Speaking with the River - Citizen Science workshop program with LabX and guest artists

River Touching  |  Annique Goldenberg

This free program was held on Saturday 27 March 2021, 4.00pm - 6.00pm on location at The Serpentine, Ballina (near the oyster shed)

Participants joined artist Annique Goldenberg in a creative workshop about touch and the river: participants entered the river’s habitat to explore, discover and create using their hands and the materials found in the environment.

Touch has many subtle shades of meaning, all involving an intimacy of experience whether it be emotional or physical. So often, when we pass by a river we see, we hear, we smell, but rarely do we stop to touch. Participants of this workshop will be invited to enter the river’s habitat to explore, discover and create using just our hands and the materials we find. We will walk lightly on the riverbank; drawing, sculpting, and placing; in conversation with each other and the river. As participants worked, the tide slowly rose, gently approaching and then erasing their marks, drawing one's trace back into the eternal cycle of river and tide, connecting people and place through their actions.

In the act of touching participatns got wet and muddy, laughed, squirmed, connected and were seduced by the quiet and powerful world of the river.

Annique Goldenberg has lived near water all her life, as a child learning to sail on the coastal waters of England, and as an adult spending 10 years living on yachts sailing various oceans with her husband and children. Not surprisingly, water has emerged as the central material and inspiration in her visual art practice, and her work explores the connective and transformative properties of this precious element through an examination of our human relationship with it in all its forms. Having studied her Visual Arts degree at Southern Cross University in Lismore, she is currently undertaking a Doctor of Visual Art at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane.

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This project was supported by Create NSW’s Audience Development Fund, a devolved funding program administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.

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