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SABINA SALLIS : The Source of Resilience

21 February 2015 - 28 March 2015 ProjectSpace



The NewBridge Project presented The Source of Resilience, a solo commission of new work by artist, Sabina Sallis.


“The Source of Resilience uses myth and permaculture – a branch of ecological design with the ethos of working with, rather than against, nature – to explore the many facets of sustainability and our dynamic relationship with the natural environment

Using the principles of permaculture as a guide, The Source of Resilience investigates how knowledge and understanding of nature can impact positively upon our attitudes towards it.”


Sabina examines the concept of mythology and its potential to affect our relationship with the natural environment; can myth be informed and addressed through modern scientific, anthropological and philosophical understandings of the world?

Through a number of ideological approaches Sabina explores these concerns; examining biodiversity and ecosystems through mythological telling, progressive philosophies and principles of permaculture.



The Source of Resilience welcomed anyone to enter a realm of equilibrium where the human and natural world intersect; through video, drawing, sound and sculptural work Sabina invited participants to engage with a fictional infectious agent which ran through the installation, slowly and gradually taking over the exhibition ecosystem.


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The Source of Resilience was part of a yearlong project, which included Sallis undertaking residencies at Scotswood Community Garden and Abundant Earth Farm, County Durham. Sallis also hosted a series of workshops on How the Garden Thinks at NewBridge Project Space and Scotswood Community Garden.

Sabina Sallis works in video, installation, performance, painting, drawing, photography and objects. Sallis’ practice explores the nature-culture dichotomy and experiments with the relationship between mythical imagery and scientific imagery, combining narrative and symbolic elements to create contemplative visual philosophies. Sallis gained her Masters from University of Arts, Poznan in Poland and is currently based in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK).

The Source of Resilience is curated by Kasia Sobucka, Arts Territory London 

The Source of Resilience is kindly supported by Arts Council England.