Everyone likes birds.  What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird.  

David Attenborough

Following on from the astronomy and aviation series of the Altitude Project funded by Create NSW and the Blue Mountains City Council City of Arts Trust, ‘Altitude’ returns to the skies with Birdland an ornithological art/science project.

Birdland invites a select group of artists to undertake research and develop works in response to collections (specimens) or the observation of birds in the natural habitat.  Based on the science of ornithology (animate and inanimate) artists will participate in field trips, sound walks, workshops and have access to the bird specimen collections of both Mount Victoria Museum and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Blackheath.  The challenge of preserving ornithological collections, including dust, pest control will also be considered. 

Artists with experience in museology, zoology and/or natural history and/or having produced work on in those areas have been selected for the project.   

The first stage of Birdland is an exhibition of works developed in response to the collection of Charles Melbourne Ward and other specimens held in the Museum.   

  • Birdland Opening:  Saturday 9th November 2019,  2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Museum entry fee $5 adult $1 child
  • Guest speaker:  Rebecca Dallwitz, Senior Objects Conservator, Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Artists:  Emma Rooney, Jacqueline Spedding, Pamela Vaughan and Brad Allen-Waters
  • Curator:  Miriam Williamson

The exhibition runs from 9th November to 1st December 2019.  Museum opening hours:  12:00 – 3:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.  Mount Vic Museum, 35A Station Street Mount Victoria NSW.

The second stage will be an exhibition of works in the National Parks and Wildlife Service Visitors Centre  

Birdland is funded by a grant from the Blue Mountains City of Arts Trust and acknowledges the generosity of the Mount Victoria Museum Committee and their team of volunteers.

An online catalogue and more details will be uploaded following the exhibition opening.

Contact:  Miriam Williamson