Cairns Regional Gallery
Fri 3 Feb - Sun 7 May
This exhibition, selected from the Art Gallery of Ballarats extensive collection, celebrates the first encounters between white explorers, scientists and settlers with the animals of the Southern Continent and highlights the prevailing perceptions and depictions of native fauna of the period.
Indigenous Australians had at least 50,000 years to adapt to and familiarise themselves with the unique flora and fauna of this continent, but for Europeans the process took place over little more than 250 years.
Australian plants and animals were often shockingly different to anything they had seen before — swans were not meant to be black, and mammals were not supposed to lay eggs. Many of these
ew animals were also simply terrifying.
However, there was also an exotic and intriguing beauty to be encountered, documented and published. The European settlement of Australia occurred at exactly the time when advances in science meant that people had both the means to describe these new discoveries, and the inspiration and interest to do so.
An Art Gallery of Ballarat touring exhibition
WhenFrom: Friday 3rd of February 2017 To Sunday 7th of May 2017
Time: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm Sat 10am - 5pm Sun 10am - 2pm
Venue Cairns Regional Gallery
CNR ABBOTT ST and SHIELDS ST, Cairns Queensland | Map
Telephone: +61 7 4046 4800
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