The Wildlife Art Museum of Australia will be an Australian first.

Wildlife Art Museaum of Australia WAMA

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Colleen and I were fortunate to be able to help launch a visionary plan to place Wildlife Art in its rightful place in the world of art. Wildlife Art Museum of Australia will be an Australian first. A showcase for art, inspired by nature, wildlife and all its glorious diversity. Set in native gardens and wetlands in the Grampians. WAMA is destined to be a major destination for lovers of art and nature. The launch reflected the professionalism of the WAMA team, the venture and its grand vision. Congratulations to all involved.

To see and hear the ABC’s coverage follow link to Nation’s first wildlife art gallery headed for the Grampians.

Wildlife and nature has been excluded from our National Galleries. Galleries showcase a diverse range of art whose inspiration and styles seem endless. Wildlife and the natural world are absent. There are some landscapes but these generally depict scenes altered by man. There are some paintings include animals and birds but as bit players in a work or dead on a table waiting to be cooked. Try to find one with wildlife as the feature, the sole inspiration, alive in all its splendor.

I have no doubt that once established WAMA will be embraced by the public. Dare I suggest its success may even encourage or shame our gallery curators into including the works inspired by nature in their collections! Whilst blockbuster exhibitions attract large numbers of visitors attendance for the permanent collection is flagging. National Gallery collections should not only aim to make celebrities of the curators and their ‘superior’ understanding of what art they deem we should view. It should reflect the interests and passions of the whole community. Satisfying the curators personal agendas should not be the goal of our National Galleries. They should aim to bring art into the lives of all people of the world. The curator’s failure to include art inspired by wildlife and nature is inexplicable. Not recognising its potential to attract this untapped source of visitors is inexcusable!

About Stephen Powell

Stephen has been an active environmentalist working in, field work, public speaking and lobbying at all levels of government. He has spoken at school and community gatherings as well as on radio. His comments on environmental issues have appeared in newspapers and newsletters. His work has attracted a number awards, which include Wildlife Art Society of Australasia & Best Flora or Fauna-Moomba Art Show. His passion shows in his works which are in demand for galleries and as private commissions. Training: Watercolour: ‘The Botanical Art School of Melbourne’ under the internationally acclaimed Jenny Crompton (Phillips) Oil: with the gifted wildlife artist Krystii Melaine. Drawing and field sketching: with Steve Morvell He takes classes and travelled to Mitchell School of Arts to take wildlife art workshops. And the Murrumbidgee School of Creative Arts in Wagga Wagga. McGregor School Uni Southern Queensland Toowoomba. Grafton to be added in 2011.
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