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Spirit of Place Conversations: Art, Nature, Ritual

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QDOS Fine Arts

35 Allenvale Road

Lorne, VIC 3232

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Join Harriet Gaffney in conversation with artists Simon Buttonshaw & Pattie Beerens talking about place, art, nature & ritual.

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In the lead-up to 2022's Lorne Sculpture Biennale, we will host the first of our Spirit of Place Conversations. Writer and arts advocate Harriet Gaffney joins two artists working in public space as they discuss the role of ritual in evoking a unique sense of place, generating meaning with audiences and highlighting the unseen.

Both Simon Buttonshaw and Pattie Beerens have recently been involved in separate art projects that seek to offer audiences a deeper understanding of the natural world and our place within it by inviting conscious physical engagement with their artwork.

They will discuss these works, the conversation between artist and place, and the importance of taking a moment to enter into a felt conversation with nature.

Lorne Sculpture Biennale Artistic Director Graeme Wilkie will introduce the conversation with a brief overview of his vision for this year's Biennale theme Spirit of Place.

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Harriet Gaffney is a writer, editor and creative producer. Her work is place-based and informed by the unwritten histories of 'settlement' and what this has meant for people and the land. Her career in the arts began in Mparntwe-Alice Springs working with First Nations-owned art studios and co-operatives; and with state and commercial galleries and independent organisations. She has overseen multiple festivals including the Alice Desert Festival, the Darwin Festival and the Ubud Readers and Writers Festival. Harriet finds it impossible to separate the personal, political and professional, and is a walking soapbox on the power and importance of art in all aspects of life.

Simon Buttonshaw's involvement with the Surf Coast goes back to the early 1960s and the birth of modern surfing. From working as an artist and a surfer, to helping build brands that have become household names, his primary motivation has been to share the creativity and joy that a life given to the sea and coastline – that most of us live in or close to – gives us in return. The notion of bearing witness to unseen, unspoken things is a lifetime pursuit for Simon, who uses daily journals to record the silent passage of time over the sea. In his most recent work for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, this practice draws upon the life hidden in stones and their role as repositories of time and geological memory. The tiniest flecks and lines under the summer feet of a child may be remnants of the sundering of Gondwanaland into vast continents.

Pattie Beerens creates performances of weaving as studies of inhabiting place. With studios in Melbourne and Point Roadknight, Pattie brings an ethos of material thinking to her long-established rituals of place making – listening, gathering, foraging, crafting, nurturing. In dialogue with materials and place, Pattie’s works transform into curious, whimsical, mattering, entanglements -becoming ephemeral traces of human and non-human relations. Pattie will talk about her practice and recent work Moonah Gathering in the Anglesea Moonah forest, which was sadly postponed due to COVID restrictions.


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