Here at Bimblebox Nature Refuge we are honoured to host a group of diverse, dedicated, professional artists for 10 days, as part of the inaugural camp for the Bimblebox Art Project.
The aim of this art project is to highlight the threat to the continuation of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, to document Bimblebox creatively and to show Australians what we are at risk of losing.
The artists say: “As we have learned more about the proposed coal mine developments for the Galilee Basin we have begun to realise the greater threat to life on Earth from generated carbon emissions if the Galilee Basin is developed for thermal coal export.”
Artist Jill Sampson, one of the main organisers of the camp, in an interview with Simon Green from Central Queensland News:
“Our intention is to map the country and its inhabitants in our own unique ways,” Ms Sampson said.
“These 8000 ha of native bushland sustain complex ecosystems.
“The landscape and its habitats exist as they have for thousands of years.
“This long history will end if Waratah Coal is allowed to clear and mine the reserve.”
Bimblebox has played host to a number of scientific studies in the past decade. Ms Sampson said art and science had long complemented each other.
“Nature, art and science are all meant to enhance our lives, and this is what we’re seeing at Bimblebox,” she said.
“Through our art we will bear witness to this place, its past and its future.”
‘Bimblebox fight takes to canvases’, By Simon Green, Central Queensland News, 5th September 2012
‘Capturing Bimblebox’, By Alice Roberts and Paul Robinson, ABC Capricornia 3rd September 2012
As of 7th Sept 2012