South Coast Festival of Birds
Wing Threads: Flight to the Tundra Symposium Talk
Friday 17th March, 8.30am – 1pm
Museum of the Great Southern
Residency Rd, Albany WA
Zoologist turned pilot, Amellia Formby, will be giving a symposium talk as part of the maint event for the South Coast Festival of Birds in Albany next Friday 17th March from 8.30am-1pm.
Join Milly as she tells the story of shorebird migration, how she came to find herself pursuing this crazy adventure, and shares video, cartoons and photos from her current crowdfunding campaign (www.chuffed.org/project/wingthreads).
Milly will also be sharing experiences from her recent trip to Broome with the Australasian Wader Studies Group to band shorebirds on 80 Mile Beach, and plans for a research project looking into the behavioural ecology of shorebird migration. For more information about Wing Threads: Flight to the Tundra, head to www.wingthreads.com.
Other speakers include Professor Steve Hooper, Boyd Wykes and Keith Lightbody, alongside a panel of WA biologists who will share their knowledge and love of the wonderful birds of the Lower South West!
Entry cost $10. Bookings preferred. Contact Green Skills on 08 9848 3310.
A PDF of the full program for the Festival can be downloaded here:
Departing Colours: Eastern Curlew
Solo art exhibition by Barbara Campbell
Opening Friday March 3 @ 6-8pm
ArticulateUpstairs Gallery, 497 Parramatta Rd, Leichardt NSW
Image: Barbara Campbell, Soft part colours: Eastern Curlew bill series, flock 4, 2015, watercolour on Canson paper on wood stretcher frame, each 30.5 x 10.2 x 3.8 cm. Photo: Barbara Campbell.
Campaign Launch: Thursday 2nd March
Meet Amellia @ RAAus stand:
Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th March
Avalon Airport, 80 Beach Rd, Lara VIC
Amellia Formby is attending the Avalon Airshow to launch a crowdfunding campaign for Wing Threads: Flight to the Tundra.
The campaign aims to raise enough funds to purchase a microlight aircraft in which to undertake the proposed flight with the shorebirds, following their migration route from Australia to Siberia in a few years time. Visit the Support page for more details of the campaign.
You can find Amellia at the Recreational Aviation Australia stand from 9am-5pm, Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th March.
From a Home to a Home: a Story of Migration’
Group art exhibition by Kate Gorringe-Smith
Opening Friday November 25 @6pm
Brunswick Street Gallery, 322 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Kate Gorringe-Smith, creator of the highly successful Flyway Print Exchange, has again drawn upon her gift for collaboration in the group exhibition From a Home to a Home: a Story of Migration. Kate’s work features alongside those of 15 other artists from seven countries in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, all of whom have responded to the idea of looking at human migration and refugee stories through the lens of shorebird migration. The exhibition, which runs until December 10, will be opened by Jill Morgan AM, CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria.
The artists are: Cui Xiao Hua, Kyoko Imazu, Nakarin Jaikla, Vicki Kinai, Andrej Kocis, Helen Kocis Edwards, Khue Nguyen, Minh Phan, En En See, Pamela See, Ema Shin, My Le Thi, Pimpisa Tinpalit, Haily Tran and Rebecca Young.
Through a wide variety of media, from video installation to traditional Papua new Guinean weaving, the artists invite you to join them on a journey from migration to home.
Bound by the experience of finding a lasting sanctuary on Australian shores, the artists were invited to consider their own migrant and refugee stories through the universalising lens of shorebird migration. These creatures also find sanctuary on Australian shores, but are biologically bound to fly annually the treacherous 25,000 km circuit to and from their Arctic breeding grounds. Their flight path (called a ‘Flyway’) links Australia with 22 countries from New Zealand along the coast of Asia to Alaska. The exhibition seeks both to raise awareness of migratory shorebirds, whose habitat is under threat throughout the Flyway, and to open a window of empathy for the human migrants who come to our shores looking for sanctuary.
Participating artist Minh Phan writes,
‘I was introduced to From a Home to a Home via Multicultural Arts Victoria… I was particularly drawn to the poetry of shorebirds as a metaphor for the exploration of migration. This resonated with my own interest in diaspora and identity, having come to Australia as a seven-year-old Vietnamese boat person. The opportunity to be in a group show with the central theme close to my heart was irresistible.’
The artists in ‘From a Home to a Home’, from seven of the twenty-three Flyway countries, have made site-specific work for the exhibition in Fitzroy’s BSG (Brunswick Street Gallery). The rambling venue has nine separate spaces spread over three levels. As visitors walk between installations and works they will themselves experience a journey and are, at its end, invited to contribute to a growing public installation that considers the meaning of ‘home’.
As part of the event, there will be an artist’s talk on Sunday November 27, 1-3 pm and for families, there will be storytelling and a chance to make your own print from 10 – 12.