Birds inspire interactive art

YOUNG art lovers will have the chance to be inspired, then create their own masterpieces and add them to the upcoming Birds exhibition at Penrith Regional Gallery.

The artwork, all bird-themed, encompass a range of mediums including paint, embroidery, multimedia and wood sculpture.

There will also be a focus on science by using artefacts such as eggs, nests and even a stuffed eagle.

The motif of birds was chosen as the gallery is home to many bird species, such as blue wrens, which are treasured by regulars.

Gerald Lewers, whose widow bequeathed their property and art to the community, was a bird-watcher and made sculptures of birds.

The exhibition targets a young audience and uses interactive features to help viewers appreciate art and get creative.

Resources are supplied on entry, and throughout the exhibition there are opportunities to make art, such as drawing and tracing using light boxes.

The use of interactive and educational features was previously trialled in 2011 with positive results.

Curator and education manager Naomi McCarthy says she aims to connect audiences with art.

"We hope to inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity in people," she said.

"It's aimed to be really interesting to a broad audience, so there's definitely lots to interest the adults as well . . . the key is to be curious and open-minded."

Birds will be on display at the Lewers Learning Centre at Penrith Regional Gallery from January 26 to May 19.

It is part of a suite of upcoming exhibitions, including the Japanese-inspired San Sui Landscape and Birds in the Garden which displays the photography of Warren Chad.

An opening event for these exhibitions will be held on February 2, 5pm-7pm.

For details, call 4735 1100 or visit www.penrithregionalgallery.org.

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