Sisters Verity and Adriane Hayward have co-curated the Tomorrow never dies art exhibition for the Art+Climate=Change Festival
Forget sibling rivalry - RMIT arts masters Verity and Adriane Hayward are proof that a combined sister act can help paint a greener world.
As well as living and working together, the pair have co-curated the Tomorrow never dies art exhibition which will feature as part of the Art+Climate=Change Festival 2015.
Verity, 25, is Gallery Administrator at RMIT Project Space and Adriane, 29, is a former student and staff member of the University and the Public Programs Coordinator at the Australian Tapestry Workshop.
They say their close sisterhood has helped them co-curate successful exhibitions before.
‘We are equally passionate about the same things and about promoting art and artists, and find that two heads together are better than one,’’ Verity said.
Featuring the works of past and present RMIT staff and students, Tomorrow never dies will showcase local, interstate and international artists’ diverse responses to changes in the environment that demonstrate the need for urban and global initiatives.
Each artist has produced about eight works to show their own personal connection with the land and environment.
Playful, innovative and dynamic approaches from artists Jason Baerg, Atticus Bastow, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Rebecca Mayo, Jack Rowland, Andrew Tetzlaff offer personal narratives that communicate a semblance of future hope
The title of the exhibition - Tomorrow never dies - is meant to be positive to encourage people to think about art making a difference to the environment, Verity said.
“We live as though life as we know it will never die and it is good to stay positive and believe that but we need to think about taking care of what we have,’’ she said.
“The works boast loads of colour and vibrancy and a range of materials have been used, incorporating painting, installation, photography, textiles and recycled found materials like abandoned netting on a beach.
“It is about encouraging people to think about exploring their own connections to the land and environment around them and how they react and interact with it.’’
It is the third time the sisters have curated together and they say the projects bring out the best of their respective talents.
Verity is currently undertaking a Masters of Art (Art Management) at RMIT which Adriane completed in 2012.
Both have worked as art administrators at galleries around Australia.
Tomorrow never dies presents diverse responses to changes in the environment that demonstrate the need for urban and global initiatives.
“Art can often impart messages that people miss when they are delivered by the media, government or other authorities. Art is personal and emotive and can help people better connect and reflect on what they are seeing,” Verity said.
“Visual arts has the power to communicate ideas that people can connect to. They can reflect and consider their own connection to the issues being presented rather than being force-fed information and that helps build a discussion and a dialogue.
“Art can be more personable in that people can relate to it, they can connect to it and consider how they might respond to the issues being presented.’’
As part of the exhibition, RMIT printmaking lecturer Rebecca Mayo will take visitors on a guided Art walk to explore what Melbourne’s waterways might have looked like before the urban environment took over.
“We see no need to politicise or be negative about what is happening, rather we want people to think about their own unique and individual connection to their environment, to have hope and consider positive approaches to issues of climate change.’’
The Tomorrow never dies exhibition runs from 8 May to 12 July at Linden New Art at 26 Acland Street in St Kilda.