Bundanon is many things. An art museum embedded in the landscape. A wildlife sanctuary set on 1000 hectares. A gift to the Australian people. The vast array of experiences at this South Coast art destination means every visitor’s journey here will be different.
In Bundanon’s exhibition season Parallel Landscapes, three exhibitions bring together different ways of seeing the natural world, ranging from the historical to the contemporary.
Participants will be introduced to Bundanon’s diverse species and plant communities. It is a place of changing ecologies, from First Nations care of Country, through to colonial disruption and contemporary rehabilitation and regeneration. Participants understand what an ecology is and their significance and connection to the world around us.
Working outside is a creative act, performative, an event. Participants explore the reasons why artists go outside to work. Throughout each activity in this program participants are challenged to think about making as a whole-body action. They consider the action of being outside to create work that captures a moment and responds to site. At the end of each activity participants will share their experience of being outside and how they may have had to adjust their approach to making.
These learning experiences are informed by the Museum season exhibition SITEWORKS: From a deep valley and are connected conceptually to the theme of ‘a weather report’, reflecting on the role of the artist as a type of weather balloon. An exploration of materials and their uses also connects the three learning experiences.
This program develops the concept of artworks as a means of speaking up, inspired by contemporary textile artists from around the world such as Rebecca Mayo, Nadia Hernandez and Raquel Ormella whose work engages with social commentary and diverse perspectives on issues such as migration and the environment. This program includes two activities that experiment with various techniques including eco-dyeing, printing, stitching and assemblage. The material developed from these activities then combined to make a finished artwork. This program is only available as a two-night offering.
Image making can be a powerful way to engage with the world and consider one’s place in the world. Still and moving images are created to explore social issues and commentary. The juxtaposition of the human body with the natural and constructed world leads to questions of care for the environment and human dominance within in.