Tree Place Exhibition
Where an ancient tree stood new saplings sprout from its stump, this creates the inspiration for new connections, and celebration of the resilience of nature and people, and the sense of well-being that comes from our relationship with trees. This massive tree fell on the road and part of has been saved from wood chipping and is being used as the foundation for workshops, collaborations and an exhibition.
The tree was saved in September of 2015 and some of the wood has been used to make large carved Native Bee Hives that have been a collaboration between Shane Christensen, Lyndon Davis (local Sunshine Coast Kabi Kabi artist) and Jandamarra Cadd. They have gone back into the Queensland communities to create habitat for native bees and small insects and share the stories via the carvings of the Tree Spirits that have a bio-cultural story to share.
There is also a final exhibition in December 2018 at the Noosa Regional that will bring together 20 artists from around Australia and overseas. These artists have used the tree metaphorically and physically to explore the telling of stories in response to environment, history, culture and materials. The tree is a teacher of connection, and a gentle way of learning place.
Bill Dorman has created a Metal and Wood piece entitled ‘Where Child Meets the Sky’, well known spoon carver Carol Russell works with the wood keeping its characteristics whilst finding form in the wood. Gary Field and Jeff Frazer, both great carvers, are working on bowls to give this grand tree a second life.
The students from the Steiner school have created a series of landscapes and stories carved and burnt into slithers of the wood, to create a narrative of how they share the environment with trees and what that means to them. Richard Vaughan and Scott Pilkington are creating fine furniture and boxes. Ross Annels is collaborating with soundscape artist Leah Barclay to create a form that is interactive and will speak the voice of the tree. Finally, contemporary indigenous artist Robert Andrews is taking the inner bark of the tree and transposing this into sound to share the language of the tree.
There are many other artists sharing their stories using textiles, ceramics, photography, song, natural materials and found materials, a diverse and interesting collection of work. Placed together to honour and share our love of the natural environment and to remind us all of a future we all share.
Curator: Anne Harris
Learn more at www.thetreeplace.com
Tree Place Exhibition
Final Exhibition: Opening 7th December 2018
Where: Noosa Regional Gallery
Dates: 7th December to 27th January 2019
Artist Talks: 8th Dec
Workshops: 11th Jan to 19th Jan
Artists: Amanda Cole, Ancient Tree, Angus McDiarmid, Anika Annels, Anne Harris, Bianca Beatson, Bill Dorman, Caitlin Franzmann, Carol Russell, Gary Field, Jandamarra Cadd , Jeff Frazer, Jill Sampson, Joolie Gibbs, Leah Barclay, Melinda Heal, Melissa Stannard, Noosa Steiner School Students, Rebecca Ward, Richard Vaughan, Robert Andrews, Ross Annels, Scott Pilkington-Clark, Shane Christensen, Tamsin Kerr, Tim Johnson, Viki Murray.