Adaptation was a multi regional gallery collaboration creating an organic inflatable sculpture from a series of online mark making workshops.
This bold experiment asked: Can separate regional communities come together digitally to create a large scale collaborative artwork?
The answer is: YES ✅
Adaptation looked at how Communities adapted to working in new ways during the Covid pandemic, and used how clusters of organisms work together as a visual metaphor for this freestanding inflatable sculpture.
Created entirely online in zoom workshops, Adaptation collaborated with almost 100 regional creatives from very different backgrounds including creative industry professionals, retired couples and artists with intellectual disabilities. The works created in digital workshops were adapted - merged and collaged by the studio into cohesive art textiles which were then used in a three dimensional sculpture.
The sculpture and framed textile art then toured the regional centres and featured at Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi NSW and Cottesloe WA.
Creative Leads: Matthew Aberline and
Consulting Engineer: Beta Engineering
Manufactured by: The Beautiful and Useful Studio
Gallery Collaborators: The communities of
The Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
Albury City Public Art
Grafton Regional Art Gallery
Maitland Art Gallery with Mei Wel Disability Network
and Sculpture by the Sea: Bondi / Cottlesloe
The work was used by CreateNSW to promote the Regional Art Touring funding stream. Despite COVID, the work was shown at The Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Albury City Public Art, Grafton Regional Art Gallery, Maitland Art Gallery and Sculpture by the Sea Bondi and Cottesloe.
Textiles made from recycled PET polyester. Manufactured using 100% renewable electricity (Solar). All polyester waste re-recycled onshore by Sealy.
The Beautiful and Useful Studio
Unit 2 / 414 Botany Rd, Beaconsfield NSW 2015