From Nature 2018: Gasworks Arts Park

The landscape of Gasworks Arts Park (GAP) in the Melbourne suburb of Albert Park is to be transformed into an open-air gallery from Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 November for ‘From Nature’, an outdoor exhibition of living sculptures and organic land-artworks presented by over 30 innovative artists who merge art with the natural environment.

The artist’s works respond to the provocation; What would happen next if the energy and vitality of the park grew in self-expression so that new forms became apparent, DNA began to change and evolve and surprising structures of transient beauty were made manifest?

Kim Simon, The World is Your Oyster, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gasworks Arts Park

Featured artists include: Elizabeth van Herwaarden, Aneta Bozic, Jonathon Goodfellow, Janine Clark, Jacinta Leitch, Oliver Ashworth-Martin, Georgie Seccull, Nancy Lane, Tanja George, Michaela McHugh, Julia Boros, Genevieve Thornton, Jenny Hickenbotham, Kay Are, Jennifer Choat, Katherine Marmaras, Mia Rappel, Jackie Mackinnon, Carmel Ritchie, Ursula Dutkiewicz, Wendy Straume, Karen Hopkins, Lucienne Noontil, Carolyn Menzies, Maria Simonelli and Elizabeth Milsom, Arthur Ted Powell, Dell Stewart, Jonathan Leahey and Ella Baxter, Albert Park Pre School and Albert Park Primary School Grade 6 Students.

Works on show include; Possum Hotel by Arthur Powell in collaboration with the South Melbourne Men’s Shed – a satirical take on local residential development. Preston craft artist Dell Stewart is producing a piece out of materials foraged from public places, Jonathan Leahey presents a hyper realistic gravesite, reminding us that we are all ‘from nature’, and Ella Baxter is showcasing her striking giant cocoons made from leaves, sticks and flowers. Children from Albert Park Pre School will delight visitors with their creation of hundreds of paper butterflies which will hang in the gardens fruit trees and are an invitation to the public to write an action to reduce our carbon footprint.

Oliver Ashworth-Martin, From Womb to Tomb, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Gasworks Arts Park

Upon entry visitors will receive a map for a self-guided tour within the grounds of GAP to take in the display of artworks, which have either been created by the artists directly within the landscape – by sculpting of the land, or are works made purely from natural materials.

Audiences are also invited to vote in ‘The People’s Choice Award’, to give their favourite artist the chance to take home the $4,000 prize. Curator Tracey McIrvine along with Dr Mark Shorter head of sculpture and spatial practice at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), and CEO and director of Gasworks Tamara Jungwirth will also select the winner of the new $4,000 ‘Jury Award’. The Gasworks Patrons Foundation have generously donated both prizes.

‘From Nature’ is the only exhibition of it’s it kind in Australia, and is open free to the public.

Gasworks Arts Park
3 to 11 November, 2018