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 is 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 looking to connect with people in the region, predominantly in the Hindmarsh and Yarriambiack Shires. I have listed a number of towns in the area that form a boundary of the preferred range to travel. If you are located out of this range please still express your interest and we may be able to find a solution.

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

I am currently seeking registrations of interest from people in the region by 11pm Wednesday 3 April. However I welcome hearing from those interested at anytime, so feel free to still use the form.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Mostly it will be a case of you talking and me listening. This is a research phase and I may not even unpack the camera. However if practical I would be happy to meet you at your workplace.

After our first point of contact you can choose to stay in touch and arrange any follow-up calls, emails or site visits at a time that suits you.

Apart from the accommodation provided by Working Heritage this project is self-funded.

REGISTRATION OF INTEREST
If you would like to help with my research by having a phone conversation, a meeting or host me on a site visit for example, please fill in the online form.

Because I intend to cover a large area in a short time it would be ideal if I could collate information and locations of people interested in assisting me with my research. This will then allow me to create a touring schedule and set-up some times to meet with individuals and groups.

Please submit your completed form by 11pm Wednesday 3 April.
I intend to respond with meeting dates approximately three weeks prior to possible meeting dates. However, if you are reading this after that deadline I welcome hearing from those interested at anytime, so feel free to still use the form, and I will follow up within a few days.

This residency is proudly sponsored by Working Heritage.