water+wisdom exhibition opening night 30 November


You are warmly invited to the opening of the upcoming water+wisdom Australia India exhibition and our end of year celebration on Thursday 30 November, from 6-8 pm.

Opening Speaker

Professor Mark McMillan, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Education and Engagement, RMIT University.

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About the exhibition

Drawing on extensive research by experts from India and Australia, water+wisdom / Australia India (1 December 2017 – 10 March 2018) presents a poetic dimension on ancient wisdom regarding water management in both continents, as seen through the work of visual artists, creative writers and researchers who have incorporated these issues into their work.

Cop Shiva Water Agora MG_1517 copy
Cop Shiva, Water Agora, 2015-2016

Artists including

Ravi Agarwal, Sandra Aitken, Clare Arni, Lado Bai, Badger Bates, Paddy Bedford, Atul Bhalla, Vicki Couzens, Hannah Donnelly, Vibha Galhotra, Bhavani G S., Connie Hart, Victoria Lautman, Rebecca Mayo, Djambawa Marawili, Wanyubi Marika, Jennifer Mullett, Lorna Fencer Napurrula, Glenda Nicholls, Mandy Nicholson, Justine Philip, Parthiv Shah, Jangarh Singh Shyam, Cop Shiva, K.R. Sunil, Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi, Hanna Tuulikki, Judy Watson, Carmel Wallace, Asim Waqif, Liyawaday Wirrpanda.

Public programs

3. Hanna Tuulikki SOURCEMOUTH LIQUIDBODY film still sequence 2
Hanna Tuulikki SOURCEMOUTH LIQUIDBODY film still sequence, 2016.

Artist Talk with Hanna Tuulikki
River systems and human responses

Friday 1 December 12.30-1.30 pm

Hanna Tuulikki is visiting Melbourne for the opening of the water+wisdom exhibition. You are invited to hear the artist speak about her work SOURCEMOUTH : LIQUIDBODY, commissioned for Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The installation flows between gesture and sound, inspired by the mnemonic landscapes of India and the relationships between river-systems and the human body. Tuulikki is a Finnish-English vocalist, musician and artist who works across a range of media and forms.

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Judy Watson, Gorge drawing 7, 2001, Pigment on paper, 20 x 19.5 cm, Purchased through the RMIT Art Fund, 2013, RMIT University Art Collection, Accession no: RMIT.2012.40, © Judy Watson, courtesy of Mark Ashkanasy

water+wisdom symposium

Friday 2 March 2018 10-4 pm
Venue: Green Brain Conference Room, Level 7, Storey Hall, 336-348 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

An opportunity to be inspired, network and explore ideas about creative responses to ancient wisdom regarding water, from researchers and artists in India and Australia. Catered event. Free – seating strictly limited. 


(India) Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment, India; Parineeta Dandekar, Coordinator, South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People; Kiran Nagarkar, Globally celebrated novelist; Vibha Galhotra, Conceptual artist.

(Australia) Aunty Di Kerr, Wurundjeri Elder; N’Ahweet Carolyn Briggs, Indigenous language specialist and Boonwurrung Elder; Matthew Currell, RMIT Senior Lecturer, Hydrogeology & Environmental Engineering; Justine Philip, PhD Ecosystem Management, Museum Victoria Associate; Chris O’Neill, Water Resource Engineer; and artists Vicki Couzens, Glenda Nicholls and Carmel Wallace and Judy Watson.

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