Flyway exhibit at Nautilus

EXHIBITION: Edwin Mighell created this etching of curlew in flight, it is one of the pieces included in the Flyway Print Exchange.

EXHIBITION: Edwin Mighell created this etching of curlew in flight, it is one of the pieces included in the Flyway Print Exchange.

In conjunction with the special guest speaker, Tony Flaherty, Southern Eyre Birds has also arranged an exhibition of prints from the Flyway Print Exchange.

The Print Exchange was an exchange between artists living in different countries along the East-Asian Australasian Flyway, the flight path travelled by Australia’s migratory shorebirds twice annually between their breeding and non-breeding grounds.

Twenty artists, from Flyway countries, created prints inspired by the idea of the Flyway.

One print from each edition was posted, unprotected, along the Flyway and back, echoing the birds’ journey, adding the impression of migration and distance to the works and referencing the weathering of the migrating birds’ plumage.

The prints, weathered and pristine are in the exhibition.

The annual departure and arrival of migratory birds is a spectacle that has symbolic meaning in numerous cultures around the world.

The East-Asian Australasian Flyway extends from arctic Russia and North America to New Zealand and is used by over 50 million migratory waterbirds.

The exhibition of the posted and pristine prints will be displayed in the Nautilus Art Centre foyer from February 11 until March 4.