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Solar powered hot air balloons… part 1

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I first saw the solar powered hot air balloons of Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno in Paris in 2015 and I have been hoping to see some floating over the Hunter Valley since then. Fellow graduate Sandii Walker of Casscar Creative Arts has been working with her community art classes of ‘littlies’ and high school students to make this happen. They have been swamped with donated plastic shopping bags and are assembling them to form a huge balloon that we hope to launch in July somewhere around Cessnock. On a sunny day, wind permitting.

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Graduation day

Five years of study (including a one-year break) and last Friday night I was awarded a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art and the Faculty and University Medals for outstanding achievement.

A hectic but rewarding journey.

Graduation handshake

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Busy Times

It’s been a busy few months and a busy 2 weeks still to come with three art projects to complete for two exhibitions. These are all outcomes of my Honours study and the culmination of a year of research into alternative ways of engaging in the climate change discussion. The ‘raising awareness’ approach of past works is not necessarily effective at getting people’s attention and these new projects are focussed on either exploring solutions or looking for ways to promote a reconnection with each other and the planet and to put climate change in the broader context of all the problems we face.

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