Bimblebox: art – science – nature at The University Gallery, Newcastle


Prior to the exhibition opening, local arts writer Jill Stowell (left) speaks with local artist Peter Tilley (centre) and curator Gillian Shaw at The University Gallery, University of Newcastle. Jill Sampson’s artwork ‘Vanishing Food Bowls’ features in the foreground. We look forward to Jill’s forthcoming review of the Bimblebox: art – science – nature exhibition in the Newcastle Herald.

It certainly felt meaningful to open the Bimblebox: art – science – nature exhibition in Newcastle, the world’s largest coal export terminal, last weekend. And the timing could not have been better, coinciding with major protest actions, including a flotilla of kayaks at the port facility, campaigning to raise awareness of climate change, for cuts to carbon emissions and for an end to the era of coal. It certainly seems that Newcastle is prepared to have the conversation, with another exhibition, ‘A Dirty Business’, also exploring the issues, showing at Newcastle Art Gallery. Many people who attended the exhibition opening and the weekend events were from the local Hunter Valley region, directly affected by massive coal mining operations. But as a city that’s had to survive the closure of the BHP steelworks, and now seriously investing in health and education, it may well be this community that helps lead a transition to a cleaner and more sustainable future. Lets hope.

A warm thank you to curator Gillian Shaw and the staff of the University Gallery for a terrific installation and great hospitality. The exhibition continues to 11 June.

Beth Jackson


Artists Alison Clouston & Boyd (left) with their artwork ‘Carbon Dating’ and their friends at the exhibition opening.


Bimblebox caretaker Paola Cassoni (left) with artist Alison Clouston (right) at the exhibition opening, after a long road trip. It was great that Paola was able to attend the event and hopefully feel supported by this exhibition’s effort to save the Bimblebox Nature Refuge from the destruction of coal mining.



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