Art & Ecology unfolding – exhibition

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This is the second year in which we celebrate the scientific field of Ecology and the movements made towards protecting the ecosystem around us.

At the heart of the exhibition you will find a diversity of quality art genres; we feature street art, screen prints, contemporary works, and much more.

The exhibition will be hosted at the Arts Inc Gallery and at Hello Coffee in Apollo Bay, in the weekend of 29th September and will move to the Nature Gallery of the Conservation Ecology Centre at Cape Otway until the end of the year.

On the opening night you will find interesting intermezzos by spoken word artists, scientists and musicians. All profits from the event will go toward the Conservation Ecology Centre.

ART & ECOLOGY || Unfolding

Arts Inc. Gallery and Gallery at Hello Coffee

29.09.17 18:00 to 20:00 official opening at Arts Inc Gallery

30.09.17 & 01.09.17 11AM to 4PM at Arts Inc Gallery & Hello Coffee

06.10.17 onwards in the Conservation Ecology Centre Gallery

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  1. the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.
  2. the political movement concerned with protection of the environment.

In the epistemology of our modern times the common narrative often lacks the nuance and refinement of science. William Saroyan said: “Art is looking at things carefully.” and in this exhibition we display work of artist that connect to the work of ecologists in the Otways. Art is human impulse that reconnects the physical world with the metaphysical world (Thomas Aquinas). It is through the work of these artists we would like to connect the viewer to the work done to protect the natural world around us.

Artistic illustration has been used as a tool for ecological research from the very beginnings of science. The field of ecology, like many fields of science, deals with complex systems. The topics that ecologists devote themselves to are highly specialised and it is often hard to communicate to the broader public because of it. In this exhibit we hope to offer insight into the field through art.



Adrian Brierley || Cathy Donovan || Caroline Hawkins || Victoria Howlett || Rachel Hollis || Stefan Gevers || Doug Gimesy || Nattie Murray || Nicola Philp || John Riches || Christine Rockley || Katie Sandison || Gayle Seach || Fingle Sin || Andrew Strang || Shelley Thompson || Angela Robertson-Buchanan || Sisca Verwoert || Lyndi Whalen || Alice Ewing

Victoria Howlett || Dignified Masked Owl

Victora Howlett’s work plays with the connection between landscape, memory and an evocation of place. For this exhibit she created a series of five masked owls (Tyto novaehollandiae). The species is under threat as its listed as endangered in Victoria and vulnerable on a federal level.

Victoria Howlett is represented in many international and national collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and other state, regional and municipal galleries, as well as Artbank and numerous private collections.

Doug Gimesy || Helping Hands, Long-nosed Potoroo

Doug is Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the year in the ‘Our Impact’ category in 2016, and he is a finalist for the award again this year. The photographer shares many of his images with selected not-for-profit organisations, a true artist for conservation.

​Depicted are the hands of a Long-Nosed Potoroo, using microphotography. These are important to the health of the ecosystem; by using these long, slightly curved claws on their front feet to dig up their food, they help spread fungal spores which are beneficial to the health of trees and shrubs.

ADI || Eastern Quoll

ADi’s fine art practice, whilst coloured with a taxonomical aesthetic, records and catalogues the destructive symbiotic relationship currently underplay between mankind and our native Australian fauna.

The Eastern Quoll was thought to be extinct on mainland Australia for fifty years, but new found evidence proved that there were still Eastern Quolls on the mainland as late as 1989. 

 Sisca Verwoert || Paradise Lost

The work exhibited at Art & Ecology was commissioned especially for this exhibit and features a number of threatened species.

Apollo Bay Painter Sisca Verwoert had countless exhibitions and numerous commissions with works hanging in collections around Australia ,America, and the Netherlands. Sisca is currently represented by Robert Avitabile at Metropolis Gallery Ryrie Street Geelong and has a studio in Apollo Bay.

These are just four of the 17, largely local, artists that submitted works to exhibit and sell in order to help the fragile ecology of the Otways. The artworks are diverse in both style and cost, the prices of the works range from $20,- to $5000,-. There will be something for every art collector or nature lover.



 We are aiming for a program with interesting elements for all ages. We will start with an opening night with talks and music. The days after will all have an exhibit tour that is free to the public and will tell the visitors more about the artists as well as the conservation and ecology issues they symbolise.


 18:00 – 20:00

Official opening with spoken word, acoustic performances and conservation talks.


11:00 – 16:00 Doors open

1PM Exhibition talk


 11:00 – 16:00 Doors open

1PM Exhibition talk



 Support for this exhibit comes from the Conservation Ecology Centre, Arts Inc. Gallery and the Prickly Moses Brewery.  Volunteers set up the exhibition and the costs for the exhibit will be kept as low as possible. The Conservation Ecology Centre, Apollo Bays Arts Council and lively volunteering local community are always involved.


More information:

Karlijn Sas 0497 483387