Eco-artistic Exhibitions and Events – Townsville

The Butterfly Man of Kuranda 

This stunning visual exhibition displays the wonderful array of Queensland’s beautiful butterflies, beetles and moths, collected by FP and AP Dodd around North Queensland from 1917 to the 1960s. Museum of Tropical Queensland, Feb 27 to April 29, 9.30am – 5pm

I have known about this for a few weeks but didn’t find time to visit it until Monday. It was well worth the (admittedly small) effort. FP Dodd was one of the first collectors in North Qld (Townsville to Cairns), collecting from about 1880 onwards. Around 1920 he put together a touring exhibition and that is what we see here – hundreds of moths, butterflies and beetles displayed in the style of the time. No-one today would spell out an inspirational verse in tiny moths as he did, but his moon moths are unusual and very beautiful and his Hercules moths, the world’s largest, are spectacular.

The Coral Triangle

An exhibition by Jürgen Freund who is a wildlife photojournalist based in Cairns and who works with his wife Stella. In May 2009, the duo set out on an 18-month photographic expedition for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) across the Coral Triangle, visiting bustling centres of marine product trade as well as some of the most remote and breathtaking habitats on earth. School of Creative Arts JCU (SoCA) e-Merge Media Space, April 10 to May 4, 8.30am – 4pm Mon – Fri

I haven’t seen this yet, not being a highly accomplished time traveller, but have good intentions and will comment on it in due course.

Cairns 2012 Winter School – Nature Photography in the Tropics 

Experience the spectacular environment of tropical Queensland during this intensive masterclass run by James Cook University, Cairns. Led by award-winning nature photographer Jürgen Freund [see above], this is an opportunity for photographers to immerse themselves in the Atherton Tablelands, visiting majestic crater lakes and ancient rainforests during the field trip; to encounter the flora and fauna unique to the tropics: to expand their photography folios with dramatic images; to develop technical skills, learn about the legal, ethical and environmental issues associated with nature photography, and gain a certificate of credit which can be used towards a degree. Places are limited.
June 29 – July 6. Applications close May 4th.
For information: 4781 3166

That’s their promotional text and it looks good, but when I asked for a cost they couldn’t give me one. More information to come, one would hope!

(Update, 1.4.12: A glossy pdf (huh?) arrived in my inbox and gave me that figure: over $3000 for the week. For that price I could immerse myself in the  exotic life of Thailand and Laos for a fortnight, inclusive of airfares … not much contest, is there, for someone who can drive up to Atherton any long weekend. I suspect most of the customers will be southerners.)

Eco Fiesta and Smart Lifestyle Expo 

June 2 & 3. For information: 1300 878 001 Townsville City Council

Eco Fiesta, a celebration of sustainability, was hippie-alternative in its first years but it has drifted slightly towards commercialisation even as the mainstream has begun to embrace the whole greenie thing, and the festival is now almost mainstream. Music and kids’ activities complement displays and trade stands for community environmental groups, natural therapies, solar power and more. A great family day – mark it on your calendar.