…a biannual exhibition of sculpture and installation art that responds to the politics and poetics of shared green space in the city.

‘Cross-pollinations’ recalls the history of Maundrell Park as a former plant nursery containing seedbeds, ferneries, fishponds and a hothouse. The exhibition brings together local artists with those from further afield, and seeks to propagate new perspectives on how our ‘natural’ environment is understood, shaped and contested.

Exhibiting artists include James Gulliver Hancock, Indonesian collective Tanam Untuk Kehidupan, Brendan Penzer (presenting an interactive art marathon involving 100 sculptures shown over 5 hours…), Jane Gillings, Greg Shapley, Elke Wohlfahrt, Rebecca Pearson, Huyen-Trang Tran, Tessa Rapaport & Karl Logge and Nobody.

Presented by Marrickville Council, ‘Art in the Park’ is now in its fourth year, and continues to showcase the work of emerging and established artists in a unique outdoor gallery space.

Bring along a picnic and be a part of the conversation.

WHERE: Maundrell Park, Petersham (Corner of Stanmore Rd. and Hopetoun St.)
Sunday 9th December 2007, 11am-4pm

A public park on this site was first established in 1925 as South Kingston Park, the original name for the area of Stanmore south of the railway line. Its name was later changed to honour Walter L. Maundrell, who was Petersham’s Mayor in 1925, 1935 and 1939. For many years, part of the park was used as a plant nursery for the former Municipality of Petersham. In 2004 Marrickville Council launched the upgraded Maundrell Park, refurbished to include an outdoor gallery space set amidst the original nursery gates and remnants of garden walls, once home to a hothouse, seedbeds, ferneries and fishponds.

The curators acknowledge the traditional ownership of this area by the Cadigal and Wangal people who were dispossessed by European invasion more than two hundred years ago.


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