Majestic food plains

Sally Alden

Members of the Quirindi Men’s Shed made a significant contribution to a community project last week, donating 6 glass-fronted cabinets to artist Robbie van Hemert.

The cabinets, made out of local timbers will house the herbarium collections of the recorded crops by the artist that will feature as part of her exhibition at the National Trust Centre to be showcased in Sydney next year.

“The group at the Men’s shed have been terrific, I am amazed at the beauty of their work and by their generosity,” said Robbie.

The artist-researcher, whose aim is to connect Australian’s with one of their most important food sources, the Liverpool Plains was delighted with the contribution.
“The cabinets will enable me to take a part of the Liverpool Plains to Sydney, along with my artworks, so I am very grateful the Quirndi Men’s Shed.”

Through her stunning artworks, showcasing 2 years of research, working with environmental scientists, farmers and local communities to understand the amazing food producing resource of the Liverpool Plains, Robbie believes connecting the public with a place is fundamental to caring for it.

“The exhibition will be presented in the Annie Wyatt Room and Boardroom of the National Trust Centre. Amongst the broad array of works in the exhibition are botanical works and herbarium collections of the Grains of the Plains, as well as works ranging from bold free macro watercolours to more detailed micro pencil work.”

The exhibition will also incorporate the launching presentation of the new and innovative Primary School Education Unit, Food Bowl Connection.

“Food Source Matters! As farmers, we need metropolitan Australia to understand that they share the responsibility for the longevity of our food supply and to make significant Australian environments accessible to viewers on an empathetic level.”

The exhibition ‘The Majestic Food Plains.. A Land Biography’ will be launched at Watson’s Road, Observatory Hill, Sydney on the Royal Easter Show dates, Saturday March 28 to run til Tuesday April 7 2015.

To find out more about the project or to make a donation to the project, contact Robbie direct on 0488 666 632.


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