Arts + Environment/Culture + Country

  is a living archive of ecological art installations, residencies, festivals (2011-14)  and research from the island of Minjerriba (North Stradbroke Island), Quandamooka (Moreton Bay).

Lines in the Sand itself is a multi-year artful response to native title determinations on Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island and subsequent plans to end sand-mining on the island.

Jo Fay Duncan

Artist Curator Collaborator


Arts + Marine Sciences

Deep sea cinematography by Dave Hanan, editing by Toni Houston and original sounds by Leon DN part of the Islands of Innocence in 2018 installation, curated by Jo Fay Duncan.

The Moreton Bay Research Station, University of Queensland Public Art Project 20010 was funded by Public Art Agency, Arts Queensland and involved work by local artists Belinda Close, Jenny Truman, Bernadette Mollison and Ally Braybrooke. Co-curated by Jo Fay Duncan.

Moreton Bay Research Station artists residency with Jo Fay Duncan resulted in projection of environmental issues, concerns expressed to her by island residents and resident staff and researchers at the Station.

Arts + Health/Culture + Wellbeing

The Meditative Mind

JOURNEYING: Morovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Marovo Lagoon is a large saltwater lagoon located in the Solomon Islands, north of Vanuatu and encompasses 700 square kilometers. Protected by a double barrier reef system, Marovo Lagoon is World Heritage listed.

The Solomon Islands are a group of over 600 islands with only six being main islands.

The lagoon is a complex mix of terrestrial and marine habitats. Despite its remarkable environmental integrity ocean acidification has affected Morovo Lagoon, in particuler corals.

Planet earth has become warmer with human behaviour and our industries being prime contributors. Global warming is causing ocean waters to rise and the numbers of cyclones to grow and this has affected the health of coral reefs everywhere, causing spawning season to come one month early this year in Morovo. Coral bleaching occurs when Zooxanthellae (are single-celled dinoflagellates that are able to live in symbiosis with marine invertebrates such as corals, jellyfish, and sea anemones) which are pushed out of there tissue and eventually die – turning the corals white as though they have been bleached.

JOURNEYING: Lord Howe Island

Shaped like a crescent moon, Lord Howe island is a volcanic remnant in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. 600 km east of mainland Port Macquarie, and about 900 km (560 mi) southwest of Norfolk Island. We journeyed by air.

There are 28 islands, islets and rocks that are the Lord Howe Island cluster.

“The first reported sighting of Lord Howe Island took place on 17 February 1788, when Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball, commander of the Armed Tender HMS Supply, was en route from Botany Bay to found a penal settlement on Norfolk Island.[8] On the return journey Ball sent a party ashore on Lord Howe Island to claim it as a British possession.[9] It subsequently became a provisioning port for the whaling industry,” Retrieved from January 29, 2018.

The only breeding site for sooty terns in NSW, is Lord Howe Island. After their annual migration to the Sea of Japan, these birds and their young can be found in prolific numbers and of cacophonous auditory assault at Blinky Beach, Lord Howe Island.

Rocky Point, Canaipa (Russell Island) June 16

Canaipa is the Aboriginal name for Russell Island. In story retold by Joshua Walker, grandson of Oodgeroo of the Tribe Noonuccul custodian of  the Land Minjerribah the island was known as a man’s island and the trees used to make spears.

Beneath the red rocks and mangrove stems, white clay can be found at the Rocky Point of the island which opens up to the west and mainland.