THE LONG PADDOCK
Exhibition and Public Program
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Opening Night: May 5, 2017
Exhibition: May 6 – July 17, 2017
Artists: Zanny Begg, Megan Cope & Bill Buckley, Hayden Fowler, Future Method Studio, Grandeza (Amaia Sanchez-Velasco, Gonzalo Valiente & Jorge Valiente), Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski and The Wired Lab.
Curated by Joni Taylor
“The Long Paddock” is the colloquial name given to the Traveling Stock Routes of Australia. This nation-wide network of routes and reserves was historically used for droving cattle and sheep across long distances, and they remain today as public, or “Crown”, lands. Inspired by these trails and their significance as a cultural landscape,
The New Landscapes Institute has embarked on a creative research project with artists and architects to respond to the TSRs.
The Long Paddock exhibition presents nine new works which explore the past, present and future of our TSRs. While the exhibition takes place inside the gallery, the exterior landscape permeates the space with audio, visuals and architectural interventions.
Alongside the artworks, the architecture collective, Grandeza, have designed a modern take on the traditional Drover’s Plant. Their Plant acts as a mobile archive of conducted research and includes audio recordings, international case studies and maps.
While the TSRs are a uniquely Australian phenomenon, they are located within a worldwide context of disappearing cultural routes and nomadic pastoral practices. Just as in our cities, access to common, shared spaces, is also being eradicated in regional areas, making this a timely and important project.
OPENING WEEKEND TALKS & WALKS
Friday, May 5
Opening Drinks and premiere of River Run by Starrs and Cmielewski.
Saturday, May 6
11am – 1pm
Join the artists and curator as they give a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration and research that went into The Long Paddock.
Saturday, May 6
This modern take on the traditional Drover’s Plant by Grandeza is designed for inside and outside the gallery. Get cosy in the cattle crush, grab a pair of headphones and listen to our ongoing audio archive of stock route stories. Pull up a chair and read about other nomadic pastoralism practices around the world.
Sunday, May 7
TSR Off-Site event
Join Future Method, Wiradjuri elders Lyn Syme & Kevin Williams, Academic Peter Spooner and Lawyer Maeve Parker for a conversation about the spatial politics, origins and futures of the Travelling Stock Reserves.
Thursday, May 11
Lunchtime Concert Series no.#3: The Long Paddock
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery & the Riverina Conservatorium of Music invites you to experience a wonderful musical performance by Brett Thompson (flute), Tamaris Pfeiffer (violin) and Jeff Donovan (guitar) in this very special concert to coincide with the exhibition. Explore the vast network of Australia’s Travelling Stock Routes in this unique musical journey
Saturday June 17
Launch of The Long Paddock Catalogue. Performance and readings by resident poets of the Booranga Writers Centre.
ART AND AGRICULTURE
Saturday July 15
Join a diverse mix of farmers, drovers, artists and guests for a discussion around the social, environment and cultural importance of the TSR ecology today. How can creative community partnerships occur? What role can artists play in shaping our landscapes? What can you do?
Image: Emilqua East in “Bull Whip Effect” by Zanny Begg (Yuri Kouzmin, The Weekly Times)