Symbiotic exhibitions opening in December: Australien Future – Tales of Migration and Shore Birds

Visit Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 9 December for two related exhibitions by south-east Queensland artist Deb Mostert and the Redlands Coast locals she has mentored.

Deb Mostert’s exhibition, Australien Future – Tales of Migration, focusses on people, birds and memory.

It was inspired by the artist’s discovery of film footage taken by her grandfather on board a migrant ship that transported him and his family from Holland to Australia in 1955.

In the mediums of painting and sculpture, Mostert explores parallels between her family history and the migration stories of the waders that visit our shores.

Migratory birds travel huge distances of thousands of kilometres driven by the basic needs for safety and food, and to be able to reproduce and raise their families in a safe place rather the harsh conditions of their breeding grounds.

Australien Future raises conversation about attitudes to different migrations and why some people and birds are more vulnerable than others.

Redland Art Gallery Director Emma Bain said a second exhibition featuring shore bird sculptures by Redlands-based artists would run concurrently with Mostert’s solo exhibition.

Shore Birds is a large scale installation incorporating more than 330 shore birds created by Redlands Coast locals at Redland Art Gallery’s shore bird-making workshops with Deb Mostert,” Ms Bain said.

“The sculptures – created under the mentorship of Ms Mostert – complement and bring a local flavour to her solo exhibition.”

Both exhibitions will be open at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from Sunday 9 December 2018 until Sunday 20 January 2019, with free entry.

Members of the public are invited to the following happenings.

Opening Event

Friday 7 December from 6.30pm at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland (RAG), Cnr Middle and Bloomfield Streets.

Floor Talk with artist Deb Mostert (and morning tea)

Sunday 9 December from 10am at RAG, Cleveland. Join us for morning tea and hear from exhibiting artist Deb Mostert.

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Image: Deb Mostert, Hurry Up and Wait – Godwits (detail) 2018, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

mage: Deb Mostert, Shore birds mock up 2017, magiclay and wire. Courtesy of the artist.