Big hART has produced a number of exhibitions of the GOLD creative work in different communities since 2007. The current exhibition GOLD-CROP originally went on show at the Griffith Regional Art Gallery Nov 13 - 30 2008.
The exhibition continues to grow with the addition of new films and photographs and has been exhibited around the country in art galleries, shops, dry dams, community halls and showgrounds often as part of larger community events.
GOLD-CROP was installed in Sydney at Frasers Studios Chippendale in October before transferring to CarriageWorks Nov 20 - Dec 2.
The opening event on Nov 21 brought together 10 farming families, 7 young people from Griffith and various artists and musicians including Tim Rogers, Lex Marinos, Peter O'Doherty and Reg Mombassa. The event was catered using produce from some of the GOLD farmers - Taralga Springs grass fed beef, Arcadia salt bush lamb, Nangiloc pistachio nuts, Chalmers wines and Mildura Brewery beer.
If you are interested in having GOLD-CROP visit your community please contact the GOLD Team - email: email@example.com
5 tonne of dirt, 1200 photo images, 25 short films and 600 metres of fencing wire create a lush field of images that celebrate rurlal communities across the Murray Darling Basin. Since early 2006, farming families have shared stories with Big hART’s team of artists, culminating in this unique installation.
Recent coastal rains may mean that water restrictions have eased in the city along with reporting levels in our dams, but for farmers who have not had a commercial harvest for 7 years or more, the struggle to survive continues. GOLD-CROP gives voice and value to these true stories of resilience, adaptability and change.
GOLD Lab & Exhibition
The GOLD Lab & Exhibition was at the Griffith Regional Art Gallery 19 - 30 October 2007. It subsequently toured regional communities and was exhibited in Alice Springs in September 2008 for the Regional Arts Conference Art at the Heart.
Sixty tabloid size images were printed on newsprint by the Griffith Area News and hung accompanied by quotes from participating farmers. Young people and GOLD artists shot the images between March 2006 and October 2007. They were taken during road trips to Talgarno, Rand, Boree Creek and Trundle and in workshops in and around Griffith. The exhibition included film and audio recordings with a visual and textual reference to newspapers, TV and radio and highlighted stories that are rarely given media attention. Copies of the exhibition prints were sent to politicians, CEOs and community leaders around the country.