Swimming in a clean ocean

Over a long weekend in October, I returned to the Mid North Coast and the Manning Valley for another round of field recordings and story gathering for my Regional Futures project, Vaticinor. Works are now in development for this project, in preparation for a small group exhibition at the Manning Regional Arts Gallery in March …

Compromise and trade-offs

An inconvenient truth about the future of regional energy generation I’ve been to many rural conferences, expos and field days in my 30 plus years of working in rural and regional industries*—mostly in agriculture and natural resource sectors, but I have never been to one of these conferences as an artist. I recently had the …

The outsider’s lens

REGIONAL FUTURES RESIDENCY: MID NORTH COAST NSW Crescent Head NSW Foreign land Fellow artist and friend, Anna Glynn, often talks about the first 48 hours of an artist residency as being time to see everything with ‘new eyes’, a period in which to experience things for the first time. It's an opportunity to use the …

What the past tells us about our future

Cathedral Cave, Wellington Caves

REGIONAL FUTURES RESIDENCY: WELLINGTON CAVES NSW Visitors on a tour of the Cathedral Cave, facing the alter rock, June 2022 On my final Regional Futures residency weekend at Wellington Caves, I made the focus on my explorations the site itself and people who know the caves and surrounding landscape intimately. These caves provide a snapshot …

Whatever we do has impact

REGIONAL FUTURES RESIDENCY: WELLINGTON CAVES NSW Wind turbine, Bodangora Wind Farm, Wellington, June 2022 The second stay at Wellington Caves as part of my self-directed Regional Futures artist residency took place over four days and nights in mid-June. The decision was made not to cram too much into the itinerary for this visit. Exhaustion doesn't …

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