Category Archives: History

Field Trip to Oaks Organics

Come with us on a day-long field-trip to a working Yeomans Keyline farm at The Oaks near Camden 9.30am – 4pm Sunday 4 May 2014 Meet at National Art School front entrance Forbes Street Darlinghurst Bookings essential as places are limited, cost $40 per person. Click here to book tickets online Early booking recommended as […]

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Field Trip to Yobarnie

This set of photos were sent by Caren Florance following our Field Trip to Yobarnie in January 2014. The following is an excerpt from an email sent to us by Naomi Parry, who also came along on the Field Trip, and who offered an acknowledgement of country on behalf of our group while we had […]

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Videos in the Yeomans Project exhibition

In the above photo, you can see the “Yobarnie Map Wall” at the Yeomans Project exhibition at AGNSW. There are four digital video screens hung on the wall, amongst a range of photographs taken from PA Yeomans’ books. None of the videos was made by us. From left to right, these are the videos used […]

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Finally after so many years

The Art Gallery of NSW exhibition has finally happened after so many years and by all accounts has been a great success. One of the things that has made us most proud is that most of Yeomans direct family saw it and all seem to have really enjoyed it – in fact the last talk […]

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The Culture in Agriculture

In 1975 when this exhibition was first proposed it seemed absurd to suggest that a farmer and engineer like Yeomans could be regarded as an artist. So absurd in fact that the Art Gallery of NSW Trustees intervened to cancel the exhibition on the basis that it wasn’t art. In 2013, the idea is not […]

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The Power of the Press

The big FAG printing press (from which Big Fag Press gets its name) is a wondrous thing especially to someone like me who once worked in publishing. It is horrifying to think it almost went into the scrap metal crusher. Its survival is partly responsible for this project which originated in discussions Lucas and I […]

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Creeping suburbs

Lucas and I have been looking at photos to use in the prints we have been working on and I’ve been struck by the way the suburbs are creeping up on Yeomans’ early properties. I was born in late 1950 and the population is two and half times what it was then which in itself […]

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Just thinking

On Friday I attended part of a conference at the National Institute of Experimental Art at UNSW specifically to listen to Donald Brook’s keynote address where he summarised his recent thoughts on defining art. His approach corresponds closely with what we have argued here, that art in the cultural evolutionary sense can take any form […]

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We’ll have none of that here, sir!

My feeling is that the original exhibition never happened precisely because of the very issues it was addressing, the limited nature of the prevailing definition of legitimate “art” activity, especially because it didn’t look like anything that had been done somewhere else. Of course I would not be surprised if there were a lot of […]

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In the archives with Lucas

The excursions with Lucas are turning out to be fun. Lucas is good company especially because he is uncommonly polite – his suggestion that I might be “hallucinating” when anyone else would have said “bullshitting” is an illustration of his politeness which hasn’t however prevented him from suggesting that I’m selling out by dealing with […]

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