BundanonNew South Wales
Network partner Bundanon, an Australian cultural organisation located on Wodi Wodi Country on the Shoalhaven River, New South Wales, draws on climate research, critical thinking and First Nations knowledge to create a major exhibition with a series of research projects and public programs for Siteworks: From a deep valley.
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Siteworks as a series of research projects and public programs has a decade-long history at Bundanon. In 2022, Siteworks will present new commissions, research and programs, both on and offline, in Bundanon’s Art Museum, landscape and built environments. The starting point for this iteration is the framework of a weather report, both environmental and emotional, the internal and external, the built and the natural. This concept provides an opportunity for the consideration of Bundanon’s unique location on farmland and a wildlife reserve, the experiences of unprecedented fires and floods in the last years, and access to both excellent scientific research and in-depth First Nations knowledge bases. The program will include diverse approaches, folding in design, science, contemporary art and critical thinking, Indigenous technologies and climate research. The larger program will include an exhibition (yet TBC), outdoor installations, performances, a symposium, talks and workshops. Alongside a major exhibition presented in Bundanon’s new Art Museum and live programming happening across the sites, Siteworks 2022 will be complemented by a series of satellite projects presented in partnership with local and international organisations (including the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, the Finding Your Voice Festival, sound and listening organisation Liquid Architecture, Aboriginal women's health organisation Waminda, online education project Art Program and Landcare Australia).
Bundanon is an Australian cultural organisation situated on Wodi Wodi Country, 1000 hectares of pristine bush and historic farmland on the Shoalhaven River, New South Wales. The gift of Bundanon to the public was driven by artist Arthur Boyd’s bold vision—to preserve the built and natural environment, forming a space for creative research and residencies, place-based learning program for all ages, and a wildlife reserve. It is a place for research, creativity and connection to living cultures, with a focus on the First Nations of this region. The organisation is comprised of a contemporary art museum, two creative learning centres, Artist in Residence studios and significant historical and contemporary architecture. Its purpose is to make the Bundanon’s significant First Nations, colonial, art historical, agricultural and environmental histories accessible to all, and to support research, risk-taking and creative excellence. The programming model is an integrated one, whereby exhibitions, learning, online and printed publishing, engagement and residency programs intersect to deliver a multi-faceted experience in a living landscape.