As the world focuses on climate concerns, the creative result of a four-year collaboration between artists and scientists is presented in a new exhibition, centred on the small but globally significant environment of White Bluff on the Coffs Coast.
The White Bluff Project is now open to world with a new 3D Virtual Tour of the exhibition, currently on show at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. From paintings and ceramics, to poetry and film, the exhibition showcases 15 local artists and their complex responses to White Bluff, including the impacts of climate and urbanisation.
During the project, the artists gained deep insights by working beside land and marine scientists, an historian and traditional Gumbaynggirr knowledge holders. A key influence has been renowned ecologist, Mark Graham, who has brought the natural diversity of White Bluff to life, revealing ecosystems going back tens of millions of years.
“My role has been to interpret the ecological values of White Bluff, where ancient rainforests meet our most southern coral reefs, and how globally significant the biodiversity is,” says Mark. “It’s some of our country’s most diverse land and sea and is an incredibly stimulating place from which to develop creative expression.”
“To be on the land, in the lab and on the ocean with the artists was amazing and we now see those conversations and creative process expressed through different artistic media.”
White Bluff At Night on November 26 will see Mark in the gallery narrating an evening soundscape, revealing fauna and flora with biologist Greg Elks, while the audience uncovers the artists’ impressions by torch light. Mark hopes the public will see why local places like White Bluff are worth looking after.
The project was realised with funding support from Coffs Harbour City Council’s Arts and Cultural Development Grants.
Take the 3D Tour and book into White Bluff At Night on November 26 at: www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/gallery