2021 Arts Calendar: The World at Home

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2020 was unlike anything we had ever experienced before, with “normal life” changing in almost every aspect. Through it all, Surf Coast Shire residents used their creativity to find resilience, make connections, bring joy, share and reflect on what truly matters.

The theme for this year’s Surf Coast Shire Arts Calendar – ‘The World at Home’ – called on artists to express how the pandemic is impacting our lives. Our exquisite natural environment featured throughout and every work entered reflected on the seemingly small things that held us day by day through that historic year, expressing who we are as a community and what matters most: nurture, nature and relationship.

There were almost 100 entries, but, of course, not every artwork submitted gets selected, and the judges had a difficult time whittling back to only 12 works. In the end, each of the entries that were chosen for this year’s calendar spoke directly to the key themes that arose from the pandemic: the smallness of human time as compared to the deep-time of nature; the joy to be found in small things - watching the dogs come together and play on the beach; the reduction of life back to a single room, the sanctuary so many found in making throughout the year.

Each of these themes culminated in the People’s Choice for the Cover – where we are invited into the world of Anglesea artist Pattie Beerens through Tom Radtke’s photograph of Pattie working on her site-specific installation in the Moonahs at Point Roadknight during lockdown. 

The webbed intricacy of Pattie at work, alone and masked amongst these ancient, wind-whipped trees speaks of the solitary nature of deep artistic enquiry and how this place of quiet is transformed into lively conversation - with the materials used, with the impact a work has on its environment and on its audience. 

We hope you enjoy the works as much as we did putting this 2021 Surf Coast Shire Arts Calendar together.