Five Weeks in Spring: An Emotional Map of Lilydale

Marnie Badham & Tammy Wong Hulbert (artists)

Force of Nature Live Art Exhibition, Gretel Taylor (curator)

Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Victoria, Australia

September 8 to October 14, 2018

Five Weeks in Spring was a socially-engaged art project that visualised local engagement in public space and responded to the changing natural environment through the creation of an emotional map of Lilydale. The nearby surrounds of the Yarra Ranges offer a beautiful landscape of hills and rivers for vista and recreation; however, local concerns extreme weather events such as wind, floods, or summer bushfire are not distant. As a map of emotions, artists invited locals to register their perceptions and attachments to public space in Lilydale and surrounds. Collaborator Marnie Badham is a socially-engaged artist-researcher in Canada and Australia, her participatory arts methods engage communities in questions of place, identity and cultural value.