It was another successful installation and opening of the ‘Bimblebox: art – science – nature’ exhibition in Mackay last week. Artspace is a beautiful gallery and the crew were great to work with. There was a crowd of about 70-80 people at the opening with lots of great conversation – which unfortunately meant I forgot to take lots of photos. But here are a few.
It was also great to make contact with the Mackay Conservation Group who have been such hard working campaigners in the effort to prevent coal mining in the Galilee Basin. Thanks so much Mackay for your bravery in joining in the conversation about coal and fossil fuels, the natural environment and biodiversity, and the dreams for a more sustainable future.
The exhibition arrives at Artspace Mackay and people begin to gather outside on Friday evening for the opening.
The opening featured beautiful live music from a harpist. The accompanying exhibition in the foyer gallery, ‘Off shoots’, is a Floralegium from Cairns and Mackay Botantical Gardens.
Great to see so many families in the gallery.
Gallery Director Anna Thurgood with me just after my curator’s talk on Saturday morning. Anna led a very interesting discussion about the relationship between mining companies, local communities, galleries and sponsorship. And on the opening night she spoke of the important role of the gallery as providing a safe space for the discussion of challenging issues. Thanks Anna – we wish Mackay well in its difficult task of balancing its precious natural environments of rainforest and reef with the local industries of mining, sugar cane, and tourism.