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 the world with a new 3D Virtual Tour of the exhibition, currently on show at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. Also giving a voice to the unique ecosystem is a soundscape event on November 26, highlighting the sounds and stories of White Bluff At Night.
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. Explorations of the changing coastline provided fresh inspiration through field research and experimentation.
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.
White Bluff At Night 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 torchlight. Mark hopes the public will see why local places like White Bluff are worth looking after.
The exhibition will run from October 30 2021 to January 15, 2022. Find out more at www.thewhitebluffproject.co