Katherine Roberts leads a conversation at the gallery with the artists about their experiences working on the Manly Dam Project, their creative processes and artworks in the exhibition.
The Manly Dam area is a unique landscape rich in natural biodiversity, shaped by the interventions of engineering and science. Once the source of drinking water in Sydney’s north, freshwater continues to flow from the catchment to the sea.
Along with a rich Aboriginal cultural significance, the area’s European history is layered with stories of social and recreational activity.
Adjacent to this area, now known as the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park, is a hub of international research through the work of the Water Research Laboratory (WRL), a facility of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney.
Eight contemporary artists from a variety of practices have created new work inspired by place, history, water management and engineering.