various artists Bimblebox 153 Birds, installation detail, 2016
- Image Credit
- Photograph by Bambi Gosbell.
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 440 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 audio playing into the room (also available for individual selection and listening via an iPad and iPods).
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 Queensland and Australian communities.
Curator: Jill Sampson, Audio compilation and mixing by Boyd
Artists and Curator
- Jill Sampson
Over 440 artists, writers and musicians worldwide
Available Dates and
- Available dates
- 01/07/2018 - 01/07/2021
- Exhibition size
- Under 50 sq or running metres
- Originating state
- $1,000 (exc. freight)
- Web Site
- Other materials
- Audio speakers/amplifier iPad & head phones 2 x iPods and head phones (optional) magnet hanging system
- Primary contact
- Jill Sampson
- Bimblebox Art Project Coordinator
- 0408 841 434