AELA’s Creative Conversations: with Jude Roberts and Helen Hardess

August 8, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (AEST)
Online (via Zoom)

AELA's Earth Arts program connects with artists and creatives around Australia, and in 2023/2024 we're inviting amazing artists to share stories about their work and what inspires them.

On 8 August, please join us for a fantastic conversation with artists Jude Roberts and Helen Hardess. Jude and Helen will talk about their personal methods in art-making in relation to the "Remapping Mitchell" Arts Project. Their work and research sees them embed themselves in the land and water scapes. Specifically the Maranoa River in Western Queensland is the focus for the Remapping Mitchell Arts Collective.

Jude and Helen are long standing members of AELA's "Earth Arts Collective", and have been involved in a range of AELA Earth Arts exhibitions and programs. The webinar will be facilitated by Dr Michelle Maloney, AELA's National Convenor.


Jude Taggart Roberts

Jude is a visual artist and facilitator of arts related projects. She completed a Doctorate Visual Art in 2015 to research drawing and print methods to explore the water/landscapes of the Great Artesian Basin. Jude has taught across the mediums of drawing and print media in Brisbane and regional areas. From 1984 to 2005 she lived and worked across the Maranoa region with drawing, tutoring and other arts related projects and has continued to make connections with the land and people of Mitchell since her move to Brisbane.  Jude’s practice is about collaborating and creating work in different communities to contribute to the understanding and appreciation of inland water environments.

Helen Hardess 

Helen Hardess (she/her) is a Meanjin-based artist. In 2022 she completed a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) at Queensland College of Art (QCA), Griffith University. Her spatial practice works at the intersections of non-human agencies, the “age of humans”, and colonial legacies. She is active in Meanjin’s contemporary art community and has shown her work in BLINDSIDE (Naarm), Sydney University, as well as Meanjin’s STABLE, Redland Art Gallery, Springhill Reservoir, and POP, Webb and Project Galleries, QCA. In 2017 she completed a residency at House Conspiracy (Meanjin). During 2021 and 2022 she co-presented workshops on stop motion animation, mark making with objects, and one step casting, at Redland Art Gallery and Queensland University of Technology.



The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is a national not-for-profit organisation working to increase the understanding and practical implementation of Earth-centred governance, with programs that focus on shifting towards Earth-centred law, economics, education and ethics. Cultural change is a vital part of building Earth-centred governance, and AELA's Earth Arts Program ( showcases artists and creatives from around Australia who are working on nature inspired creative practice.

Visit our Earth Arts website to see our Virtual Galleries, read our 'Earthwords and Artlings' Anthologies, listen to the sounds of nature and read about the amazing artists who connect with AELA's work (

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