Annique Goldenberg one of 25 artists to showcase powerful installation at University celebration

Published 5 August 2019
Annique Goldenberg Visual artist Annique Goldenberg

Visual artist Annique Goldenberg will bring the magic and mystery of the Arctic to the halls of Southern Cross University Lismore campus for a special celebration.

To celebrate its silver anniversary, the University has invited 25 high profile arts graduates to exhibit location-specific pieces across its Lismore and Gold Coast campuses on Australia’s east coast.

The public exhibition entitled ‘25 Artists, 25 Years’ will run from today until 1 September.

For Ms Goldenberg, the exhibition will bring her powerful multimedia installation called ‘LIVING WATER: Venetian Arctic integration’ back to the Lismore Campus Visual Arts Building, where she undertook her own studies and exploration.

Goldenberg graduated in 2012, with what is now known as the Bachelor of Art and Design, and went on to complete her honours in 2016 awarded the University’s prestigious John and Sheilagh Kaske Memorial Fellowship.

“The fellowship gave me an amazing opportunity to undertake a residency in the High Arctic, north of Norway, on a tall ship with 29 other creative and environmentally-focused people including artists, photographers and historians,” Goldenberg said.

“This piece is a photo of golden sunlight reflecting on the landscape of a glacier, with digital images that have been overlayed and manipulated. One of the mediums I like to use is melted ice, so while on tour in Italy, UK and Israel I collected water samples, froze them with added ink and melted them on glass to visualise the memory of each place. The orange colour represents melted Venetian water.

“The other element I have translated into a pattern is a microscopic image of a pathogen, a virus released from permafrost melting in the Arctic, layered into the story.”

Other featured artists at Lismore campus include Karlee Rawkins, Chico Monks and Frances Belle Parker, while Gold Coast campus includes 3D works by Daniel Clemmett and Mic Eales, the iconic permanent 10-storey mural by Guido van Helten and Library exhibition including works from Valentina Palonen and Leah Thiessen.

The Bachelor of Art and Design is offered at Southern Cross University Lismore campus, in the lush, green hills of the Northern Rivers; a creative hub that boasts one of the highest per capita concentrations of arts practitioners in the country.

Southern Cross University will host public Artist in Conversation sessions from 11am-12.30pm on Saturday 17 August at Lismore Campus Learning Centre with Melissa Harvey, Susan Gourley and Fiona Fell, facilitated by Peter Wood, CEO of Arts Northern Rivers, and on Sunday 18 August at Gold Coast campus Library with Annique Goldenberg, Daniel Clemmett and Leah Theissen, facilitated by Diana Warne, Head of Curatorial Projects at Home of the Arts (HOTA), Gold Coast.

The 25 Years 25 Artists exhibition is open to the public until 1 September with details at

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