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Circle – a tale of migration from Alaska to Australia

The exhibition– a fusion of art, literature and science – is open from 10am to 3pm from Wednesday to Sunday until 14 May, with the exception of public holidays.

Circle tells the story of the Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica baueri) and the longest unbroken migration (of any animal) they take when they fly from their breeding grounds in Alaska to Australia and New Zealand, following invisible pathways in the sky, which they have done for thousands of years.

In order to create Circle, author and artist Jeannie Baker embarked on her own journeys:  "… across the globe to observe godwits – to the wild, remote landscapes of Alaska and then to China and South Korea where it was alarming to see the enormous extent of the reclamation and rapid loss of mudflats, the godwits (and other birds) depend on for food."

Jeannie’s work conveys the sheer wonder of this giant migratory ‘circle of life’, but also reminds us to reflect on the importance of the world’s remaining wetlands.

"Everything in nature is interdependent and connected and changes we make in one place can cause a chain reaction in other places, even at the opposite end of the world".

The combination of exquisitely detailed and textured collages with the fascinating science of our natural world has created an exhibition which not only celebrates the Godwit’s remarkable flight as it comes full circle but also travels following the flight path of the Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri) at venues nationally and internationally.

The travelling exhibition has been organised by Newcastle Museum and is being hosted at Domain House by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in partnership with the Melbourne Friends.

We wish to acknowledge the generous support of the late Miss Betty Amsden AO DSJ for making this part of the exhibition possible.

Entry is by gold coin donation.

Enquiries – Visitor Centre 03 9252 2429