Creative concept – producer – event manager

Ideas Incubator

The Ideas Incubator launched an ideas space and network where professionals from a range of disciplines could collaboratively investigate how the arts can be used to re-imagine people’s lived relationships with ‘place’, ‘community’ ‘culture’ and ‘the environment’.

Participants had the opportunity to imagine, design and plan projects that gave expression to multiple local knowledge and new energy to the way public space was thought about, used and developed in Alice Springs.

Conceived in consultation with the Art~Land~Culture consortium, The Ideas Incubator aimed to affect perceptions of art, nature, and how we live and work together on this planet, to encourage critical debate and excellence and internationalise perspectives and strategies relevant to the desert regions.

The Ideas Incubator launched Art~Land~Culture into the public sphere with intention of encouraging direct community involvement in planning for the future. Central to the formation of Incubator outcomes was the intention to express local knowledge and a key notion informing the entire project was human ecology – an individual’s relationship with their cultural, social and economic, as well as natural, environment.


Margaret Mary [MK] Turner ‘Everything Comes from the Land                                                      

Jon Hawkes  ‘From Concepts to Policy’

Jackie Halsey  ‘Northern Territory Public Art Policy’

Mark Blackburn  Alice Springs Public Art Policy’

Lisa Philip-Harbutt + Joyce Louey   ‘Collaborative Practice

Alex Kelly + Pantjiti McKenzie  ‘It’s harder to hurt someone when you know their story’: an introduction to Big hART’s model and the Ngapartji  Ngapartji project

Tracy Spencer + David Nixon ‘StoryWall’ 

Rosalie Kunoth Monks ‘Being Cultural in Mparntwe’

Cameron Tonkinwise ‘Ecology and Design, Sustainable Ideas’

Geraldine Burke ‘Creating Connections through Immersive Art Pedagogy’ 

Chris Joyner ‘Interactivity and New Media Horizons’

Art – Land – Culture Consortium

In 2007 I convened the Art~Land~Culture consortium which included individuals, community centres, local enterprise, indigenous organisations, government agencies and art organisations.

The underlying precept was that sustainable development is inextricably linked to the cultural life of a community.

Art~Land~Culture projects aimed to raise awareness and inspire visions of sustainable social, environmental and creative practices with both contemporary and traditional art events, forums, educational activities and youth activities.

A number of projects were seeded by the consortium but not all of them found funding or took root. Two of the projects, I produced as Art – Land – Culture projects were the Ideas Incubator and Shifting Ground.

Image Gallery

A performance installation by Daphne Yalon, earth based artist from Israel. Photos by Elad Rabinovich.

Tread Lightly installation by Pam Lofts at Alice Springs Desert Park exhibition.

China solar light installation at the Ilparapa claypans by Richard Thomas, Victoria,

Shifting Ground delivered 7 exhibitions at the following venues. Araluen Art Gallery hosted two exhibitions. The major Shifting Ground Exhibition and Boots and All a solo show from Deborah Clarke.

Other venues includes Watch This Space Inc, Alice Springs Desert Park, Reg Harris Lane empty shop spaces, Olive Pink Botanical Gardens,  and the airport.

This image is from the opening of INHABITED by Jessie Boylan and Bilbo Taylor

Inhabited gives a face to the people most directly impacted by nuclear developments in Australia, but whose voices are the least heard.

Image of Kevin Buzzacott

Shifting Ground featured local Indigenous artists Mervyn Rubuntja, Kay Willis (NT – Indigenous, Lynette Williams,, Janie Nelson, Noel Ross, Billy McKenzie, Paul Solomon and MK Turner.

Cleaning Country exhibition by Franca Barraclough

Installation by Adrienne Kneebone

This exhibition was the beginning of Arlene Textaqueen’s Naked Landscapes Series.

Naked Landscapes

Installation by Leonardo Ortega

Under Today , collaboration between Canberra-based media artist Alexandra Gillespie and animateur, writer and director Dani Powell

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Boots & All,  solo exhibition by Deborah Clarke