Bundanon is delighted to be lead partner of PONY’s new project CONFLUENCE, which is part of the British Council’s official UK / Australia Season Programme, a joint initiative between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Collaborating with The Cabot Institute for the Environment and other supporters, the multi-faceted project will make connections between the past, present, and future to inspire deeper understanding of the climate crisis. Disseminating the latest scientific research, First Nations cultural expression and the different ways societies communicate with the natural world; and how these responses inform changing ideas about what it means to be human.
CONFLUENCE aims to transform perspectives of place, build solidarity, and share new narratives; altering how people emotionally engage with the natural world through new site-responsive encounters, curated conversations, and digital platforms that encourage the mobilisation of diverse expertise across sectors and countries to activate a shared imagination for the future.
PONY is an independent commissioning agency, based in the South West of England, producing site responsive public art and creative collaborations that inspire engagement with cultural stories. Whether the outcomes are temporary or permanent, all projects are derived from the experience of an engagement with place and the ideas that formed them. They commission site and situation-specific projects with leading contemporary artists and cultural organisations, presenting ideas which consider the world in new ways. They are official Producing Partners of Art and the Public Realm, Bristol, an ArtsMark Partner Organisation and a proud member of the Gallery Climate Coalition.
About the UK/Australia Season 2021-2022
The UK/Australia Season 2021-2022 is a joint initiative by the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It will highlight the breadth of partnerships between Australia and the UK and aim to deepen and build cultural connections. Commencing in September 2021, and concluding in Australia in March 2022, the Season explores and celebrates relationships between the UK and Australia across the arts, creative industries, and higher education. The Season’s program will have a thematic approach, with all projects and initiatives responding to the question, Who Are We Now?
The Cabot Institute for the Environment at the University of Bristol is a diverse community of 600 experts, united by a common cause: protecting our environment and identifying ways of living better with our changing planet.