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Exhibitions and Shows
Saturday 4 September
10:00am - 4:00pm
76 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo, NSW 2830
Other dates
Sunday 5 September 10:00am - 4:00pm
Monday 6 September 10:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 7 September 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday 8 September 10:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday 9 September 10:00am - 4:00pm
Friday 10 September 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday 11 September 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday 12 September 10:00am - 4:00pm
Monday 13 September 10:00am - 4:00pm
About this event

4 September to 14 November

Leila Jeffreys utilises photography and video to create intimate images of birds as a means to highlight their idiosyncratic beauty and their unique relationship to humans and the natural world. Eschewing any outside elements that would distract from her subjects, Jeffreys’ human-sized portraits of native pigeons and doves of New Guinea and Australia, featured in this exhibition, revealing them to be surprisingly diverse, unlike the everyday image we may have of them. The series, titled ‘Ornithurae’, allows us to see these busy birds up close and in minute detail, which would otherwise be impossible in real life.

Jeffreys’ three-channel video, ‘Nature Is Not A Place To Visit. It Is Home’, was filmed with over 300 budgerigars in her Sydney studio, using the world’s most advanced slow-motion camera. The resulting work is beautifully hypnotic, and offers a rare insight into the movement, character and relationships of native budgies. Depicted in groups as well as singularly, the birds’ personalities and intricate grace are on full display, offering a truly unique portrait of our mesmerising native species.

Leila Jeffreys: Flock comprises works generously donated by the artist to the Western Plains Cultural Centre Collection, through the Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

Curated by Kent Buchanan

Image: Leila Jeffreys, ‘Nature Is Not A Place To Visit. It Is Home.’, 2019. Production still of multi-channel digital video. 8min 20sec on continuous loop. Western Plains Cultural Centre Collection, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts program by Leila Jeffreys.

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