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Land Arts of the Limestone Coast

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The retreat is presented by Country Arts SA in partnership with the Riddoch Art Gallery, City of Mount Gambier with support from the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts South Australia and the University of Canberra.

Collaborators include Boandik and Ngarrindjeri leaders, the South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Board, Natural Resource Management (SA), Wetlands and Wildlife, Nature Glenelg Trust.

What is Land Arts of the Limestone Coast Retreat?

It is an art project with a specific focus on landscape history. The project has two phases and runs on a two year cycle.

The first phase, in November 2019, is a 10-day field retreat of the Limestone Coast, visiting key sites that tell the story of the region as a changescape [i].

In the second phase, in November 2020, participants are invited to return to the Limestone Coast to present aesthetic responses to the field retreat.

[i] See Ross Gibson’s Changescapes:Complexity, Mutability, Aesthetics. 2015, UWAP Scholarly, Perth.

When & Where

Program dates:

  • Arrive Mount Gambier Friday 1 November 2019
  • Depart Mount Gambier Monday 11 November 2019


  • Beginning in Mount Gambier, then going mobile across the Limestone Coast to the Lower reaches of the Coorong.

Key Information

The field retreat will be an immersive, rich and intensive experience. By nature it will involve a lot of time outdoors and on site.

November on the Limestone Coast is generally warmish (8 - 22 ), with the potential for rain and wind. Participants need to be prepared for this, and be prepared for spending a lot of time in vehicles as we move from site to site.

Accommodation will be a mixture of shared boutique apartments to bunkhouse (own sleeping bag required), and participants must be willing to co-habit with others during the field retreat.

Who Can Apply?

The Land Arts of the Limestone Coast Retreat is open to individual artists from across Australia and Overseas, working in any discipline.

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to apply.

There will be 10 artists selected to participate.

3 of these will be selected from South Australia:

  • 1 x from South Australia (regional, remote or metro)
  • 1 x from regional/remote South Australia
  • 1 x from the Limestone Coast, South Australia

The other 7 participants will be selected from Australia and overseas.

Two artists: one from South Australia and one from the Limestone Coast will also be selected to take part in a residency program at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre.

Residency at Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre

Country Arts SA in partnership with SA Power Networks and with support from Arts SA is pleased to announce two residency opportunities; one for a South Australian artist and one for a Limestone Coast artist at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre.

Applicants must participate in the Land Arts of the Limestone Coast Retreat to be eligible.

For more information about the residency program click here.

Applications Close 5:00pm Monday 29 July 2019