Life in Your Hands: art from solastalgia

30 March – 13 May 2012

Recent research indicates that environmental stress is adversely affecting the mental health of communities. The phenomenon, recognised and identified as ‘solastalgia’ by Prof. Glenn Albrecht, can arise from a variety of causes such as technology, ecological change, economic change, political decisions and changes to the community. People become ‘disturbed’ by solastalgia but, as it is not sudden and traumatic, a ‘problem’ is not always recognised nor treated.

This exhibition project not only looks at the causes and effects of solastalgia, but also the potential for contemporary visual art, craft and design practice to contribute to debate and healing.

Artists from across Australia were asked to consult and work with communities suffering from solastalgia to create works specifically for this touring exhibition.


  • Douglas Archibald
  • Selena Archibald with Donna Fernando
  • Allan Chawner
  • Barbara Heath
  • Janet Laurence
  • Michelle Hamer
  • Ilka White and Karen Hethey with GhostNets Australia
  • Jeff Mincham
  • Melinda Young

A gallery project curated by Robyn Daw and toured by Museums and Galleries NSW with support from the Contemporary Touring Initiative.

Touring during 2012–13 to Horsham Regional Gallery (Vic), Signal Point Gallery (SA), Object Australia Centre for Craft and Design (NSW), Craft ACT (ACT), Gladstone Regional Art Gallery (Qld), and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (Qld).

[images] details of Life in Your Hands exhibition installation at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

Photo: Life in Your Hands installation Photo: Life in Your Hands installation