Opening night of Bimblebox: art – science – nature at Manly Art Gallery & Museum

 

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Bimblebox: art – science – nature at Manly Art Gallery, photo Tangible Media.

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.

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Michael Hedger, director of Manly Art Gallery talking with Beth Jackson, exhibition curator, at the opening of Bimblebox: art – science – nature, photo Tangible Media.

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Cr Jean Hay, Mayor of Manly welcomes guests on behalf of Manly Council, photo Tangible Media.

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speech time, photo Tangible Media.

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Jill Sampson, coordinator of Bimblebox Art Project, makes a point during her opening speech, photo Tangible Media.

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Listening intently, photo Tangible Media.

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UNE researcher Andrew Nicholson is called from the crowd, photo Tangible Media.

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The score for Coalface performance, Alison Clouston and Boyd, photo Tangible Media.

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Coalface performance, Alison Clouston and Boyd, accompanied by musicians (see list at the end of the article). photo Tangible Media.

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Coalface performance, Alison Clouston, photo Tangible Media.

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Coalface performance, Alison Clouston & Boyd, accompanied by musicians, photo Tangible Media.

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Coalface Performance, Boyd playing ‘Tawny Frogmouth’ on contrabass clarinet, photo Tangible Media.

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Coalface performance, photo Tangible Media.

Enjoying the Bimblebox: art – science – nature exhibition after the speeches and Coalface performance.

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Artist Glenda Orr with her Multifocal 1 and Multifocal 2, photo Tangible Media

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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**

2 responses to “Opening night of Bimblebox: art – science – nature at Manly Art Gallery & Museum

    • Hi David,
      good to hear from you.
      There are two Bimblebox exhibitions that are currently in circulation! Bimblebox: art – science – nature is an earlier Bimblebox exhibition predominently drawn from the artists who attended the first two artist camps at Bimblebox. This exhibition is currently showing at the Manly Art Gallery and is now in the final leg of its three year tour.

      The exhibition/installation you have contributed to is called Bimblebox 153 Birds and will next be shown at the Gympie Regional Gallery during August. As soon as I have an electronic version of the Bimblebox 153 Birds exhibition invitation I will be emailing this to you.
      Please email me if you have any further queries about this.
      all the best,
      Jill

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