nature thru art & design
regional & global links
Sanctuary East Gippsland Inc.
Regenerating East Gippsland with co-design principles and an eco-cultural philosophy.
Sanctuary E.G. formed to revitalize local communities & the region's tourism economy. Our vision: a 'Conservation Centre of Excellence'; an innovation hub that showcases traditional culture,bio-scientific research,clever built & virtual infrastructure & offers safe Eco-Cultural-Tourism 'experiences' - multi-sensory, educational, respectful of traditional Country & culture & nourishing to both mind & body. As a co-design lab we shall bring together all the stakeholders - First Nation elders, community, industry, scientists, academics & creative practitioners to share knowledge & to develop smart, innovative strategies that grow the economy & secure the region's rich natural and cultural assets.
Djinjama means to make, complete, produce or build something in Dhurga language, one of the languages from the South Coast of New South Wales.
Djinjama Indigenous Corporation was established by Dr Danièle Hromek (Budawang/Yuin) in 2020 after many years of consulting, practice and research. Offering cultural design and research for projects in the built environment, Djinjama brings Country into the centre of the design process in order to substantially affect Indigenous rights and elevate culture in the built environment and bring health to Country.
Based on methods Danièle’s grandmother Gloria uses for connecting with Country, alongside methodologies further developed in her research and previous work experience, Djinjama uses an approach that is led by and centred on Country. This approach recognises the multiple perspectives of Knowledge Holders to design in collaboration with Country.
Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC)
Respect & Recognition
Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) represents Traditional Owners from the Brataualung, Brayakaulung, Brabralung, Krauatungalung and Tatungalung family clans, who were recognised in the Native Title Consent Determination, made under the new Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010, the first such agreement under that Act. GLAWAC co-manages the Bataluk Trails
Arte Sella: Contemporary Mountain. Northern Italy
This Art-Nature-Tourism destination is an outdoor museum in Northern Italy, a tourism drawcard that blends mountain hiking with contemporary art. Set in spectacular Alpine landscapes, Val di Sella, with its forests, woodland glades and summer pastures is around 900 meters above sea-level and surrounded by mountains, which rise almost sheer to a series of a dozen peaks over 2,000 meters high.
This remote and beautiful region is fighting off a shattering attack of the COVID -19 pandemic. This blog is a tribute to the people and culture of Trentino, their strength and perseverance. It is also to highlight Arte Sella: Contemporary Mountain to Australian tourists who love Italy and will return.
It is an Art-Nature-Tourism model to inspire creative tourism development in remote and regional Australia following our devastating bush fires in January 2020.
The Biomimicry Institute
Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.
The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul.
The core idea is that nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. After billions of years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival.
Explore the Biomimicry Institute site for inspiration from the global network.
East Gippsland Art Gallery Regional Australia
Small & Vibrant
Housed in the original shire building of 1868 the gallery is a vital aspect of our regional tourism economy. Run by a dynamic trio of arts professionals, it kicks well above its weight by supporting local artists and indigenous culture, engaging the community, young people and artists in interpreting and promoting the distinct natural beauty of the region and its wildlife. Glass Artist, Crystal Stubbs, is Director assisted by Photographer and Media Artist, Lisa Roberts and super administrator Sonia Grieve.
China/USA - Japan
Design + Nature + Community
MAD’s “Tunnel of Light”, the restoration of the Kyotsu Gorge Tunnel in Japan’s Nigata prefecture, is an artistic transformation that demonstrates how art and nature can come together to reinvigorate a community. Each one of the installations, forms a poetic space where visitors can transcend the role of observer, and become an active participant – allowing individuals to place themselves in nature in unexpected ways.”
Heritage & Conservation
Leading Greek Landscape Architect Thomas Doxiadis heads up the Athens based practice which taps into the naturalness of the Greek landscape: its ruins, textures, rocks, plants, trees, villages, goats and bucolic sounds.
He leads a team of landscape architects with a passion for design, and a deep belief in the need for humanity to reconnect with nature.
doxiadis+ has delivered high quality projects of different scales and types, ranging from national environmental policy, master-planning and landscape architecture and interior design.