Collaborations with Nature

Nomanslanding in Glasgow

From 22 June 22 to 2 July 2017, a new iteration of the work Nomanslanding was presented in Glasgow, at the Tramway, as part of the 2017 Refugee Festival Scotland.  

The work is an international co-commission between Glasgow Life and the Merchant City Festival, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Urbane Kunst Ruhr in Germany, and brings together five artists from three countries (including Jennifer Turpin, Nigel Helyer AKA Dr Sonique, Robyn Backen, Graham Eatough and Andre Dekker).  Nomanslanding was originally presented in Darling Harbour in Sydney and in Duisborg Ruhrort in Germany in 2015. 

The latest iteration of the work was a huge success in Scotland, and following are some of the reviews:

International collaboration brings together five artists from three countries to fuse a multitude of disciplines

Review: Nomanslanding at Tramway, Glasglow

Theatre News: Nomanslanding | Deadline


S(w)ing is launched!

On 6 May 2017, the East Sydney Community and Arts Centre in Darlinghurst (formerly known as Heffron Hall) was opened by the Lord Mayor, Clover Moore.  Our work, S(w)ing, is activated by children playing on the lower level of the centre, who set the artwork in motion by pulling on coloured ropes.  S(w)ing is an artwork at play, a joyous choreography of colour, light and movement.

The East Sydney Community and Arts Centre is a multipurpose space that features spaces for rehearsals, creative use and community hire.

Congratulations also to Lahznimmo Architects and Spackman Mossop Michaels Landscape Architects!

Lahznimmo dresses 1960s East Sydney community centre in a 'veil of glass and aluminium'

East Sydney Community and Arts Centre Upgrade - City of Sydney


Storm Waters featured in November 2016 issue of Landscape Architecture Australia

The November edition of Landscape Architecture Australia acknowledges Turpin + Crawford Studio's work, Storm Waters, at Joynton Park in Zetland, in the Significant Projects 2001-2016 section:

Landscape Architecture Australia, Issue 152, November 2016 - Significant Projects 2001-2016 - Victoria Park Public Domain


Operation Crayweed: Art-Work-Site - Sculpture by the Sea, 2016

Operation Crayweed Art-Work-Site was a multi-faceted, environmental performative and participatory art and science project that celebrated a significant and far-reaching good news story for Sydney’s coastal marine biodiversity.

An ‘art-work-site’ was established along Sydney’s Bondi to Bronte walk as part of the 2016 edition of Sculpture by the Sea. It physically and conceptually highlighted the otherwise invisible underwater crayweed reforestation project ‘Operation Crayweed’ being carried out along the Sydney coast including in the bay between Marks Park and the South Bondi Headland.

The project was a collaboration between artists Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford of Turpin + Crawford Studio and marine scientists from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and UNSW.

Some videos are now online, courtesy of Sculpture by the Sea:

Sculpture by the Sea 2016, Chapter 11 - Exhibiting Artists Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford

Synchronised Swim, Turpin + Crawford and 4 Seasons Swim, Sculpture by the Sea 2016


Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project wins American Architecture Prize

We are proud to announce that the Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project, of which our work Water Falls is part, has been announced a winner of the 2016 American Architecture Prize, in the category of Landscape Architecture.

More details of the prize and other winners can be found at this link.

A wonderful article about this work, written by Ricky Ricardo, was also published in May.  Please click the following link to access:

Ricky Ricardo, “Waste Not, Want Not,” Landscape Architecture Australia no 150, May 2016, 30–37


NOMANSLANDING heads to Germany



German online press articles:


Weser Kurier



NOMANSLANDING - a new international travelling artwork

Darling Harbour, Sydney 1st April - 31st May 2015

Ruhrtriennale/Urbane Kunste Ruhr, Germany 14th August 2015

Glasgow, Merchant City Festival, 2016


Created by five international artists (Robyn Backen, Andre Dekker, Graham Eatough, Nigel Helyer and Jennifer Turpin) and initiated by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Nomanslanding premiered in Darling Harbour, Sydney this April, is now showing at the Ruhrtrienniale in Germany and will next year travel to the Merchant City Festival in Glasgow.

No Man’s Land refers to the impasse, the place no one dares traverse, the gap of fear and uncertainty between two sides of tentative safety – a memory, a metaphor inherited from the impossible stand-off of World War I trench warfare. How can this empty space, this vacuum of devastation be poetically reimagined?

Traverse the pontoon bridges and step into a surround-sound installation and performance while floating in the middle of the water. There you will be taken on a poetic journey of a soldier’s experience during wartime: confrontation and conflict, hope and redemption. Time slows and life speeds past.

Our breath floats on the water

A murmur joins your own

A prayer within the darkness

A crossing faithfully done


HALO is nominated as a top 15 must see new public artwork internationally.

'Must See New Public Art Across the Globe', Blouin ArtInfo'


Jennifer Turpin receives a Churchill Fellowship

 Jennifer was recently awarded a Churchill Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. She will travel to Japan, Iceland, Denmark and Italy to study environmental artworks particularly contemporary and traditional designs and artworks that incorporate water.