‘Creating Utopia’ Conference – Lorne Sculpture Biennale

In News March 1, 2018

Exploring the intersection between, art, culture and the natural environment, the Creating Utopia Conference is being presented in the coastal town of Lorne, on the Great Ocean Road, where the Otway Ranges meets the wild Bass Straight – the ideal setting to explore these themes.

This Conference is part of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2018 program devoted to the curatorial theme ‘Landfall,’ expressing pertinent global issues of nature and endangerment. Thirty seven artists creating forty projects have been asked to interpret the intersection of nature, humanity and art in creating sculptural work that will be featured on the 4 km trail.

The inaugural conference for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale will be an exploratory journey, bringing together a group of people investigating through research and practice the themes of ‘Landfall’ – art and environment, sustainability and impact on human and earth futures. Papers will reflect on issues of environmental decline and degradation, and the wider processes of social and environmental transformation and the regeneration of nature. Invited presenters come from a wide range of places, spaces and experiences and will convene paper sessions exploring the intersection of the physical and symbolic, the spiritual and the ephemeral, the material and immaterial.

The Creating Utopia Conference is proudly sponsored by Deakin University 

Creating Utopia: Imagining and Making Futures
Art, Architecture and Sustainability

22 – 25th March 2018

Lorne Hotel – The View Room
176 Great Ocean Rd
Lorne, Victoria, Australia

For details and to register visit: http://www.lornesculpture.com/registration.php



Conference Registration

Thursday 22 March from 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm 
Lorne Bowls Club, Mountjoy Parade, Lorne

Please collect your registration pack from the Lorne Bowls Club. Drinks available at bar and delegates are welcome to a game of bowls.

Conference Delegate
The main Conference sessions run from 9am Friday 23rd to 6pm Saturday 24th March 2018

 Two day Full Registration $440

Two day Student Registration $220

One day Registration $275

Qdos Slow Lunch $175

Please indicate any special dietary requirements on registration


Speakers’ Slow Lunch at Qdos Arts Sunday 25th March 
The Conference Speakers Lunch will be held for delegates (partners welcome). Limited Numbers

Cost $175 per person – BOOK EARLY



Conference Key Dates and Times

 SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT– Abstracts due 31st January 2018

Thursday 22nd March 4.00 -7.00pm Registration and Get-together at Lorne Bowls Club

Friday 23rd March 9.00 am – 6.00pm Conference, Lorne Hotel

Saturday 24th March 9.00 am – 6.00pm Conference, Lorne Hotel

Sunday 25th March 9.00am Curators Walk and Talk through Sculpture Trail – free of charge

Sunday 25th March 12 Noon Slow Lunch at QDOS Arts