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Care or Catastrophe
9 Feb - 20 April 2024
What could our future look like if we prioritise the environment, cultural practices and social wellbeing? What will it look like it we don’t? In HARBINGERS: Care or Catastrophe, five diverse artists interrogate these questions.

Artists Chris De Rosa (Port Elliot), Lara Tilbrook (Kangaroo Island), Ellen Trevorrow (Meningie/Coorong), Clancy Warner (Sellicks Beach) and Laura Wills (Adelaide) are united by a strong connection to regional South Australia and artistic practices that draw attention to the interconnectivity of humans and the natural world. They are passionate advocates for collective action to achieve a sustainable future.

These newly commissions works in HARBINGERS: Care or Catastrophe address issues of systemic (mis)management, rising sea levels, migration policies, catastrophic fire events and ongoing colonialism. They also signal hope and offer more viable and balanced ways of being and belonging.

Lauren Mustillo, Visual Arts Manager, Country Arts SA
Fulvia Mantelli, Director, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery


Wes Maselli, artist, emerging curator and writer, based in Hayborough


Michelle Dohnt, Arts Officer Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, based in Murray Bridge

HARBINGERS: Care or Catastrophe is the outcome of the inaugural SPUR: Regional Curatorial Mentorship skills development and commissioning initiative, both of which have been developed by Country Arts SA in collaboration with Murray Bridge Regional Gallery. 

Image: Chris De Rosa, Under here my dreams are made of water, 2021, papier-mâché, etching, giclee print, collage, wire, glass beads, sand, studio floor debris, pigment, polymer paint, wire, tape pu foam, spray paint, silk cord, rope, dimensions variable, approx. 300 x 300 x 300 cm. Photo: Rosina Possingham.
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