Here is the schedule of talks, events and performances during our exhibition:
Mangroves from the water
Gordon Gallery, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
26 July – 15 August
The exhibition will provide viewers with a range of media to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. The artists also hope to see discussions occurring throughout the exhibition in a series of colloquia.
The artists are:
Alexis Gambis, Nicola Cerini, Enrico Santucci, Deb Taylor, Richard Collopy, Jacqui Dreessens, Stephanie Neville, Geraldine Chansard, Peter & Helen Martin, and Zahidah Zeytoun Millie.
The exhibition event will open on International Mangroves Day, 26 July, and end on 15 August 2020 during National Science Week (15-23 August). Workshops on weaving, printing and painting will run during the multimedia exhibition and guest speakers will present related talks on mangroves and the Barwon region.
|Oskar Serrano||Deakin University||Coastal wetlands as weapons for climate change mitigation and time capsules of the human past|
|15 Aug, 1100-1200||Peter Martin||Deakin University||For the Beauty of the Earth|
|Zahidah Zeytoun Millie||Kayaking/water colour sketching.||Barwon River, Barwon Heads
|Water colours, sketch book, kayak (self provided)|
|1 Aug, 1000-1600||Helen Martin||Eco printing||Point Lonsdale|
|Deb Taylor||2 hour collage
|Project Space Gallery|
8 Aug, 1400-6500
|Jacqueline Dreessens||Environmental Dance Interpretation||The Project Space Gallery
|Nicola Cerini||Interpreting the mangroves: printing on plywood||The School of Lost Arts|
|Live music||Project Space Gallery|
|Jacqueline Dreessens||Environmental Dance Interpretation||The Project Space Gallery|
Text and images sourced from the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association
Mangroves are the supermarkets of the sea. The fertile mud is the original source of most of the mangrove’s food. The fertility of the mud comes from the falling mangrove leaves.
Some animals live in the mangrove canopy and never step on the water or mud. This includes small birds, bats and most of the insects and spiders. For all the other mangroves animals they will be adapted for high tide feeding or low tide feeding. At high tide the fish move in and many of the small animals will be hiding from the fish. At low tide nearly all the fish move out and many animals come out of the mud to feed, but they need to watch out for birds.
Crabs and shrimp
At low tide hundreds of mud borrows cover the exposed mud. If you wait quietly you will see small crabs scavenging for small pieces of dead plants and animals. There are dozens of species of crabs of all shapes and sizes. Fiddler crabs feed near their burrow. The male fiddler crab uses his large colourful claw to attract females. Mud shrimps also build burrows. Their burrows have a chimney. Prawns are strong swimmers. Young prawns will feed around mangroves. They feed at high tide. The millions of crabs and shrimps living in mangroves are an important source of food for fish and birds.
Mud whelks are a type of snail with a long thick spiral shells. They eat plants and dead material that have fallen onto the mud. They can be seen crawling along the mud and will climb up the trunks of mangroves. Whelks were eaten by Aboriginals and the empty shells can be used by hermit crabs. Many other types of snail live in mangroves.
Some shellfish have two shells hinged on one side. The shells protect the soft body inside. These are called bivalves. These bivalve shellfish pump water into the shells so their gills can get oxygen and the filters inside gather food from the water. They hide below the mud or attach themselves to solid objects. . Birds with long beaks probe the mud to find them. When they die their empty shells are washed up
Mudskippers are fish that use their fins to walk and skip on the mud at low tide. They breathe through their skin and the surface of their mouth when out of the water but they must remain damp. They store water in their large gill chambers on their neck. They will fight other mudskippers over their territory. When the tide comes in, they find protection from other fish by living in a burrow in the soft mud. Their burrow has a chimney built on top and they create an air pocket in the chamber below. The eyes on the top of their head allow them to swim with their eyes above the surface so they see predators from all directions.
Insects and spiders
The easiest to find insects in mangroves are the butterflies visiting the flowers for their nectar. While drinking the nectar, they are covered in pollen and help to transport the pollen to other flowers. At certain times of the year, mosquitoes and biting midges can make a visit to some mangroves unpleasant. Some species of ants, termites, wasps, moths, bugs and flies also make the mangroves their home.
Where there are insects, there are hungry spiders waiting to feed on them. Orb weavers spin their large webs between branches. Huntsman spiders hide under bark when they are not hunting. Leaf curing spiders make their home by using their silk to roll up a leaf where they can hide inside.
