Document Type

Creative Work

Publication Details

L. M. Ihlein & I. Milliss 2011 Yeomans Project Exhibitions, a blog, workshops, prints and public tours investigating the work and influence of P A Yeomans. 2011 Exhibited in the exhibition "Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art" - Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. 6 October to 20 November. Melbourne: 2011. Winning artwork exhibited in the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award exhibition. 22 September to 8 November. Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre, 2012. Exhibited at the Art Gallery Of NSW, 28 November 2013 to 27 January 2014



Research Background

The Yeomans Project investigates the cultural significance of Australian farming innovator P.A. Yeomans. Recently, Yeomans has been recognised for his major influence on sustainable agriculture and the permaculture movement. The Yeomans Project employed a socially engaged art methodology (blogging, field trips, archival research, academic publication and public discussion) to shed new light on the impact of Yeomans' work.

Research Contribution

In the 1970s, Ian Milliss claimed that Yeomans was one of the world's most significant ‘land artists’, and sought to curate an exhibition by Yeomans at the Art Gallery of NSW. The gallery scheduled, but subsequently cancelled the exhibition, claiming it was not art but an ‘agricultural trade show’. The Yeomans Project (2011-14) demonstrates that the art world has transformed significantly over the past 40 years, making explicit inks between creative practice and sustainable agriculture, and in the process arguing for collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Research Significance

The project was included in major exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne and the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney. The AGNSW exhibition was accompanied by a newspaper publication housing the research findings developed in the project blog. A suite of offset lithographic prints was published by Big Fag Press. Four public discussion events explored links between P.A. Yeomans and permaculture, social ecology, institutional formations, and social change. The project has led to an invitation to work with sugar cane farmers in QLD in 2015, to investigate whether Yeomans’ methods can be utilized to reduce nutrient pollution to the Great Barrier Reef.




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Images from the Yeomans Project