An Albury art exhibition's power to help transform the way we view and care for the land has been recognised with a funding boost and national tour ending at Canberra's National Museum.
The Earth Canvas exhibition features the work of leading Australian contemporary artists who have highlighted critical environmental issues and the work of regenerative farmers through a creative lens.
The exhibition, at the Albury Library Museum until February 7 and featuring more than 70 artworks, will now tour seven museums and galleries across four states and territories.
On Monday, Farrer MP Susan Ley announced $63,000 had been awarded to the Library Museum to expand on its collaboration with Earth Canvas, building on the $45,000 allocated through the Visions of Australia program.
Ms Ley said the government recognised the importance of cultivating respect for the land, and the power of art in communicating the message of sustainability.
"This is a way for a wider audience to understand what it means to live on, and be connected to, the land and I'm pleased to support it," she said.
Earth Canvas founder Gillian Sanbrook believes the beauty of the exhibition lies with the fact it was a true collaboration between artist and farmer - a vision brought to life, if you like, from paddock to palette.
The ambitious project linked regenerative farmers between the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers with artists including Ros Atkins, Jenny Bell, Jo Davenport, Janet Laurence, Tony Nott, Idris Murphy and John Wolseley.
The artists visited and even lived in residence on the properties, sharing in, exploring and then expressing their experiences of the landscapes around them through a stunning range of works.
Ms Sanbrook said the resulting exhibition demonstrated that from a regenerative farming perspective, good land management is part of the climate solution.
Always the intention has been to engage a wider audience with workshops and open days providing communities with the chance to meet the artists and farmers and discuss the landscape they have shared.
There is a final opportunity on January 30 and 31 to meet farmers and artists to hear about their combined experiences before the exhibition closes with a curator talk on February 7.
"Due to popular demand, a range of additional talks has been organised (at the Albury Library Museum) to celebrate Earth Canvas prior to it closing at Albury," Ms Sanbrook said,
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