The Reflections on Nature exhibition showcases artwork and photography produced in a unique artists-in-residence online program inspired by nature during one of the most challenging periods of Canberra’s history.
Reflections on Nature was born into an environment that had been ravaged by fire and drought, memorable hail storm, and then news that the world was closed with the COVID19 pandemic. A group of local artists, naturalists, writers and ecologists decided to form an online community devoted to exploring nature and our responses to it.
Artists, journalers, naturalists, ecologists, people from all walks of life who shared a love of the natural world – more than 600 of them – joined the Reflections on Nature Facebook site, and together created a body of work consisting of shared experiences, hope and appreciation.
This exhibition presents the photography, nature journaling, artwork, stories and responses which demonstrated first-hand the role of the natural environment in ensuring our mental health and healing.
Enjoy the exhibition, experience the creative material generated and meet some of the artists-in-residence. There will also be workshops and talks from recognised experts affiliated with different conservation and environmental groups around Canberra as the healing continues. Come along and experience it for yourself.
Dates: 2 – 5 February; 9 – 12 February 2023
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm each day
Venue: The Old Barn Gallery, 18 Beltana Road, Pialligo, ACT.
Free Events: Workshops and Talks (see links below for further information and bookings).
- Introduction to Nature JournalingWorkshop – with Julia Landford.
- 4 Feb – Bookings at: https://tinyurl.com/mttufs5b
- 11 Feb – Bookings at: https://tinyurl.com/mrxu3mnp
- Introduction to Expressive Nature Sketching Workshop – with Dr. Fiona Boxall.
- Bookings at: https://tinyurl.com/275zdcbw
- ‘South-East Australia’s Grassy Ecosystems, the communities, flora and fauna, and what we can do to preserve them’ Ecology Talk – with ecologist Rainer Rehwinkel
- Bookings at: https://tinyurl.com/3kva5nrd
- ‘An Introduction to Canberra Nature Map’ Talk – with Michael Mulvaney
- Bookings at https://tinyurl.com/29js5zrc
- ‘Saving Our Most Threatened Flora and Fauna – Friends of Grasslands’ Talk – with Jamie Pittock
Image credits: Eucalyptus colours by Brocky Tezzah; Spider by David Rees; Fungi emergence by Julia Landford; Oakey Hill nature journaling by Fiona Boxall