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NEW TERRAIN Sustainability Environment and Community

12 Apr 2008

NEW TERRAIN - Sustainability, Environment and Community is an eclectic exhibition of twenty artists associated with Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) Visual Arts Department. The exhibition is presented at Ararat Regional Art Gallery from May 8 to June 15.

NEW TERRAIN highlights various contemporary art practices involving photo-media, painting and small-scale sculpture, reinvigorating the idea of sustainability through diverse personal and artistic responses. The artists explore concepts of sustainability, the fragility and complexity of the natural world and the importance of embracing sustainable practices and new ways of living.

Ararat Regional Art Gallery Director, Anthony Camm said, 'NEW TERRAIN highlights a range of resourceful artistic responses to the idea of sustainability:

'The featured artists are all incredibly diverse yet have united to speak about the importance of sustainability from their own unique and personal perspectives. The exhibition prompts us to think about really engaging with sustainability as part of our daily lives.'

The collaboration between Ararat Regional Art Gallery and NMIT Visual Arts has come about through NMIT's links with Ararat. Rachael Cowley Head of Department Visual Arts said

'The Visual Arts Department offers programs at four campuses in the metropolitan area. The NMIT Ararat campus offers a range of programs including Winemaking, Viticulture, Farm Chemical Use, Herb Production. This Institute connection prompted us to develop an exhibition for Ararat and this has evolved into an artistic exploration of sustainability, environment and community

Dr Colleen Morris, one of the featured artists and Head of Program, Bachelor of Illustration NMIT said,

'NEW TERRAIN features practising professional artists who bring a unique vision and personal response to this project. Some of the artists have previously explored social commentary or the natural environment in their work, for others the project provided an opportunity to explore new areas.'



Dr Colleen Morris

Head of Program/Senior Lecturer

Bachelor of Illustration

Visual Arts Department

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