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A Tree's Worth


  • Counihan Gallery Sydney Road Brunswick Australia (map)

This art- science exhibition raises complex ideas around earth rights, nature's agency & trees within our landscape.

Language frames the way in which we see the world. Recently, the term 'ecosystem services' has become a way to describe the important role nature plays in 'supporting' humans. Often criticized for language that commodifies nature, giving it a monetary value to be bartering with, it also gives nature a bartering force within the governance structure that currently exists. This exhibition raises ideas around earth rights, voice, agency and the capacity of trees to mitigate a changing climate, through a collaboration between artists, writers, scientists, planners and policy makers.

A Tree's Worth questions the paradox of language, exploring the role that data may play in the contemporary human journey of learning to listen to trees, simultaneously celebrating trees and their 'worth' in society.


Opening event: Saturday 27th April, 2019 2-4pm.

Special guest speaker Timmah Ball.

Timmah Ball is a mixture of things: urban planner, writer and community arts worker. She grew up in Melbourne but her heritage is Ballardong Noongar from Western Australia on her mother’s side. She is passionate about using arts and culture to create inclusive cities and believes that planners need to think about people rather than the zones and overlays.

Featured artists:

Writers-in-residence:

Collaborating scientists/ academics:

Artist talks: Saturday May 4th 2-4.30pm at the Gallery

Mini- symposium "Trees, concrete and culture"Saturday May 18th 11-4pm at the Gallery (free).

A Tree's Worth is supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project: "Seeing the good from the trees: remotely sensing the urban forest".

Earlier Event: February 9
Art and Ecology