AWC Pungalina Gulf of Carpentaria Exhibition in conjunction with Lea and Bill Ferris and Defiance Galler.
Following the extraordinary success of the AWC Mornington Sanctuary Kimberley exhibition in 2013, which raised over $200,000 for the important work of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, this year, a second exhibition will celebrate the AWC Pungalina - Seven Emu Sanctuary in the Gulf of Carpentaria. This important sanctuary, traversing the Calvert River and 55km of the coastal plains of the Gulf of Carpentaria, protects nearly 50 mammal species, over 200 bird species and over 100 reptiles.
In August of 2014, the AWC, in conjunction with Lea and Bill Ferris and Defiance Gallery, organised for five leading Australian artists - painters Euan Macleod, Angus Nivison and Charmaine Pike and sculptor Dave Teer alongside photographer Jason Capobianco and writer John McDonald, to travel to Pungalina. The artists spent a week exploring the 307,224 hectares of protected wilderness working closely with scientists from the AWC Research Centre.
AWC is a registered not for profit organisation whose mission is the effective conservation of all Australian animals and their habitats. AWC manages 23 sanctuaries covering over three million hectares across Australia, with 80% of their staff working on the ground to implement conservation programs such as fire management and carry out strategic scientific research to help turn back the tide of extinction.
Defiance Gallery will hold the exhibition at the Yellow House in Potts Point to raise money for the AWC, with each artist who undertook the trip donating a series of works developed from their experiences, the proceeds of which will go, in full, to the charity. This year each artist and their representative galleries will be be donating the first $40,000 in sales to the AWC, as opposed to the proceeds from just one work. This enables many people to support the AWC by buying a work from the exhibition.
In addition to this a selection of 60 works from the trip will be for commercial sale courtesy of Watters Gallery, Utopia Art Sydney, Title Artist Management and Defiance Gallery.
The exhibition will also become the venue for a program of talks by scientists to discuss the Gulf of Carpentaria and the work of the AWC, as well as artists’ talks about their work and experiences at the Pungalina-Seven Emu Sanctuary. Alongside this, acclaimed photographer, Jason Capobianco is producing a documentary, bringing together footage of the expedition and studio interviews with each of the artists by John McDonald, art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald.
The exhibition is a celebration of the Australian landscape and of our continued attempts to see our land from the perspectives of both the artists and the scientist.
Euan Macleod | Watters Gallery
Angus Nivison | Utopia Art Sydney
Charmaine Pike | Defiance Gallery
Dave Teer | Defiance Gallery
Jason Capobianco | Title Artist Management