August News: “Sites of Connection” group exhibition, USC Art Gallery

Emma Lindsay 2021, Night parrot (near Pullen Pullen, 2019),
oil on linen. Courtesy the artist.



Sites of Connection illuminates the work of artists at the intersection of creative practice and environmental research.

The works move beyond the literal presentation of scientific research to demonstrate how artists employ creative methods to imaginatively explore environmental topics which illuminate ideas, spark curiosity, and generate dialogue.

Connecting audiences with a range of environmental research, Sites of Connection highlights how creative practice can complement scientific discourses in building understanding and raising awareness of environmental matters.


Leah Barclay, Bloom Collective (Jan Baker-Finch, Renata Buziak, Vicki Kelleher, Erik Griswold and Vanessa Tomlinson), Donna Davis, Alinta Krauth and Emma Lindsay.


Lisa Chandler and Megan Williams


USC Art Gallery, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs (Qld).


On a personal note, I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which the USC Art Gallery sits, and pay my respect to local Indigenous Elders past, present and emerging of the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi people.

A number of scientists, institutions, and artists agreed to collaborate, assist, and/or include their works as part of the Treatise on the Night Parrot project. Heartfelt thanks to Heather Janetzki and the Queensland Museum, ecologist Nick Leseberg, and Bush Heritage Australia, and to artist Leah Barclay for helping us edit the audio files. Photography contributors to the Panorama include scientists: Nick Leseberg, Steve Murphy, Alexander Watson, James Watson and Stephen Kearney.

My special thanks also to music composer Jessica Wells, for giving permission to include the voice and string quartet recording of her original work The Night Parrot (2019) in the Treatise audio installation. The Night Parrot was originally commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival and Bush Heritage Australia.