Academic Research of Bimblebox: art – science – nature

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15 Endangered Black-throated Finches lineup, 2014, Emma Lindsay, photo Elouise. Currently on tour with Bimblebox: art – science – nature.

Bimblebox: art – science – nature has become the subject of a research thesis by Andrew Nicholson.

Depiction of Environment through Art

This research project is centred on a case study of the Bimblebox: art-science-nature touring exhibition, and associated media. The research project commenced in February 2016 and is now in the active research phase through survey of a range of people who have interacted with the exhibition, either through its physical display, its paper catalogue, or the companion digital catalogue app designed for the exhibition.

Andrew Nicholson’s research will explore the capacity of environmental arts advocacy to close a challenging communication gap. This gap exists on the one hand between conventional forms of environmental and climate science communication to citizens and communities. And on the other hand – the urgently needed and more effective level of practical engagement required from those communities in order to help them respond more effectively to the growing challenges posed by human caused climate change, loss of animals and plants, loss of groundwater and productive soils, and a host of other human-produced impacts on the natural world.

Your involvement would be one part of a 12 month study of research participant response to and influence by the Bimblebox: art – science – nature exhibition, and would contribute to the production of a research thesis to be completed in early 2018.

Your voluntary involvement in this project would be welcome and your input would make a valued contribution to the much needed rethink of ways, including the arts, in which environmental and climate science is communicated to a range of non-scientific audiences. Amongst other things, this research will seek answers to the questions of precisely how the arts may be able to influence people’s values, beliefs, attitudes and supportive behaviour toward the natural world. And how art may be able to motivate people to deal more effectively with the escalation of environmental threats and impacts which we are all increasingly experiencing.

Andrew Nicholson’s research is overseen by the University of New England.

Would you like to be involved in this study?

If you have visited Bimblebox: art – science – nature during its national tour, or viewed its digital catalogue, have your say.  Start by filling out the below contact form.   I will pass this onto Andrew Nicholson who will then contact you.

Please note this study is about the Bimblebox: art – science – nature exhibition, NOT the other Bimblebox exhibitions such as Bimblebox 153 Birds and Document://Bimblebox

The Qualtrics online survey can be found at this link: Bimblebox: art-science-nature exhibition – Survey A. Or paste the URL below into your browser:

You may have experienced Bimblebox: art – science – nature at any of the following venues:

Redland Art Gallery, QLD: 18 May – 29 June 2014
Dogwood Crossing @ Miles, QLD: 25 July – 23 September 2014
Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, WA: 4 October – 23 November 2014
Flinders University City Gallery, SA: 5 December – 8 February 2015

South Coast Regional Arts Centre, Goolwa, SA: 17 February – 10 April 2015
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 18 April – 7 June 2015
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, QLD: 27 June – 15August 2015
Rockhampton Art Gallery, QLD: 29 August – 11 October 2015
Artspace Mackay, QLD: 23 October – 6 December 2015

New England Regional Art Museum, NSW: 5 February – 24 April 2016

The University Gallery, Newcastle:  4 May – 11 June, 2016
Manly Art Gallery and Museum, NSW: 1 July – 4 September 2016
Logan Art Gallery, QLD: 14 October – 26 November 2016

The Condensery, Somerset Regional Gallery:  6 February – 26 March 2017

You can also participate in this research by viewing Bimblebox: – art – science – nature via the free interactive App which is the official Digital Catalogue for this exhibition.  Available here.