WABA artist-in-residence program launched at Jerrabomberra Wetlands
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced on the 12 June the launch of an artist-in-residence program where two Australian artists will use the stunning ACT environment as an inspiration for their work.
“This is a joint Wildlife and Botanical Artists Incorporated (WABA) and Capital Woodland and Wetlands Conservation Trust artist-in-residence program will see the two artists draw inspiration from the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve in Canberra,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“Professional artists, Stephen Harrison of the ACT and Laura Arnull from Thornton, New South Wales, were selected from a pool of Australian applicants and awarded residency grants from WABA. We hope their work will promote awareness of these two important environmental assets in our community.
“Stephen is a professional contemporary artist recently graduating with a Master of Visual Arts in Sculpture from the ANU School of Art, and has a keen interest in endangered and threatened wildlife species.
“Laura is in her final year of a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration at Newcastle University and has a passion for illustrating flora and fauna to raise environmental awareness.
“The two artists will spend almost six weeks working with ecologists, scientists, local communities, aboriginal representatives, community volunteers and other artists, responding to the unique environmental settings at Mulligan’s Flat Woodland Sanctuary and Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve.
“WABA is a well-established arts organisation based in Canberra which brings together artists, scientists and environmentalists. This new artists-in-residence program will be a first for Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve in Canberra. The launch event was held today at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.
“The artists’ final works inspired by their residencies will be on display at Floriade at ‘The Art of Nature’ exhibition from Monday 5 October to Sunday 11 October 2015.”