From Nature


Early Bird applications close: 31 August 2017
Final Applications close: 22 September 2017

Saturday 4 to Sunday 12 November 2017

Gasworks Park and surrounds

Free event

Wheelchair Accessible

Gasworks Arts Park is delighted to announce that the acclaimed outdoor organic sculpture exhibition, From Nature will be returning in 2017!

From Nature is a showcase of organic sculpture which will take place at Gasworks Arts Park across nine days in November 2017. From Nature offers audiences a distinctive and unique arts experience which displays organic ‘living’ public art in an accessible outdoor, daytime setting.

Each year From Nature asks artists to respond to the provocation:

What would happen next if the energy and vitality of the park grew in self-expression so that new forms became apparent, DNA began to change and evolve and surprising structures of transient beauty were made manifest?

Emerging from the ground, tree trunks, branches and walls, living sculptures will offer a window into the imagination. The materials used will be organic, such as leaves, twigs, twine, branches, moss, fruit, flowers, bamboo, cane, timber and stone.

We now invite applications to exhibit in the 2017 instalment of From Nature. Applications from artists, students, creative individuals and groups working in the fields of sculpture, ceramics, landscape architecture, floral design, and transitory installation art are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements
To complete your application you will need to submit the following;
– Artwork Title
– ABN (If applicable)
– Artist/Team current CV
– Brief description of the envisaged artwork (500 words)
– Conceptual drawings to illustrate the nature, scale or position of the work (i.e. suspended/supported/freestanding). Proposed dimensions MUST be included.

Back by popular demand, From Nature first began in 2015, where 26 artists created nearly 30 sculptures throughout the Gasworks parklands. From emerging to established artists, amateurs to professionals, community groups to individuals, the Gasworks Park was transformed into a piece of living art, with works emerging from tree trunks, branches and walls, using organic materials such as leaves, twigs, twine, branches, moss, fruit, flowers, bamboo, cane, timber and stone.

The groups consisted of emerging and professional artists who spent time creating works outside the park and then a day of installing the finished product on location. From Nature also presents a rare creative opportunity for artists. As one of the only events of its kind, From Nature provides opportunities for artists currently working within the fields of sculpture, ceramics, landscape architecture, floral design, and transitory installation to gain exposure to a mass audience and increase community engagement with their work. From Nature also offers a rare glimpse into the artist’s process, as artists will be onsite to discuss their artworks and creative process with community members.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award 2016 was David Digapony’s ‘Magic Portal’.

Highlights from the Event

Artists and Artworks 2016

Maria Simonelli | I almost wish we were butterflies
Leah Jackson | Arrangements
Laine Hogarty | Shifting Ecologies
Mary Hughes & Jenn Da Costa | The Labyrinth and the Candelabra
Jonathan Goodfellow | Crests of Sea-Wall Rushes
Chieko Yazaki | Wind
Gilly Thorne | Eucalyptus
Tricia Sabey | Paradox
Wen Shobbrook | Entangled
David Digapony | Magic Portal
Albert Park Primary School | Bee Hotel
Tanja George | Resounding – The Sound of Silence
Kris Coad | Introversive
Jacinta Leitch | Gifts of the Bower
Janelle Humphreys | Evolve
St Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-op | Plants of Our Coastal Sandbelt
Kate Cullinan | From the Smallest of Seeds
Montague Continuing Education Centre | Sky Scraper
Evan Demas | Endless Rhythm
Ursula Dutkiewicz | Now you see it, now you don’t
Claire Anna Watson | Tree Study #6
Kim Simon | The World is your Oyster
Jonathan Leahey | City of Hope
Andrew J Pearson | The Tree of Future Nature
Tamsin Salehian | Nature Notes – drawing
Genevieve Thornton | Dormant
Liz Milsom | Natural Colour Flags
Carolyn Menzies | Oscillating
Pascal Tremblay & Yoshie Arai | Glimpse
Tiesha Ita-Ulima | The Detritus of Nature
Georgie Seccull | Mothership