An organisation dedicated to the sustainable art movement

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Tuesday 10 March 2009.

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Seven Thousand Oaks is a new organisation dedicated to building the sustainable art movement, primarily by helping artists to educate themselves about sustainable art techniques and materials.

The Seven Thousand Oaks website is a great resource, with a list of environmentally-sustainable art suppliers, profiles of artists embracing sustainable practise, and a fantastic blog covering sustainable arts news.

If you’ve been wondering why you should learn how to use RSS – being able to stay automatically informed about updates to a website like this is a great reason.

Miyuki Jokiranta is the founder of Seven Thousand Oaks. We shot her a few questions about the org:

What will the 2010 Seven Thousand Oaks Festival involve?

The festival is going to be in August/Sept 2010 and will host a visual art, sound and (we’re scoping) the film components, featuring artists that address the issue of sustainability in their work. So far RMIT Gallery have come on as a partner and their gallery along with some of the RMIT grounds will host the visual art part.

I would like to host the sound part in the outdoor grounds/ sculpture park of Heide, and, depending on whether a solid film program will be developed, I am looking for a screening venue currently, considering the Collingwood Housing Estate carpark space. I’m very much interested in trying to get out of the traditional gallery space.

Is Seven Thousand Oaks a registered not-for-profit, can you accept tax deductible donations?

We are a registered NFP, and currently considering going for DGR status (Deductible Gift Recipient), although it looks like there are a few hoops to jump through.

Are you going to showcase suppliers from other countries?

Currently, I’m working on finding Aussie suppliers, or products available in Australia, although I do know of a few international brands. The long term goal is to make an international database, but that’s still a ways away.

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