students will have their creative artworks displayed at a premier cultural
institution as part of an expanded series of nature-based events.
Alphabet Bird Project will showcase the talents of Greater Geelong’s Year Four
students through a week-long exhibition at the National Wool Museum.
aims to highlight 26 threatened waterway and wetland birds in the Geelong
region, and educate young people and their families about our local environment.
Bird Project is a key component of the Geelong Nature Forum, which will run
from 28 March to 3 April 2020.
In its second
year, the expanded Geelong Nature Forum will highlight the region’s natural
wonders through a curated series of nature-based activities, presentations and
theme is Where The Rivers Run, providing a focus on the
animal and plant life of the Geelong region’s rivers, creeks and wetlands.
multi-dimensional program will include:
- Talks and presentations
- Manned displays by local
community environment groups
- Field-based expeditions, to
encourage people to explore natural places
- Nature-based school holiday
activities, at venues including the Geelong Botanic Gardens and
- The school students’ exhibition
at the National Wool Museum.
Bird Project’s supporting educational material will tie in with the Australian
Curriculum in Science and Visual Arts subject areas for the Year Four level.
has been designed by Geelong scientist and artist Mary-Jane Walker, who will be
artist-in-residence at the National Wool Museum from February 2020.
graduate who holds a doctorate in Molecular Genetics, Dr Walker uses creative
arts to explore issues and actions surrounding climate change and our inbuilt
need to connect with nature.
exhibition, Now you See Us, will explore the 84 threatened bird species
of the Greater Geelong region through hyper-realistic paper taxidermy
sculptures of the birds.
Bird Project is supported by the Geelong Field Naturalists Club and the City of
students, from more than 20 schools, have confirmed their involvement in the
will have all of their artwork returned at the end of the exhibition and will receive
a bird-attracting tree to plant as recognition of their participation.
information on the Alphabet Bird Project contact Karen Benham at the City by phone or or [email protected]
Couoncillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor
We are excited
to see the Geelong Nature Forum return with a larger program of events, which
will encourage residents to learn more about the region’s stunning natural
schools’ art exhibition is a creative new element, which will educate the next
generation on the threats to our rare bird species and the impacts on our
waterways and wetland areas.
exhibition and wider forum will shine a light on conservation efforts and promote
the variety of activities and initiatives being done by local environmental
Mary-Jane Walker - lead artist
Alphabet Bird Project is a terrific initiative. Using art as the activity is
really engaging for children and their families and is a way of connecting with
the birds in a meaningful way. Importantly
it focuses on making people think about what can be done to retain the
biodiversity of this area and recognise the wonder of these beautiful birds on
hear so much about the changing environment, which can often be overwhelming,
but this project will help bring the bigger issues down to the local level.