Albury is the launch pad for a landmark exhibition that brings the work of regenerative farmers out of the paddock and into a vision splendid that can be shared by the entire community.
Earth Canvas, which opened at Albury Library Museum on October 24, features more than 70 artworks from leading contemporary artists who drew inspiration from the landscapes of farming properties they visited between the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers in southern NSW.
The aim of the project, founded by Bowna farmer Gillian Sanbrook, is to highlight the beauty of the land through the eyes of the artist and their shared vision for a healthier world.
The Albury opening is the first of up to nine exhibitions that will travel to four states before finishing at the Australian National Museum in Canberra in October, 2022.
It features works by Ros Atkins, Jenny Bell, Jo Davenport, Janet Laurence, Tony Nott, Idris Murphy and John Wolseley - the project's aim to celebrate the efforts of farmers actively working to rehabilitate the land and nurture healthy ecosystems.
Ms Sanbrook said the concept was developed by regional collaborative Earth Canvas: Art in Ag, curated by the library museum, and supported by the National Museum of Australia.
"Earth Canvas started from concern food consumers have lost contact of where their food is produced and many land managers are focusing on economic outcomes to the detriment of the landscape," she said.
"From a regenerative farming perspective good land management is seen as part of the climate solution: by building healthy soil, ground cover and producing healthy food from healthy landscapes.
"Artists see landscapes from a creative perspective and I hope we can all enjoy a greater appreciation of the natural processes and see the beauty in the land through the eyes of an artist."
Ms Sanbrook said both the artists and farmers involved wanted to share their combined experience of artworks and on-farm visits through the exhibition.
"Our hope is people may start to manage the land and engage communities with more empathy while still being productive," she said.
A virtual launch will be held on Saturday, October 31, 4.30pm-5.30pm, with guests Patrice Newell, Phillip Adams and Gill Sanbrook.
- To register for the virtual launch click here.