On a Floating World is a publishing and events platform focused on the coastline and waterways surrounding Newcastle, stretching from Port Stephens to Lake Macquarie and wrapping around the Hunter Valley.
Combining art, science, history, community, and culture, the project aims to foster a deeper connection to our marine ecosystems and contemplate their futures.
This site will feature oral histories, site visits, deep dives into the past, primary research, and more in order to better understand the relationships between people and places, as well as the critical, global issue of water security.
In addition to our hyperlocalised focus, we will also be sharing stories from around the world, showcasing people, places, and projects that are either leading the way for the future or preserving something essential from the past.
Wherever we go and whomever we visit, you will hear from experts and everyday people in their own voices and discover the many fascinating ways in which human life intersects with water.
On a Floating World was founded and is managed by Heath Killen — a producer, curator, and designer from Newcastle, While it is an independent project, it has been made possible with cultural grants from City of Newcastle and Port of Newcastle.
On a Floating World acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi peoples as the traditional custodians of the land and waters of Newcastle. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.