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The Art & Craft of Nests Exhibition - Zora Verona

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  • Free Admission


  • Thu 27 Apr 2023, 10:00am–4:00pm
  • Fri 28 Apr 2023, 10:00am–4:00pm
  • Sat 29 Apr 2023, 10:00am–4:00pm
  • Sun 30 Apr 2023, 10:00am–4:00pm
  • Mon 1 May 2023, 10:00am–4:00pm

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For centuries, the strength, fragility and resilience of birds has captured our collective imagination. They play a central symbolic role in our mythology, religion and folklore and have inspired our desire to fly – from science to poetry, art and music. Yet could birds have inspired the origins of our textile crafts?

Birds inhabit the globe and their history of textile use and technique mirrors the diversity of the cultures with which they coincide and intersect. They weave, felt, stitch and sculpt their nests using only beak and breast, yet from splitting, stripping and shaping, to coiling and random weave, these techniques are all echoed in human crafting tradition.

The Art & Craft of Nests explores the tenacity, determination, skill and ingenuity of birds to craft and curate. Artist Zora Verona emulates a bird’s methodology in collecting nesting materials by foraging locally for fauna, flora and found objects, re-envisioning nests that are held in natural history collections worldwide.

This exhibition of twenty seven sustainable contemporary art works explores the complexity of nest forms, honouring birds as artist and architect. It is an invitation to awaken an understanding that every bird species is worthy of our wonder, awe and most importantly our protection.

Artist in residence at the gallery - 2, 10, 22 April 2023
Artist Talks at the gallery at 11am & 2pm on 2, 10 & 22 April 2023
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