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Conversations with Rain project

Monday, 02 November 2020

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Highly Commended

INTERPRETATION, LEARNING & AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT - LEVEL 2
HIGHLY COMMENDED

2020 heralds the tenth year of the Museums and Galleries National Awards. The MAGNAs intend to encourage the continuous improvement and development of Australian museums and galleries, inspire and recognise best practice and innovation in the collecting sector and enhance the profile of museums and galleries in local and wider communities. Entries to the awards come from the smallest community museums to the largest national institutions in the areas of exhibition, learning and engagement, research and Indigenous projects.


About the project

Conversations with Rain is an ongoing multi-platform partnership between Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) and ECU School of Education exploring children’s creative relations with weather as a way of potentially transforming our climate futures. A suite of Conversations with Rain learning resources, developed by Lilly Blue (AGWA) and Dr Jo Pollitt (ECU), was launched at AGWA on Friday, 8 November 2019. These resources feature an interactive response journal, pedagogical video, sound work, and dance film all publicly available on the Art Gallery WA website.

As the West Australian contribution to the Climate Action Childhood Network and the Common Worlds Research Collective co-founded by Mindy Blaise, ECU’s Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Research Fellow, Conversations with Rain harnesses interdisciplinary knowledges to think beyond stewardship models of climate change. Driven by artist practices of embodied attention and collective experimentation, Conversations with Rain focuses on dissolving the binary between humans and the environment through creatively attending to the materiality of rain. This research investigates how interdisciplinary, embodied, and practice-led approaches can deepen engagement, enliven connection and lead to more responsive nature/culture relations.

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