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Project Pelican - Mannum

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by Colleen P Moyne (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in South Australia dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full-time.
Birds of many feathers flock to Mannum
Exhibition, Mannum, birds, pelicans, display, river
'Pretty Pelican' by Val Cox


The lovely riverside town of Mannum in South Australia is home to a variety of birdlife, from the majestic Pelican to the tiny Blue Wren, but in the coming weeks, you will see some new birds landing in the town's main street.

Exhibition, Mannum, birds, pelicans, display, river
By Steve Oatway


Exhibition, Mannum, birds, pelicans, display, river
Visitors Phillippa and Gabriel Arevallo and Carole Anderson enjoying the display


An initiative of the Mannum Creative Communities group, 'Project Pelican - Birds of the River' is an exhibition featuring art and sculptures by locals showcasing both real and imagined species of birds. The displays are diverse, ranging from Steve Oatway's upcycled junk-art fantasy creatures to a paper-mache pelican in flight, brightly decorated pelicans at rest, swamp-hens, ducks and tiny blue wrens nestled in the branches of a tree.

Exhibition, Mannum, birds, pelicans, display, river
Purple Swamp Hens by Sandie Kuehne


Exhibition, Mannum, birds, pelicans, display, river
Pelican in Flight by Colleen Moyne


There are also some impressive displays by children from the local kindergarten based on Aboriginal Dreamtime stories.

Mannum Kindergarten display


The majority of the displays are currently set in the garden area of the Mannum Dock Museum and at Pickleme Grandmas cafe at the Northern end of Randell Street, but are expected to grow over the coming weeks and will be on show for at least the next month, so there's plenty of time to fit in a visit.

Exhibition, Mannum, birds, pelicans, display, river
Blue Wrens by Colleen Moyne
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Why? A fun exhibition of river birdlife
When: April, May 2018
Phone: 0400286083
Where: Mannum, South Australia
Cost: Free
Your Comment
A great little project. It would be wonderful if soe of the more durable artworks became a more permanent feature.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6160) 242 days ago
Loving the art Colleen.
by May Cross (score: 3|3539) 243 days ago
I was hoping to also see some beautiful photos of real Pelicans. I could watch them for hours at a time. They are so graceful.
by r.eng (score: 2|360) 243 days ago
Looks like a great exhibition. A very interesting article, Colleen.
by Marie Vonow (score: 1|14) 244 days ago
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