Bimblebox 153 Birds

National Exhibition Register

  • Brolgas
    Heather Kepski Brolgas, 2014
    Handpainted woodcut

About the exhibition

Inspired by the birdlife of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, Bimblebox 153 Birds is a unique installation of artist prints, poetry, prose and musician’s birdcalls by over 450 people worldwide. Each of the 153+ bird species is given voice by a writer, an artist and a musician. The installation consists of individual bird prints, while the writers and musicians pieces are captured and presented on an audio soundscape, playing into the room (also available for individual selection and listening via the listening station).

Located in central-western Queensland’s Galilee Basin, the Bimblebox Nature Refuge is a dynamic 8000 hectares of privately held, never-been-cleared woodland that exists on the eastern edge of the Desert Uplands bioregion. Although protected in perpetuity by a Nature Refuge Agreement it is not protected from, and is consequently threatened by, coal mining. Bimblebox is home to 153+ species of birds including the endangered Black-throated Finch. There are also twelve species of conservation significance, including the Squatter Pigeon and Grey-crowned Babbler.

Compact in its design, and unique in its concept, Bimblebox 153 Birds showcases creative responses across a broad range of printmaking techniques, writing styles and innovative music. Designed to 'hang in the round', it enthrals gallery visitors who love being surrounded by birds while it sparks stories and conversations. It’s our story of our birds, how we experience them and sadly how we are losing them. Bimblebox 153 Birds creates an inspiring cultural experience for Australian communities.

Curator: Jill Sampson, Audio compilation and mixing by Boyd. 

Bimblebox 153 Birds is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.  This Project is also supported by The Bimblebox Alliance, Museums & Galleries Queensland and proudly sponsored by Seedhead Holistic Graphic Design and Quill Studios.

Artists and Curator

Jill Sampson

More than 450 artists, writers and musicians worldwide

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/07/2018 - 01/07/2024
Exhibition size
Under 50 sq or running metres
Originating state
$1,000 (exc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities
Other materials
Audio amplifier/speaker, iPad & head phones, magnet hanging system, children's in gallery activities
Primary contact
Jill Sampson
Bimblebox Art Project Coordinator
0408 841 434