‘Green Art’ the new contemporary social art movement

Worldwide, green art is inspiring and facilitating innovative relationships between scientists, communities and the creative sector, and in no place is it more prevalent than the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Leah Barclay from the Noosa Biosphere Cultural Board said throughout history people from all cultures have practiced green art, creatively expressing and documenting their connection to place in painting, song, sculpture, dance and story.
“Over the last several decades green art has been exploring the expanding cross-cultural intersection of creativity and ecology,” said Ms Barclay.
“Arts are crucial to developing a positive engagement with our natural surroundings and with our more-than-human future.
Green art projects are often collaborative, involve a diverse range of artistic disciplines, and employ community development principles in their processes.
“There is a strong focus on art and environment activities across the whole of the Sunshine Coast region. The beauty of Noosa biosphere’s landscape for example, encourages the best of cultural engagement and enables nature’s voice a place in our decision-making,” said Ms Barclay.
“Floating Land 2013 is an artistic festival that will explore the natural world’s ancient practices and how it provides knowledge, insight and bio-inspired solutions towards a sustainable future,” said Ms Barclay.
The Noosa Biosphere Ltd Cultural Board is calling out to local artist of the Sunshine Coast, to submit an expression of interest application for the inaugural Noosa Biosphere Art Prize.
The award theme for 2012 is ‘Innovation in Green Art’ and will fund a local artist or collaborative team $2000 to deliver a project at the arts and cultural event Floating Land 2013.
Noosa Biosphere will announce the winners of the art prize on 16th September 2012 at the annual Noosa Biosphere Festival.
Applications are encouraged and now open now through www.noosabiosphere.org/artprize.