Filter interviews

Two radio interviews about the Filter exhibition are available to listen to online.

Thanks to Peter Goers and his Evening Show on ABC Radio Adelaide and to Barry Mitchell from the climate change focussed Barometer program on Radio Adelaide.

An additional interview with Nina Keath provides background to Resilient South and Council involvement in supporting the art and climate change focus.


Barry Mitchell interviewing Neville Cichon about the Filter exhibition.  Go to Barometer page (6 minutes).

Barry Mitchell interviewing Nina Keath about Resilient South and southern climate change challenges. Go to Barometer page (13 minutes).

Peter Goers interviewing Neville Cichon about how you take a picture of climate change and why he needed to take a torch to see the Diane Arbus exhibition. Jump to late in the program. Start at 2h 42m 20s. Go to ABC page (12 minutes).

Finalists online

2018 Creative Climate-Awards-Artist samples

If you are not able to see the 2018 Creative Climate Awards in New York in person, the Human Impacts Institute have now posted all artists works online.

I am very happy to see that my work has sold with 100% of proceeds going to the Human Impacts Institute to support their future initiatives.

Have a look at their web page to see work by the 36 international artists featured in the exhibition. Go to website.

The exhibition runs until 12 October, 2018 at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, 1 E 42nd St, NY, NY.

Filter Exhibition launch

Diverse photographic methods combine to reflect the past, present and future of our changing coastal environment.


My solo exhibition developed as Artist in Residence at Sauerbier House will be launched on 22 September, 2018.

The launch event will be held between 1.30pm and 4.00pm at Sauerbier House Culture Exchange, 21 Wearing St, Port Noarlunga, Adelaide. On the day there will also be a new exhibition by photographic artist Alice Blanch, music by Womadelaide 2018 artist Naomi Keyte and guest speaker street artist Peter Drew.

An exhibition catalogue will be on sale at the Gallery with proceeds going to the Southport Surf Life Saving Club where I was a member as a child.

I commenced the residency on 3 July and have enjoyed immersing myself in the coastal environment of beaches, dunes and cliff walks.

Developed as part of the 2018 Shimmer Photographic Biennale the exhibition incorporates many styles of photography including abstract, studio, thermal imaging, black and white landscape and more. The size of the works vary greatly too with some the size of your hand through to others over two metres wide. The work is focussed on the impact of climate change on coastal environments with rising sea levels and coastal erosion at the forefront.

For a community engagement component of the residency visitors to the gallery were invited to make anonymous contributions about their Brightest Hopes and Darkest Fears in relation to climate change. Their thoughts will be shared in various presentation methods woven through the exhibition.

All welcome. The exhibition runs through to Saturday 27 October. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturdays 12pm to 4pm.

Mentorship – Peter Drew

Peter Drew and Neville Cichon mentorship


Thanks to The Helpmann Academy and their Elevate Mentorship program I will be undertaking a mentorship with street artist Peter Drew.

Kicking off on Saturday 22 September at Port Noarlunga where Peter will speak at the launch of my solo exhibition Filter at Sauerbier House as part of the 2018 Shimmer Photographic Biennale.

I am really looking forward to working with Peter for the rest of the year as I develop a plan of attack for 2019 and continue to develop work on climate change with an Australian twist.

Launch details.
Saturday 22 September
Sauerbier House
21 Wearing St, Port Noarlunga
1.30pm to 4pm (formalities soon after 2pm)

Joint event with Alice Blanch who will also be launching new work.

All welcome.


Heysen Prize

Heysen Prize for Landscape 2018

I am very pleased to announce that I have a work selected as a finalist in the 2018 Heysen Prize for Landscape.

Artists were encouraged to express their connection and concern for the Australian environment. A new piece will be exhibited in this exhibition amongst over 50 others while my exhibition at Sauerbier House will display some similar work at the same time during the Shimmer Photographic Biennale.

All welcome to attend the Heysen Prize exhibition opening at Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills on Saturday 6 October at 6pm where Lisa Slade, Co-Acting Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia will announce the winner of the $15, 000 prize.

The exhibition will be on until 9 December, 2018.

Go to the Hahndorf Academy website for more details.


Creative Climate Awards

2018 Creative Climate Awards feature image

It was exciting to learn that I was the only Australian selected for the 2018 Creative Climate Awards exhibition to be held in New York this September. Over 37 international artists will be featured in a month long exhibition on 42nd St Manhattan.

