From 1 June – 22 July 2018, Sugar vs the Reef will be on show at Artspace Mackay. The exhibition will include farm tours, lithographic prints, maps and drawings, and a 3-D plywood model of the Pioneer Valley, as well as video and photographic works.
Sugar vs the Reef will sit alongside the touring exhibition of The Yeomans Project, which was first presented as a major show at AGNSW in Sydney in 2013-14:
In this expanded double exhibition, we are also planning to include a working model of Allan Yeomans’ Carbon Still – an invention designed to measure soil carbon sequestration. The Yeomans Carbon Still is part of a system that will enable farmers to be paid to increase soil carbon levels in the carbon economy of the future.
Sugar vs the Reef is a collaboration by artists Lucas Ihlein, Ian Milliss and Kim Williams, together with sugar cane farmers, local community members, and the Local Marine Advisory Committee of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in Mackay.
Project catalysis and networking has been continually facilitated by John Sweet, legendary community activator and Keyline consultant in Mackay.
The Yeomans Project is a collaboration by Ian Milliss and Lucas Ihlein, with the assistance of the Yeomans family.
Sugar vs the Reef is funded by an ARC DECRA Fellowship, as well as an Australia Council Fellowship for Emerging and Experimental Arts.
It is a case study project of the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA) and the Material Ecologies Research Network (MECO) at University of Wollongong.