Transparent Lab: Bimblebox Nature Refuge

153 Musicians needed to save 153 Bird Species

The amazing Bimblebox Nature Refuge in central-west Queensland is threatened by proposed long-wall and open-cut coal mining which is home to around 153 bird species.

The aim of this art project is to highlight the threat to Bimblebox Nature Refuge, to document Bimblebox creatively and to show Australians what we are at risk of losing. 153 musicians playing their interpretations of one of the 153 Bimblebox birds’ calls are to be recorded. Record your interpretation and send it back as mp3 or wav file via email, mail, Dropbox or similar.

The work will be part of the exhibition Bimblebox: art – science – nature touring Regional Galleries next year and documented online. 

There are currently 11 venues in 4 states. The recordings will also form the sound component of a further exhibition Bimblebox 153 Birds, a collection of prints, poetry/prose and music representing the unique grouping of birdlife species thriving on Bimblebox Nature Refuge. Musicians will all be credited for their work.

Have a listen to the project BIRD CRY from the Grassy Box Woodlands that used musicians’ bird calls in this way.

For more information and the description of a particular bird call, contact Boyd at

Artist Printmakers and Writers contact Jill at