CSIRO Waite Campus Artist in Residence: for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists
CSIRO and Guildhouse have come together to present the CSIRO Waite Campus Artist in Residence program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
This new collaboration created a funded artist-in-residence opportunity for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist designed to facilitate meaningful cross cultural exchange between artists and scientists.
The residency included a studio space on site at the CSIRO Waite campus, allowing for the artist and scientists to engage in ongoing and regular conversations about agriculture, culture and science. This exchange of knowledge culminated in an outdoor mural situated on site.
2020 CSIRO Artist in Residence Ngarrindjeri and Narangga painter Cedric Varcoe is experienced in both community education and consultation, and widely regarded for his extensive experience in mural design.
Cedric’s approach to the mural was one of collaborative storytelling, engaging with staff to celebrate the relationship between indigenous knowledge and scientific research.
‘Tuku Inparrila, little gathering/meeting place’
Illustrates the shared knowledge between Cedric and CSIRO Waite campus staff over the time of his residency demonstrates the shared conversations around soil health and land use.
The finished mural is now viewable at the CSIRO Waite Campus, click here for the location.
CSIRO has a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. The development of an artist in residence program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists is an important element of CSIRO’s commitment to advancing gender equity and inclusiveness in science and technology.
CSIRO’s research at the Waite Campus provides innovation for Australia’s agricultural, land, water and minerals sectors.
Agriculture | Our research at the Waite Campus focuses on integrated agricultural systems, wine grapes and horticulture, genomic science for crop performance, and soil carbon and nutrient cycling.
Land and Water | Our research at the Waite Campus focuses on environmental resilience, environmental toxicology, managing water ecosystems, water in the resources sector, economics, productivity and sustainability.
Mineral Resources | Our research at the Waite Campus focuses on intelligent mining and resource management.
The Residency program has wide support from the CSIRO leadership team, and is being led by Nina Welti, Research Scientist.
CSIRO Waite Campus Artist in Residence 2020
The inaugural artist for the CSIRO Artist in Residence program is Ngarrindjeri and Narangga artist Cedric Varcoe.
Image: Cedric Varcoe with his Kuti Shack mural. Photograph courtesy the artist.CSIRO and Guildhouse have come together to present the CSIRO Waite Campus Artist in Residence program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists....