Overwintering: Artists talks

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The Overwintering Project: Westernport is an environmental project by artists who have researched and responded to the unique nature of their local migratory shorebird habitat. Organised by former science educator and editor/illustrator/printmaker with Birdlife Australia, Kate Gorringe-Smith, The Overwintering Project: Westernport features 17 artists who have produced new work in a variety of media inspired by Westernport Bay. These will be shown in conjunction with the Overwintering Project Print Portfolio, a monumental exhibition of over 300 works that focuses on birds that rely on fragile wetlands to provide sanctuary on their annual flight paths.

Join Project Curator, Kate Gorringe-Smith and fellow exhibiting artists Dominic White, Rea Dennis and Magda Miranda for an afternoon of talks and performance as we celebrate the launch of The Overwintering Project at MPRG.

12pm    Kate Gorringe-Smith                 Welcome and exhibition overview             

1pm      Artist talk                                   Dominic White, Baluk Arts, Mornington

2pm      Artist talk and performance       Rea Dennis and Magda Miranda

Dominic White’s Indigenous connection is through his birth mother’s line linking with the Pyemmairrener people in Tasmania. Dominic was adopted early in life and his artwork is an exploration of the lost parts of his heritage creating an identity deepened in the understanding of self. His artwork explores themes of landscape and people’s interaction with place, family, genetics and biology.

Rea Dennis is a creative practitioner living in Melbourne, whose work enacts listening through material and digital practices in and through performance. Rea’s practice explores the experience of the human body within the agencies of bodies in nature: weather, water, land and with flora and fauna. Rea is Associate Professor of Art and Performance at Deakin University and her research focuses on the potential impact of human behaviour.

Magda Miranda is a performer and visual artist with background in dance and drama. Born in Brazil, Magda migrated to Australia in 2014 and lives in Melbourne. Her work explores the interaction of self and place and emerges from her range of approaches from drawing, sculpture and photography in tandem with her embodied practices. At the launch Magda will perform a duration dance in response to her work I won’t see you tomorrow exploring the grief the Eastern Curlew encounters when returning to the same place every year and not finding home.   

This is a free event and will be delivered in a COVIDsafe environment in keeping with Government directives. Capacity limits will apply.



  • Saturday, 06 March 2021 | 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM


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