Ephemeral Art - Collaborations with Nature

Ephemeral things (from Greek ephemeros, literally "lasting only one day") are transitory, existing only briefly. Typically the term is used to describe objects found in nature, although it can describe a wide range of things. Shona Wilson is an Australian sculptor who has worked on a small and intimate scale with natural found materials for twenty five years. Shona is the creator of the One A Day Ephemeral Art Project which has inspired people worldwide.

“I had one of the most relaxing and playful days that I’ve had in years. I loved every minute of it. Thanks for the opportunity”


Shona’s workshop, based at the Coal Loader, provides the time, space and inspiration for you to create transient, site sensitive sculptural works using only the materials and elements found on site on the day. Shona presents a framework of ideas and facilitates inspirational exercises to fire your imagination. Your keepsake of the day is in the form of photographs or video and writing. BYO lunch. Sorry no concession.

Shona Wilson’s ONE A DAY PROJECT


All images in the COURSE GALLERY - are by previous workshop participants in various locations and Shona Wilson

Materials List

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Tutor: Shona Wilson

Shona Wilson is a contemporary Australian sculptor, predominantly utilising natural found materials to create abstract and representational assemblages both in and outdoors. Shona currently lives and works on the NSW Mid North Coast and is represented by Arthouse Gallery in Sydney and Mossgreen Gallery in Melbourne. Artist’s Statement: Working closely with natural materials over the past 20 years has brought me many joyful surprises and positive experiences. I have found that the processes of focusing on and rearranging natural materials brings me into a state of presence or awareness that is both peaceful yet potent. The natural found materials I use have become a set of keys, unlocking doors to memory, science, history, imagination and spirit. My hope is that in offering workshops many people may have the opportunity to creatively engage with the natural environment in a rich and sensitive way, bringing awareness and transformation to things that are usually bypassed and go 'unseen'. My current work increasingly engages with the cross-pollinations between natural environments, humanity and science. How can we care for something we do not know? COLLABORATIONS WITH NATURE workshops are a creative, sustainable and playful way to get to know – they are seriously fun!