Happy 2017

It’s time Artefact..time to wake up this beast, oil the gears, get us movin’ n groovin’ our way back into a new year of conservation communication. The art, the music, the drama behind it all. It’s time to use it, abuse it and fuse it..art and conservation science. It’s time to really start thinking of what new we can do this year!

So much has happened this past year and so many have shouted foul that hardly anyone, if at all, is listening. But with all the changes, politically and environmentally, it feels like we’re on a another planet. One that we don’t recognise and don’t understand. We need to put our heads together and figure out how to talk about conservation in this new era.

Conservationists, mathematicians, anthropologists, musicians, actors…all of you Artefact members, each an artist in their own right, we need to get in touch, have some beers, plan some events, write some blogs. Let’s start talking! Let’s get in touch with each other and start our own little projects, inventions and adventures in conservation communication. After all, that is what Artefact is really about.

So get in touch, give us ideas for things we could do, should do, groups we can get in touch with, how we can promote ourselves, who we want to be in 2017. We’re all ears and looking for work! Post here or email us at: artefact.conservation@gmail.com
Or just drop in to say hello 🙂

HAPPY 2017 Artefact! So glad to have you all on board.

(P.s. Sorry for using such an old pic. Shows, it really is time we got back in touch!)



ArteFact Newsletter: February 2016


Hello all,

Please find updates on meetings planned for ArteFact members as well as upcoming opportunities and festivals


Brisbane: If you are interested in being part of a Brisbane lunch/meeting/catch-up in February and have yet to get in contact, please do by entering your preferred days on the doodle scheduling page (check for an emailed invitation from Sofia on the 31st of January). If you did not receive a link to the doodle page, email artefact.conservation@gmail.com and we will send you one. A key purpose of the meeting is to chat about directions that ArteFact can take, including projects to start on.

Melbourne: Please get in contact if you are interested in a Melbourne catch up by emailing artefact.conservation@gmail.com. Similar to the Brisbane catch up, the key purpose is to have a chat about the direction of ArteFact and possible projects, including an ArteFact exhibition in Melbourne.

Opportunities and Involvement

1. ArteFact blog: any ideas you are itching to share, reviews of exhibitions, artist biographies, overviews of techniques and resources for science communication, and further……………if you have a piece you would like to write for the ArteFact blog please get in contact by emailing artefact.conservation@gmail.com. We will post these on the website and post a link via the ArteFact International facebook page.

2. Twitter: We have yet to fill the volunteer role to coordinate an ArteFact Twitter account. Please yell out if you are interested in doing so: artefact.conservation@gmail.com

3. Volunteer Opportunity for a garden design exhibit

Heather and Peter Forward will be entering a garden design into the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) in March, with Heather Forward as garden designer and Peter Forward (a member of ArteFact) working with Heather as a support artist. Their garden design aims to ‘encourage viewers to contemplate habitat and species loss issues’.

Heather and Peter are on the lookout for volunteers for this project during the MIFGS: http://melbflowershow.com.au/
If you are interested, please email artefact.conservation@gmail.com and I’ll put you in contact with Peter.

4. Science Gallery Melbourne, shared by Tanya Straka: Science Gallery Melbourne to open in 2018: https://melbourne.sciencegallery.com/.

‘Science Gallery Melbourne is a planned new space, focused on 15–25 year olds, where art and science collide. Planned to open in 2018, Science Gallery Melbourne is a flagship engagement project for the University of Melbourne, it will engage visitors in cutting edge research in science, the arts and design, bringing together researchers, students, local communities and artists in new and innovative ways to stimulate fresh thinking.’

5. Birdlife Australia call for exhibition participants, as shared by Kate Cranney: http://birdlife.org.au/projects/threatened-bird-network/calling-all-artists-tbn

‘To celebrate 20 years of conserving birds through the Threatened Bird Network (TBN), we are calling all artists to submit works to an up and coming exhibition, Birds + Us.’

Expressions of interest to contribute to the exhibition are due on Monday February 29th 2016.

6. The Visualisation, Big Data, Art and Science Festival 2016: http://visualisation.matters.today/

18th-19th February 2016 at the Queensland University of Technology’s Garden Point Campus, Brisbane, with registration due by Friday February 12th

The festival ‘is designed to inspire audiences and demonstrate how mathematical sciences, models and various visualisation techniques are closely linked with creativity, story-telling and artistic expression.’

7. Sydney Science Festival, as shared by Payal Bal:  https://sydneyscience.com.au/eoi/

‘Sydney Science Festival returns from 11-21 August 2016 with 11 huge days of talks by some of the world’s best researchers, hands-on workshops, exhibitions, events for family and panel discussions.’

The festival organisers are calling out for expressions of interest to be involved

ArteFact Newsletter: December 2015

December 2015 Newsletter

Please find an update on Artefact projects, new members, and potential ways to contribute to the administrative side of Artefact………………

1. Ecological Society of Australia conference: Artefact members contributed artwork for the ESA conference in Adelaide. Congratulations to everyone involved. Stay tuned for an overview within the next few weeks

2. A warm welcome to Erin Claydon as a member of the group

3. Creative Sparks Grant: We have decided to hold off from applying for this round of Brisbane Council Creative Sparks Grants. HOWEVER, we are energised to continue developing a group installation in a train or bus station in Brisbane city sometime next year and will be conversing with Artefact members about being involved. We would love to have you onboard in whatever shape fits. Please contact Sofia, Payal and Sarah if you are interested: sarahcath.mccall@gmail.com, p.bal@uq.edu.au

4. Potential tasks for members of the group

Twitter: would anyone be interested in co-ordinating a twitter account for Artefact?  If so, please get in touch: sarahcath.mccall@gmail.com, p.bal@uq.edu.au

Artefact International facebook page: We are in the process of moving from the closed facebook group to a public facebook group for Artefact: https://www.facebook.com/ groups/artefactconservation

·         Please request to become a member via the facebook page if you have yet to do so

·         We would love to keep this facebook page active so if anyone comes across interesting news, insights and opportunities related to Art and Conservation, please share them. The page is one means for us to engage with the wider public

·         People have begun introducing themselves on the Artefact International facebook page, providing such information as their art-conservation interests and inspirations. Please introduce yourself on the page: It’s exciting to read about!

5. A heads up: We are proposing a Brisbane gathering for lunch on Saturday the 13th of February. It will be an opportunity to reacquaint with one another and brainstorm ideas for Artefact projects. Artefact members in alternate locations are welcome to hold their own too and we can find a means to merge project ideas along the way

Enjoy the summer break!

Calling all curating students

Get summer work experience in Brisbane this January.

We are looking for one or two curating students to help us organise two exhibitions on a voluntary basis.

To launch ArteFact, we are organising two exhibitions in January 2015 themed ‘Communicating conservation’.

  • 21 January 2015 at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane
  • 23-24 January 2015 in West End

These will showcase the work of artists and scientists affiliated with the group and will involve various artistic media: photographs, prints, video, audio, prose.

If you’re interested, get in touch with me at p.bal@uq.edu.au 

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