Wild Mountain Collective
The Wild Mountain Collective
The Wild Mountain Collective is a group of painters, musicians, sculptors, philosophers, poets, thinkers, soundscape artists, performance artists, and film makers who are interested in exploring immersive narratives that celebrate our relationship with the wild—in the natural world and within our own psyches. To get involved, contact us at:
visit our blog www.wildmountaincollective.com.au
We treasure living in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area with its 6 national parks of protected wilderness that have been home to Aboriginal culture for millennia. Rock caves with sacred art that curated the Aboriginal relationship to country are found in secret places in the Wollemi and Gardens of Stone national parks. We seek to learn from this history of the role of art to find ways of telling the stories we need to guide us in the new Anthropocene epoch.
Like many, we recognise that we are facing a crisis as global warming, catastrophic weather events, the increasing intensity of bushfires and desertification are intensifying armed conflict and asylum seekers fleeing conflict and devastation. Scientists tell us we are also facing the sixth mass extinction event of biodiversity on Earth. At the same time, rapid developments in artificial intelligence and bio-engineering are taking us into uncharted territory.
Through a process of co-creation, we aim to create multi-arts events and activities that will tell stories of redemption and regeneration in a new sacred relationship with our relatives, the creatures of the natural world.
The Wild Mountain Collective is a project of the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network.
The Blue Mountains—Home of the Wild
The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (BMWHA) is a wild area of high plateaus, vivid red
escarpments, gorges, waterfalls and forest, just 100 km (2 hours) inland from the CBD of Sydney, Australia’s largest city.
It is the traditional homeland of at least six Aboriginal language groups: the Wanaruah, Wiradjuri,
Gundungurra, Dharawal, Darug and Darkinjung people. The region is networked with Aboriginal
stories, travel routes, special places and connections, and thousands of documented rock art and
occupation sites. The BMWHA is comprised of eight conservation areas including the Blue
Mountains, Wollemi, Garden of Stones and Kanangra-Boyd National Parks.
Two-thirds of it is dedicated as wilderness, including the two largest declared wilderness areas on the eastern Australian mainland. It is also home to the City of Blue Mountains, which is comprised of 26 urban villages along the Great Western Highway and Bells Line of Road, attracting a large and thriving artistic community with strong environmental connections and is known as the City of the Arts.
We are part of a growing international zeitgeist that seeks to provoke deeply felt shifts in the human experience of nature, and a deepening conversation with the traditions of diverse indigenous, oral cultures and a recovery of the mysterious eloquence of earthly reality – a deeply immanent sense of the sacred in the world around us, celebrated in the idea of eco-civilisation.
Our Co-created Activities
- Book Club—exploring narratives that respond to the challenges of the Anthropocene
- Blog www.wildmountaincollective.com.au, where members can post their own articles, poems, book review, thoughts and images
- Multi-arts events, such as the Encountering the Wild Multi Arts Festival being held at Gallery H Basement, 227 Chifley Rd, Dargan, on the edge of Wollemi National Park
- Workshops involving art and music therapies
- Live event conversations and dialogues, linked with podcasts
- Curated adventures into the wild in the spirit of Dave Abram’s Alliance for Wild Ethics with Yuri Bolotin: https://www.bushexplorers.com.au/walkprogram.htm