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Wildflowering culture: Kathleen McArthur and creating a popular wildflower consciousness

journal contribution
posted on 23.02.2022, 00:25 by Susan DavisSusan Davis
Changing people’s hearts and minds requires courage, conviction and creativity. To change attitudes and reach the public consciousness, a diverse range of communicative and cultural tools need to be employed. Australian artist and conservationist Kathleen McArthur rose to the challenge using all the forms that were available to her. Working with others such as renowned poet Judith Wright, she sought to change the way Australians regarded our native plants and landscapes. Kathleen understood that to protect the precious environments that remained would require reaching out to ordinary Australians. Therefore, she utilized a suite of arts and communication forms, ranging from postcard campaigns to weekly newspaper columns, public talks, slide presentations, paintings, exhibitions and published books. Inspired by natural forms and utilizing cultural forms, McArthur was able to promote a form of ʼnature culture’ and public consciousness to protect and promote the nature that she loved.

History

Volume

9

Issue

1

Start Page

67

End Page

82

Number of Pages

16

eISSN

2045-5860

ISSN

2045-5852

Publisher

Intellect

Additional Rights

CC BY 4.0

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

09/11/2019

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australasian Journal of Popular Culture