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How paying attention to rocks can save the world with Marian Drew and Clive Willman

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Join us for a fascinating discussion about how rocks, geology and the power of creativity can help us understand the foundations of our planet and the future of life on earth.



Marian Drew is one of Australia's most significant photographic artists, with a practice spanning 30 years in both education and exhibition. She has held more than 25 solo exhibitions in Australia, United States of America, France, Hong Kong and Germany and over 100 group shows in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, France, China, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan, Peru and the United States. 

Marian Drew lives in Brisbane Australia, and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and PhD candidate at the Canberra School of Art and Design, Australian National University. She was Queensland College of Art (QCA) Director of the Photography Program 2005-2016, and QCA Deputy Director, 2001-2003, where she taught full time 1986-2016.

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Clive Willman is a
geologist and educator. Clive's interest in geology started with a fascination for reconstructing the story of the earth.  Clive finds it endlessly exciting that we can look far back in time using evidence left in landscapes and rocky outcrops. His first geological work was in Victoria’s oldest underground gold mine at Chewton which ultimately led to postgraduate studies on the way that gold is clustered in some areas and not others; the detailed study of ancient marine fossils was a key part of this work.

Clive spent 21 years with a mapping team in the Geological Survey of Victoria studying areas from the goldfields of central Victoria to the eastern mountains.  Their fundamental task was to map the distribution of different rocks, but more importantly, the team attempted to unravel the history of the earth by uncovering the sequence of events that has affected the land. Clive now devotes his time making educational films in the earth sciences and he loves bringing the earth’s history to a wider audience.

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The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is hosting a huge month of events throughout September - webinars, public lectures, workshops, virtual art exhibitions and more - to explore and celebrate our relationship with the living world. To find out about all our events, please visit:


The Australian Earth Laws Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to creating Earth-centred systems change, by increasing the understanding and practical implementation of Earth-centred governance. Our programs include a focus on law, economics, education, ethics, Indigenous knowledge systems and the arts.

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