Image above: Karena Goldfinch, Rubicon. 2018, digital inkjet print.

Image below: Sarah McConnell, Remnant. Book of 5 etching/aquatints with chin colle.

FOREST: The Last Stand

Vanishing: once enchanting: achingly beautiful homes to millions of species: rich carbon sinks: lungs of the planet: symbols of our unconscious since forever: beyond critically endangered keys to life on Earth – forests.

The invaluable role that forests play in the Earth’s vital ecosystems is beyond question. Forests need defending like our lives depend on them.

Timed in the immediate lead up to the state election, this exhibition focuses on Victoria’s critically endangered forests, honours the communities protecting them and invites new defenders.

To safeguard the habitats of endangered species and protect these critical forests, while also protecting carbon stocks, water supplies, and lower the risk of bushfires, we join with the community in calling for the Central Highlands on Taungurung Country to become the Great Forest National Park,

Karena Goldfinch, Rod Gray, Pia Johnson, Steve Kuiter, Lucille Martin, Sarah McConnell, Julian Meehan, Jill Redwood, Lisa Roberts, Chris Taylor and Sarah Rees.

Creative Producer, Karena Goldfinch.

Exhibition details
Where: CLIMARTE Gallery 120 Bridge Rd, Richmond
When: 2 – 26 November 2022

Public Events
FOREST Opening event – 2 November 2022
The exhibition was officially opened by Dr Chris Taylor, renowned photographer and Research Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University.

Exploring Toolangi Forest – 5 November 2022
Guided by Creative Producer and participating artist Karena Goldfinch and President of Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum, Steve Meacher, a public event with children and carers exploring endangered species of Toolangi Forest through stories, songs, science, poetry, music and sculpture. Please see details of the event here.


FOREST  Works List pdf >

FOREST Artist Statements pdf >