Artist Talk: Shared Reckonings



When: Wednesday 28 April, 6-7pm - SOLD OUT

Where: Santos Museum of Economic Botany and the Deadhouse, Adelaide Botanic Garden (Enter via the Schomburgk Pavilion from the Friends' Gate on Plane Tree Drive)

 Accessibility: The event has wheelchair access.

Tickets: Free - Limited places available, booking essential.



Back by popular demand, the Botanica Lumina program presents an after dark talk with artist Catherine Truman.

Join Catherine during this special event where she will share the background, inspiration and stories behind her most recent art exhibition Shared Reckoningsfor the last time.

You will also take an evening stroll through the garden to the Deadhouse, where you will have a rare opportunity to witness the glow of the artwork after dark.

Working across the disciplines of art and science, Catherine has embarked on a quest to explore the role that light plays in human vision and the growth of plants.

The resulting body of work comprises five installations of objects, some that are photoluminescent, and eight experimental films.

Her latest exhibition of works, Shared Reckonings is presented in the Santos Museum of Economic Botany and the Deadhouse within Adelaide Botanic Garden, up until Sunday 2 May.

The works have been influenced by powerful themes: the catastrophic bushfires that swept the country last summer, climate change-induced biodiversity loss, and the global pandemic.

This exhibition is Catherine's creative response to an extraordinary year of research undertaking two concurrent residencies at the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium and the Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology at Flinders University.


Shared Reckonings has been supported by Arts South Australia, Government of South Australia and was also part of Adelaide Festival 2021.

The Botanica Lumina program is proudly supported by Major Sponsor SA Power Networks.

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Image: Catherine Truman. ‘Shared Reckonings’. 2020/21
Installation from ’Shared Reckonings’ . Thermoplastic, photoluminescent powders, fabric, hand-blown glass beaker (made by Liam Flemming, Jamfactory), light box, cloth. 650(h)  x 1300(w) x 700 (d) mm

Photography: Grant Hancock.