Great Barrier Reef | Anthropocene Project

Emma Lindsay 2017, Two crown of thorns starfish (Lizard Island Research Station), oil on board, 30 x 30cm

(October 2016- November 2017; ongoing)

Art and science species encounters on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics coastal regions.

Studio art and science research project exhibited at Artspace Mackay 9 November – 11 February 2018.

Project blog:

Emma Lindsay and the ‘Great Barrier Reef | Anthropocene Project’ was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Creative Sparks is a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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Extinction Project

(2007-2016; ongoing)


Studio research on endangered and extinct Australian birds began in 2007 after visiting the Queensland Museum to see the 2006 Night parrot specimen. This led to an interdisciplinary practice-led research PhD project undertaken at RMIT Melbourne (2012-2016) documenting extinct Australian bird specimens held in global natural history museum archives. The PhD exhibition was part of the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane in March 2016.

World Science Festival Exhibition:


‘Extinction flock: 29 extinct Australian bird specimens’ (2013-2016, 29 proxy specimen paintings). Collection of the University of Queensland Art Museum.

‘Extinct Australian Birds: Fieldwork’ (2012-2014, Monograph, 225 pages, global Natural History Museum archive photographs). Collection of the Artist.

QM Research archive:

‘Black paintings’ (2016, 3 paintings). Collection of the Artist.

‘Fieldtrip: South Australian Museum’ (2013, video, 17 minutes).

PhD dissertation:

Visualising Extinction: Representing extinct and endangered species archived in global natural history museums, RMIT Melbourne (Digital repository).


Iceland | Greenland


Photographic blog project based on Anthropocene climate change encounters documented during travels in and near the Arctic Circle:

-Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage Area, Ilulissat Greenland (July 2011).

-Baer Artist Residency at the Baer Art Centre, Höfðaströnd, Iceland (August 2011).

© Emma Lindsay 2011 ‘The impossibility of global warming in the mind of someone living (July 2011, Ilulissat, Greenland)’, Digital Photograph. Collection of the Artist.

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

& key Pozible crowdfunding supporters.

Night Parrot Project

(2007- 2021)

Personal research project based on the critically endangered desert Night parrot. Recent new work from this project, ’Treatise on the Night Parrot’, was shown in the curated group art/science show ’Sites of Connection’ at USC Art Gallery 13 August- 30 October 2021.