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Lyndal Jones and the Avoca project, art, place and climate change

Start Date

2 May 2013 12:30 pm

End Date

2 May 2013 1:30 pm


Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk)

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ArtsForum - Malcom Bywaters

Lyndal Jones: The Avoca Project, art, place and climate change

The Avoca Project (2005–15) by Lyndal Jones is a broad communal artwork based on a German prefabricated house which was transported in 1850 to the small Australian town of Avoca in Victoria. The artist purchased the house in 2004. The site, however, is more than a house; it is a place where Jones and visiting artists-in-residence (Australian and international), academics and members of the local community can gather to consider the impact of climate change and environmental sustainability.

Jones’s 2010 performance, Rehearsing Catastrophe #1: The Ark in Avoca, illustrates her belief in The Avoca Project as a hub for environmental discussion. This performative video work exemplifies Jones’s reasons for utilising art as a powerful expression of climate change. Under her management, The Avoca Project signposts the creative challenge of a changing natural environment.

It is this use of the house as live-in artwork combined with Jones’s innovation with projects such as Rehearsing Catastrophe #1: The Ark in Avoca that makes The Avoca Project significant within the consideration of climate change and contemporary visual art.