Water Futures

Water is what we share, mostly what we are, what we pollute and what we revere.

Over the next decades, water security, massively exacerbated by climate change, is predicted to be a major driver in international conflicts, displacements, disease and death.. We need to change the way we live, the way we understand ourselves in relation to each and our planet to ensure our survival, and to have a chance of creating a just and sustainable water future.

About Water Futures 2017

Held over three days in February 2017, this event was the first of its kind – an international, interdisciplinary event involving over 120 participants from across Australia and the Asia Pacific.  Artists, scientists, Indigenous Elders and First Nations representatives, economists, activists, politicians, diplomats and business people gathered together to  share information, plan and take action on creating a sustainable future for our most precious resource – water.

This event included key note presentations from internationally renowned scientists, and passionate conservationists and climate advocates, including Eva Abal, Program Director of Sustainable Water for the Global Change Institute; Emily Johnson, Bessie Award-winning choreographer and Guggenheim Fellow of Yup’ik descent and based in New York; Latai Taumoepeau, Tongan/Australian performance artist; Tony Birch, Indigenous author and educator; and Cynthia Schneider, international diplomacy expert and activist.  The event also included a hackathon and knowledge exchange lab, based on sustainable Water Futures.

Arts House will host another iteration of Water Futures in 2019

Click here to watch the keynote addresses from Water Futures 2017

For all enquiries, please contact us via email.

Presented by Arts House, TippingPoint Australia and Arts Centre Melbourne’s KMATS Endowment Fund, in association with Future Earth Australia.

Image: Loren Kronemeyer