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The Bowerbird Collective

The Bowerbird Collective

Art Forms: Multi disciplinary, Music/Sound

Residency Year: 2023

Lives / Works: Wonnarua, Hunter Valley NSW and Kaurna Meyunna, McLaren Vale SA

The Bowerbird Collective makes art for nature. We produce new multimedia work that tells conservation stories, with the aim of strengthening emotional connections to the natural world.

We tour extensively, with a focus on performing and educating in regional areas, and work with national and international conservation organisations to encourage deep engagement with nature through the arts. Founded by Simone Slattery (violin, vocals) and Anthony Albrecht (cello) in 2017, the Bowerbird Collective has produced more than 200 events across Australia, the UK and the US. Our concert production Where Song Began was called ‘spectacular’ in a five star review by Limelight Magazine and won a Ruby Award from Arts South Australia. Our albums of threatened bird and frog calls, Songs of Disappearance, reached No.2 in the ARIA Album Charts ahead of ABBA and Adele in 2022.

 

In Residence at Bundanon

Simone and Anthony will be working across a range of projects. Ahead of their inaugural Moonbird Festival on King Island from April 16-23, they will be preparing repertoire and developing the multimedia aspects of Nocturnal, a new production for solo guitar, with Andrew Blanch. Simone and Anthony will also be preparing for the release of their new album, Life on Land’s Edge. Creative development will be undertaken for a new project called Re:naming Australia, in which colonial place and species names will be challenged and reconsidered. Finally, the Bowerbird Collective will progress with initial planning for this year’s Songs of Disappearance project in partnership with the Australian Conservation Foundation.

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Bundanon acknowledges the people of the Dharawal and Dhurga language groups as the traditional owners of the land within our boundaries, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.

In Dharawal the word Bundanon means deep valley.

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