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Feathered Exhibition: Bimblebox 153 Birds & Bird Reflections

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Birds of a feather flock together. A new exciting and innovative exhibition has just opened in The Centre in Beaudesert and will be open until the 5th of February 2022.

Bird Reflections
Bird Reflections

More than 450 artists, writers and musicians from around Australia and overseas have contributed works that describe the attributes and calls of each recorded bird species found on Bimblebox, an 8000-hectare nature refuge and cattle property in central Queensland, which has been under threat from mining since 2007.

Scenic Rim Regional Council Arts Reference Group Chair and Deputy Mayor Cr Michael Enright said the exhibition highlighted the natural beauty of the region, which is home to 60 of the 79 families of Australian native birds, and its Indigenous culture. "With more than 330 species of birds, the Scenic Rim is renowned for the abundance of its birdlife and as an important habitat to many rare and threatened species," he said.

"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."

The exhibition includes pottery by Monique Quarantini and sculptures of some of the region's best-known birds by Colleen Lavender.

Quarantini's Fairy Wrens
Quarantini's Fairy Wrens
Percy by Colleen Lavender
Percy by Colleen Lavender

As a legacy of the 2019 Arts Ablaze spectacular, where the First Nations' creation story of Gullunini the Water Hen was shared with the community by poet and political activist Lionel Fogarty, the exhibition features a film that has reignited young Indigenous dancers' connection to Country.

Dancers performing
Dancers performing

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. Curator of Bimblebox 153, Jill Sampson, said she wanted to use art to create a dialogue about the loss of Australia's natural environment.

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

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

To register for this free event, which includes morning tea, visit see here.

In conjunction with the school holidays, the Feathered exhibition will offer a free children's activities station, where youngsters will be able to create their own native bird mobiles to take home or write about their favourite bird and leave their thoughts on the Kids Native Bird Wall.

To find out more, see here.
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Why? A symbolic and beautiful exhibition.
When: Now until 05/02/2022
Phone: (07) 5540 5050
Where: he Centre Beaudesert, 82 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert
Cost: free and ticketed
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