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Bimblebox 153 birds

23 February 2022 @ 9:30 am - 6 March 2022 @ 4:30 pm

Heather Kepski Brolgas 2014depiction of Brolgas used in Bimblebox exhibition

Information source: Australian National Botanic Gardens website

Bimblebox 153 Birds surrounds you with the sights and sounds of birdlife found on the Bimblebox Nature Refuge.  This unique installation combines artist prints, poetry, prose and musical interpretations of birdcalls contributed by over 450 people worldwide.

Each bird species found on Bimblebox is explored by a writer, an artist and a musician. Bird call inspired compositions and recordings of writers’ poetry and prose form a soundscape, while artists’ representations of the many and varied Bimblebox birds flock along the walls.

Located in Central Queensland’s Galilee Basin, Bimblebox is an 8000 hectare parcel of privately-held, never-been-cleared woodland and a significant pocket of biodiversity.  Although protected in perpetuity by a Nature Refuge Agreement, it is not protected from, and is consequently threatened by, coal mining.

Bimblebox was thought to be home to 153 species of birds—more have since been spotted, and this project continues to grow with each new bird added. It’s habitat for the endangered Black-throated Finch and twelve species of conservation significance including the Squatter Pigeon and Grey-crowned Babbler.

Bimblebox 153 Birds showcases creative responses across a broad range of printmaking techniques, writing styles and innovative music. It enthralls people who love being surrounded by birds while it sparks stories and conversations. It’s our story of our birds, how we experience them and sadly, how we may lose them.


23 February 2022 @ 9:30 am
6 March 2022 @ 4:30 pm


Australian National Botanic Gardens
Clunies Ross Street
Acton, ACT 2601 Australia
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02 6250 9588