Festival Exhibition & Poetry Readings
After the success of Bruny Island Environment Network's 2010 Bird Festival, BIEN has again joined with BirdLife Tasmania and Inala Nature Tours to organize the 2012 BIEN Bruny Island Bird Festival. Join us for an exciting four days of guided tours, boat trips, an art exhibition and community activities to highlight the unique and abundant birdlife that Bruny enjoys and learn more about BIEN's work to protect Bruny's threatened bird species and their habitat. Over 150 bird species have been recorded on Bruny, and it is the one place where it is possible to see all of Tasmania's endemic species. The whole island has been designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) under the Birds Australia project to identify such regions. IBA's are among Earth’s most exceptional places for birds, priority sites for bird conservation.
BIEN invites artists and bird enthusiasts to submit up to four artworks inspired by Bruny Island bird species.
A comprehensive list can be found here. There is a fantastic series of bird photos by Alan Fletcher available here
How to Enter
Photographs, paintings and prints must be framed (or suitably mounted on stiff board with hooks) and sculptures must be able to fit on a plinth. Entry forms are available to download below and should be submitted before 1 October to BIEN Bird Festival Exhibition, c/o Adventure Bay Store, Bruny Island 7150, with title, price, medium and size.
No commission will be taken on these artworks, but a donation of $10 towards exhibition costs would be appreciated. Children's work will be enthusiastically accepted without a donation required provided all conditions of entry are met.
There will also be an opportunity to exhibit up to four unframed artworks of birds – photos, drawings or prints – for $30 each at the desk, maximum paper size A4. Please ensure the artist's name, title and print edition is written in pencil on the back, with replacement images in acetate sleeves available if desired.
A highlight of the 2010 BIEN Bird Festival was the Art Auction held during the Saturday night dinner. It provided much-needed funds for projects to protect Bruny Island birds and was great publicity for the artists who generously gave works. Please consider donating artworks in any medium, large or small, for the 2012 auction.
|Entries close at 5.00pm
|Monday 22nd October
||Deliver artwork to Adventure Bay Hall between 10:30 am and 1 pm
|Thursday 25th October
||Exhibition Opening at 2:00 pm
|Monday 29th October
||Collect unsold work by 11 am, or on Sunday 28 Oct. from 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Exhibiting artists living on Bruny Island are required to assist with a roster.
Works sold and paid for may be taken during the exhibition if necessary. We will endeavor to show all artworks during the exhibition, however due to limited space, work will be selected with the overall exhibition in mind. The exhibition committee will exercise all reasonable care when handling artworks, but will not be responsible for the loss or damage of any works whilst in their care.
Exhibitors are responsible for insuring their own artwork.
Enquiries about the Bird Festival Art Exhibition to
Vicki King email:
or Jenny Webb Ph 0407 016810 email:
Download a pdf version of the exhibition entry form here
Exciting new literary component.
BIEN is initiating a new collaborative project between writers and artists for a proposed illustrated book of poems or short essay extracts about Bruny Island birdlife. We intend to make a collection of submitted writings available to be viewed at the exhibition as the first stage of this project. Submissions must be suitable for printing on one A4 sheet. The editorial committee will contact you with further information about criteria and deadlines as it becomes available.
and a poetry reading session.
In addition to this project there is to be a poetry reading session held amidst the beautiful images featured in the exhibition.
How to Enter
Poems should fit on one A4 page. Entry is $5 per poem. No charge for children.
Entries may be emailed to Anne Morgan (must be in MS word format) or posted
to Anne at the address below. Closing date is 1st October.
Please ensure your name and contact details are provided.
Enquiries about the Bird Festival Literary Component to
C/- Post Office, Adventure Bay, TAS 7150
Ph (03) 6293-1347, 0420 224704 or
Bird list available here