Chris De Rosa (Port Elliot), Lara Tilbrook (Kangaroo Island), Ellen Trevorrow (Meningie/Coorong), Clancy Warner (Sellicks Beach), Laura Wills (Adelaide)

HARBINGERS: Care or Catastrophe brings together five diverse artists with strong connections to regional SA, whose practices draw attention to our inherent interconnectedness with the natural world and the complexities of humankind’s influences on our environments.

Driven by hope, resilience, integrity and community-led action, these artists are passionate advocates for change. They call for a collective movement grounded in deep listening and care, to counteract the chaos of disconnection and move toward generating a sustainable future for us all.

These newly commissioned works address issues about systematic (mis)management of natural resources, endemic loss of biodiversity, rising sea levels, migration policies, catastrophic fire events and ongoing colonialism.

They also signal hope and offer more viable and balanced ways of being and belonging. While climate change is telling us loud and clear that our anthropocentric behaviour is causing global disaster, the natural world is giving us ample clues for how to avert complete catastrophe.

HARBINGERS asks: what could our future look like if we prioritise the environment, cultural practices and social wellbeing over profit; and what does it look like if we don’t?

Lauren Mustillo, Visual Arts Manager, Country Arts SA
Fulvia Mantelli, Director, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, SA

Wes Maselli, artist, emerging curator and writer, based in Hayborough

Michelle Dohnt, Arts Officer Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, based in Murray Bridge

Image: Chris De Rosa, Under here my dreams are made of water (detail), 2021, papier-mâché, etching, giclee print, collage, wire, glass beads, sand, studio floor debris, pigment, polymer paint, wire, tape pu foam, spray paint, silk cord, rope, dimensions variable, approx. 300 x 300 x 300 cm. Photo: Rosina Possingham.
HARBINGERS: Care or Catastrophe is the outcome of the inaugural SPUR: Regional Curatorial Mentorship skills development and commissioning initiative, both of which have been developed by Country Arts SA in collaboration with Murray Bridge Regional Gallery.
Country Arts SA is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

HARBINGERS: Care or Catastrophe is supported by

Nunga Screen 2022
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Nunga Screen 2022

6th July 2022 — 7th July 2022

Nunga Screen shares and celebrates First Nations culture, stories and language through the screen.

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The Lake of Scars
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The Lake of Scars

6th July 2022 — 8th July 2022

The Lake of Scars tells a story of ally-ship, environmentalism and cultural rebirth; a picture of what reconciliation between Aboriginal and European Australians might look like.

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Thor: Love and Thunder
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Thor: Love and Thunder

6th July 2022 — 6th August 2022

Fantasy themes and action violence

Presented by Country Arts SA

The sequel to Thor: Ragnarok and the fourth movie in the Thor saga.

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