About Ku-ring-gai pH Project

Project partners Eramboo Artist Environment, National Parks & Wildlife Service and Manly Art Gallery & Museum are delighted to announce the artists and scientists involved in the ground-breaking Ku-ring-gai pH: art + science project.

Curators Susan Milne (Eramboo) and Katherine Roberts (MAG&M) were delighted by the responses to the concept of this project and the high level of conceptual engagement with the ideas and possibilities it presents. The level of interest in participating in Ku-ring-gai pH was a testament to the level of connection felt to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the theme of art and science which so clearly resonates within our community. 

A wide range of areas of scientific study will be represented in the project and the outcomes with collaborating artists will include installation, film, drawing, painting, sound and sculpture.

As Australia’s second-oldest national park, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (KCNP) is heritage-listed and combines important history with diverse, natural beauty. Winding creeks and stretches of ocean meet rainforest and eucalypts, rocky cliffs and mangroves, and significant Aboriginal sites. Ku-ring-gai pH is a major collaborative project that will result in experimental installations at Eramboo in April 2016, and culminate in a major exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum in December 2016. Access to Eramboo’s studio space and grounds will be available for the development of works. Artist and professional fees will be offered. Curated by Katherine Roberts, Manly Art Gallery & Museum and Susan Milne, Eramboo Artist Environment.



Manly Art Gallery & Museum

9 December 2016 – 19 February 2017


Manly Art Gallery & Museum

West Esplanade Reserve, Manly NSW 2095

T: + 61 2 9976 1421

E: artgallery@manly.nsw.gov.au


10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday 

Free entry







Art + Science Forum

Sun 11 Dec, 2pm – 4pm

Join in a discussion chaired by Professor William Gladstone, Head of School of Life Sciences, UTS, about the vital and fascinating relationship between science and art, and new ways of thinking about the relationship between them. Speakers include exhibition curators Susan Milne and Katherine Roberts, artists Lisa Roberts and Sarah Robson, scientist Dr Asheeta Prasad, and curator and writer Bec Dean. In the lead-up to the event, members of the community are invited to register their interest in presenting a two-minute talk on their own experience of an art+science collaboration (by 28/11/16 to katherine.roberts@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au)

Venue: Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Cost: Free

Bookings: https://kuringgaiforum.eventbrite.com.au


Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Guided Tour

Sun 22 Jan, 9am – 12noon

Join Karen Smith from the Aboriginal Heritage Office on a guided walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, a landscape where traditional owners lived and flourished for thousands of years.

Car-pooling is recommended as we will be driving between sites.

BYO water, hat and picnic lunch. 25pp max.

Venue: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Specific meet-up details provided upon booking.

Cost: Free



‘In Conversation’: Artists & Scientists

Sun 19 Feb 2017, 2pm – 4pm

Four of the collaborative groups talk with the curators about their ideas, processes and installations: Julia Davis, Sarah Robson & Dr Asheeta Prasad; Kassandra Bossell & Garry Daly; Dr Bonita Ely & Dr Karen Privat; and Megan Cope & Roberta Johnson.

Venue: Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Cost: Free



Masterclass with Shane Fahey

Sat 11 Feb, 10am – 3pm

Acoustic engineer, Shane Fahey, presents a masterclass exploring the art of sound<>vibration which will appeal to visual artists working with or wanting to work with sound, and to musicians exploring sound visualisation and multi-disciplinary applications for their work. It will explore the history and development of sound as a conceptual idea, a tool for activating & preserving knowledge, a practical means of communication, an artistic expression through rhythm, medium-ship & music technology and an ecomap showing the shift from a human based ‘centre of the universe’ model of sound & music culture to a planetary based model.

Venue: Eramboo Artist Environment, Terrey Hills

Cost: $60 (BYO lunch, tea/coffee provided). Materials provided.

Bookings: https://kuringgaimasterclass.eventbrite.com.au



Oceanic Bliss: Seagrass Dreaming

Wed 18 Jan, 10am – 12noon

Marine biologist William Gladstone and artist Lisa Roberts will introduce their seagrass installation to workshop participants. Working together, by doing science and making art, the group will explore why seagrass is important and what it means to us. 

Ages 7 - 12 years. 15pp max.

Venue: Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Cost: $30. Materials and refreshments included.



World between Tides

Tues 24 Jan, 10am – 12noon OR 2 – 4pm

Working with artist Joshua Yeldham and scientist Mia Dalby-Ball, the group will explore the wonderful world between the tides. Mia will help participants find curiosities such as arm-waving crabs and sea-faring seeds while Joshua frees the kids’ creativity through observing the natural world. To bring art and science together, the group will create mandalas with the natural treasures they have collected.

Ages 7 - 12 years. 20pp max each session. Parents are encouraged to be part of the session.
Venue: Meet at McCarrs Creek Reserve, Church Point.

Cost: $30. Bring morning or afternoon tea.



Oceanic Bliss: Data Choreography

Tue 7 Feb, 7pm – 9pm

Marine biologist William Gladstone and artist Lisa Roberts will lead a workshop for adults on experimental ways of combining art with science. This will be an immersive experience, responding to, and generating, art and data. Drawing, photography, movement and sound will be used to make visible what we know from the scientific data, and how we feel about an environment whose changes we are constantly measuring.

Ages 16+. 15pp max.

Venue: Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Cost: $10. Refreshments included.









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First Collaboration Session on 31st October 2015

It was great to see how the artists and scientists are getting to know each other on this first collaboration day. 


  • Celebrate the unique natural environment, cultural heritage and scientific values of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (KCNP).
  • Provide an opportunity for artists and scientists to collaborate creatively through an innovative cultural project.
  • Raise awareness of the KCNP and surrounding environs for future protection and utilisation.
  • Provide a platform for relationship building through the Arts and Environment.
  • Create a regional partnership between the National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW, Eramboo Artist Environment and Manly Art Gallery & Museum.

Ku-ring-gai pH on Instagram

Follow all 10 projects through Instagram, the artists and scientist will post images and short videos on the process of their project. 
(image feed gets updated every 24 hours)

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