks, which showcase the environmental evolution of south-eastern Australia. Colours are extracted and translated from selected In the Valley artworks, which are incorporated into the data visualisations of environmental change from early 1900 through to future climate projections.

Artists: Jean Langley, Rosie Weiss, Siri Hayes, Merryn Lloyd

Curator: Danny Lacy

Isadora Vaughan: Gaia Not the Goddess

Heide Museum of Modern Art: 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen
heide.com.au
2 March – 23 June
Tickets: $20 / Concession $16 / Children under 16 free

In realising her large-scale sculptural forms, Isadora Vaughan reconsiders the basic properties of materials and their capacity to suggest meaning beyond themselves—poetic, political, organic or otherwise.

For this installation, Vaughan has worked with bio-composite materials that have lately been gaining traction in debates around sustainable development: fungal mycelium and a compound of hemp and lime variously marketed as Hempcrete or Hemplime, along with materials local to Heide: the Mt Gambier limestone of McGlashan and Everist’s iconic Heide II, and beeswax from Heide’s colonies.

Vaughan’s assemblages are entanglements of (once) living organisms, and inorganic and synthetic matter in ected by human interference. Following metaphorical and material connections through these assemblages, patterns freely emerge which link the cultural and natural histories embedded in the Heide site with broader ‘edgework’ in feminist theory and cultural anthropology.

Artist: Isadora Vaughan

Curator: Brooke Babington

Lesley Duxbury: Echo – A Survey

11 Gippsland Art Gallery: 70 Foster St, Sale
gippslandartgallery.com
1 March – 5 May
Free entry


Echo is a survey exhibition of works from 1993 to 2017 by Gippsland- based artist Lesley Duxbury. Echo explores the development of Duxbury’s ongoing investigation into atmospheric phenomena through painting, printmaking, and photography, in the context of her longstanding engagement with the work of English artist John Constable (1776-1837).

Artist: Lesley Duxbury

Curator: Erin Mathews

Win tickets to Transitions Film Festival

The good folks at Transitions have a double pass to give away to CLIMARTE subscribers: Metamorphosis, screening Thursday March 7th at 6:15pm.
www.transitionsfilmfestival.com/event/metamorphosis
For your chance to win, head to the Transitions Film Festival ‘win’ page and enter the code: MMETACLIMARTE
www.transitionsfilmfestival.com/win/

FOR MORE INFORMATION & FULL PROGRAM — artclimatechange.org
CLIMARTE acknowledges that the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival takes place on the unceded lands of First Nation peoples and pays its respect to elders past, present and emerging.