Walking Upstream: Waterways of the Illawarra


Kim Williams, Lucas Ihlein, Brogan Bunt


Illawarra region, New South Wales

Project dates



Public creek walking events and related activities with collaborators, friends and members of the public


Walking Upstream: Waterways of the Illawarra, Wollongong Art Gallery, October 2017 – February 2018.

Exhibition flyer: [PDF file]

Exhibition catalogue: [PDF file]

Fluid States: Performing Mobilities conference exhibitionMargaret Lawrence gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, September 2016 Exhibition catalogue [PDF file]

Artists talk, Wollongong Art Gallery, December 2017.

Public events

Public creek walks: Hewitts Creek, Collins Creek, Towradgi Creek, Stanwell Creek, Bellambi Creek, Byarong Creek, American Creek, Brandy and Water Creek, Fairy Creek, Duck Creek, Mullet Creek, Macquarie Rivulet, Ooaree Creek 

Guest creek walk, Edgars Creek, Coburg North, Melbourne


“Walkshop” series coinciding with exhibition at Wollongong Art Gallery, October 2017 – February 2018.

Conference presentations

Kim Williams, Brogan Bunt, Lucas Ihlein, Climate Change: Views from the Humanities, University of California, Santa Barbara

Kim Williams, “Ecologies of Art: Collaboration, Social Engagement and the Environment”, H2O: Life and Death, J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide, 14-16 September, 2017

Kim Williams, Brogan Bunt, Lucas Ihlein, guest creek presentation and walk, EcoArts Australis conference, Wollongong 2016


Illawarra Mercury, October 2017

Related publications

Kim Williams, 2019, “Fresh water, salt water: socially engaged art, collaboration and the environment”, Australian Humanities Review (in press) [PDF file]

Kim Williams and Lucas Ihlein, 2019, “Working and Walking with Waterways”, 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder (book chapter), Open Humanities Press [PDF file]

Kim Williams, Brogan Bunt, Lucas Ihlein, 12 Creek Walks (book), Leech Press, Wollongong (hard copy supplied) [PDF file]