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	Image: Ian Milliss and Lucas Ihlein New chisel plow shank 2011 (detail) © the artist

The Yeomans Project: conversations

Artists Ian Milliss and Lucas Ihlein with special guests

Join artists Ian Milliss and Lucas Ihlein in a series of conversations with invited guests about PA Yeomans’ work, practice and legacy, in association with their AGNSW Contemporary Project.

Image: Ian Milliss and Lucas Ihlein New chisel plow shank 2011 (detail) © the artist

Wednesdays 6pm
4 & 11 December 2013, 15 & 22 January 2014


Duration 1 hour
Location: Contemporary project space

Related exhibition: Ian Milliss and Lucas Ihlein

Related gallery: Contemporary galleries

With Kirsten Bradley, Milkwood Permaculture

PA Yeomans wrote that 'a successful Human Environment Revolution will depend on youth and the “rebel” farmer’. He believed that being a ‘rebel’ farmer was not just about growing organic vegetables, but about a conscious process of influencing culture. Through a range of educational courses in everything from natural beekeeping to permaculture design, the social enterprise Milkwood Permaculture does exactly this.

Join the artists and one of the founders of Milkwood Permaculture, Kirsten Bradley, in a discussion on how Yeomans’ principles can be used to live simply and well, while regenerating the communities and landscapes around us.


Wednesday 4 December 2013 6pm – 7pm

With Joanna Mendelssohn, COFA

In 1975 Ian Milliss proposed an exhibition on Yeomans and his Keyline Design concepts entitled PA Yeomans: Keyline to the Art Gallery of NSW. The project was initially accepted then cancelled at the last moment by the board of trustees, a fate shared by other radical and ambitious exhibition proposals from the time. Joanna Mendlessohn, associate professor at COFA, is currently the lead researcher in a collaborative project supported by the Australian Research Council on the long-term impact of exhibitions of Australian art and is interested in institutional practices at this time. She was also a curatorial assistant at the Gallery when Milliss made his first proposal and, as she says, has a long memory.

Join the artists and Joanna Mendelssohn in a conversation about the obstacles faced by artists on the cutting edge during the 1970s and how a once-rejected artist and alternative art practice can return to the Gallery nearly 40 years later.


Wednesday 11 December 2013 6pm – 7pm

With Stuart Hill, University of Western Sydney

PA Yeomans was a visionary farmer, inventor and author who in the 1950s, 60s and 70s developed a radical agricultural system that changed the development of rural and urban landscapes. Today, organic farm owners in almost every country in the world have adopted the principles of Yeomans’ ‘Keyline design’. Dr Stuart Hill, Emeritus Professor of Social Ecology, University of Western Sydney, has long been an expert on Yeomans’ practice, having worked on agricultural and development projects throughout the world as well as publishing over 350 papers on the subject of social ecology.

Learn about the intricacies and widespread social relevance of Yeomans’ practices in a conversation with professor Stuart Hill and the artists.


Wednesday 15 January 2014 6pm – 7pm

With Wendy Yeomans

Wendy Yeomans, the youngest child from PA Yeomans’ second marriage, is interested in social change and sustainable infrastructure just like her father. Though Yeomans died when she was just 12, Wendy went on to study engineering, worked for a water utility in Newcastle and is now a PhD student with the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology in Sydney, studying sustainable urban precincts in Sydney’s CBD.

Join the artists and Wendy Yeomans in a discussion of her father’s character, achievements and legacy.


Wednesday 22 January 2014 6pm – 7pm