Making waves

The last day of the weeklong Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) in Vancouver was for excursions.

I participated in the visit to the Vancouver Maritime Museum to have a special tour of the Making Waves: The Story and Legacy of Greenpeace Exhibit.

The added bonus was we were hosted by the curator of the exhibition as well as two seasoned campaign and communications experts with Greenpeace International.

It was inspiring to see how the organisation had grown from the early days of making and selling pins to fund campaigns to the reach they now have internationally.

Although not part of the Greenpeace exhibit, one image above was taken while on the deck of the St. Roch. It was the first vessel to sail the Northwest Passage from west to east (1940-1942), the first to complete the passage in one season (1944), and the first to circumnavigate North America. 

On the deck were COCE delegates from Canada, USA and Estonia (and Australia holding the smartphone) with Jess and Soenke from Greenpeace International.

Marine Centre

While in Los Angeles, after the conference in Vancouver, I had a full day planned for a special trip to Catalina Island, just off the coast of LA.

I was the guest of the University of Southern California Wrigley Marine Science Centre. I planned the visit over many months and was fortunate to have the Director, Kenneth Nealson available to escort me and give me a tour of the facility and the diverse initiatives.

About a 90min journey on the Miss Christi took as from San Pedro to the campus near Two Harbors. The arid conditions there have prompted a number of sustainability initiatives looking at water conservation and food waste management alongside the more ambitious Kelp Biofuel project.

I was pleasantly surprised at the wholistic approach to sustainability across the operation of the Centre and was pleased to hear of the large numbers of young people that engage with their programs every year.

Have a look at the links above to read more about the Centre.

The images in the gallery above a mixture taken either on a smartphone or using a toy camera with medium format film (lomography). The red flares are the result of unexpected light exposure to the film.

LACMA study visit

After COCE in Vancouver I planned a visit to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) to have a close look at a selection of photographic Artists.

In the LACMA Study Centre for Photography and Works on Paper I had the privilege of having a very close look at works not on display by artists such as Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Paul Caponigro and Alan Delaney.

Filter

A small archive of images and text from the Filter exhibition.

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

Artist in Residence Exhibition
22 September to 27 October 2018
Sauerbier House culture exchange
21 Wearing Street, Port Noarlunga.Filter-Sauerbier House - Hallway-Gallery-Neville-Cichon

Artist statement
We often hear a lot of small numbers in relation to climate change.
One degree temperature rise. One centimetre sea level rise.
No cause for alarm surely? Seemingly so small,
but how does this translate to our own backyard?

During this residency I learnt a little more about what these numbers mean and the projections for the future.

My art practice explores ways to bring an Australian perspective to the discussion on climate change. Far removed from the visuals of icebergs and polar bears, the beach is ingrained into Australian culture. These works signal the relationship between a global phenomenon and the host of our recreational or lifestyle desires.

My time as an artist in residence at Sauerbier House provided an opportunity to experiment with photography and its capacity to convey ideas about the challenges ahead. For example, studio photography can heighten our connection to objects while long exposure and abstract works encourage contemplation and wide ranging interpretations.

Works were created in response to information on climate change impacts sourced from specialist reports and experts on coastal management. Just as important were the hours, either during the day or under a full moon, experiencing the coastline in all weather conditions.

Sea levels rise with the melting of the ice caps. Warming oceans add to that rise through thermal expansion. This is a given for many people. Are we willing to see our idyllic beaches and coastal environment become a memory, rather than an experience accessible to future generations?

A selection of images exhibited.

The Dark Room
In addition to the work exhibited in the Hallway Gallery the small red brick Washhouse in the grounds of Sauerbier House was used for an installation.

Visitors to Sauerbier House during the residency were invited to consider climate change and write their thoughts anonymously about their brightest hopes and darkest fears. A thermal imaging camera was used to create portraits in collaboration with local volunteers.

Visitors to the exhibition of the 5 weeks were also invited to make their anonymous contributions and these will collated and examined to influence a future work.

Radio interviews
Interviews with Radio Adelaide and ABC Radio Adelaide about the exhibition can be found here.

Supported by
Arts South Australia, the City of Onkaparinga and the Helpmann Academy.

