The Long Paddock at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
- When 5 May - 17 Jul 2017
Civic Centre, Corner of Baylis & Morrow Streets, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650
The Long Paddock is an exploratory exhibition initiated by the New Landscapes Institute that critically and creatively examines the history and the future of Travelling Stock Routes (TSRs) network.
The exhibition takes as its starting point the TSRs of Australia. “The Long Paddock” is the colloquial name given to this nation-wide network of routes and reserves that were historically used for droving livestock across long distances, and which remain today as public and Crown lands. Inspired by these trails and their significance as a cultural landscape, the New Landscapes Institute embarked on a creative research project working collaboratively with artists, musicians, and architects to create new works that respond to the history, purpose, and visual effect of these travel routes.
While the TSRs are a uniquely Australian phenomenon, they are located within a worldwide context of disappearing cultural routes and nomadic pastoral practices making this a timely and important project. Participating artists have responded by making video, sculptural, and sound-based installations.
Curated by Joni Taylor, the founder of the New Landscapes Institute, The Long Paddock presents nine new works by: Zanny Begg (UNSW Art & Design), Megan Cope & Bill Buckley, Hayden Fowler (UNSW Art & Design), Future Method Studio, Grandeza, Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski, and The Wired Lab.
Saturday, 17 June, 6-8pm: Exhibition catalogue launch, performance by teenage champion whip-cracker, Emiliqua East, and readings from Booranga Writers Centre at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Saturday 15 July, 10am-2pm: Art & Agriculture Symposium at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. Join a diverse mix of farmers, drovers, artists, and members of the public for a discussion around the social, environment, and cultural importance of the TSR ecology today. How can creative community partnerships occur? What role can artists play in shaping our environmental and cultural landscapes? What can you do?