Hayden Fowler was recently commissioned to create a new work for ‘The Long Paddock’, an exhibition at Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery curated by Joni Taylor. Presented by the New Landscapes Institute, the exhibition takes as its starting point the ‘Travelling Stock Routes’ of Australia. This nation-wide network of routes and reserves was historically used for droving cattle and sheep across long distances, and they remain today as public, or Crown, lands. Inspired by these trails and their significance as a cultural landscape, the New Landscapes Institute has embarked on a creative research project with artists and architects to create new works which respond to these Travelling Stock Routes of Australia.
While the TSRs are a uniquely Australian phenomenon, they are located within a worldwide context of disappearing cultural routes and nomadic pastoral practices. Just as in our cities, access to common, shared spaces, is also being eradicated in regional areas, making this a timely and important project.
Exhibiting artists include: Zanny Begg, Megan Cope & Bill Buckley, Hayden Fowler, Future Method Studio, Grandeza, Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski and The Wired Lab.
THE LONG PADDOCK
Exhibition and Public Program
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Opening Night: May 5, 2017
Exhibition: May 6 – July 17, 2017
Image: Hayden Fowler, Australia, 2017, plaster, polymer, sound, 140 x 100 x 100cm. Commissioned for ‘The Long Paddock’ a project of the ‘New Landscapes Institute’.