Special thanks to
The City of Onkaparinga and their Sauerbier House Artist in residence program.

Jaynie Langford and all of the wonderful volunteers. Nina Keath and the Sustainability Team.

Suntrix Solar for the loan of the Thermal Imaging Camera and the volunteers who donated their time for portraits and those who contributed their darkest fears and brightest hopes.

Winter in Sydney

Two of my works from the Filter exhibition are on display this winter in Sydney.

Oversized prints of ‘Circa 2030’ and ‘We are moving’ are hanging in the Paddington Library, 247 Oxford St, Sydney.

They will be up from June through to the end of August. Check their opening hours to plan a visit 7 days a week.

Paddington Library webpage.

Art Award

Installation view of Fire and Flood at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Very exciting news to share that my showcase of 8 artworks, Fire and Flood, at the 15th Biennial Conference on Communication and Environment was very well received.

Fire and Flood was selected to win the inaugural Outstanding Art Award by delegates from over 20 countries for the work that they felt best exemplified environmental communication in the arts.

Thank you to the hosts, the International Environmental Communication Association and special thanks to Arts South Australia for the funding support to help make this possible.

Hot news

Fire & Flood logo

I am very happy to share the news that I will be showcasing recent work in Vancouver in June 2019.

The title of the showcase, Fire & Flood, seems very relevant now given what people across Australia are experiencing at the moment.

However it was back in November 2018 I put together the proposal that combined works from my Unleashing Hell (bushfires) series with works from the recent Filter exhibition (rising sea levels).

Acronym alert. IECA and COCE2019 at UBC. The event is the 15th Biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) presented by the International Environmental Communication Association at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus.

The conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, artists, students and concerned citizens from around the world to share research, good practices, experience, and stories in order to help foster more effective, inspiring, ethical, and hopeful environmental and sustainability communication.

https://theieca.org/conference/coce-2019-vancouver

Those from Adelaide, and elsewhere of course, may be familiar with Ackroyd & Harvey who installed the series of large living portraits at Womadelaide 2018. They were Keynote Speakers at COCE 2015 in Bolder, Colorado.

Over twenty countries will be represented at the event. I have seen the draft conference program (19 pages, no line breaks), but it will not be made public for a couple of months.

I will share more news on this as it becomes available. And fingers crossed for the arts grant applications I have been writing day and night lately.

Issue 17 Climates

Fine print magazine Issue 17 Climates

 

In this issue there are a variety of articles written about artists creating work in South Australia across a variety of art forms with the environment being a central theme.

One article, The Artist as Environmental Change Agent, has a references to my recent work from the Filter exhibition.

Good weekend reading.

 

The Artist as Environmental Change Agent by Chris Reid. Go to story.

 

Fine print magazine, Issue 17: Climates. All stories.

Office Art

Venture into the Guildhouse office in the West End to see a small selection of my photography on display now until Feb 1st.

Three works are from the recent Filter exhibition and others have been exhibited previously in the 2018 Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize and the 2016 SALA Festival.

More details on the Guildhouse website.

Guildhouse
Lion Arts Centre
Cnr North Terrace & Morphett St
Adelaide
9.30am to 5pm, Mon-Fri

NB. Don’t be afraid. The office image above is not of the Guildhouse office, but an image I took of the now demolished Her Majesty’s Theatre. The Theatre Manager’s office backstage.

Creative Climate Awards wrapped

The 2018 Creative Climate Awards presented by the Human Impacts Institute have come to a close for another year.

36 International artists were exhibited over several floors of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York from 17 September to 12 October, 2018. I was really happy to be a part of it even though I was unable to travel from Australia.

You can still browse the work exhibited at Human Impacts Institute webpage.

Works were for sale to contribute to the operations of the Institute and I am pleased to report that my work, How did it come to this?, was purchased and I have donated 100% of the sale price to them.

The winner of the 2018 Creative Climate Award was Tatana Kellner with her work Poisoned Well. Images and details of this work on her webpage.

A selection of images above are from the Opening night and are reproduced courtesy of The Human Impacts Institute.

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.

Neville-Cichon_Circa_2030_Filter-Exhibition

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.