Nature speaks, but are we listening? Hear from a trio of in-tune experts – photographic artist and activist Leila Jeffreys (Temple, Vivid Sydney 2022)...
What We Can Learn from Nature: Australian Museum X Vivid Ideas
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Nature speaks, but are we listening? Hear from a trio of in-tune experts – photographic artist and activist Leila Jeffreys (Temple, Vivid Sydney 2022), renowned naturalist Tim Low and the Meditation School app creator and author of The 7 Energies of The Soul David Gandelman – as they explore how improving your relationship to nature can, in turn, improve your relationship with yourself, in this night of talks, art, drinks and more.
Drawing from personal experiences as well as their environmental efforts, this panel will jolt you into a more mindful space, and ask you to reconsider how we interact with the world around us. From beings big and small, there’s plenty we can learn.
Just ask Leila, whose work as a photographic and installation artist captures nature’s beauty and has deepened her understanding of the importance of interconnection and belonging for all living things. Add in Tim's decades of research and writing (including best-seller books Where Song Began, Feral Future and The New Nature), which has provided invaluable insights into the natural world and its relationship to us, and David’s practical approach to mindfulness, and this is sure to be a perspective-shifting event. Join for a reinvigorated discussion about the relationship between art, nature and purpose, and the deep-seeded importance of protecting and listening to nature.
Outside of the talk, be sure to stick around and explore the night's full breadth of adventure! Grab a drink at the pop-up bar and immerse yourself in an avian-inspired soundscape by Tom Hogan. Explore the museum on your own or take a free museum 'tour' with performer and writer Nathan Harrison, as part of the ongoing Museum through my Eyes program. And don't forget to head to the theatre to enjoy a one-night-only encore of Vivid Sydney 2022 favourite Temple by Leila and Melvin J. Montalban.
And post talk, Leila, Tim and David will stick around to chat about after all things nature, life and connection, as will Australian Museum archivist and author Vanessa Finney, who is eager to share the majesty of and stories behind one of the finest examples of bird illustrations ever, John Gould's The Birds of Australia.
Event: 5pm-9pm | Talk: 6.30pm-7.30pm
This is part of Vivid Ideas' Immersive Events series. Be transported somewhere new by Up Late nights at Australian Museum and Powerhouse, an NFT party, mindfulness workshops and truly one-of-a-kind experiences.
Image credit: 'Tani' Masked Owl no. 1, Leila Jeffreys / Olsen Gallery