Earth Arts

Nurturing the role of creativity in transforming law and governance

The Australian Earth Laws Alliance believes that cultural change is a vital part of building Earth centred law, governance and ethics.

In his book Wild Law, Cormac Cullinan speaks to the necessity of “developing new ‘theories’ of governance to supplant the old”. Artists are well placed to facilitate this ‘re-imagining’ – they have long scouted the fringes, frontiers and forgotten places, in search of possibility. As the artist Mel Chin elucidates “the world is defined by pain and imagination. Pain in its final form is war and torture, and it destroys the capacity for the formation of language, and it unmakes our world. On the inverse side is imagination”.

In Modern times, ‘Art’ has been relegated to the fringes, not as a knowledge source, but as a form of control, a romantic ideal. So it may not seem obvious then, for Art to be represented at a ‘governance roundtable’, but that is precisely where it can help at this juncture of global environmental crisis. Because artists are shape shifters, translators, provocateurs, we are comfortable with the messy, primal and unknown.

If you are a creative and interested in getting involved, sharing your ideas or you’re simply curious about how Earth Jurisprudence links art + governance, we’d love to hear from you – this is an open and emergent space.

For more information, please email – creative@earthlaws.org.au 

CONNECT WITH EARTH ARTS

We have a very active and resourceful Earth Arts facebook group, to join please click here.

We also email bi-monthly emails featuring events, opportunities and artists. To receive the newsletter please click here.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES (2017/2018)

For further information about any of these projects, please email: creative@earthlaws.org.au 

  • AELA Arts Collective – artists involved in AELA’s 2016 Earth Arts Program (RONA16) have created a new AELA Arts Collective.  Their first exhibition will be a projection event on 2nd September 2017. For more information click here.
  • RONA18  (Rights of Nature Australia 2018) – a range of arts initiatives are currently being planned, to promote the 2018 Peoples Tribunal for the Rights of Nature.  This will include a national exhibition in Brisbane and a network of regional events and exhibitions around Australia.
  • RONA Artist in Residence Program 2018 – a residency program, connected to RONA18, is being planned for the Sunshine Coast in the first half of 2018.  More details will be available soon.

FURTHER WAYS TO ENGAGE WITH AELA EARTH ARTS

Behind the scenes we’re constantly researching ideas, collaborating across the country and around the world, working with interns and volunteers, and developing new projects in conjunction with AELA members. These are the main areas we focus on and we’d be happy to talk to you about research, consultancy and collaborative opportunities:

    • Merging arts and Earth laws campaigns

Contributing creative practice and knowledge to ongoing work around Eradicating Ecocide; Sharing Law; Earth Democracy; Future Dreaming; the International Rights of Nature Tribunal and other issues

    • Research Projects

Habitat & Governance – contributing a creative lens to research Earth-centred governance structures and their implementation for bioregional ecosystem health

Other topics are being developed in conjunction with AELA members

    • Collaborative events

Bringing artists, lawyers, scientists and other professions together for creative projects

PAST EVENTS AND PROJECTS

Please click on the links to find out more about – and see photos from – the events below:

  • RONA16 (‘Rights of Nature Australia, 2016’) – around Australia – please click here to view the catalogue from our 2016 Arts Program, which was connected to the Peoples Tribunal for the Rights of Nature.
  • Earth Leaders LabJuly 2014, Bundanon NSW – In conjunction with Bundanon Siteworks, AELA worked with De Quincey Co and Lean Productions to run a 1 day workshop that brought people together from the arts, education, law, science and architecture, to explore how our different professional traditions engage with caring for the Earth.  Our National Convenor, Michelle Maloney, also joined a panel facilitated by ABC journalist Robin Williams, and AELA Project Manager Jules Livingstone led workshop discussions with Bundanon participants about Earth laws topics.
  • Wild Law Art Exhibition – September 2013, Brisbane – This art exhibition was created in partnership with Professor Marian Drew and her colleagues and students at the Griffith University College of Art.  It opened in conjunction with AELA’s 2013 Wild Law Conference, titled “Living within our Ecological Limits – Law and Governance for a Finite World”
  • Wild Law Arts Incubator – June 2012, Sydney – in partnership with De Quincey Co. This workshop was organised by De Quincey Co, to bring Earth lawyers, indigenous community leaders and artists together to explore Earth jurisprudence.  AELA’s National Convenor Michelle Maloney gave a talk and led workshop discussions at the event.