May 28, 2018
Science and arts came together in regional South Australia to tell the stories of the land and people.
Scientists and artists were brought together thanks to the South Australian Regional Science-Arts Collaboration Grants, a new grants scheme by Inspiring South Australia. Local communities and school groups explored the science, history and culture of their region through paintings, photography, performances and much more. Four grants were awarded in total:
Art in Parks
Natural Resources Management SA Murray-Darling Basin
Art in Parks was a series of six half-day workshops designed to showcase our local conservation parks through a variety of art and science classes. Each workshop included the scientific information required to effectively manage the park’s biodiversity, as well as an art class which was specifically linked to that particular park’s importance to our local plants and animals.
Artworks created through Art in Parks are available to view online through NRM Together. Organisers also hope to showcase the works at the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival in August 2018.
Go Wild forged a connection between sciences and arts within a remote community. In a series of four workshops, the local community explored the fauna, flora and landscape of Roxby Downs through photography, paintings and leatherwork. The project culminated in an exhibition at RoxbyLink Art Gallery.
The project was extremely popular, leading to more workshops in the future.
Impressions on the Nature of Eyre Peninsula
Port Lincoln Arts Council
Nature of Eyre Peninsula explored the natural history of the land with school groups and the broader community. An Artist-in-Schools project saw primary school students learn about dinosaur ants. Described as a ‘living fossil’, dinosaur ants are the most primitive ant alive today. Students created sculptures of the dinosaur ant using recycled material such as mobile phones, and exhibited their works at Coffin Bay.
The broader community were involved through a photographic competition. Budding photographers were challenged to capture the macro-world of invertebrates and the natural history of the Eyre Peninsula. Four winning photos were displayed at an exhibition in the Port Lincoln Library.
The Nature of Eyre Peninsula culminated in a conference at Coffin Bay, featuring both the dinosaur ant sculptures and winning photos.
Naracoorte Caves – World Heritage on our doorstep
Naracoorte Lucindale Council
The story of South Australia’s only World Heritage listed site was told through Naracoorte Caves – World Heritage on our doorstep. The local community explored the science of the caves through workshops, exhibitions and live performances.
A visual arts workshop saw primary school students produce artworks depicting the Caves’ story of mega fauna, fossils, past environments and extinction. The completed works were displayed at the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery.
The story of the Caves was also told through a community-driven live performance. ‘Footsteps around the campfire’ brought together high school students to share the unique prehistoric part of the Naracoorte community.
The Questacon Smart Skills Program is touring in the South East South Australia region and northern Victoria during Term 1, 2019. In addition to presenting in-school STEM workshops for students we will also be conducting FREE STEM based, Professional Learning workshops for teachers. Registrations are currently open for workshop 1!