Wildlife Art @ Discovery exhibition and Discover Wildlife: Art and Science Symposium

by Glenda Shelley
(Canberra, ACT, Australia)

The art exhibition ‘Wildlife Art @ Discovery’ will be launched in Canberra at 6pm on 15 May 2014 and coincides with a three day symposium titled: 'Discover Wildlife: Art and Science' (hosted by Wildlife and Botanical Artists (WABA) in partnership with CSIRO).

The exhibition will focus on threatened Australian fauna, and will include artworks from some of Australia’s best wildlife artists.

Exhibition dates are 16–31 May 2014, with the gallery open weekdays 9am-5pm, and from 11am-3pm on Saturdays.

Artists from around Australia are invited to submit artworks for the exhibition, which should reflect on Australian wildlife and related conservation issues. An entry form is available on the WABA website: www.waba.net.au. The closing date for entries has been extended to Wed 9 April.

The symposium ‘Discover Wildlife: Art and Science’ will be held over three days on 15-17 May 2014 at the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra. It will highlight the contribution of Australian wildlife artists to Australian history, science and culture.

A range of topics will be covered during the symposium: from indigenous art through to contemporary expressions of wildlife art, the links between art and science, wildlife conservation – advocacy and education through art, as well as discussions about innovation and ideas for the future of wildlife art in Australia.

The symposium will feature some of Australia’s most prominent artists, art historians, scientists and conservationists as speakers, including Peter Trusler, Richard Weatherly, Raoul Slater, Anne Llewellyn, Mark Judd and others.

The symposium will also include wildlife art demonstrations by Pete Marshall, Rikki Fisher, Natalie Maras and Lesley Wallington. There will also be field trips to CSIRO wildlife scientific organisations, including the Australian National Insect Collection, the National Wildlife Collection and the National Herbarium.

Steve Parish will be speaking and holding a kids' photography workshop as part of the symposium, as well as holding a photography seminar on 18 May, hosted by WABA.

The symposium dinner on 16 May will include guest speaker David Lindenmeyer, and an art auction to raise funds for an endangered species project.

Bookings for symposium events should be made at www.trybooking.com/EOEK

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