The Seeing Grasslands Exhibition was opened on the 2nd of June 2011 at PhotoAccess in Manuka. We were really pleased with the turn-out and the response to the show. Many thanks to all who made it along and who supported us along the way.
It was really pleasing to see the work on the wall and we were very happy with the way that the prints turned out. In keeping with the grass theme, the images were printed on Hahnemühle bamboo paper (bamboos being the largest members of the grass family).
The ACT Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Maxine Cooper kindly agreed to open the show and gave an insightful speech, which highlighted the significance of grasslands nicely, through a combination of facts, observations and personal insights. Dr Cooper has had a lot of experience with grasslands, having previously headed up an inquiry into the management of lowland native grasslands int he ACT.
We were very grateful for all the people who turned out for the opening or visited the show. For anyone who couldn’t make it along, below is a quick (if slightly rough and ready) virtual tour:
I hope this gives some flavour of what the show was like.
Finally, the project would not have been possible without the help of many dedicated individuals. Many thanks go to Darryl Butler of Itchybrain Productions for handling the printing so professionally. Likewise, we thank David Chalker and Barbie Robinson of PhotoAccess for doing much of the behind the scenes work for the exhibition, including a great essay by David in the catalogue and production of promotional material, to name just a couple of things. While I am at it, we are also very grateful for the support given by Molonglo Catchment Group, in particular Andy Westcott and Lynton Bond as well as members of Friend of Grasslands, particularly John FitzGerald and Geoff Robertson. I would also like to thank Chris Holly for his dedication to the project and being so generous in sharing his knowledge with myself and workshop participants alike.
Though the exhibition marks the end of the first stage of the project, we hope that the project will continue to grow and become self-sustaining and that this will be the start of more projects to come in a similar vein.