Episode 3

The Tin Sitters Club: Farming, Creativity, Connection

Farming communities across Australia are dealing with the slow-building emergency of the worst drought the country has ever experienced. When the challenges of isolation, financial hardship and psychological distress arise, how can these communities make sense of the unimaginable and work together to build resilience?

In this episode of Creative Responders, we visit the small township of Sherlock in South Australia, where Mark Thompson shares the inner workings of the thong-o-phone and how the Sherlock Musical Playground project, and the combination of art and storytelling, is bringing a community together in tough times.

We hear from Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery Director Ian Tully about farming as creative work, and Verity Morgan-Schmidt, CEO of Farmers for Climate Action about the intersection of climate change and agriculture and her mission to ensure farmers are a key part of the solution to climate change.

Interviewees: 

Mark Thompson, Designer and advocate for men’s mental health

Ian Tully, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery Director

Verity Morgan-Schmidt, CEO of Farmers for Climate Action

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