Post by Ross Farnell
A brand new art prize opportunity has just been announced, and it’s coming from our own Hills community!
The Burrinja Climate Change Biennale acquisitive art prize is a key project of the Living with Climate Change program which recently featured in our Hillscene Winter edition.
In keeping with the program’s theme of exploring through art and creative expression the changes we see on our near horizon, the Burrinja Biennale invites works that respond to themes of climate change both locally – in the Dandenong Ranges – but also nationally and globally.
Works may be across any visual arts medium, from sculpture to new media, oils to textiles; in fact any preferred medium you work with.
The Burrinja Climate Change Biennale strives to elicit authentic, non-directed audience responses to art works and the ways in which they provoke responses and contribute to the critical debate and cultural conversations surrounding climate change. That can be across the whole range of intersecting impacts: climate, flora and fauna, built environment, social and cultural change.
The Biennale is an immersive and experiential exhibition incorporating direct and online audience responses and incorporating ongoing responsive art-making activities together with the exhibition. So Burrinja is keen to source art works that draw the viewer into an active response, to think and engage with the local and global implications of climate change.
By revisiting the theme via an acquisitive award exhibition every two years, Burrinja is looking forward to building a valuable cultural and historic archive of our changing responses to climate change over the years. How will our artists be viewing and portraying their contemporary community’s responses to and changed realities of living with climate change in ten, twenty or fifty years’ time?
The award and exhibition are designed to explore and challenge ideas through creative endeavour, expressions and dialogue, allowing the conversation about their own environment to evolve, develop and extend over time. In doing so, we will create a valuable historical record of those creative responses for our community to reflect upon.
If you’re keen to create a new work that responds to this theme, or have created a work in the past two years that addresses or intersects with climate change, then here’s how you can be a part of the Burrinja Climate Change Biennale.
Visit www.burrinja.org.au and follow the links from the home page to the Burrinja Climate Change Biennale. Here you’ll find all the terms and conditions, program information, and the link for the on-line application form.
So… get busy all you creatives out there!!
Deadline extended!! Entries Close – August 17, 2015
Finalists Notified – September 14
Exhibition Opening & Acquisitive Award – Sunday October 11
Exhibition Dates – October 3 to January 31, 2016
Photos courtesy of Burrinja are artworks from The Dandenong Ranges Open Studios exhibition “The Tencity of Change”.
This project is generously supported by a Shire of Yarra Ranges Arts and Heritage Development Grant.