Mildura Palimpsest is a biennial visual arts event that invites artists to engage with the cultural and natural environment of the Mildura and Murray Darling region. Mildura Palimpsest is dedicated to high quality, critically engaged contemporary art in all forms. We aim to provide opportunities for real dialogue between local, national and international artists, and across disciplines. Mildura Palimpsest #9 will be held October 4-7, 2013.
Palimpsest, a parchment which has been partly erased and re-inscribed, evokes the marks made by human settlement on the land, the passage of time, presence and absence, and the web of inter-dependence connecting the natural and the cultural, the material and the immaterial.
Mildura is a powerful location with a formidable history ... more >
...of engagement with the arts. Located near the junction of Australia's mighty Murray and Darling Rivers and the border of three state boundaries, ancient songlines stretch across the desert, rivers and lagoons and inland to Lake Mungo World Heritage site. Hugging the rivers, vast blue horizons intersect with row upon row of vivid green citrus and vines ruled into the red desert sands. The view from the plane flying in shows that this was once a seabed of rippling dunes. There is a raw confrontation between the past and the future, nature and culture embodied in this unique location. The past is not buried here but sketched across the surface of the earth where the future is in progress. Inaugurated in 1998, Palimpsest has played a vital role in the history and development of ephemeral and experimental art in Australia and continues the experimental tradition established by the Mildura Sculptural Triennials in the early 1970s. With eight successful Palimpsest festivals involving approximately 800 artists including regional, national and international artists, Palimpsest is often referred to as 'the Biennale of the Bush'.
See past events or click on artists for details of participating artists over previous Palimpsest Biennials. For video coverage of Palimpsest #8 go to:
Mildura Palimpsest #8
Mildura Palimpsest #8: Collaborators and Saboteurs, > Friday 9 September – Sunday 11 September 2011. Mildura Palimpsest #8 was opened by James Strong, Chairman, Australia Council for the Arts. More than 100 artists took part in Palimpsest #8 - thirty-three artists from across Australia, forty-eight regional artists and twenty-two acclaimed international artists in 28 reasons why we still need superman a tour of international video work visiting remote corners of the globe. Controversial and brilliant Japanese guerilla art group Chim↑Pom are making their first Australian appearance in the Motel Project along with Tuomas Laitinen from Finland. The Palimpsest art/science symposium will focus on change and resilience and the artworks on cross-cultural collaboration, exploring the idea that we are all collaborators and saboteurs in the created worlds we inhabit. For more information see Artists (2011), Program (2011), Media (2011) or download the Palimpsest #8 program PDF.
(to) give time to time – Mildura site, an AEAF initiative in collaboration with Mildura Palimpsest
On the 17–19 Sept 2010, Mildura Palimpsest collaborated with the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF), to stage the Symposium component of (to) give time to time. In a spectacular weekend of ideas, art and dining, Mildura Palimpsest hosted 20 of Australia’s most celebrated artists, curators, writers and gallery directors for a National symposium and commissioned performance art and installation works exploring the history of ephemeral art practice in Australia and world-wide. The symposium was opened by Robyn Archer OAM and the closing address by Juliana Engberg was delivered at a lunch hosted by celebrity chef Stefano De Pieri.
Symposium speakers: Robyn Archer, Domenico de Clario, Tom McCullough, Dr Anee Sanders, Judith Blackall, Neil Fettling, Dr Edward Colless, Maudie Palmer AO, Marco Marcon, Brenda Croft, Glenn Barkley.
Artists: Domenico de Clario, Eugene Carchesio, Barbara Campbell, Bonita Ely, Stelarc and Tim Burns' explosive performance - CARnage!
Download the (to) give time to time program PDF.
Murray Darling Palimpsest #7: Displacement, 3-5 April 2009
Over 100 artists addressed the theme of displacement and exhibited
their work throughout the Basin in April 2009, with more than
40 artists exhibiting in the Mildura region as commissioned,
fringe or part of the exciting initiative, The Wentworth Gaol
Download the Murray Darling Palimpsest #7 program PDF
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Darling Palimpsest Symposium: Mildura, August, 2006
Click here to view the 2006 Murray Darling Palimpsest program