Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist whose immersive video installations and film works reflect on the connections between people and the natural world. Her work uses immersive environments, interactive technologies with gestural interfaces and narrative long form film to engage with viewers. The environments often rely on activation by the participant/viewer. The activation of the work becomes a metaphor for our connectedness within biological, social and ecological systems. Lynette’s work has shown at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts NYC, Carriageworks Sydney, the American Museum of Natural History, New York, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, NSW Art Gallery, the Smithsonian, Royal Observatory Greenwich for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad; Auckland Triennial; Adelaide Biennial; Samstag Museum, Brighton Festival, Vienna Festival and the Art Gallery South Australia among many others as well as various film festivals including-Sundance Film Festival, London Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival.
She has been awarded an International Fellowship from Arts Council England, a New Media Arts Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts, the inaugural Australian Film, Television and Radio School Creative Fellowship and the Joan and Kim Williams Documentary Fellowship. She has had artist residencies in many parts of the world including Southern Italy, Iran, Northern England and New Mexico.
Her interactive artwork includes the trilogy Invisible by Night, Evolution of Fearlessness and Duality of Light- the final work was commissioned by the Adelaide Film Festival as part of a solo show at the Samstag Gallery in 2009.
In 2009 Lynette was invited to present Evolution of Fearlessness at The Sundance Festival as part of the New Frontier exhibition of innovation in moving image work. This interactive work responds to the viewers touch and includes video portraits primarily of political refugees who have experienced extreme acts of trauma and torture.
CORAL a work entirely focused coral reefs opened in 28 cities around the world aligned to the 2012 Transit of Venus. It has gone on to screen in many other venues and was invited as the first full-dome work to be screened at Sundance. CORAL won the Domefest Award for best Art film 2012. In 2012 Lynette spent time with the remote WA Martu community at the invitation of senior women painters to develop immersive video work on the experience of being in country. In 2013 Lynette took singer Antony with her on a second visit resulting in a new immersive work for the 2014 Adelaide Biennial. She continues to develop work with the Martu painters.
Her first feature documentary TENDER, funded by the HIVE fund for artists, traced the beginnings of a community-led funeral company in Port Kembla. This work was awarded the AACTA award for best television documentary 2015 and the Grand Jury Prize, Pacific International Documentary Festival 2015. It was also nominated for the Grieson Award 2014 UK and Lynette was nominated for the Margaret Mead Filmmaker award 2014.
Lynette mentors regularly in visual story telling and interactive story telling at labs such as BAVC Producers Institute, Sundance New Frontiers Lab, Sundance at Skoll World Entrepreneurs Forum, Hive Lab and at AFTRS Masters of Screen Arts.
Check out her video from the 2016 Advance Global Australian Awards where Lynette won the Award for The Arts and her 7 Minute Masterclass on Global Impact Through Art at the Summit.