2012 Shepparton Field Study: Convening the Study Nov 2011 – Feb 2012

November 2011

Greater Shepparton Community Meeting

Rod McLennan (left),  Community Representative, RiverConnect Community Advisory Committee, and Renee Ashmore, RiverConnect Coordinator, Greater Shepparton Council, host a community meeting to consider the viability of the Australian National University (ANU) School of Art Field Studies program returning to Shepparton/Mooroopna in 2012. Also on the agenda is the involvement in the Field Study of architects, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), to be convened by Richard Black, Architecture Department, RMIT . See draft agenda below.

Community members departing the meeting.  (Left to Right) John Laing, Bruce Cumming, John Gray, Carmel Johnson, Angie Russi, John Head. It was unanimously agreed to proceed with the proposal in partnership with RiverConnect and to undertake more detailed planning.


The RiverConnect Area

November 2011

2012 Shepparton Field Study Survey Part 1

Moira Park Scout Camp, near West Kialla, identified as an ideal Field Study base camp. Photographic imagery gathered for artist briefing which will occur at the School of Art in February 2012.

Moira Park Scout Camp Entrance

Moira Park Scout Camp Built facilities on bank of the Goulburn River

Goulburn River Moira Park Scout Camp

Goulburn River Adjacent Moira Park Scout Camp

Riverbank Goulburn River Adjacent Moira Park Scout Camp

Goulburn River Near Moira Park Scout Camp

Lake Mokoan Near Benalla, Vic,  revisited (field research location for Benalla Field Study 2009) on journey from Shepparton to Canberra at end of Survey


January/February 2012

2012 Shepparton Field Study Survey – Part 2

A proposal arose at the 2011 November community meeting for an exhibition of artwork, produced from the 2006 Field Study in Shepparton, to be assembled for the 2012 SheppARTon Festival. The old Butter Factory, Sheparton, was identified during this Survey as venue for such an exhibition. In addition to linking the 2006 Field study with the impending 2012 Field Study, the Festival exhibition would also serve to draw attention to the 2012 Study. Photographs taken for artist briefing at School of Art in late February.

The vacant shop in the old Butter Factory precinct – perfect for the proposed 2012 SheppARTon Festival Field Study exhibition kindly made available by Jim Andreadis

Visit to the camp site of the 2006 Field Study at Cemetery Bend, Goulburn River

Goulburn River, near Toolamba

Riverbank, near Toolamba

Business and pleasure. Discussion with drinks and nibbles on Bill O’Kane’s deck. (left to right) Rod McLennan, Marian Lawless, Marzena Wasikowska, Barbara Gray, John Gray, Bill O’Kane. Bill agreed to open the 2012 SheppaARTon Festival Field Study exhibition to be titled ‘Sixrospective’ and featuring the work of 5 landscape photographers who participated in the 2006 Shepparton Field Study.

View to Goulburn River from Bill O’Kane’s deck


Mid – February 2012

2012 SheppARTon Festival Field Study exhibition, ’Sixrospective An exhibition of Photographs’. Promotional material produced

‘Sixrospective’ entry on 2012 SheppARTon Festival web site


Mid – February 2012

2012 Shepparton Field Study Artist Recruitment School of Art

Shepparton 2012 ANU Recruiting Flyer pdf


2012 Shepparton Field Study – Field Trip I Schedule

2012 Shepparton Field Study Field Trip 1

Schedule (As of Friday 24 February, 2012)

(Download Full PDF here)


Field Study Objectives Production of creative work to meet curriculum requirements and/or for public exhibition
based on field research that responds to the Goulburn / Broken catchments around Shepparton and Mooroopna, the
environmental issues that prevail, the catchment community and their connection to the Goulburn/Broken Rivers.

Study Participants Visual artists, School of Art, Musician/composers, School of Music, Australian National University,
Canberra; Architects, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne; Visual artists, Kaiela Gallery, Shepparton;
Cultural Arts Students, Centre for Koorie Education, GOTAFE, Shepparton; Students Wanganui and Mooroopna
Secondary Colleges, Shepparton / Mooroopna; (and hopefully) visual artists, Greater Shepparton.

Field Study Community Partner RiverConnect, Greater Shepparton City Council;

Consulting Organisations RiverConnect, Greater Shepparton City Council; Goulburn Broken Catchment
Management Authority; Greater Shepparton City Council; Goulburn Valley Environment Group; Wanganui College;
Shepparton Art Museum; Kaiela Gallery; Goulburn Murray Landcare Network, Parkes Victoria; Shepparton Heritage
Centre; (Apologies, other organisations to be added)

Field Study Contacts: John Reid (SoA ANU) 0439 300 895; Tor Fromyhr (SoM ANU) 02 61255779; Richard Black
(RMIT) 03 5472 2213; Renee Ashmore (RiverConnect) 03 5832 9714

Shepparton Field Study Field Trips

Trip 1: Wed 29 Feb – Sun 4 Mar. Trip 2: Wed 28 – Sun 31 Mar. Trip 3: Wed 25 – Sun 29 April
ANU Transport Trip 1 – ANU van booked for Sixrospective exhibition; Avis hire bus and trailer booked (5 days); ANU
van booked to collect Sixrospective artwork (3 days); Trip 2 – ANU bus booked (4 days, 1 day hire required for
Printmaking Workshop); Trip 3 – ANU bus booked (5 days)

Shepparton Festival Exhibition: Sixrospective Shepparton Butter Factory precinct, Opening 11.0 am Sunday 4
March continuing until Monday, March12

February 29, 2012 1 Comment Featured, Shepparton

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  1. Fran Ifould

    This looks great John and team, well done on yet another powerful art/science crossover. May it be well received by the public.
    cheers Fran ifould

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