Bimblebox 153 Birds at Gladstone until 30 March

Bimblebox 153 Birds is at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery until 30 March, 2019

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Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum poster. Featured image: Brolgas, 2014 by Heather Kepski.

Opening weekend for Bimblebox 153 Birds in Gladstone was a fun, fabulous and very busy couple of days.   It was great to meet members of the local community and also to meet Bimblebox 153 Birds artists and writers who I had previously only met via email.

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L to R: Jill Sampson curator/coordinator Bimblebox 153 Birds, artist Michele Kershaw, artist Nanette Balchin, artist Peta Lloyd and artist Michele Black. Michele, Peta and Michele are all contributing artists for Bimblebox 153 Birds.

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Opening night speeches. Jill Sampson spoke for Bimblebox 153 Birds. Jen Conde of Migaloo Press for the exhibition Wetlanders, Kate Gorringe-Smith for her project Overwintering and Cr Natalie. MC for the evening was Bruce Hunt, President of Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum Society.

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Jill Sampson curator and coordinator of Bimblebox 153 Birds.

A video of the opening speeches is available on facebook here.

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A good crowd at the opening, listening to MC Bruce Hunt, President of Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum Society.  photo courtesy of Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum

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Artist Kate Gorringe-Smith talks about her Bimblebox Bird artwork for the Grey Shrike Thrush. See image of this artwork below. photo courtesy of Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum.

 

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Writer Julie Davies reads her prose for the Grey Shrike Thrush. photo courtesy of Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum.

 

Grey Shrike ThrushKate Goringe-Smith, And with breath, song, 2014, photo Paula Quintela

And with breath, song, 2014, Kate Gorringe-Smith. Bird species: Grey Shrike Thrush. (image featured on this posts preview window)

Grey Shrike Thrush by writer Julie Davies, Grey Shrike Thrush by musician Andy Giles on guitar and voice. Audio compilation and mixing by Boyd.

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Gladstone artist Margaret Worthington with Barn Owl, 2014, hand coloured etching, Margaret’s iconic contribution to Bimblebox 153 Birds. photo courtesy of Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum.

At the talk we also looked at the artwork and listened to the audio mix for the Australian Bustard (see below).

"Bustard on the Road to Bimblebox" 2014 edition of 6, for Bimblebox 153 Birds

Australian Bustard on the Road to Bimblebox, 2014, Alison Clouston

Ardeotis Australis – The Australian Bustard by poet Kristin Hannaford and musician Darren Blackman on Didgerido. Audio compilation and mixing by Boyd.

Thank you to Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum for bringing Bimblebox 153 Birds to your region, and thank you for making me so welcome during my time there.  Thank you also to all the wonderful staff and volunteers who work tirelessly for the Gladstone gallery & museum.

 

Bimblebox 153 Birds at Gladstone until 30 March.

ABC article:  Bimblebox 153 Birds exhibition takes aim at Coal Mining. 

 

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