A series of artwork-based experiments featuring Australia’s native grasses | 18 Oct to 8 Dec 2024


Donna Davis | Personal Interweaver | Carbon_Dating Project Team | 2022 | mixed media interactive sculpture: video, audio, grass card provocations, timber, glass, acrylic, mirror, digital frame, pen, grass seed, metal, headphones | Video/tech design by Keith Armstrong, sound design by Luke Lickfold, grass card provocations by Daniele Constance, object design and construction by donna davis | Photo by Donna Davis

The Carbon_Dating project, initiated in 2022, aimed to reshape our relationship with Poaceae, commonly known as grasses, through artwork-based experiments. By spotlighting these often-overlooked plants, it urges a shift in focus towards the broader ecosystem’s health.

Integrating Indigenous knowledge, science, and art, the project explores equitable and ecological perspectives on grasslands. Teams of scientists, artists, and growers collaborated across six Queensland sites, nurturing native grass plots. The resulting exhibition showcases artworks by Queensland artists, reflecting their experiences with Carbon_Dating. It encompasses various contemporary art forms, including sculpture, weaving, photography, and performance.

Exhibiting artists include Keith Armstrong, Liz Capelin, Danielle Constance, Hilary Coulter, Merinda Davies, Donna Davis, Mia Hacker, Andrea Higgins, Luke Lickfold, Jason Murphy, Kilagi Nielsen, Sasha Parlett, Melissa Stannard, Delissa Walker Ngadijina and Pipier Weller. The exhibition’s curators are Jo-Anne Driessens and Beth Jackson.

To get a glimpse into the project go to:

LocationEventDate and timeRegistration
Caloundra Regional GalleryLaunchThursday 17 October, 6-8pmTBC
Caloundra Regional GalleryExhibitionFriday 18 October to Sunday 8 December 2024Not required


The Carbon_Dating exhibition tour is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Assisted by QUT School of Creative Practice, International Art Services (IAS), Native Seeds Pty Ltd, Artfully and Embodied Media.