Bimblebox: art - science - nature
Bimblebox: art - science - nature is a touring exhibition about the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, its environmental, social and scientific significance and an artist group’s creative response to their experience of this unique and threatened environment. The exhibition is rich, dynamic and diverse, including artworks in installation, works on paper, painting, artist books, photography, digital media and sound. Curated by Beth Jackson from a project initiated by artist Jill Sampson, the exhibition also incorporates aspects of scientific and environmental research and social history of the site, together with catalogue and education kit in digital and print media.
Bimblebox Nature Refuge is located in semi-arid, desert uplands environment approximately 50km north-west of Alpha in Central Queensland, comprising 8000 hectares of native bushland, the majority of which has never been cleared. While legally recognised as a Nature Refuge and part of the National Reserve System of Protected Areas, Bimblebox is under threat from coal mining. This exhibition explores the challenging subjects of coal mining, global warming, diminishing biodiversity, the changing socio-cultural dispositions of regional communities and the role of creativity in that process. Aiming to document and creatively interpret this unique place and time,
Bimblebox: art – science – nature may help to save this nature refuge from destruction or it will provide lasting testimony.
REsource 2013 (detail)
pigment prints, glass, timber, metal
Photo: courtesy of the artist
Artist and Curator biographies.
Bimblebox: art - science - nature touring exhibition dates and locations.
Download the digital catalogue, education kits and visit some of the related Bimblebox websites.
Bimblebox Nature Refuge is located in semi-arid, Desert Uplands bioregion approximately 50km north-west of Alpha in Central Queensland, comprising 8000 hectares of native bushland, the majority of which has never been cleared. 152 bird species, including 14 species of Conservation Significance for the Desert Uplands have been recorded within Bimblebox Nature Refuge by Birds Australia surveyors and scientists from 2003 to 2014, including an endangered species — the Black-throated Finch, recorded in May 2011. There is suitable habitat through the whole Refuge for this species and saving its habitat means saving habitat for all — the other birds, and the rich arrays of mammals and reptiles, frogs and insects.
Today, Bimblebox Nature Refuge is managed as a low impact cattle grazing property and studied by the CSIRO as part of wider research into sustainable eco-systems with a view to developing ‘tools’ for graziers who wish to manage their properties for biodiversity.
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Museums & Galleries Queensland
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Bimblebox: art - science - nature is a touring exhibition partnered by Museums & Galleries Queensland and Redland Art Gallery in association with Bimblebox Nature Refuge.
Assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, the Gordon Darling Foundation and proudly sponsored by Artfully, Tangible Media, Planet Boab, Wotif.com, Platypus Graphics, artisan and At A Glance.