Words: Erin Irwin
Having opened in November this year, Bundanon’s new programme Siteworks 2022: From a Deep Valley continues into 2023 as part of the Sydney Festival and its celebration of Australian art.
An arts organisation based around the home of painter Arthur Boyd, Bundanon prides itself on its connection to the wild landscape of southern New South Wales. It is therefore unsurprising that their newest program focuses on the environment, and the place of the individual within the natural world. A series of workshops, performances, talks and an ongoing exhibition feature in the organisation’s curated weekends that will be held in January and February 2023.
Describing the role of the artist in this event as a ‘weather balloon’, the 25 artists participating in Siteworks seek to capture ‘weather reports’, rendering their experiences of place and time. This includes performance art, digital art, and works presented in the group exhibition Inside, underground, held in their new gallery space which opened early 2021. In doing so, they are taking part in the World Weather Network, a global project wherein artists capture their localised understanding of weather in the face of a global climate emergency.
The artists participating include: Michelle Cahill, Fernando do Campo, Jacobus Capone, Carolyn Eskdale, Bianca Hester, Susan Jacobs, Holly Freidlander Liddicoat, Rebecca Mayo, SPM (Scott-Patrick Mitchell), Local Music, EvN (Ellen van Neerven), the Possum Skin Cloak Project, Erica Seccombe, Kate Scardifield, Kryton Stewart and Zan Wimberley.
Weekend 2 of the Siteworks Season will be held Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January 2023, with workshops on native species and artmaking ahead of talks and experimental performances The Plant Sensibilia Machine with Aunty Deidre Martin and Jacob Morris and Hearing Country with Uncle Noel Butler. Weekend 3 will be held Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January and will also include Spells For Weather, performed by Dirt Witches and Tree Venerators, choreographed by Lizzie Thompson amongst work by Janet Laurence. Weekend 4 will be held Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February and will include the performance Dust of these Domains by Bianca Hester.
Staying overnight with Bundanon’s Bridge accommodation also includes foraging with wild foods expert Diego Bonetto, yoga, and a three course dinner.
This article was posted 9 December 2022.
Image: Instillation shot of Inside, underground, featuring Kate Scardifield, A weathering, 2022, algae biomass, oyster shell waste, powder coated steel and aluminium, repurposed and repaired fishing nets, and Susan Jacobs, Gutter Phonics, ceramic, mortar, jesmonite, acrylic, graphite, epoxy, enamel, bronze, brass, gallium, aluminium. Courtesy: the artists and Bundanon, NSW. Photography: Zan Wimberly.