Contemporary artist Jassy Watson is inviting visual artists who use art as environmental expression, or to address environmental concerns, to be part of the ‘Voices for the Earth’ exhibition. Selected works will be exhibited in the Creative Regions PopUp Shop, North Bundaberg, from 7th – 14th October 2016.

About this exhibition

‘Voices for the Earth’ is a group exhibition by selected regional Queensland artists who are addressing environmental issues creatively. This exhibition will run from October 7th – 14th, 2016, taking place during the annual Crush Festival.

The earth’s ecology faces overwhelming threats from deforestation, pollution, unsustainable extraction, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, unstable weather patterns and over-population, to name just a few. These threats not only endanger the integrity of ecosystems, but leave humans vulnerable. These threats cause irreversible damage, and more could be done to prevent this.

We need to move far beyond practicalities to develop a concept of the earth itself as worthy of our highest regard — as sacred or holy. Only then will we care enough to resist and recraft the patterns of destruction that are destroying the earth.

The Earth is sacred, as are the people of Earth. We share a common fate. Human health, physically and spiritually, depends upon a healthy ecosphere, and this in turn depends upon the kind of relationship that we as sentient human beings create with Earth and all the life that it sustains.

Once we recognise the sacred value of Earth and its diversity we can be fully engaged and committed to protecting it.

Art is a powerful voice and ‘Voices for the Earth’ aims to engage viewers in an imperative, creative, ecological dialogue.

The ‘Voices for the Earth’ exhibition is part of the nationwide Rights of Nature Earth Arts Festival (RONA) 2016 that is being held from August-October across Australia. Around the country, artists from all disciplines are hosting events and exhibitions that address ecological issues. If you would like to be part of RONA, and of ‘Voices for the Earth’, please contact Jassy Watson at Earth Circle Studios.

Interested artists are invited to contact Jassy Watson for more details and for application forms.