Wow! What a wonderful opening weekend we had at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Bimblebox: art – science – nature looks stunning installed in the gallery and is partnered with two other exhibitions:
Julia Davis: Dark Matter, a site specific installation responding to the ideas in the Bimblebox touring exhibition.
Black Harvest: Andy Devine and Peter Tilley, a collaboration of rich and complex conceptual works reflecting the industrial landscape of the Newcastle region.
A number of the Bimblebox artists attended the opening and enjoyed catching up with friends and locals. Jill Sampson, Bimblebox Art Project coordinator, officially opened the Bimblebox: art – science – nature exhibition. (audio file of Jill’s speech at the end of this article)
An amazing performance of Coalface by Alison Clouston & Boyd accompanied by an incredible group of musicians topped off the evening.
On the Sunday Beth Jackson, curator of Bimblebox: art – science – nature, led a panel discussion: At the interface of art and social action.
Thank you to Manly Art Gallery & Museum, thank you to Michael Hedger (Gallery Director), Katherine Roberts (Senior Curator) and all the staff and volunteers at the gallery for hosting Bimblebox: art – science – nature and for making us all so very welcome.
Exhibition Dates: 1 July – 4 September.
Enjoying the Bimblebox: art – science – nature exhibition after the speeches and Coalface performance.
Coalface performance, Alison Clouston & Boyd
Cast in order of appearance:
Coalface Alison Clouston, Tawny Frogmouth Boyd contrabass clarinet, Mistletoebird Tony Gorman alto clarinet, Pied butcherbird Shawna O’Neill clarinet, Stubble Quail Katrina Fawns alto saxophone, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Paul Cutlan Eb clarinet, Brown Songlark James Nightingale alto saxophone, Singing Bushlark (Horsfield’s) Sandy evans soprano saxophone, Torresian Crow Ellen Kirkwood trumpet, Grey Shrike-thrush Trevor Brown bass clarinet, Brush Cuckoo Ruth Wells soprano saxophone, Australian Bustard Benjamin Samuels bass clarinet, Noisy Friarbird Melissa Mony alto saxophone.
opening speech by Jill Sampson, Bimblebox Art Project coordinator, recorded by Boyd, 01/07/2016
**Thank you to Greg and Emma Harm of Tangible Media for the gorgeous photographs in this article**