Leah Barclay is a sound artist, designer and researcher who works at the intersection of art, science and technology. Leah's research and creative work over the last decade has investigated innovative approaches to recording and disseminating the soundscapes of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems to inform conservation, scientific research and public engagement. Her work explores ways we can use creativity, new technologies and emerging science to reconnect communities to the environment and inspire climate action.
Leah has been the recipient of numerous awards and her work has been commissioned, performed and exhibited to wide acclaim internationally by organisations including the Smithsonian Museum, UNESCO, Ear to the Earth, Streaming Museum, Al Gore’s Climate Reality and the IUCN. Leah’s augmented reality sound installations have been presented across the world from Times Square in New York City to the Eiffel Tower in Paris for COP21.
Leah leads several research projects including Biosphere Soundscapes and River Listening that focus on advancing the field of ecoacoustics. The design of these interdisciplinary projects are responsive to the needs of collaborating communities and involve the development of new technologies including remote sensing devices for the rainforest canopy and hydrophone recording arrays in aquatic ecosystems. Leah is currently a Lecturer in Design at USC on the Sunshine Coast where she is developing a new sound program launching in 2021.
A leadership group supporting the Art Front project.
A collaborative space for the Arts, Creativity and Education program at Montessori International College in 2019.
The Cultural Gardeners - Australian Cultural Alliance for Climate Action
Growing a nation of stewards caring for environment, arts & culture. First Nations first on every Country.
The Arts Front Environment Group is leading arts sector's response to the environmental and climate change emergency.
Field Trip is a collaborative online space for people working at the intersection of arts, science, technology and the environment.
This project will take a creative-led transdisciplinary approach to the challenge of planetary regeneration.
Cultural Gardeners - Australian Cultural Alliance for Climate Action
With the commitment by the new federal government to renew and reinstate the Creative Australia National cultural policy by the end of 2022, there is a perfect opportunity to complete the Arts Front 2030 work, and promote the ideas and visions for the future that people have contributed over the last five years.
Reset: A New Public Agenda for the Arts offered two days and nights of thinking and discussion about how the arts and cultural sector could work to break out of the current impasse through a radical reorganisation of cultural practice and policy.
The Mind of Plants: Narratives of Vegetal Intelligence IS HERE!
Join us for the book launch and be enchanted by a sharing of stories, dialogue, music and inspiration.
Field Trip is an international research symposium investigating creative practice at the intersection of art, science, technology and the environment.
Una jornada de cocreación de historias, reflexiones, imágenes y sonidos sobre nuestra relación con las plantas.
Uma jornada de co-criação, reflexões, imagens e sons sobre a nossa relação com as plantas.
An online symposium that brings The Mind of Plants contributors together to share their reflections and various learnings with plants.
Stories, poetry and sound across a diversity of human languages and geographical landscapes. Come and join us!
Unpacking the Canada Council's $85m Digital Strategy Fund. What worked and what can the arts sector in Australia learn from it?
Are you new to animal studies research? Do you grapple with current theoretical debates – such as intersectionality and decolonial approaches? Do you wonder how and where to publish? If you would like to understand the basics of the publication process, from pitching an article idea to responding to peer review and get advice on what’s possible when working with non-traditional outputs – such as visual art and creative writing – join us at the master class: Tools for Animal Studies Research.
This interactive online event, presented by the Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA), is aimed at higher degree and early career researchers interested in animal studies. You will have an opportunity to hear from scholars doing innovative work in the field and ask questions.
What is the role of artists in changing our systems? This is a series for artists and arts workers to explore big ideas, how they relate to conditions in our sector, with provocations and opportunities to start imagining what change might look like.
“Voices of Nature 2020” is the national arts program, organised by the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA), as part of its biennial celebration of the Rights of Nature, in October 2020.
Arts Front Podcast Interview Series
Field Trip - Arts, Science, Tech and Environment Symposium
An online symposium exploring ideas of basic income and the need for an approach to economy that puts creativity and care at its centre. Led by a panel of artists, researchers, economists, scientists and philosophers, the symposium responds to current and ongoing planetary crises, and positions creativity and social ecology as integral to shaping policy and systems of value.
The Symposium is a joint initiative of Arts Front, BLINDSIDE and Next Wave and was supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
Little Lunch Online (LLOL) was a daily online meetup and creative exchange to support the Australian arts sector during the Corona Virus pandemic in 2020.
Floating Land: point to point marks the 10th iteration of one of Noosa’s most significant and iconic cultural events.
Arts Ablaze was a conference and celebration of regional arts in Queensland taking place at Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley on Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 October 2019.
Caring for Country Day - 2019
As part of Reconciliation Week and as an extension of our Eudlo Creek pilot project, Feral Arts partnered with Montessori International College, Gubbi Gubbi and Leah Barclay to deliver a one-day arts, culture and environmental program.
International Dawn Chorus Day - May 5 2019 - Montessori International College
REVEIL 2019 – International Dawn Chorus Day
A five-week Eudlo Creek pilot project delivered in term 2 and engaging with the challenge of reinvigorating the creek that flows through the MIC grounds.
Development Space for the Custodians of Country project for 2020
- Action Maroochy River Mapping
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