The Overwintering Project is an international collaboration.
The printmaking communities of Australia and New Zealand banded together to bring visibility to our most endangered group of birds, our migratory shorebirds and their habitats. The aim is to raise awareness of migratory shorebirds; their existence and their needs - to encourage us to do our part to preserve these extraordinary creatures. Every year these birds migrate from the shores of Australia and New Zealand to their breeding grounds above the arctic circle in Siberia and Alaska. The remarkable annual circuit they fly is called the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, which passes through 23 countries.
Anyone can join the Overwintering Project. See: overwinteringproject.com
This project is endorsed by BirdLife Australia and the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership.
The Estuary Art Centre in Orewa (north of Auckland, NZ) features an annual exhibition based on the Overwintering Project, but also covers wider conservation themes and incorporates all media.
The Overwintering Project
Estuary Art Centre, Orewa, Auckland
5 to 22 September 2019
Left and (detail) right: PURE (a delicate balance), 2019
Installation by Ursula Christel and William Marks
Birdcage stand, 5L plastic water bottle, Mahurangi River water and contents, monoprint label, 'scrimshaw' etching, cable ties, cork, found rock
PURE (a delicate balance), 2019
Artist Statement: Ursula Christel
Everything is inter-connected. The Bar-tailed godwits inhabit ecosystems in NZ, China and Alaska. Each link in this chain is vital for their survival; any changes within and between these ecosystems will upset the fragile balance.
Migratory birds don’t recognise national boundaries. Safeguarding their habitats against pollution, sediment run-off, and ongoing urban development, requires an international, coordinated effort.
The Overwintering Project 2019
Collaborative installations - Ursula Christel & Sue Hill