‘Eco-Art is defined as ‘the confluence of art and ecology in its concern with the preservation, remediation and revitalisation of habitats.'
T.J. Demos, 2009, Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology
The EcoArts Wokring Group supports the Collaboration to embed Eco-Art within projects along the Moonee Ponds Creek by either;
- workshopping concepts in each of the Chain of Ponds working groups, or
- in the initial phase of project design of Chain of Ponds-led projects, or
- by integrating eco-art in the initial phase of design on Partner-led projects
The Working Group will also look to initiate eco-art projects, in conjunction with Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Land Council and Bunurong/Boonwurrung Land Council artists / designers and funding bodies such as Councils, Government Agencies.
The Eco-Arts Toolkit has been developed by artists Catherine van Wilgenburg and Mandy Nicholson with the Eco-Art support group to achieve the Working Group’s goal. It will be used by all working groups and project managers to consider and assist embedding Eco-Art within projects. The Toolkit will be piloted by the Collaboration for 12 months (review Oct 2021).
Success of this group will be in the design and installation of cross sectoral EcoArts works across theatre, visual arts, sound, music, movement and hybrid artforms. These artworks will occur at sites along Moonee Ponds Creek, created in conjunction with Wurundjeri Land Council or Bunurong/Boon Wurrung Land Council and the Chain of Ponds Collaboration working groups