Ephemeral Eco-Art Residency
The PRIMAL: Ephemeral Eco Art Residency WAS an initiative of the VISIBLE team and Streaky Bay Tourism and brought together artists, thinkers and community stimulating dialogue around the environmental issues of our time from 1—7 December 2018.
The art and culture project aimed to boost cultural tourism visitation and create economies by producing an Ephemeral Eco Art Trail that is on display along the Streaky Bay foreshore over the peak tourism season until 25 January 2019.
Ten lead artists from Finland, Australia and regional South Australia worked with eleven regional artists from the mid and far west region over a sustained period to explore a deeper relationship of the systems, processes and phenomena in relationship to the social and cultural aspects of environment. At the forefront was dialogue, engagement and education around the top 6: climate change; land use, energy extraction and transportation, chemical use, invasive species and the need for environmental justice.
Six other artists were engaged simultaneously to work on other Eco—art projects in the same week.
In total 27 artists from Finland, Australia and regional South Australia collaborated on a broader environmental and Eco—art theme across the 3 simultaneous art projects. Artists creatively and artistically shared with youth and the broader community across workshops, ephemeral installations and community engagement sessions to start an Eco—art conversation.
The PRIMAL: Ephemeral Eco Art Residency facilitated, encouraged and enabled goals/outcomes in:
Creative sharing, Mentoring, Professional development, Skills development, Community engagement, Environmental advocacy and activism, Environmental education and; Cultural tourism.
The project has been made possible by significant Federal funding received through 2 major art funding rounds in 2018:
The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts granted $20,635 (The project was one of only 11 funded in Australia and the only project funded in South Australia) and;
The Australia Council for the Arts granted a further $49,816 (One of 15 projects funded in South Australia and the only one funded in regional South Australia!)
VISIBLE and Streaky Bay Tourism acknowledge the generous funding and support for the PRIMAL: Ephemeral Eco Art Residency from the District Council of Streaky Bay, Festivals Australia, Australia Council for the Arts, the Wilderness Society of South Australia, Streaky Bay Marine Products and McEvoy Transport.
Images: Stella Goosay, Jayne Holland and Pam Diment