Drawing attention to bush bird

By Country News

The G.R.A.I.N. Store Nathalia is gearing up for a community exhibition, The Bush Stone-curlew Project.

In partnership with Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, the project features work from a range of artists in response to their experience and knowledge about the bush stone-curlew.

The bird is endangered in south-eastern Australia and the Goulburn Broken CMA hopes to raise awareness of the species through art.

The project had engaged with artists and musicians in Nathalia and the surrounding area to run workshops in the lead-up to the opening, project curator Philippa Schapper said.

‘‘The work done in these workshops looked at habitat, behaviours, threats, the physical appearance and how to help protect the bush stone-curlew.’’

The workshops involved collage work with Linden Lancaster and Anne Timm, songwriting with Simon Marks and Cameron Lancaster and lino-cut printmaking with Kristen Retallick.

The exhibition will showcase pieces created during these workshops along with other pieces of related art from local artists.

The Bush Stone-curlew Project will be housed at the G.R.A.I.N. Store for two weeks, starting on Thursday, May 17.

The official opening on Friday, May 18, will include a talk from renowned bird expert and photographer Chris Tzaros and a field trip to a site where the birds were recently spotted.

Ms Schapper encouraged everyone who had had recent sightings of the bird to visit the G.R.A.I.N. Store while the exhibition was on to share their knowledge.

‘‘We will be recording as much information as possible to help gain a better understanding of what people already know,’’ she said.

Artist Kristen Retallick said the project had been an interesting way to learn about the endangered species.

‘‘When you draw something, you become very intimately involved with its little intricacies ... all the different speckles in their feathers and their very intense eyes,’’ she said.

‘‘To then be able to share what I’ve recently learned with my workshop participants via skills I am confident teaching has been a really fantastic experience.’’

The opening event runs from 10am to 2pm, with a light lunch provided. There is no cost associated with the field trip, however numbers are strictly limited.

■To book a place for the project opening on Friday, May 18, phone Philippa at the G.R.A.I.N. Store on 0400 037 432.

—Liz Mellino