Wednesday 29 February / 4.00 pm
Visual artists from the ANU School of Art, Canberra, and Architects from Department of Architecture, RMIT, Melbourne, converge on Moira Park Scout Camp near West Kailla, 10 klm south of Shepparton/Mooroopna on the banks of the Goulburn River. The Scout Camp was to be the base for all three Field Trips scheduled for 2012 Shepparton Field Study.
Moira Park Scout Camp viewed from shelter shead in surrounding grounds (Photograph taken 30.11.2011)
Wednesday 29 February / 7.00 pm
Introductions took place under the shelter shed in the Park grounds. 35 artists, architects and members of the Greater Shepparton community packed in under the corrugated iron roof amid pouring rain.
Below: Moira Park Scout Camp shelter shed in dryer times (Photograph taken 30.11.2011)
John Reid, ANU convenor and Richard Black, convenor RMIT, outlined the Field Study. Each artist and architect spoke briefly about their background and Study expectation. The Mayor of Greater Shepparton, Michael Polin, extended a warm welcome on behalf of the community. Chris Newman, CEO Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, enunciated the major changes that had taken place in the Catchment since the previous Field Study in 2006. Other speakers included Rod McLennan and John Gray, as members of RiverConnect Community Advisory Committee; John Liang, conservationist, Lisa McKenzie, foundation member of RiverConnect and consultant in the 2006 Shepparton Field Study; and Barb Gray, Friends of SAM.
A BBQ was served courtesy of RiverConnect.
Wednesday 29 February / 8.00 pm
Artists and architects gathered in the Moira Park Scout Camp kitchen dinning area to hear a detailed account from conservationist John Liang (a valued consultant for the 2006 Field Study) about local environmental issues. This illuminating session generated lively discussion and concluded the day’s agenda.
Thursday 1 March / 8.00 am
Morning after a night of rain. Moira Park Scout Camp
Goulburn River adjacent Moira Park Scout Camp
Thursday 1 March / 8.30 am
Welcome to Country Moira Park Scout Camp
Neville Atkinson, Yorta Yorta Nation. Moira Park Scout Camp kitchen dinning area
Thursday 1 March / 8.40 am
Briefings: Indigenous perspectives on Environment / Parkes Victoria Moira Park Scout Camp
Yorta Yorta Elder, Neville Atkinson (above, standing), GBCMA, briefs the Study on indigenous perspectives on environmental issues in the Goulburn Broken Catchment; and together with Bruce Wehner (below, standing), Parkes Victoria, outline the importance to the environment of new national parks recently established in the region. Moira Park Scout Camp kitchen dinning area
Thursday 1 March / 10.30 am
Gallery Kaiela Inc, Aboriginal Community Art Gallery. Meeting and discussion with indigenous artists
Angie Russi, opens proceedings. Eric Brown, centre, with didgeridoo
Artist Les Saunders discusses the role of Gallery Kaiela and the dynamics of the indigenous art scene in Greater Shepparton
Les Saunders, right foreground
Sonny Cooper addresses the meeting with an account of Aboriginal cultural resilience to the impact of European settlement
Hartley Briggs discusses his artistic approach as a painter
Eva Pointing, textile artist, discusses her work
Les Atkinson discusses his paintings
Eric Brown, foreground, led a short project inspired by his music
Thursday 1 March / 12.30 pm
Lunch Courtesy of RiverConnect, Shepparton Art Museum
Thursday 1 March / 1.15 pm
National Indigenous Ceramics Award Shepparton Art Museum. Guided tour by Angi Russi.
Thursday 1 March / 2.00 pm
Art encounter Shepparton Art Museum, permanent collection
Thursday 1 March / 3.00 pm
Briefing River Ecology – Human Beings and other Living Things. Word and Mouth Reach, Dainton Bridge.
Artists and Architects assemble to hear Keith Ward (centre, standing in front of post), Floodplain Ecologist, GBCMA
Keith Ward with a sample of Goulburn River aquatic life
Richard Black examines sample of aquatic specimens
Rod McLennan (second from right), Consultant GBCMA, addresses group
Steve Wilson (foreground), Biodiversity Manager GBCMA , addresses group
Renee Ashmore (second from left), Project Officer, RiverConnect, addresses group
Jim Gow ( right), Project Officer Word and Mouth, addresses group
Goulburn River bank discussion
Erica Kusumoto Painter, exchange artist from Osaka, Japan. Goulburn River bank
Marzena Wasikowska Photographer, ANU School of Art, Canberra. Goulburn River bank
Thursday 1 March / 5.30 pm
Goulburn River Moira Park Scout Camp, and rising
Thursday 1 March / 6.30 pm
Moira Park Scout Camp evacuated on account of expected high winds and further rainfall. Field Study moves to Regional Scout Hall in Shepparton.