Artist Talk – Sarah Ducker

Date: 4 May 2020
Time: 1:30pm
Locations: Online

Cost: Free, donations welcome


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In conversation with Sally Gillespie, author of Climate Crisis and Consciousness – Re- imagining Our World and Ourselves. 
Sarah Ducker was heartbroken after a summer of terrifying fires, evacuations, and suffocating smoke. She travelled to the bush where the burnt landscape stood bare before her, still defiantly beautiful in the face of devastation. She was uplifted by the transcendent glory of the naked trees. This exhibition invites the viewer into quiet contemplation of a devastating vision, as achingly beautiful as it is distressing, that embodies our deepest despair about the future of our earth.
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Available after 1 May 2020
Sarah Ducker’s creative life has evolved through several different media, from theatre direction to documentary film-making, before finding its most eloquent expression in photography. Her first exhibition was inspired by a visit to the desert near Broken Hill. The photographs captured small moments of life on the ground and the ephemeral beauty of the natural world, a theme that has become the core motif of her work. After spending some weeks at the Kenneth Myer Artistic Residency in the New Zealand Alps, Sarah presented her second exhibition, ‘Fragility’. Her next exhibition, ‘Gratitude’ opened in May 2017 at the Barometer Gallery as part of the Head On Photo Festival and was met with great acclaim.

How live sessions work

Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email confirmation. The next steps are: 

  1. We will send you an email with a hyperlink to join the session at least 24 hours before the class start time  
  2. We will open the room 5 minutes before the scheduled start of the session  
  3. You will be able to listen through your computer speakers and view the presenter(s) and their images on the screen  
  4. You will be able to ask questions through the ‘live chat’ during the session. We will answer the questions towards the end  
  5. In some sessions, you will be able to ask live questions via your webcam and microphone (depending on your system, you may have to click on permissions or change settings)  
  6. We will let you know within 48 hours when the recording is available 


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