Archive for November, 2016

SVM is currently documenting Ephemera – The Art of the Impermanent in both digital video and photography for Ecoarts Australis.

Ecoarts Australis has commissioned 4 artists to create works that will contribute to the Black Gully Music Festival to be held in Armidale NSW on Nov 12.

Here are some eFlyers from SVM being used on social media to promote the project –

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Gabi Briggs is an Anaiwan woman from Armidale, and Amy Hammond is a Gomeroi woman from Tamworth. They are artists and weavers who are working together and with community using traditional techniques to create a large ‘eel’ which will be installed as an ephemeral public art work in Black Gully. There are additional powerful stories behind this part of the project – stories of the eel, weaving and the relationship between Anaiwan and Gomeroi people over time.

 Greer Taylor’s ephemeral sculpture and poetry is deeply inspired by the natural world. Greer is drawing her inspiration and deriving her materials from the Black Gully site to construct, often subtle, works within the landscape. There are assemblages and words. Visitors may wonder if some of her creations are naturally occurring or whether they have been devised.

Andrew Parker is a well-known ceramic artist who is working with clay extracted from the site. He is building a series of sculptural forms based on the die-back landscape of the region in the 1980 and 90s prior to active revegetation programs. He has worked with local ecologists to identify and gather suitable seed varieties to impregnate the clay with seed. The finished unfired works will be in the landscape of Black Gully where they will break down over time to release the germinating seeds – assisting the site revegetation process.

 Tanja Beer is an ecoscenographer – a researcher and practitioner in ecological design for performance. She is the creator of The Living Stage, a work that combines design, permaculture and community engagement to create recyclable, biodegradable and even edible performance spaces. With the support of her collaborator Ashlee Hughes, local artist Simon Mellor and the Armidale community, Tanja has been designing and is constructing a ‘living stage’ – only the fourth ever to be created in the world. The last was in Glasgow and the next is in New York!

Armidale’s Living Stage, which has been named the Bower Stage, is being constructed in Black Gully from found and recycled objects, but primarily with plants – including the kokedamas (moss balls) that have been created during community workshops in Armidale and Uralla since September. The Armidale Tree Group and the Armidale Community Garden have nurtured plants that will become a part of the stage.

“The community is directly involved with the creation of the Living Stage, which will be used as a performance venue for Armidale and Duval High School Drama students. It will also provide an intimate space for storytelling and a yarn’n circle,” Mr Parker said. “The Stage will look like a bower or a nest from the outside, but will be a magical performance and storytelling space inside.”

The Ephemera project includes artist talks, workshops and community collaborations. For more about the project go to

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts’ Festivals Australia program.

Release prepared by Cherene Spendlove for Ecoarts Australis.

Feature in Armidale Express on the Festival – 2016 Black Gully Music Festival

TRAumaART at artlands Dubbo 2016

Posted: November 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

The setup for TRAumaART at artlands Dubbo 2016 at the Festival HQ in the old CWA building.

It was a privilege to preview the work during the Regional Arts Conference and Festival, to be programmed alongside the best in the NSW regional arts showcase.

Echo, Prashanth & I spent around 5 hours installing Echo’s work: powerful and moving.