Geolocation project blends arts and science

Streaky Bay will host the ‘Geolocation Journeys On!’ project as part of the Visible Festival next week.

The Streaky Bay District Council, in collaboration with the Visible team, Streaky Bay Tourism and the Streaky Bay Area School will host the youth-focused event from December 1-7 as an innovative element of the Visible event.

The council was successful earlier this year in receiving a Regional Arts Australia step up grant of $15,000 through Country Arts SA to stage the youth and community art project, which is one of four Visible cultural tourism events to be hosted at Streaky Bay in the December 2018-January 2019 period.

Highly regarded South Australian artist Annalise Rees – currently an artist in residence at the University of Tasmania with the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) – will visit the region along with Dr Jaimie Cleeland, who researches the foraging and population ecology of endangered marine predators between southern Australia and Antarctica.

Year 6 and 7 classes at Streaky Bay Area School engaged in online Skype sessions with Ms Rees and Dr Jennifer Lavers – a marine eco-toxicologist with IMAS who has expertise in tropical and temperate seabird ecology, plastic pollution, invasive species management, and fisheries by-catch – earlier this year.

The sessions focused on the school’s study of Blue, which explores the challenge of platic pollution, overfishing, declining marine life, destruction of habitats and ocean change.

On Tuesday, December 4, Ms Rees and Ms Cleeland will collaborate with Streaky Bay artist Susie Betts and Ceduna artists Cassandra Gray, Collette Gray and Jenny Gray to engage with younger members of the community on a geolocation field trip along the Streaky Bay coast.

Participants will be encouraged to look at marine predator science and research using art as a lens by sketching, painting and producing etchings and rubbings with mediums such as charcoal, graphite, textas, pastels and watercolours.

Ms Rees and the broader team will also facilitate two community engagement sessions and an eco–art ephemeral interactive installation throughout the project at the second shelter shed on the Doctors Beach foreshore.

The installation will introduce the public to marine predator research through mapping and narrative.

The ephemeral installation will be completed on December 6 and 7, which will remain on display at the location until January 25, 2019.

Workshops and activities are free, but registration is essential from https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/visible-streaky-bay-registration-51754138020

For more information contact Visible creative producer Jayne Holland at jayne@createwithu.com or 0427 706 454.