‘Dear Agnes’ contemporary public art program

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Nine days over three weeks in March 2023

Friday 10 March – Sunday 26 March 2023

Location: Truganina Explosives Reserve, Queen Street Altona Meadows

‘Dear Agnes’, is a contemporary public art program that features site-responsive works by 12 artists and collectives for nine days over three weeks (Friday 10 March – Sunday 26 March 2023) at Truganina Explosives Reserve, Altona.

The artworks and public programming will respond and pay homage to local landscape-inspired themes and 'A Forest for Australia', a land artwork by one of the world's leading environmental artists, New York-based Agnes Denes, commissioned as part of 'The Bridge' in 1998.

In 1998, Denes was invited by the International Artists’ Museum (Melbourne office) to collaborate on a new project, The Bridge (Construction in Process IV). What resulted was a ‘forest’ of 6000 endangered tree species planted into five spirals at the Greater Western Water Site on Queen Street, Altona Meadows.

To celebrate the artwork's 25th anniversary, the ‘Dear Agnes’ project will bring to light the work of this prolific artist as well as provide an ongoing legacy through the generation of new ideas by contemporary public artists in response to Denes’ work.

Alongside the exhibition there will be, artists talks, creative workshops, live music and tours of the 'A Forest for Australia', artwork site by Greater Western Water.


Exhibiting artists:

Michelle Cox, Chispa Flaskas, Natasha Gardos, Ainslie Peverell & Meg Stewart-Snoad, Caleb Hardy & Jess Phillips, David Murphy, Amal Laala, Overlapping Collective - Forest Keegel & Annee Miron, James Price, PIPS - Catherine Magill & Vivienne Tate, Ana Sanchez, Autumn Tansey, Victoria Vyvyan

The project is presented by Hobsons Bay City Council in partnership with Deakin University, RMIT University and Greater Western Water.

For more information and public program booking announcements please follow @_dear_agnes on Instagram. 

Dear Agnes - Matto Lucas
A Forest for Australia, Agnes Denes, 1998, Altona Meadows. Image credit: Matto Lucas


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