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A diverse community of artists share their love of our precious local habitats.

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Tuesday 8 December 2020
By Ginninderry Project Team
6 Dec 2020 - 16 Jan 2020

Precious Habitats: Threatened ecosystems and species of the ACT and surrounds’ is a community exhibition by local artists who are all passionate about their love of our local biodiversity. 

Curated by environmental and inclusive artist Ceilidh Dalton, the aim of the exhibition is to share the love of our natural environment via art to our community. To encourage more people to care and feel joy and connection to the precious ecosystems and species that are still here. 

The unifying theme of all the works is the threatened ecological communities and species

in the ACT.  In a time of isolation and the subsequent effect of mental health, walking in and learning about our local nature reserves and national parks have become an increasingly popular and healthy pastime.  Canberra is lucky to have one of the largest remnants of the critically endangered box-gum woodlands at Mulligans flat reserve. It also has areas of critically endangered Natural temperate grassland dotted throughout our reserves and the nationally endangered Alpine sphagnum bogs and associated fens ecological community in Namadgi national park.

We are at a crucial time in history where our actions and choices can make a long-term difference to the biodiversity of the earth. The threatened ecological communities list is a warning that if the present conditions continue, they will disappear. By changing those conditions with our actions, there is still an opportunity for conservation.

Precious Habitats will be in a variety of mediums and materials: sculptures in steel, bronze, clay and wax. 2D work of paintings, drawings, embroidery prints and photographs. Poems, written and spoken words. 

The exhibition will include an ephemeral and interactive art workshop by local artist Madeleine Tranter during the opening on Sunday 13th. During the workshop, people will get to create their own ephemeral art using natural materials. This workshop will be suitable for all ages and abilities including people with low or no vision. 

In Madeleine’s own words “Ephemeral art is something that doesn’t last a long time. Art is all around us, nature itself is an artist. Art can be as simple as lining up three stones and is accessible for everyone to create. Sometimes you might be the only one who sees the art but it may be an unexpected delight seen by someone else that makes their day. Every artist can’t know how their art will affect others and the world around them. Art, for me, is about providing an opportunity for other people to engage with the world in a different way”. 

The exhibition will run from 8th December to 17th January at The Link Exhibition Space in Ginninderry, 1 McClymont Way, Strathnairn. 

Please contact the curator directly via or phone 0411210949 for your access needs. 

About the artist

Ceilidh Dalton is a local Canberra artist, where the abundant nature parks, with varied ecosystems, provide endless inspiration for her environmental jewellery and sculpture.  

She graduated from the ANU School of Art and Design in 2017, having studied Gold and Silver-Smithing and Sculpture. Her jewellery medium is silver, copper, bronze and found materials, while her sculptures are cast bronze with a recent foray into ceramics. She is currently studying her Masters degree at ANU in Art and Ecology. Precious habitats is a new direction with a focus on curating and sharing her exhibition experience and skills with emerging artists, some of whom this is their first public exhibition. 


The idea of a field studies and exhibition programme was germinated in a Woodlands conference in 2018. “One of the politicians commented that the only way that environmental policy would change is if people care. That gave me hope for the first time that what I do as an artist has value in biodiversity conservation. Throughout history, Art is traditionally a way of encouraging people to care. I wanted a programme where we, as artists, can learn about conservation in the field and be inspired to express our thoughts and feelings through different artforms. Where our voices are encouraged to express and share our love for our precious habitats, our sadness and our joy. A program that is accessible to all artists whose only requirement is a passion for conservation and desire to share that passion through art.” Ceilidh Dalton 2020

Quoll Bearing hollow, Belinda Wilson, Photographic print A3

Red Gum Flames, Naomi Taylor Royds, Metal sculpture, red paint

Quoll and Bettong, Ceilidh Dalton, 40cm x 30cm, Ceramic and Bronze. Photo Credit:Ronia Ecclestone

Equally Perfect, Emily Birks, Ink and 23k gold leaf on paper

Golden Green stag beetles, Cheryl Hodges, Print of illustration

Kangaroo Grass, Adam Fromholtz, 1.5 metres, Mild steel

Coroboree Frogs, Paul Dumetz, 3cm x 4cm, Ceramic brooches

Red Necked Wallaby, Fenya Ringl, 27 x 39 cm print. Linoprint, monotype and solar etchings

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