The Bermagui Project’s second Creative Field Study is an inspiration

Performing and visual artists, including leaders Tony King and Kris Ralph of Beautifully Mad, came together for three days to explore the Bermagui and Wallaga Lake estuaries, their catchments and stories. Based on this fieldwork the artist will produce new work that will be exhibited in Canberra and Bega. We’d like to say thank you to the knowledge sharers that made this Create Field Study so inspiring…

Montreal Goldfields, our guides Judi, Bob and Malcolm were engaging and devoted to the preservation of the hand-dug mines and the stories of that era.

John Blay shared his vast knowledge of the terrain from the coast to Cooma, his connection to the place and people, through great story telling and this was enhanced by the spontaneous and insightful contribution of Cheryl Davison.

Clean Energy for Eternity‘s Bill Southwood talked climate change mitigation and inspired us with the stories of communities taking climate action. He was joined by the provocative John James with an argument for climate adaptation and some distressing images of Bermagui under various sea level rise scenarios.

Trevor King’s vision for the preservation of the Bermagui River Wetlands was palpable and certainly re-invigorated the inspiration of the artists.

This exploration took the artists hiking up Gulaga with local Yuin knowledge sharer Warren Foster. An experience the artists described as “powerful” and “deeply spiritual”.

We were in great hands kayaking across Wallaga Lake with The River Rock Cafe‘s Matt and Shane, plus estuary scientist Emma Maratea. Their insights highlighted the difficulty of balancing the health of the lake systems with the demands of an increasing human population.

Finally Cheryl Davison shared her basket weaving and knowledge of Murunna Point taking us closer to understanding the sorrow and anger of a culture that is trying to recover from oppression only to face the threats of climate change.

The conversations, heated debates, laughter and tears made this Creative Field Study a rich source of inspiration for new works of art; thank you to everyone who contributed their time and knowledge.