WATER Presence and Absence
WATER presence & absence
10 Dec – 29 Jan 2023
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke St, Katoomba NSW 2780
Phone: (02) 4780 5410
The exhibition and satellite programs for ‘WATER presence & absence’ explore the urgent need for awareness around our most precious resource – water. In collaboration with Penrith & Hawkesbury Regional Galleries the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre will create a “Water Trail” of exhibitions, public programs, talks, and events focusing on planetary and water health. It is the second of Council’s Planetary Health exhibitions
The exhibitions and coinciding programs will involve audiences and artists as active participants in learning about sustainable solutions around water health, drawing on the shared connection to local waterways including the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers as well as the many water systems in the Blue Mountains that feed into those rivers, including Sydney’s water source, Warragamba Dam.
The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre’s exhibition, WATER presence & absence, will feature local and nationally renowned artists including Jo Clancy & Wagana Aboriginal Dancers, David Haines & Joyce Hinterding, Gabriella Hirst, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Rachel O’Reilly, Tracy Pateman, Will Rodgers, Jacqueline Spedding, Rochelle Summerfield, Leanne Tobin and Judy Watson.
As part of a wider exhibition and water program which officially opens at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre on Friday 9 December, there will be a Water Symposium on Saturday 10 December.
There will be FREE talks by exhibiting artists and water scientists including David Haines & Joyce Hinterding, Aunty Sharyn Halls, Cindy Laws, Tracy Pateman, Leanne Tobin and Dr Ian Wright. Jo Clancy & Wagana Dancers will perform the new work Yindyang Bila.
The Water Symposium will consist of two sessions, reservation is essential, admission is FREE.
Session One: 10:30 am – 12 pm: in order of appearance: Aunty Sharyn Halls, Cindy Laws, Dr Ian Wright
Session Two: 1 pm – 3:30 pm: in order of appearance: David Haines & Joyce Hinterding, Tracy Pateman, Leanne Tobin, Wagana Dancers
The performance of Yindyang Bila by Jo Clancy & Wagana Dancers will be the finale for the day.
Image: Leanne Tobin The Running of the Eels (video still) 2022. Image courtesy the artist.
The Blue Mountains Planetary Health Pluriversity is part of Blue Mountains City Council’s Planetary Health Initiative. Find out more here