Space, Place and Country

The Space, Place and Country research cluster comprised artists, theorists and historians involved with installation, multidisciplinary practices, and writing in response to: the physical, social and political dimensions of public and private space; the diversity of contemporary and historical stories and perspectives on landscapes, oceans, sites and geography; environmental themes including the impacts of colonisation and climate change on place; and the embodiment of Country in the shared knowledges, material cultures and oral histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.




Space, Place and Country, in partnership with the Material Ecologies Research Network (MECO) at University of Wollongong, presented Futurelands2, a two day public forum at Kandos on November 12 and 13.

The program was dedicated to exploring our changing relationship to land, including:

  • A keynote presentation by Indigenous writer and farmer Bruce Pascoe (author of the award-winning Dark Emu) on the recovery of Australia's Indigenous agricultural heritage.
  • The 'Foragers Feast' dinner, hosted by artist Diego Bonetto and chef Joey Astorga, offering a bounty of hand-crafted dishes featuring local wild foods.
  • A picnic tour to Marloo farm, where Stuart Andrews demonstrated how Natural Sequence Farming methods can restore health to degraded land.
  • The pagoda walk and talk at Ganguddy/Dunns Swamp in the Wollemi national park, led by renowned environmental scientist and writer Haydn Washington (author of Demystifying Sustainability).

For the full program visit the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation


Janet Laurence, Deep Breathing Resuscitation for the Reef,

Janet Laurence, 'Deep Breathing - Resuscitation for the Reef', installation, 2015. Courtesy the artist.

Arts, Science, Oceans a one-day colloquium held on Friday 12 August 2016, brought together a group of scholars from the Sydney Environment Institute, Sydney College of the Arts, the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at the University of Sydney with Humanities scholars from Vanderbilt University.

The colloquium addressed the past, present and future of human impact on the planet’s marine realm and the significance of the ocean to contemporary research and writing, and began with a presentation from leading installation artist, Janet Laurence, who spoke about her acclaimed work Deep Breathing - Resuscitation for the Reef (2015), created in response to the beauty but also the degradation of the Great Barrier Reef through ocean warming and acidification. Read more...