Bimblebox: art – science – nature
National Tour 16 May 2014 – 26 March, 2017
Bimblebox: art – science – nature is a touring exhibition about the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, its environmental, social and scientific significance and an artist group’s creative response to their experience of this unique and threatened environment. The exhibition is rich, dynamic and diverse, including artworks in installation, works on paper, painting, artist books, photography, digital media and sound. The exhibition also incorporates aspects of scientific and environmental research and social history of the site, together with catalogue and education kit in digital and print media.
Bimblebox Nature Refuge is located in semi-arid, desert uplands environment approximately 50km north-west of Alpha in Central Queensland, comprising 8000 hectares of native bushland, the majority of which has never been cleared. While legally recognised as a Nature Refuge and part of the National Reserve System of Protected Areas, Bimblebox is under threat from coal mining. This exhibition explores the challenging subjects of coal mining, global warming, diminishing biodiversity, the changing socio-cultural dispositions of regional communities and the role of creativity in that process. Aiming to document and creatively interpret this unique place and time, Bimblebox: art – science – nature may help to save this nature refuge from destruction or it will provide lasting testimony.
Opening night at Manly Art Gallery 2016, photo Tangible Media
Launched at Redland Art Gallery on 16 May, 2014
Toured 2014 – 2017
Digital Catalogue is a Free App to download to your iPad.Bimblebox: art – science – nature website here.
Curator: Beth Jackson
Initiator and co-ordinator: Jill Sampson
- Alison Clouston and Boyd
- Howard Butler
- Kaylene Butler
- Dr Pamela CroftWarcon
- Donna Davis
- Emma Lindsay
- Fiona MacDonald
- Samara McIlroy
- Liz Mahood
- Glenda Orr
- Michael Pospischil
- Jude Roberts
- Luke Roberts
- Jill Sampson
- Gerald Soworka
- Shayna Wells
Bimblebox Sky Map 2, 2013, artist Glenda Orr, photo by Carl Warner
Depiction of Environment through Art, research thesis by Andrew Nicholson
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.
more information on this research here.
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