This annual annual series of events, showcase artists creating climate-inspired performances, installations, and exhibits.

Presented for the 5th year, the Human Impacts Institute use the arts and creativity to share knowledge, broaden the climate conversation, educate, and incite action.

This is will be the second work from my Unleashing Hell series that has been included in a Climate Change specific art award outside of South Australia. The previous work was exhibited in the 2017 Burrinja Climate Change Biennale in Melbourne.

Congratulations to all of the artists involved. Images of all works will be displayed online after the event has been launched on 17 September, 2018.

A Silent Auction fundraiser will be held at a VIP Preview and I have donated 100% of the sale proceeds to the ongoing work of the Human Impacts Institute.

September 17th – October 12th
Monday – Friday 9AM – 4:30PM
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
1 E 42nd St, New York, NY

More details at the Awards webpage.

Images of work by all artists will be online immediately after the opening event.

Shimmer 2018

The program has been released for the 2018 Shimmer Photographic Biennale. 13 venues to visit over 4 weeks with work by 35 artists.

Look through the program to plan your Shimmer experience from September 14 through to October 14, 2018.

Key dates for my exhibition, Filter, include the official opening on Saturday September 22nd, 1.30pm to 4pm and artist talks (Science in the Picture) on Wednesday September 26th 11am-midday and Saturday October 2nd, 2pm – 3pm.

Visit the Shimmer webpage to download the pdf program or view the flip book below.

Thanks to the following for their support.
Arts South Australia, the City of Onkaparinga and The Helpmann Academy.

2018 Shimmer Program

Thermal imaging

Thermal imaging camera test shots of Sauerbier House

I have been experimenting with a Thermal Imaging Camera as artist in residence at Sauerbier House.

These images include shots of the front of Sauerbier House. On the left showing the highlights of a sunny day and on the right as cloud cover swept over on a cold day.

Linked to my work on climate change I am interested in the use of scientific tools for art making. This tool allows us to see what the naked eye can’t and that is a common thread through climate change with invisible gases and such slow moving changes.

The digital images extracted from the camera are very small at only 140px by 140px. So only small works would result from this unless it was part of a collage or heavily pixelated.

Thank you very much to Suntrix Solar Systems for the loan of the camera.

Back in Town

Southport Nippers

The first week in July marks the commencement of my 3-month artist residency at Sauerbier House, Port Noarlunga.

I was a member of the Southport Surf Life Saving Club in the 1970’s (see pic above and the sun smart kid in the back row) and the clubhouse is  only a few hundred metres away from Sauerbier House.

I look forward to walking around the dunes, Onkaparinga river and beach again as I develop new work for an exhibition that will open on Saturday 22 September.

The coastal location has prompted a focus on local flooding and coastal erosion issues with investigation into their relationship to climate change. I am collaborating with the Sustainability Team at the City of Onkaparinga and look forward to learning more from them and accessing their vast resources.

You are welcome to visit my studio there and say hello or just have a look around at the work-in-progress on display if I am elsewhere. Until the end of August I am inviting visitors to leave an anonymous note to explain their brightest hopes and darkest fears in relation to climate change. I will compile these and use them in someway in the final exhibition.

Plenty more updates to come over the next few months.

Park Lands Art Prize

I am very pleased to learn that two of my photographs have been selected as finalists in the 2018 Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize awarded by the Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association.

The biennial Prize, established in 2014, enables artists to convey the many facets of the unique Park Lands and it is great to be selected amongst works that the judging panel described as being unconventional and showing a degree of provocation.

I look forward to seeing all of the selected works on display in the newly refurbished Adelaide Festival Theatre foyer over the 8 weeks from 4 July until 26 August, 2018.

More details at the Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize website.


Pop-up posters paddington logo

If you are strolling down Oxford Street in Sydney before the end of August near the Town Hall and ‘Paddo RSL’, pop into the Paddington Library to see one of my works from the Unleashing Hell series. The public art initiative was established to showcase a diverse mix of thought provoking works from around Australia.

Visit their website for opening hours.

Port Noarlunga Residency

I am really looking forward to spending 3 months at Sauerbier House at Port Noarlunga, Adelaide to develop new work for a solo exhibition as part of the 2018 Shimmer Photographic Biennale. I will start in July with the 5 week exhibition launching in September.

