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Mandy Martin: Desert Channels


Summary Note

The archive Mandy Martin: Desert Channels consists of materials related to the Desert Channels project, a collaborative project that explores the varied biodiversity of the Desert Channels country of south-western Queensland in Australia. Materials include correspondence, digital images, press materials, notes, maps, exhibition ephemera, presentation transcripts, book layout materials and contract.

Biographical Note

Mandy Martin is a practicing artist who has held numerous exhibitions in Australia, Mexico and the USA. She has exhibited widely in curated exhibitions in Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, USA, and Italy. Her works are in many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia and major state galleries and collections. In the USA she is represented in the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and many private collections. She lives in the Cowra region, New South Wales, Australia.

Scope and Content

This Australian field project, designed by artist Mandy Martin and environmental historian Libby Robin of Australia National University, explores artistic, scientific, and historical interpretations of the distinctive Desert Channels country of south-western Queensland. Desert Channels explores the impulse to protect the varied biodiversity of the region, its Aboriginal and pastoral heritage and prehistoric heritage (including some of Australia's most important dinosaur sites). The emphasis of the project, and the book, is on partnerships that conserve landscapes and communities together, demonstrating that the impulse to conserve is shared by local landholders, conservation enthusiasts (from the community and from national and international organizations), traditional owners, professional biologists, artists, and historians. Scientists, writers, artists, conservationist, and environmental historians spent several field trips working with local Aborigines, examining the ecologies of the region, writing research and policy papers, and creating artworks. This resulted in exhibitions and a book.


This archive is organized into two series: Series 1: In the Field, Folders 1-17 Series 2: The Book, Folders 1-11
  • Series 1: In the Field
  • Series 2: The Book
  • This archive is organized into two series:

Inclusive Dates


Quantity / Extent

.5 cubic feet



Related Archive Collections

  • CAE1043: John Reid: The Fishman Project
  • CAE1102: Richard Black: The Murray River and Tidal Garden Architecture
  • CAE1108: Libby Robin: Desert Channels
  • CAE1302: Paruku Project

Related Publications

Robin, Libby, Chris Dickman, and Mandy Martin, eds. Desert Channels: The Impulse to Conserve. Australia: CSIRO Publishing, 2010.

Container Listing by Series:

CAE1109/1 Series 1: In the Field, 1997 - 2009

Series 1, which contains folders 1-17, contains items relating to the work in the field including photographs, watercolor studies, and field logistical information.
  • CAE Box 16

    • 1-1 Artist Information, 2007 - 2010
    • 1-2 Mandy Martin, Field Sketches, Original Date 1999-2009
    • 1-3 Field Logistics, 2005-2009
    • 1-4 Correspondence, 2009-2010
    • 1-5 Photos, Max Bourke, Scientist, TNC Trustee, 2008-2009
    • 1-6 Photos, Simon Campbell, Grazier, 2007-2008
    • 1-7 Photos, Angus Emmott, Grazier, 1997-2009
    • 1-8 Photos, Jake Gillen, Ph.D Candidate, Strata Project Team, 2009
    • 1-9 Photos, Tom Griffiths, Historian, 2009
    • 1-10 Photos, Luke Keogh, Historian, 2008-2009
    • 1-11 Photos, Darrell Lewis, Historian, 2009
    • 1-12 Photos, Nellie & Mark Lithgow, Reserve Manager, 2009
    • 1-13 Photos, Mandy Martin, Artist & Guy Fitzhardinge, Grazier, 2004-2009
    • 1-14 Photos, Jenny Milson, Scientist, 2009
    • 1-15 Photos, Richard Nelson, Anthropologist, 2008
    • 1-16 Photos, Libby Robin, Environmental Historian, 2004
    • 1-17 Photos, Maureen Scott, Grazier & Health Worker, 2004-2009

CAE1109/2 Series 2: Book Publication, 1999 - 2010

Series 2, which contains folders 1 through 11, contains items relating to the production of the book "Desert Channels: The Impulse to Conserve".
  • CAE Box 16

    • 2-1 Research, Original Date 1899-2009
    • 2-2 Book Development (1 of 3), 2008-2009
    • 2-3 Book Development (2 of 3), 2009
    • 2-4 Book Development (3 of 3), 2009-2010
    • 2-5 Book Proposal, 2008-2009
    • 2-6 Book Captions / Permissions, 2009-2010
    • 2-7 Book Layout / Draft (1 of 2), 2009-2010
    • 2-8 Book Layout / Draft (2 of 2), 2009-2010
    • 2-9 Book Contract, not dated
    • 2-10 Book Launches, 2010
    • 2-11 Presentations, 2009-2010