A Spark NT exhibition curated by Carmen Ansaldo
Presented by Artback NT
Official Opening: 10:00am, Saturday 6 March
Join SPARK NT Curator Carmen Ansaldo in conversation with artists Kelly-Lee Hickey and Mel Robson, Apmereke-artweye of Mparntwe and senior Central Australian Custodaian, Elaine Kngwarraye Peckham, and Jimmy Cocking, Alice Springs Councillor, Director of the Arid Lands Environment Centre and prominent environmental voice and advocate in the Central Australian region.
Sun Cyanotype workshop with Kelly-Lee Hickey
Sunday 7 March, 10.00am at Central Craft
Bookings essential via Central Craft
Exhibition until Monday 26th April
Contemporary artists are shifting the conceptual focus of their practices to address the intensifying crisis of Australia’s diminishing water supply. Alongside scientists and environmentalists, artists are some of the first responders to this crisis, bearing witness to its effects through their creative expression. Groundswell: recent movements within art and territory showcases a selection of powerful reactions with particular focus on creeping changes to the Northern Territory’s water supply.
Curated by Darwin-based writer, activist and arts worker Carmen Ansaldo, Groundswell features over twenty works by Northern Territory artists including Jacky Green, Kelly Lee Hickey, June Mills, Aly de Groot, Patricia Phillipus Napurrula, Lee Harrop, Maicie Lalara, Mel Robson, Jennifer Taylor and Tarzan JungleQueen. Through moving image, visualised data, painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture, these works united in unambiguous concern for country, agitate for the paradigm shift we so desperately need if we are to preserve precious resource into an uncertain future. This Spark NT exhibition identifies the compelling first steps of an artistic movement in its own right. As streams form rivers, individual artworks combine to form a collective force. A groundswell has occurred.