THE PARKLANDS PROJECT is a science based environmental art, story-telling and creative mapping project, that creatively explores the diversity and adaptive nature of flora and fauna living in the 3 Bush For Life (BFL) Adelaide Parklands sites. It aims to increase community knowledge and appreciation of our National Heritage listed Adelaide Parklands, its biodiversity and diverse uses.

Three SA artists – Laura Wills, Rosina Possingham & Indigenous artist Carly Takari Dodd, have been invited to develop a series of maps, multi-media artworks and installations, informed by their local research, flora and fauna surveys of the Parklands, social histories of the area, Adelaide City Council staff, Trees For Life , SA Museum records and the specialist knowledge of conservation groups.

The outcomes will be presented as a free 1day site-based exhibition plus environmental and arts workshops at Carriageway Park / Tuthangga, (Park 17) east side, on Nov 8, 2020. NB: This date is tentative and will be updated in response to the current COVID19 pandemic.

The 1day site-based art exhibition and science/environmental workshops will invite the public on a micro and macro journey of discovery, based on the biodiversity significance of the Parklands. The science informed artistic outcomes will become a visual taxonomy of the local species, environment and the ecological balance in place, and highlight the diversity between original species composition and those that have been introduced. Their mapping focus will offer new and knowledgeable perspectives of the patterns, habitats, locations, terrains and landscapes of the BFL sites and their interconnection with the surrounding flora and fauna of the greater Parklands.

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The project is a collaboration between Trees For Life (TFL), the Nature Conservation Society of South Australia (NCSSA) and OSCA – Open Space Contemporary Arts and is supported by the Commonwealth of Australia as represented by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.