New MAC exhibition links art with regenerative farmers

Published on 07 October 2021

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A new touring exhibition linking leading artists with regenerative farmers opens at Mildura Arts Centre (MAC) this Friday 8 October.

Featuring striking new work by leading Australian artists Ros Atkins, Jenny Bell, Jo Davenport, Janet Laurence, Tony Nott, Idris Murphy, John Wolseley and local artist Filomena Coppola, the Earth Canvas exhibition highlights engagement with the landscape through land stewardship via a creative lens.

Developed by regional collaborative Earth Canvas: Art in Ag, curated by Albury LibraryMuseum, and supported by the National Museum of Australia, the Earth Canvas exhibition demonstrates that from a regenerative farming perspective, good land management is part of the climate solution.

As part of the exhibition MAC and Earth Canvas commissioned Filomena Coppola, who now lives in Melbourne, to create a special piece in response to the farming techniques and practices of local food cooperative Food Next Door.

Filomena's work provides an important local link to Earth Canvas while at the same time highlighting the work of Food Next Door.

Gill Sanbrook, the driving force behind the Earth Canvas: Art in Ag project, said:

“The artists and farmers involved in the Earth Canvas project wanted to share their combined experience of artworks and on farm visits through the exhibition. By taking time out to think about, look at and feel the landscape, we can all develop a better appreciation of the origins of our food and of the agricultural processes behind it.”

The exhibition opens this Friday 8 October and will remain open until Sunday 28 November in Galleries 1 and 2.

The exhibition tour has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia Program.


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