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

Aromas of the Richmond River  |  Amanda Reichelt-Brushett + Moya Costello

Date: Tuesday 6 April 2021   *** [[ ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to unforseen circumstances this workshop has been cancelled]] ***

Time: 5.30pm - 7.00pm

Where: Ignite Studios @ NRCG, 60 Crane Street, Ballina

Ages:  Adults (15+)

Cost: FREE

Join environmental scientist Amanda Reichelt-Brushett and author and wine writer Moya Costello on a unique field trip to invent a language for interpreting river aromas.

Have you ever picked up a smell that sent you time travelling?

The nose is one of the most sensitive analytical tools of our body.  It protects us from harm and makes us fall in love.  We invent words to describe smells; wine experts might find that a good wine has a range of “zesty notes” and maybe a “woody potency,” detecting the effects of aging or microbial behaviour.

But how do we describe the smells of a river, of mangrove mud, of the mixing of salt and fresh water, of dried algae and crab holes? Join environmental scientist Amanda Reichelt-Brushett and author and wine writer Moya Costello on a unique field trip to invent a language for interpreting river aromas, play with words and be inspired.

Amanda Reichelt-Brushett is an environmental scientist, artist and Professor at the School of Environment, Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University.  She has been intimately immersed in the Richmond River both literally and figuratively, bringing to this event a wealth of knowledge on the land-use history, catchment processes, water quality challenges and the life force of the river.  Her research is focussed on aquatic pollution and understanding the sources, fate and consequences of these. Her research has delivered beneficial outcomes to communities both nationally and internationally.  She is an advocate of inter-disciplinary learning and communicating science though innovative platforms, pushing the boundaries of both art and science to create new thinking, to help find solutions to our environmental problems. She also likes wine!

Moya Costello is a writer, and Adjunct/Casual Lecturer, Writing, Southern Cross University, School of Arts and Social Sciences. Her research interests include food and wine, experimental Australian literature, the Gothic, and ecopoetics. Her scholarly and creative publications on wine and ecopoetics include those in books and journals: China-Australia Entrepreneurs; Environmentally Sustainable Viticulture; Griffith Review; Locale; M/C Journal; Media Drive; Plumwood Mountain; Rabbit; Sample; TEXT; Transformations; Wine, Terroir and Utopia. She has four books: short creative prose (Kites in Jakarta and Small Ecstasies) and two short novels (The Office as a Boat and Harriet Chandler). 

Booking Terms

Bookings are essential to attend this event. Due to NSW Government Covid-19 Health requirements attendance is strictly limited to ticket holders only. Individual attendee names must be provided at time of booking. All attendees will be required to sign in using the Service NSW QR code.

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This project is 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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