Steve Kemp and Pete Shields
01 June 2019
Join traditional plant specialist Steve Kemp (Ghungalu peoples) and landscape designer Pete Shields as they discuss the properties, histories, and significance of various plants in a variety of Australian contexts.
Kemp is a traditional plant specialist from Woorabinda in Central Queensland. He continues the legacy that his father Tim Kemp created as a noted Ghungalu plants specialist, with his expertise in their traditional uses and in medicine.
Shields has extensive experience transforming domestic and public spaces with plants, including for the IMA’s courtyard sculpture garden Corps à Corps. Shields recently created an indoor hydroponic set up in Christopher Kulendran Thomas’s exhibition New Eelam: Brisbane, on display now at the IMA, which features edible species endemic to Australia, such as Warrigal greens.
Join Kemp and Shields as they discuss the cultivation, care and uses for local plant species through their own experiences and perspectives.
Steve Kemp (Ghungalu) is the former mayor Woorabinda. He is currently finalising a primary school language program for Woorabinda, in which he has developed a full curriculum for each year level. Kemp recently discussed his extensive plant knowledge at the IMA in conversation with Dale Harding.
Pete ‘The Plant Man’ Shields is a landscape designer who has extensive experience transforming domestic and public spaces with plants. He recently collaborated with artists on a number of projects at the IMA including the IMA’s courtyard sculpture garden, Corps à Corps, which brings together local forest and coastal plants, and Christopher Kulendran Thomas’s exhibition New Eelam: Brisbane.