Call of the Running Tide Environmental Sculpture and Multimedia Festival is a biennial arts festival located in the Port Douglas area. Its aim is to respond to local, regional and global environmental issues.
Jill Chism, a local, nationally renowned, Environmental and Public Art practitioner, initiated the concept in 2017. Call of the Running Tide (CRT) supports the region’s significant history of environmental activism.
A small and committed team of artists, who are members of Port Douglas Artists, have continued to develop CRT. Rosey Cummings, Co-Ordinator and Jill Chism, Curator led the team and brought the CRT concept into fruition in September 2019 with the Inaugural CRT Festival. The second festival was held in September 2021.
Funding was obtained through several arts and private organisations and grant bodies.
Douglas Shire council has made significant in kind and monetary contributions.
Partnerships with local Environmental Groups and Tourism organisations are continuous because of their relevance to the issues and their community connections.