Mending & Tending: Art that works for Nature

July 29 – August 26, 2023

Mending & Tending

Sam Moss, Holding on, Torakina Nature Reserve, Brunswick Heads, image courtesy the artists.

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Shona Wilson, Macaranga leaf bandages, image courtesy the artist.

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Erosion at Torakina Nature Reserve, Brunswick Heads, image courtesy the artists.

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Broken tree trunks at Torakina Nature Reserve, Brunswick Heads, image courtesy the artists.

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Jess Poulsen, Tree Guard, image courtesy the artist.

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Macaranga leaf bandages, image courtesy the artist.


Byron Shire Council’s inaugural Climate Conversations project draws upon art to address the theme of Adaptation, through a community-driven exploration of the ways we can adapt and evolve in the face of climate change.

Mending & Tending: Art that works for Nature is a commissioned project by local artists Samantha Moss, Jess Poulsen and Shona Wilson. Each artist shares a deep connection and appreciation for the environment, as well as an established art practice working with nature and its precious resources.  

The community can engage with this interactive project which will be based over two sites: An exhibition and making space at the Lone Goat Gallery and events at Torakina Nature Reserve in Brunswick Heads.

Throughout the project a series of artist talks and community workshops aim to generate deeper conversations and immersive experiences highlighting the fragility of our landscape and addressing the issues of climate change adaptation. 

Mending & Tending: Art that works for Nature will be on display at Lone Goat Gallery from 29 July– 26 August 2023.


Sunday July 10am – 4pm: Ephemeral Art Making Workshops at Torakina Nature Reserve more info

Wednesday 2 August 5pm: Moonlit Nature Walk & Sound Meditation at Torakina Nature Reserve more info

Saturday 5 August 1pm: Artist Talk & Workshop with Shona Wilson at Lone Goat Gallery more info 

Saturday 12 August 1pm: Artist Talk & Workshop with Samantha Moss at Lone Goat Gallery more info

Saturday 19 August 1pm: Artist Talk with Jess Poulsen at Lone Goat Gallery more info

For more information email

Climate Conversations is a biennial creative project of Lone Goat Gallery and Byron Shire Council.



Samantha Moss lives on Bundjalung Country and is a contemporary sculptor whose works range from ephemeral outdoor installations to ceramic organic forms, responding to patterns and elements within the landscape.

She investigates the natural and manmade markings that connect us to site and the impact of humans on the land. Her visual representations are site specific and influenced by the rhythms and cycles within life.

Current works explore the use of unfired clay, symbolising our temporal and transient existence and drawing attention to the rapid loss of native species and habitats.

Moss is the Founding Artistic Director of the ‘Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk’, where she works collaboratively in the landscape with artists sharing unique and thought-provoking voices.

@fertile_earth   @brunswicknaturesculpturewalk


Jess Poulsen lives and works in Huonbrook, the far northwestern corner of the Byron Shire, NSW.

Historically, Poulsen’s work explores her connection to the place where she lives and concern over habitat loss and its conservation. In the process of wandering in, collecting and building things from nature, her experience is that there is gradual unravelling of the unconscious mind to reveal some deeper awareness and self-understanding.

Her current art practice is looking toward the familiar to create some sense of solid ground, to process the grief of the ongoing climate catastrophes and to reconnect with the land. This involves; walking, collecting seeds, planting, making, salvaging trees to make habitat boxes and hollows.   @jesspoulsensculpture



Shona Wilson is a sculptor living and working in the NSW mid north coast in Worimi Country. Her 35 year art practice has continuously engaged intimately with natural found materials to create assemblages and installations, both in the studio and outdoors.

Wilson has an increased sense of wonder and care for nature through her use of natural materials and also understands the disconnection many people experience with the natural world. Her practice seeks opportunities to be a living bridge between art and nature by referencing environmental issues, revealing the inherent beauty in nature and seeking opportunities to activate nature’s regeneration with creativity. Art that assists in healing by revealing and restoring our deep connection with and understanding of nature. Adapting to the need of our time.   @shonawilsonartist