Regional Arts Collaboration

Artists connect with regional communities to explore resilience in the face of social and environmental change.

A new collaboration between the University of Melbourne Regional Arts Collaboration (UoM RAC) in partnership with the Shepparton Art Museum aims to link artistic practice with university research connected to the themes of nature, environment and place. The project is an initiative of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI); the School of Geography Artist in Residence Program; the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Dookie Campus; and the Ian Potter Museum.

Fayen d’Evie and Katie West of the Museum Incognita are the 2018 designated artists-in-residence. The programme will bring together local community knowledge, research on nature, environment and place, and the artistic practices of these two leading contemporary artists.

Museum Incognita will co-develop a work in progress in collaboration with Shepparton community members, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) and Dookie Campus, around the theme of regional resilience. The artists will work collaboratively to develop a public engagement event that communicates the concerns and hopes of members of the Shepparton community for a resilient future.

During the artists' residency, the Museum Incognita will invite University of Melbourne academics and the Goulburn Valley community to walk with them along ancestral and present surface and underground water flows, at sites across the Goulburn Broken Catchment. The artists hope that conversations and performative activations in place will bring forward stories of resilience.

Katie West is a Yindjibarndi woman from Western Australia, who focuses on the renewal of human connections with and within the more-than-human world. Her previous bodies of work include ‘Decolonist’, which considered the practice of meditation as a means to decolonise the self, and 'muhlu garrwarn/cool time hot time', which  engages with natural dyeing processes and text scores as ways to participate with the seasons.

Fayen d'Evie is based in Muckleford, rural Victoria. She explores blindness as a radical critical position, attuned to complex embodiment, sensory translations, material histories, ephemerality, obscurity, the tangible, and the invisible. She is also the founder of 3-ply, which investigates artist-led publishing as an experimental site for the production, translation and archiving of knowledge. In addition to a fine art background, d’Evie holds a Ph.D. in environmental studies.  Her work will be represented in a new installation in the upcoming exhibition Eavesdropping at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, 25 Jul- 21 Oct 2018.

You can follow the project through instagram @museumincognita.