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TCotA Arts Forum - Janet Laurence and Tega Brain


TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

18 Mar 2016 12:30 pm

End Date

18 Mar 2016 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public.


Janet Laurence is a Sydney-based artist whose practice examines the interconnection of life forms and ecologies and observes the impact that humans have on the threatened, natural world.  Janet is a recipient of Rockefeller, Churchill and Australia Council Fellowships, and the Alumni Award for Arts, UNSW. Exhibiting nationally and internationally, Laurence has been represented in major curated and survey exhibitions including: After Eden, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney (2012); Negotiating This World (2012) NGV, Melbourne; 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010) and 9th Biennale of Sydney (1992); In The Balance; Art for a Changing World, MCA Sydney (2010); Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, NGV Melbourne (2009); The Adelaide Biennale (2008), Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan (2003,) Australian Perspecta (1985, 1991, 1997). Major commissioned works include: The Australian War Memorial (in collaboration with TZG Architects), Hyde Park, London; Tarkine for a World in Need of Wilderness Macquarie Bank London, In the Shadow, Sydney 2000 Olympic Park;Waterveil, CH2 Building for Melbourne City Council, Elixir, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan; and Memory of Lived Spaces, T3 Terminal Changi Singapore.

Tega Brain is an artist and environmental engineer from Sydney, working at the intersection of art, ecology and engineering. She has been an artist in residence at Eyebeam, New York and at the Environmental Health Clinic at New York University.  Tega is currently a fellow with the Processing Foundation, where she is contributing to the p5js project. She is an Assistant Professor of New Media at SUNY Purchase and also works with the School for Poetic Computation. She has been an artist in residence at Eyebeam, New York and at the Environmental Health Clinic at New York University. She has recently exhibited work at Eyebeam, NYC, the Science Gallery, Dublin and at the Australian Centre for Design. In 2013 she was awarded a Creative Australia Fellowship for early career artists from the Australia Council for the Arts.

In their Art Forum presentation, Janet and Tega will discuss their individual practices and share their new collaborative work, Parliament, which forms part of the GASP Swimmable! Project. Parliament responds to the concept of Swimmable! by providing important environmental interventions to contribute to making Elwick Bay more swimmable for various bird, vegetation and aquatic communities.

Image credit: Cellular Gardens (detail), 2005. Janet Laurence.  Coin Operated Wetland (detail). Tega Brain . 

TCotA Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Hunter St) during the semester. TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public, providing a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the arts discuss their area of professional practice.