9.00am – 10.30am

Plenary, featuring international keynote presenters

Megan Cope, Artist
Surveying Landscapes

Megan CopeMegan Cope, the artist of Fluid Terrain 2012 (the MGA2017 lead image), will be presenting in the ‘Australian artists working with historical content in contemporary contexts’ plenary session.

Megan Cope is a Quandamooka woman from North Stradbroke Island in South East Queensland. Her works have been presented in Australia and abroad, including PARAsite Gallery in Hong Kong, and City Gallery, Wellington in New Zealand. Her work was exhibited in Lie of the Land: New Australian Landscapes (2012) at the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, USA, curated by Alex Taylor.

In 2013, Ms Cope was commissioned to create a major site-specific work for My Country, I still call Australia Home at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. Cope worked with the landscape of the greater Brisbane region, connecting it to her Quandamooka people and grounding the exhibition in the country on which it is held.

Janet Laurence, Artist
Refinding Wonder

JanetLaurenceExploring notions of art, science, imagination, memory, and loss, Janet Laurence’s practice examines our physical, cultural and conflicting relationship to the natural world through both site specific, gallery and museum works.

Experimenting with and working in varying mediums, Ms Laurence creates immersive environments that navigate the interconnections between organic elements and systems of nature. Within the recognised threat to so much of this life, she explores what it might mean to heal, albeit metaphorically, the natural environment, fusing this sense of communal loss with a search for connection with powerful life-forces.

Ms Laurence is based in Sydney. She has been a recipient of both a Rockefeller and Churchill Fellowship and the Alumni Award for Arts, UNSW. She was a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW, a former Board Member of the VAB Board of the Australia Council and is currently a Visiting Fellow UNSW Art and Design and 2016 /17 Fellow of Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) Germany.

Ms Laurence has recently exhibited Deep Breathing, an installation about the fragile state of Great Barrier Reef in MNHN Paris during the Paris Climate Talks and at the Australian Museum, Sydney. She is currently showing in London in the Force of Nature exhibition and the IGA BERLIN.

Ms Laurence exhibits nationally and internationally and has been represented in major curated and survey exhibitions. Her work is included in many museum, university and corporate collections as well as within architectural and landscaped public places.

Ms Laurence will be contributing a film highlighting her current installation at the Landes Museum in the plenary session ‘Australian artists working with historical content in contemporary contexts’.