It was a rewarding challenge to install the ‘Bimblebox: art – science – nature’ exhibition in the South Coast Regional Art Centre in Goolwa. The distinctive heritage building was an old police station and courthouse so this gave a lovely gravitas to the exhibition themes and issues. All the artworks managed to find a place – it was particularly gratifying to drape Jude Roberts’ ‘Divine Message’ over the courtroom’s witness box!
The community at Goolwa is close-knit with a tremendous appreciation for the arts. The galleries (yes there is more than one!) are managed by a small number of staff but also by a great pool of dedicated volunteers. In addition to the audience groups that attended the floor talk and opening, two groups of high school students were also keen first visitors to the exhibition. They busily investigated the artworks and wasted no time adopting appropriate poses and taking selfies.
There was great positive feedback and support from local residents in Goolwa to the exhibition. The Art Centre is located close to the banks of the great Murray River, close to its mouth, which is full and flowing. It is hard to imagine that only a few years ago you could walk across from bank to bank with only a small channel trickling through the centre. Environmental concerns are high on the community’s agenda in this special part of Australia and there was much talk about producing an exhibition of local artists’ work about local environmental values and concerns using Bimblebox as an inspiration and model. This would be great to see. Many thanks Goolwa for a very warm reception.