Bimblebox 153 Birds Exhibition Opening
Bimblebox 153 Birds Inaugural Installation:
153 artists, 153 writers and 153 musicians creatively explore the 153 Bird Species of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge.
Exhibition Dates: 6 – 17 May,
10am – 4pm
Wednesday to Sunday
Opening Event: 2pm, Saturday 9 May, 2015
Opening Speaker: Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe AO
Impress Printmakers Studio and Gallery
134 Kedron Park Road
Gallery will be open
10am – 4pm Wednesday – Sunday
The aim of the Bimblebox Art Project is to creatively document the Bimblebox Nature Refuge which is under threat from coal mining. As we have learned more about the proposed coal mine developments for the Galilee Basin we have begun to realise the greater threat to life on Earth from generated carbon emissions if the Galilee Basin is developed for thermal coal export.
Through their artworks the artists are exploring the material, visual, historical, scientific and physical existence of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge while asking our community and our society as a whole what the future holds for this nature refuge and what human and societal value we place on it.
The Bimblebox 153 Birds collection of prints, writings and music will represent the unique grouping of birdlife species thriving on Bimblebox Nature Refuge. If Waratah Coal’s China First coalmine is developed this Nature Refuge will be almost completely destroyed. Those birds that survive the direct habitat loss would face fierce competition for the resources with birds in other habitats, resulting in further decline of birdlife. For many of the species finding a compatible habitat nearby would be near impossible.
Bimblebox Nature Refuge (50km NW of Alpha, Central West, Qld) is 8000 hectares of privately owned, high conservation value land and supports a range of ecosystems. It was purchased in 2000 by a group of concerned citizens for the explicit purpose of saving it from land clearing. Our Federal Government believed this property’s conservation value was important enough to contribute tax dollars to its purchase. A perpetual Nature Refuge Agreement was signed with the Qld State Government in 2003, and it forms part of the National Reserve System of Protected Areas. At present nature refuges are not protected from mining. http://www.bimblebox.org