Report from the Littoral Zone

National Exhibition Register

  • Mangroves at Lowtide
    Kurt Brereton Mangroves at Lowtide, 2018
    Embroidery and oil on canvas
    122 x 168 cm

About the exhibition

Kurt Brereton creates a view of our endangered coastal environment from the inside out. Brereton stitches us into the inter-tidal zone focusing on the mangroves and our disappearing coastal migratory birdlife. Report from the Littoral Zone employs a combination of video, paintings, fibre art and sculpture to project the visitor into the colourful world of singing cicadas, new life and strange life forms.

The littoral is a place few people venture into yet is increasingly vital to our coastal existence. Until recently our littoral places were seen as useless wetlands to be drained and filled in for golf courses or car parks. Now we know mangroves are crucial to the health of our coastal environments – they are blue carbon sinks that act as pollution filters, wildlife nurseries and barriers against cyclones and the effects of rising sea level effects.

This exhibition is customisable to your exhibition space size. Freight included is to NSW destinations, please contact for other states.

Artists and Curator


Kurt Brereton is a visual and digital media artist, writer and academic. Kurt grew up in the littoral zone surrounded by mangroves on the Brunswick Heads river on the far north coast of NSW. After graduating from art school in Sydney, Brereton’s first solo exhibition was at Bondi Pavillion Gallery in 1981 and since then he has mounted over 30 solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas (including USA, England, Germany, Japan, Ireland and Taiwan).

In 2005 Brereton’s Hyper-Taiwan: Art, Design, Culture was published by Art & Collection (Taiwan). In 2008 Luscious, a monograph on Brereton’s multimedia work was published by Lakeside Arts (USA) in conjunction with a solo exhibition of his paintings and videos in New York at the Donna Compton Gallery. In July 2009 a major survey exhibition of over 70 digital and visual media works spanning the previous decade was mounted at the Wollongong City Art Gallery. Brereton won the James Kiwi Watercolour Prize in 2010. The following year, Brereton curated The Coalcliff Days exhibition and poetry event with Ken Bolton, at the Wollongong City Gallery. In 2012 Brereton held painting, sculpture and photography exhibitions at Compton Gallery and Gallery Paquette in Boonton N. J., USA. Video and digital live online performances were conducted in Berlin, Athens and Tokyo.

Recent solo exhibitions include Currarong Encounters (2015) and Biographs (2016) held at the Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery. In 2017 Orpheus Island: From Coral to Coal on the Great Barrier Reef was shown at M16 Gallery in Canberra. Brereton’s latest solo exhibition was the immersive multimedia installation titled Report from the Littoral Zone shown across three gallery spaces at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum in 2018. Brereton’s art extends into image and text publications. Notably, We Are A Movie (Brereton’s Collected Artist Books), and a monograph More Is Plenty, edited by Ken Bolton published by JTP in 2011. Greek Myths for the 21st Century, The Pathetic Manifesto and Cuteology were also published in 2012. In 2015 the book Test Results: Art and Virality was launched followed in 2016 by the monograph Shock of the Ordinary: Photographs 1975 - 2015.

Brereton’s latest book Against a Skyline of Canted Rust (2018) re-examines the conceptual idea of Duchamp’s Readymade. Kurt Brereton (PhD) has taught art, design and visual communications at various universities (UTS, UOW and USC), TAFEs, schools and regional galleries. Until recently Brereton was Adjunct Professor (Arts & Social Sciences) at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
18/02/2019 - 01/03/2022
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Jervis Bay Maritime Museum
$1,600 (inc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Installation Support Available, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities
Primary contact
Emma-Lee Crane
Gallery Officer
Jervis Bay Maritime Museum
02 4441 5675
Secondary contact
Diana Lorentz