PechaKucha Presentation

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Sue Davis

Deputy Dean Research - Education & the Arts, CQUniversity Australia in Sunshine Coast

Wasteland or wonderland – art, activism and wildflower women!


Queensland’s native wildflowers have often been overlooked and undervalued and if it hadn’t been for the efforts of artists and activists they would have been lost forever. In this presentation, Sue Davis will share examples of artistry and activism that drove efforts to reduce the loss of the unique wallum heathlands of the Sunshine Coast. The work of ‘wild/flower women’ such as writer/artist Kathleen McArthur and famous Australian poet Judith Wright helped profile these special environments.  Sue believes that finding out about what they did can still inspire us today.

Art works, books, ephemera & some photographs courtesy of:

•Hugh McArthur
•Alexandra Moreno
•Meredith McKinney
•The Fryer Library, University of Queensland Library 
(and the presenter)!
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Hydrologic: Where Water, Art & Activism Meet

@ VOL 21 ON APR 11, 2014

Krisanne Baker, ecological artist, water activist and art educator, presents “Hydrologic,” in an effort to raise awareness on behalf of water. She talks about about her thoughts and actions, and the cycles between water's inhabitants and their recipients.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 6, 2014. 

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Political Activism in the Digital Age

@ VOL 2 ON SEP 18, 2015

Joleza Koka - Political Activism in the Digital Age

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Art Hake Initiative

@ VOL 24 ON JAN 20, 2016

Art Hake is an independent group of activists that seeks to build a self-sustaining community to fight against various injustices in Lebanon. Carol Abi Ghanem's talk introduces their Guerrilla Gardening project, an environmental intervention which empowers local communities and fosters social cohesion.

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Plein Air for the Planet: Landscape Art as Environmental Activism

@ VOL 3 ON JAN 22, 2016

Speaker Stephen Washington, an artist living in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, believes strongly in the power of art—particularly plein air painting—to  help save the landscapes it so beautifully captures. 

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Rural Arts Activism

@ VOL 21 ON SEP 24, 2016

"These days, arts and artists are mostly urban, this is not news, but whenever things are brought from the wilderness to the country, to the city, they are brought to make a point."

In "Rural Arts Activism" from PechaKucha Night Halifax Vol. 21, Associate Professor at NSCAD University Karin Cope presents the many creative opportunities in Halifax to explore the arts to enhance the lives of the members of her rural community. 

Karen is a poet, sailor, photographer, videographer, writer, activist, and blogger. Her publications include scholarly works (Passionate Collaborations: Learning to Live with Gertrude Stein,) popular histories (Casting a Legend: The Story of the Lunenburg Foundry), poetry (What we’re doing to stay afloat), short stories, and substantial blogs. A founding member of Art and Activism at NSCAD, Cope is also a community activist on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. 

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Rethink Activism

@ VOL 35 ON NOV 21, 2017

Paul Natorp of Sager der Samler shows and tells about the organization's event called Rethink Activism. Lots of the city's activists came together to create an event programme of enormous passion, showing that the creativity and drive of visionary people is vastly underestimated in comparison to politicians and advisory committees.

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Art and Activism

@ VOL 12 ON JAN 18, 2018

Greg Schlanger reminisces about his experience with art. Schlanger seesk to merge art with activixm and community building, firmly believing that art is for everyone.

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Arts/life, Dance/life

@ VOL 24 ON NOV 14, 2017

Melissa Lanham is an independent dance artist with over 25 years in the arts industry both here and overseas. Based on the Sunshine Coast, she has been in constant work as a teacher and Choreographer.  Her latest work 'Vincent' which Premiered at the Adelaide Fringe Fest 2016 and to Newcastle and Melbourne to rave reviews originated here on the Sunshine Coast. In this presentation she shares some of her tips and inspiration! 

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A poetic vision - the Sunshine Coast poetry trail

@ VOL 25 ON FEB 28, 2018

The Sunshine Coast Pente Poets (including Judith Bandidt, Deanne Lister and Lyn Browne) set off on a mission to bring poetry to the people by making it accessible within the local environment. The first year of their grassroots community project saw the poets investigate a variety of Sunshine Coast locations from 'hinterland to headland', exploring innovative ways of embedding poetry in natural, and built environments and writing about what they discovered. A cross-arts sculptural approach has since been used linking the visual arts with the literary arts through the creation of public art pieces with poetry as an intrinsic element.  

The Hinterland Poetry Trail took shape during 2016 and 2017 at three sites. Inspiration for both poetry and sculptures was drawn from the history, heritage and unique environments of the three locations.