Birds that hunt for insects and spiders or find food in the flowers can be active all day long. Some of the birds like the mangrove whistler prefer living in mangroves, but many common birds like robins and honeyeaters will also feed in mangroves.
When the tide is out many wading and other wetland birds have a feast on crabs, marine worms, shellfish and any fish that have been left stranded. Herons and egrets are grabbing large items of food from shallow water or the muddy surface. Ibis and smaller wading birds can also probe the mud for the life hiding below. Many of the wading birds migrate to the northern hemisphere to breed.
Saltwater crocodiles are often found at both low and high tides in mangrove swamps. They will find an open dry area where they can warm themselves in the sun. They will effortlessly swim around the mangrove hunting at high tide. At low tide they can only crawl leaving behind their large trail. They will feed on fish and large crabs. They will quickly clean up any dead animals.
Australia has two species of crocodile. The large saltwater crocodile lives in both salt and freshwater and are dangerous to humans. The freshwater crocodile lives in rivers and eats fish and are not normally a danger. The only thing people can do to protect themselves from saltwater crocodiles is to never swim in their habitat.
Please visit the AUSMEPA website for more information:
Did you know…. these interesting facts about mangroves?
Two thirds of the fish we eat spend part of their life in mangroves.
Mangroves are trees or shrubs that live in seawater. They occur in the area between high and low tide along the coast, estuaries and up rivers.
Only two counties, Indonesia and Brazil have more mangroves than Australia.
Australian mangroves cover nearly 12,000 square kilometres.
Mangroves cover 18% of the Australian coastline.
Mangroves help protect the land from the sea during cyclones and storms.
Mangrove habitats store more carbon than rainforests. Much of the carbon is in the mud.
Sourced from: Australian Marine Environment Protection Association, 21 March 2020, at: https://www.ausmepa.org.au/educators/middle-year/mangroves/mangrove-amazing-facts/
During this universally uncertain period, it helps to take time for reflection and appreciation.
Being in isolation doesn’t mean one can’t still enjoy nature’s beauty. Helen Martin sent us these pictures from her visit to Warneet, Victoria, taken at the top of the bay where the Rutherford Creek flows into Western Port. (Photo taken by Helen Martin, with IPad).
We are proud to collaborate with Malcolm Gardiner, the president of the Land and Water Resources Otway Catchment (LAWROC).
LAWROC is a Landcare group which is actively involved in Barwon fighting for the protection on the Victorian Wetlands, specifically rivers and creeks in part of the Otways, south of Colac.
The desire to leave this world in a better shape than it has been found has been my major driving force. A lack of truth, honesty and integrity from those authorities left with the task of looking after the world of the future has also been a driving force behind trying to look after at least one small area of the planet. – Malcolm Gardiner
Malcolm recently appeared on The Sustainable Hour and you can listen to the interview here: https://climatesafety.info/thesustainablehour303/.
He will participate in the Mangroves from the Water exhibition in Geelong, by displaying his books and hosting special talks. More information will be shared soon!
I am happy to announce about the multimedia ‘Mangroves from the Water in Geelong’ exhibition to open on the Mangroves Day, 26 July, 2020 at the Gordon Gallery, Deakin University, Waterfront.
The Mangroves from the Water project members believe that through their art they can build awareness of the importance of protecting this important natural ecosystem.
Art has a power to inform any culture about ideas that matter.
The project members approach the theme with a fascinating range of media: painting, short film, textile, sculpture, performance dance, performance music and an art installation. The mangrove artists and our quest speakers will present a fascinating approach to celebrating the wonders of this unique habitat through art and science.
More information about the exhibition and artists involved to be announced by May 2020.
Do tune in to Masainakum Masoonah on 94.7FM The Pulse, where I will interview participating artists in July!
Zahidah Zeytoun Millie
Mangroves from the Water exhibition is happy to collaborate with Barwon Estuary Project in Barwon Heads to join the world celebration of the mangroves and wetlands on the International Mangroves Day.
The Barwon Estuary Project aims to increase their community’s knowledge and appreciation of the biodiversity and fragility of the local treasure, enabling all to care for it more effectively.
To read more about the Barwon Estuary Project, visit their blog.
Check out this amazing video made by Enrico Santucci, of the Mangrove Tree Planting Day that happened on the 18th February.
Please click this link:
Or watch it on Youtube:
Thanks to Enrico for the video, Rebecca Morris from the University of Melbourne, and the amazing volunteers who helped out on the day!
Photos courtesy of Jacqui Dreessens