Farming Climate

 

Researching the responses to climate change by the agriculture sector in regional Victoria

Warracknabeal Court House has been adapted to accommodate an Artist in Residence Program that enables selected artists to immerse within the local community and create enduring artworks that respond to the distinctive environment and landscapes of Victoria’s Wimmera-Mallee country. This creative adaptation was made possible through a collaboration between Working Heritage x Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA) x Yarriambiack Shire Council.

ABOUT THE PROJECT
This was the first stop in my new climate art project focussed on regional Australia and I am looking forward to making connections with the local community and exploring the region.

As climate change is having a strong influence on farming practices, I am interested in the actions being taken such as adaptation and use of technology. I wish to connect with locals who have both an interest in the impacts and responses to climate change and a willingness to share their thoughts and knowledge through a phone call, meeting or site visit.

My intended outcomes would be to commence to release a series of new artworks from the second half of 2025.

ABOUT ME
There is plenty more to read and see on this website but in brief I am an Adelaide based photographic visual artist specialising in climate, environmental and social issues.

Previous individual series of artworks I created focussed on bushfires, coastal erosion and ocean health. Now I am turning my attention towards to farmers and associated organisations to see how they are responding to the challenges of climate change.

WHERE
With my base at the Warracknabeal Court House I am aimed to connect with people in the region, predominantly in the Hindmarsh and Yarriambiack Shires. I listed a number of towns in the area that form a boundary of my preferred range to travel. 

TIMING
I was in Warracknabeal from Tuesday 30 April to Wednesday 15 May inclusive. This marked the formal commencement of this project I anticipate will run through to late 2025/early 2026.

This residency is proudly sponsored by Working Heritage.

This is just a brief sample of the different sights I saw as I travelled the region. From the activity of sowing with the first rain in May, the Birchip Bulls on a Saturday afternoon and a tour of the Horsham SmartFarm.