SITE LAB // Small Gestures Towards Infinity
SITE LAB // Small Gestures Towards Infinity is a series of five temporary public art projects in the Lismore CBD. Visit Lismore CBD from 29 July – 17 September 2023 for art in public spaces and a free program of artist talks, live listening events and sculptural activations.
Co-commissioned by Arts Northern Rivers and Lismore Regional Gallery, SITE LAB is a series of new, experimental and site-responsive work by contemporary artists, Peter Faulkner, Michael Donnelly & Betty Russ, Merinda Davies, Belinda Smith and Chris Bennie. On show 29 July – 17 September across public spaces in Lismore CBD, SITE LAB presents floating sculpture, experimental sound, living installations, and community engaged work.
This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW’s Visual Arts Commissioning Program, a funding stream designed to support bold and ambitious new work. SITE LAB was developed as a creative response to the loss of significant cultural infrastructure in the Northern Rivers region due to the 2022 flood events.
SITE LAB invites continuous dialogue in the public arena via experimental and site-specific responses to our regional, post-flood landscape. The program provides temporary spaces for community connection and critical discourse; positioning contemporary art practice at the forefront of the region’s recovery.
FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS
Community Planting with Merinda Davies
Thursday 20th July | 3 – 5 PM at the Quad
OPENING EVENT | Welcome to Country, Discussion, Artwork Tour & Cake Cutting | The Quad
Saturday 29th July | 2 – 4 PM at The Quad
NOISE XHURCH | weekly experimental noise collaborations
Thursdays from 3rd August | 5 – 7 PM at 86 Woodlark Street
Artist Talks & Sculpture Activation with Chris Bennie & Belinda Smith
Saturday 19th August | 11.30 AM at The Quad
Artist Talk & Live Listening with Merinda Davies
Saturday 2nd September | 11.30 AM at The Quad
Artist Talk & Sound Performance with Michael Donnelly & Betty Russ
Saturday 16th September | 11.30 AM at 86 Woodlark Street, Lismore
ARTWORK VIEWING TIMES
86 Woodlark St – Merinda Davies, Michael Donnelly & Betty Russ
Viewing times: Wed – Fri 12-4pm & Thurs until 7pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm
Lismore Quadrangle – Peter Faulkner, Chris Bennie & Merinda Davies
Viewing times: sunrise- 10pm
Wilsons River – Belinda Smith
This artwork will be installed across two site over the following timeframes:
SITE A: 29 July – 19 August
SITE B: 19 August – 17 September
Viewing times: sunrise- sunset
A hard copy map is available at the Lismore Regional Gallery pop-up space at 46 Magellan Street (opening hours: Tues – Sat 10am – 4pm & Thurs until 6pm).
Auslan interpretation is available on request. Please get in touch with Arts Northern Rivers by email or phone if you have any accessibility requirements for the SITE LAB events.
SITE LAB is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, with financial and in-kind support from Arts Northern Rivers and Lismore Regional Gallery.
Images by Kate Holmes. Video by Dom Sullivan.