Eco Art Trail for Streaky Bay

Funding boost for cultural tourism Eco Art project

The ‘Primal’: Ephemeral Eco Art Residency an initiative of the VISIBLE team and Streaky Bay Tourism will bring together artists, thinkers and community stimulating dialogue around the environmental issues of our time from 1-7 December 2018.  The art and culture project hopes to boost cultural tourism visitation and create economies by producing an Ephemeral Eco Art Trail that will be on display along the Streaky Bay foreshore over the peak tourism season until 25 January 2018.

Ten lead artists from Finland, Australia and regional South Australia will work with ten regional artists from the mid and far west region over a sustained period to explore deeper relationship of the systems, processes and phenomena in relationship to the social and cultural aspects of environment.  At the forefront will be dialogue, engagement and education around the top 6: climate change; land use, energy extraction and transportation, chemical use, invasive species and the need for environmental justice.

The Eco Art Residency has four key interdependent elements:


Artists will be primarily asked to address the environmental issue/s as they connect with nature, community and environment to develop representational artworks and installations (develop and deliver a medium to large outdoor installation) through image-making and object-making with the intention of stimulating dialogue.

Image: Artwork by Melanie Sarantou


Artists will engage with youth and community by offering FREE and inclusive workshops in marine debris, weaving, 2-3D construction, limestone sculpture, felting, photography and other mediums throughout the project for other artists, young people and the general community.  The Creative Producer will collaborate with schools in the region to bring young people to the site to participate in the residency.


Philosophers, thinkers and key note speakers will be invited to deliver “soap box” sessions at key times throughout the residency.  These forums and presentations will occur on given days of the project under the main marquee on Eyre Avenue, Streaky Bay and will be open to the public.


Local digital artists and Adelaide artist Emmeline Zanelli will be engaged to create time-lapse and other forms of digital dialogues to document the evolution of the project, installations, speakers and the community engagement and interaction over the 4-week period of the VISIBLE events in Streaky Bay.  The digital documentation will enable the conversation to continue and create a legacy of the evolution and impact of the project.

Six other artists will be engaged simultaneously to work on other projects with environmental Eco art themes in the week of 1-7 December 2019 are:

  • Geolocation Journeys On! Residency: Highly regarded Annalise Rees; Aboriginal artist Sarah Butcher and Researcher Jaimie Cleeland from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
  • TRASHTALK Envirowall Project: Innovative Community Cultural Development artist Henry Jock Walker, Elliston artist Daniel “Moth” Ross and Typographer Tristan Kerr

In total 26 artists will partake in the 3 simultaneous art projects all with an environmental and eco art theme.

The Primal’: Ephemeral Eco Art Residency will facilitate, encourage and enable goals/outcomes in:

Creative sharing, Mentoring, Professional development, Skills development, Community engagement, Environmental advocacy and activism, Environmental education and; Cultural tourism

The project has been made possible by significant Federal funding received through 2 major art funding rounds in 2018:

  • On 25 January it was announced by the Australian Department of Communications and the Arts that Streaky Bay Tourism has received $20,635 for the Primal: Ephemeral Eco Art Residency project in Streaky Bay, SA. The Festivals Australia funding program boosts regional arts and culture.  The Streaky Bay art project was one of just 11 successful projects funded in Australia by Festivals Australia and the only one funded in South Australia!
  • On 11 September the Australia Council for the Arts announced their latest grant round that delivered $6.3 million to Australian artists, supporting more than 200 diverse and ambitious projects from individual artists, groups and organisations.  The high demand for Australia Council grants continued, with a total of 1,227 applications received.  The Primal project received a further $49,816 and was only one of 15 projects funded in South Australia and the only one funded in regional South Australia!


VISIBLE and Streaky Bay Tourism acknowledge the generous funding and support for the PRIMAL: Ephemeral Eco Art Residency from the District Council of Streaky Bay, Festivals Australia, Australia Council for the Arts, McEvoy Transport, Streaky Bay Marine Products and the; Wilderness Society of South Australia.

Feature image: Artist Tristan Kerr