2012 Shepparton Field Study: Field Trip 1: 29 Feb – 4 Mar

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.

Conservationist, John Liang (centre), briefs Field Study artists and architects in the Camp kitchen dinning area about local environmental issues.


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.

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