Exhibition sees Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Bimblebox 153 Birds. Photo Steve Mardon.
Bimblebox 153 Birds. Photo Steve Mardon.

Lovers of art and nature are set to flock to Beaudesert for the Feathered exhibition.

Feathered incorporates the Bimblebox 153 Birds touring exhibition and Bird Reflections, showcasing works by Scenic Rim artists, and a short film featuring local Indigenous dance.

 Cr Michael Enright said the exhibition highlights the natural beauty of the region, home to 60 of the 79 families of Australian native birds, and its Indigenous culture.

“This multi-faceted exhibition will strike a chord with everyone who has ever marvelled at the beauty of our native birds or enjoyed the melody of their birdsong,” he said.

Drawing on the Scenic Rim’s connection to its birdlife, Council’s first exhibition of 2022 includes pottery by Monique Quarantini and sculptures of some of the region’s best-known birds by Colleen Lavender, whose works have become Scenic Rim landmarks.

Colleen Lavender’s Percy is part of Feathered. 
Photo:  Supplied.

Monique Quarantini’s passion for her surroundings is told through her Little Bird Song pottery series, capturing the beauty of birds from her garden and surrounds including the delightfully delicate Fairy Wrens.

Colleen Lavender shares her love of wildlife through a series of sculptures displayed in Bird Reflections.

The exhibition also features a film which has reignited young Indigenous dancers’ connection to Country.

Local artists Brendan Knight and Kim Williams staged the Mununjali Culture Camp in 2020 with young dancers from the region to film the Gullunini performance on Country.

Choreographer Mitchell Currie has produced an innovative retelling of the Gullunini story through dance, in partnership with traditional Mununjali Elders, Beaudesert State High School and dance artists Mununjali Ngari.

The film’s inclusion in Bird Reflections complements the Bimblebox 153 Birds component of the Feathered exhibition, which depicts more than 153 bird species through prints, poetry, prose, spoken word and music.

Feathered opened on Tuesday 11 January 2022 at The Centre, Brisbane Street Beaudesert, and runs until Saturday 5 February.

Bookings are open for the Feathered exhibition open day on Saturday 29 January, when visitors will have an opportunity to meet the artists, come face to face with native birds from Geckoes Wildlife and enjoy a screening of the film Penguin Bloom (PG). 

To register for this free event, which includes morning tea, visit http://liveatthecentre.com.au/Exhibitions-2022-Feathered-Open-Day-pg33269.html

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