Arts and Culture

Bird Migration Painting a Bigger Picture

Posted on: Tue 22 Jun 2021

The Bigger Picture is a current group exhibition, presented by Bittondi Printmakers Association, offering a South Australian perspective on the Overwintering Project; an Australia-wide artist initiative established by printmaker Kate Gorringe-Smith.

The Overwintering Project was originally derived from the Flyway Print Exchange, also initiated by Kate back in 2014. Both projects pay tribute to the remarkable journeys of the migratory shorebirds and the harsh, changing climates that threaten these birds on their twice-yearly voyage across the expanse of the world. The Overwintering Project has since inspired 30 printmakers’ exhibitions across our nation and has currently raised funds for Bird Life Australia.

The Bigger Picture exhibition – now running at Signal Point Gallery in Goolwa – aims to inspire Fleurieu residents to connect with their local migratory shorebirds as well as inspiring positive action to protect these species.

Local artist and printmaker Julia Wakefield joined Festival City’s Emma Wotzke to shed some light on how this group exhibition has taken shape, how she has come to understand the miraculous journeys of migratory shorebirds and the role of art in refocusing the lens on environmental preservation and the protection of birdlife.

The Bigger Picture is currently on display until Sunday July 11.

Produced by Emma Wotzke

Image Mary Moore provided by Julia Wakefield

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