The Earth Canvas exhibition displays works by contemporary Australian artists, developed in response to regenerative farming properties situated between the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers in southern New South Wales. Looking beyond limiting the impact of industrial agriculture, these farmers actively work to rehabilitate the land and nurture healthy ecosystems. By pairing contemporary artists with farmers, the project sheds light on the importance of Regenerative Agriculture in a world that is slowly disintegrating in the presence of climate change.
Showcasing seventy artworks by Ros Atkins, Jenny Bell, Jo Davenport, Janet Laurence, Tony Nott, Idris Murphy and John Wolseley, the exhibition will be staged up to nine times across four states; beginning with Albury Library Museum and finishing at the Australian National Museum in Canberra in October 2022. Inspired by their immersive contact with both the farmer and the landscape, the participating artists reveal a mutual creativity, appreciation and understanding of the natural forces that sustain us.
Conceptually developed by regional collaborative Earth Canvas: Art in Ag, the initiative started from the concern that consumers are oblivious to where their food is produced, and many land managers are driven by economic factors to the detriment of the landscape. The exhibition highlights engagement with the landscape through land stewardship, demonstrating that from a regenerative farming perspective, good land management is part of the climate solution. The artists give this perspective colour and form, canvassing unique visions for a healthier world.
24 October 2020 – 7 February 2021
Albury Library Museum, then touring nationally in 2021 and 2022