TEMPORARILY CLOSED A river (literally) runs through it – GOMA’s Water Sundays is dripping with things to do
Since December 2019, GOMA’s breathtaking exhibition Water has allowed curious minds to check out almost 100 works from local and international artists that explore the vital element which sustains all life on Earth. Now more than ever, the exhibition has become a timely focal point well worth the visit as we grapple with our nation’s devastating climate change disaster. With Water Sundays on February 16 and April 5, the exhibition continues to showcase the vital importance of our most precious resource as well as spark important conversations about the environmental and social challenges we are currently facing.
Kicking off the second half of the exhibition is Water Sundays, which will take over GOMA to explore the different ways we can care about our water futures, through interactive tours, talks and workshops for little ones and grown ups alike. The day’s highlights include an interactive kids tour hosted by Artistic Director of D:Create, Deanna Borland-Sentinella, a Ghost Net Workshop where you can create a piece of coral out of ghost net that will be added to the Below the Tide Line exhibition, or join in on thought-provoking discussion of all things visually-appealing in the form of Curator Talks: Art in Action. If you’re experiencing eco-anxiety (yes, it’s a real thing), then delve into Talk Series: Keep Calm and Conserve the Planet and learn how Brisbane’s best and brightest are making positive environmental change through their professional projects. On Sunday February 16, get an educational insight from individuals working with CSIRO and SEED Indigenous Youth Climate Network on how traditional Indigenous knowledge is being used alongside science and activism at Indigenous knowledge: Science + Activism or learn about how brands are eliminating waste and using recycled resources at Redesigning our Future.
With a packed program still to come, Water Up Late will provide two massive nights where visitors can experience all the wonderment of Water alongside live beats provided by local Brissy musicians, pop-up performances from Casus Circus, mind-bending science activations, karaoke, bars and delicious dining options. Feeling overwhelmed by the existential challenge of climate change? Join four young Australians as they discuss global warming, environmental issues and more at GOMA Talks: Beyond Eco-Anxiety, or take part in one of the Brisbane River Walking Tours, reflecting on Aboriginal history, and the significance of the ol’ Brown Snake. Finally, bask in the brilliance of Brisbane’s creative thinkers as they discuss the ideas and processes behind their work at PechaKucha Volume 60. Of course, you can still walk across the vast, rocky Riverbed created by Olafur Eliasson, see animals from around the world gather together to drink from Cai Guo-Qiang’s brilliant blue waterhole Heritage and take a peek of Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s truly frosty Snowman – be quick, and get there before it melts away!
Image 1: Peter Fischli / Switzerland b.1952 / David Weiss Switzerland, 1946-2012 Snowman 1987/2016 (installation view, SFMOMA) / © Peter Fischli and David Weiss / Zürich 2019 /Courtesy: Sprüth Magers, Berlin/London/Los Angeles; Matthew Marks, New York/Los Angeles; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich / Photograph: Mary Ellen Hawkins
Image 2: Cai Guo-Qiang / China b. 1957 / Heritage (installation view) 2013 Animals: polystyrene, gauze, resin and hide. Installed with artificial watering hole: water, sand, drip mechanism / Purchased 2013 with funds from the Josephine Ulrickand Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through and with the assistance of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © The artist / Pictured: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia / Photograph: Chloë Callistemon, QAGOMA.
Image 3: Olafur Eliasson / Denmark b.1967 / Riverbed 2014 (detail) / Site specific installation / Pictured: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia / Courtesy: The artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles. Photograph:Natasha Harth, QAGOMA.
Image 4: William Forsythe / America, b.1949 / The Fact of Matter 2009 / Site-specific installation comprising gym rings, fabric straps, gym mat and truss system / Dimensions variable. / Pictured: Installation view, William Forsythe: The Fact of Matter, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2019 / Courtesy: The artist / Photograph: Chloë Callistemon © William Forsythe
Image 5: Megan Cope / Australia, b.1982 / RE FORMATION (Noogoon/St Helena Island) 2016-2019 / Cast-concrete oyster shells, copper slag / Dimensions variable / Purchased 2019 with funds from the Contemporary Patrons through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art FoundationCollection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / Photograph: Installation view, GOMA, Brisbane, 2019. / Photographer: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA / Images courtesy: The artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY, Dianne Tanzer & Nicola Stein © Megan Cope