The opportunity also involves access to the City of Onkaparinga Sustainability Team who will be invaluable for informing the work on local environmental issues related to climate change.

The full arts program has been released and more details about my involvement can be found on page 39. Plan a day out in the Southern Vales for the exhibition opening on the afternoon of Saturday September 22nd.

Port Noarlunga Arts Precinct 2018 Program

Verso review

Picture by Sarah Sturm

Another review is in for the 2018 Helpmann Graduate Exhibition. Well worth a read, especially for those who were not able to get to the Exhibition, although officially 2,557 people did get to see it in person.

Verso review by Melanie Cooper.

Photo by Sarah Sturm.

Exhibition Clippings

Here are a couple of clippings from the local papers.

The exhibition is open everyday 10.30am to 4.30pm until Sunday March 11, 2018.

Unleashing Hell series

This series of new work is a dramatic shift in direction from the 2016 Only natural series. Vibrant abstractions of the natural world make way for the gritty reality of a narrative focussing on the ever increasing risk of intense bushfires as a result of climate change.

Climate Change Exhibitions

Two works from this series have featured in Climate Changed focussed exhibitions.

2018 Creative Climate Awards, New York, USA featured ‘How did it come to this?’ in a 4 week exhibition on 42nd St where I was the only Australia included.

2017 Burrinja Climate Change Biennale, Melbourne, Australia featured ‘Words fail us’ and this work is now held in their collection

Artist Statement

Climate Change is a slow moving disaster that struggles to compete for our attention. Iconic imagery of polar bears or hurricanes in faraway places do little to connect our day-to-day lives with the climatic changes occurring slowly around us.

We are living with an ever increasing risk of catastrophic bushfires due to climate change. Our fire danger ratings warn us of the potential hazard, but we are experiencing fires that far exceed the worst we could imagine. The fires are beyond categorisation.

My research revealed a striking quote that had such a significant influence on me that it inspired the title of this series of work, Unleashing hell. The full quote comes from an Australian Climatologist who explains that as a result of our inaction on reducing carbon emissions, the resultant climatic changes will disastrously increase the prevalence and impact of bushfires such that ‘we are unleashing hell upon Australia’.

As the single largest contributor of carbon emissions is our coal fired power stations, this has prompted the use of these symbols of electricity consumption. Most of the images are bespoke manipulations of household objects.

Words fail us evolved from the knowledge that the Fire Danger Index applies the rating of catastrophic for conditions at 100 or higher on the scale while some of our most deadly fires have exceeded 180. Factors that influence the severity of bushfires include temperature, rainfall, wind speed and fuel (vegetation). Climate change is magnifying their impact. Radiant heat in major bushfires can be so intense that it can kill people from hundreds of metres away without a flame ever touching them.

Heavy reliance on reverse cycle air-conditioners, as indicated by the fear of power black-outs in summer, is exacerbated by systemically poor house design. The air-conditioner that shields us from summer heat is linked to rising carbon emissions, that is contributing to the climatic changes that fuel our increased exposure to extreme bushfires.

Bushfires do lead to the loss of life and this can only be expected to rise as the intensity and frequency of fires increases due to the impact of climate change. While it may not be the threat of melting ice caps and rising sea levels that motivates us, it may well be the increased prevalence of bushfires that ignite our actions.

The gallery of images displayed here present the four works included in the 2018 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition followed by 3 additional works that were created for the series and previously displayed at the UniSA Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition.

2018 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition
Friday 16 February to Sunday 11 March
Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground
Victoria Drive, Adelaide, South Australia

Long term planning – 50cm h x 40cm w
Words fail us – 90cm h x 30cm w
Turn down the heat – 60cm h x 40cm w
How did it come to this? – 60cm h x 40cm w

Helpmann Grad Show

Helpmann Graduate Exhibition 2018

Being selected in the 2018 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition has been an exciting way to celebrate the completion of my studies.

29 artists will have work on display to the public from 15 February through to 11 March in Adelaide. Over $50,000 in awards will be presented at the opening night.

I will be posting updates on my Facebook Artist page and you can read more about the event at the Helpmann Academy website.

I am looking forward to sharing this new work and I wish to congratulate all of the artists selected.

Image: Brianna Speight, Pearl (detail).