The Burrinja Cultural Centre at Cnr Glenfern Road and Matson Dr, Upwey are hosting the Burrinja Climate Change Biennale, which is global in nature, national in scope and local in action. A global hot topic, this free event provides a space for artists to engage creatively and imaginatively with aspects of climate change. It's going to be a melting pot of science and arts, of critical thought and creative practice.
The Exhibition of Finalists runs from 11 Nov 2017 to 11 Feb 2018. Judges are Suzannah Davies (RMIT Gallery), Debbie Symons (artist) and David O'Halloran (Walker St Gallery). Three awards are on offer - the $7,500 Acquisitive Award, $1,000 Young Artist Award (artist under 26) and the $500 People's Choice Award.
The Climate Change Day of Action is on Sat 11 Nov from 10am to 3pm. It'll feature talks, presentations, films and stalls that are critically engaging issues of climate change. Click here for the Action Day Program.
The Opening & Award Ceremony is on Sun 12 Nov, 2-4pm, and it requires a RSVP. It features artworks by 41 local, Victorian and interstate artists across a diverse range of mediums including photography, drawing, painting, costume, sculpture and installation art.
The location of this event couldn't be more perfect, situated in the temperate rainforest micro-climate of the Dandenong Ranges on Melbourne's eastern fringes. A backdrop for local and global community knowledge networks to share, learn and expand through this wide-ranging public program and macro-themes.
Tackling the theme every couple of years, the Biennale is building a valuable archive that documents creative responses, attitudes and intentions. This provokes and investigates long-term critical and cultural conversations around environmental, political, scientific, social and cultural aspects of climate change and observes how perceptions, representations and actions around climate change shift over time. Tracking our choices and actions in the ranges and beyond is a smart move as we work towards a more sustainable planet.
Come along and join the conversation. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page and its event pages for more details of artists and more involved and to stay updated.