Wetlanders: Cecily Grace

Textile artist Cecily Grace has captured the hidden world of birdlife in the Hunter’s internationally significant wetlands in a new exhibition opening at the Hunter Wetlands Centre  Arts Space in July.

The Wetlanders exhibition follows Grace’s exploration of the birdlife on her urban rooftop in a successful exhibition – The Waiting Bird and other Rooftop Visitors – at Newcastle’s Timeless Textiles Gallery last year. This exhibition focuses on the diverse birds found in the Shortland and Ash Island wetlands.

The works for Wetlanders feature perching birds and precariously balancing nests on tangled and gnarly tree limbs. Within these tangles, various birds bathe, mate and eat, forming dramatic and artistic shapes.

While based on photography, Grace’s work is not nature photography. She has manipulated her photographs to highlight the shapes, tones and textures specific to the wetland environments.

The photographs have been inkjet printed on cotton fabric or printed with pigment inks on cotton fibre paper. The resulting fabric pictures have been hand-stitched to emphasise the features and movements of the birds.


The Hunter Wetlands
Shortland NSW, Australia


20 Jul 2020 - 14 Aug 2020


08:00 AM - 06:00 PM



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