Save Our Gulfs Coalition Art Exhibition draws focus to SA’s marine and coastal environment

The Save Our Gulfs Coalition is hosting its 2nd annual art exhibition, the hotly anticipated follow-up to last year’s popular debut. The exhibition will showcase the work of over 40 artists from around South Australia, and includes a diverse mix of painting, photography, small and large scale sculpture, video, ceramics, found objects and more. The artists’ works will reflect each individual’s affection for and relationship with South Australia’s coastal and marine environment and ecology.

This year, Dan and Emma Monceaux, the director and producer of the forthcoming documentary feature film Cuttlefish Country, will have three photographic prints on display. In the gallery’s ‘cuttlefish corner’ two portrait shots of Sepia apama, the Giant Australian Cuttlefish will be displayed, along with a macro photograph of a Red Jezebel Butterfly. The butterfly was photographed in the she-oaks at the Point Lowly Lighthouse. You can also see and purchase our other photographic works from Cuttlefish Country in our Redbubble store.


Rare Splendour - Red Jezebel Butterfly, Point Lowly, Upper Spencer Gulf

Rare Splendour – Red Jezebel Butterfly, Point Lowly

Vanishing Act - Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Point Lowly, Upper Spencer Gulf

Vanishing Act – Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Point Lowly

Soliloquy - Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Point Lowly, Upper Spencer Gulf

Soliloquy – Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Point Lowly

Also on display will be our subtley revised teaser for the forthcoming film, which will reach audiences later this year.

The exhibition will be officially opened on Friday May 24th at 6pm and all interested members of the public are invited to attend. Two guest speakers will share the opening honours: Channel 7 reporter and documentary filmmaker Chris Warren and coastal and environmental geologist Ian Dyson. Ian will give a scientific spin to the night, and brings with him an impressive body of applied knowledge.

Dr Ian Dyson is a consultant and independent researcher. He graduated with a BSc degree in geology from the School of Earth Sciences at Flinders University that was followed by a PhD in marine sedimentology. He is principal of Economic and Environmental Sedimentology Pty Ltd, a consultancy focused on the nature of modern and ancient sand bodies as part of river, estuarine and marine environments that act as conduits, aquifers and reservoirs for base and precious metals, water, hydrocarbons and toxicants. One such project has dealt with the leakage of effluent and heavy metals into the Onkaparinga estuary and its impact on the marine environment.

With respect to studies in environmental science he subscribes to the axiom that the past is the key to the future. Current research is focused on ocean anoxia, its impact on climate and implication for mass extinctions. This research also includes the identification of super-sized hurricanes in the geological record that resulted from runaway greenhouse conditions. Specialist short courses for professional geoscientists are currently run in the Flinders Ranges and along Adelaide’s mid-south coast. His publication record includes some 100 papers and abstracts in scientific journals and conference proceedings.

Opening guests will be catered for with art, wine, drinks and nibbles. The venue is expected to brim over with artists, coastal residents and South Australians who love and care for our waters.

  • When? 23 May – 9 June 2013
  • Where? The Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga (Gawler St, see map below)
  • Opening times? Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. Sunday, 12pm to 4pm.

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Dan Monceaux is a South Australian documentary filmmaker and the director of Cuttlefish Country.

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