Sarah Neville


Speculative Culture/ Weather Lore

This artistic residency with my family at Oratunga sheep station in the Flinders Rangers is our third annual pilgrimage to places that speak to us about critical changes in the weather. Over three years with my husband Matthew and daughters Miranda 6 and Florence 2, we have had our ears to the ground following leads on emergent stories and sayings about the weather in times of climate change. As artists we record the stories of the community, respond to the environment and reflect on weather lore as it is evolving in these times and speculate about the stories of the future.

Weather lore is based on observation of the environment and the impact that changes in the weather have on insects, animals, birds and people. At Oratunga, weather lore, both ancient and futuristic, indigenous and pastoral will be uncovered through conversations with locals. Through shared meals, cups of tea, tours and personal observations we will seek out the yarns that thread the community together.

Further outcomes for this project include Simulation Drills for Possible Futures in Times of Climate Change. Simulation, is a specialty area of my husband Matthew who is an Associate Professor working in the area of Human Factors. Simulation is used in high-risk industries such as aviation and healthcare to prepare participants for foreseeable Our simulations will allow participants to experience a collection of future scenarios focused on the weather. Hand in hand we plan to develop an Almanac for possible Futures in Times of Climate Change. This guidebook for future worlds will bring together ancient ways of communicating about the weather with simulation instruction manuals

This residency is made possible through Open-Space



Sarah Neville


Residencies 2018

Cabinet of Futures
Place: Birkirkara, MT
Site: St Joseph the Worker Parish Centre
Date: 24.08.2018 - 24.11.2018

The Cabinet of Futures is an exploration of a small European coastal city as it may develop in the next few decades. With ocean ecosystem collapse apparent, society reacts by implementing a number of utopic moments. The exhibition invites the audience to come in, explore the city, get lost in the bar and read the paper while listening to the locals talking about everyday life in a possible futures.

During the timespan of the exhibition a series of participatory workshops (futuring exercises) will inform adaptions of the immersive walk-through that makes the imaginary tangible, inviting individuals and communities to visualise themselves in the scenario.

NEWS 2018

PhD Dance Digitisation
Cotutelle Deakin University(Aus) and Coventry (Uk)


9th of July
Dancing with my Family
Joint Dance Congress
daCi (dance and the Child international) and WDA (World Dance Alliance) Global Education and Training Network


Article for the Cultural ReProducers
Article for BIG Kids Magasine
Article for Temporary Art Review

Future Fabulators

Sarah is a member of Future Fabulators


Sarah is an Associate Artist with Open-Space

Residencies 2015

Speculative Culture/ Weather Lore

Residencies 2014

Speculative Culture/ Weather Lore
Family in residence
June long weekend
Port Adelaide

Residencies 2013

Weather Lore
Family in residence
October 2013
Croatia/ Belgium