Jeannie Baker illustration of birds flying

See original artworks from Jeannie Baker's latest picture book, Circle.

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  • 19 May–31 July 2016

    Jeannie Baker's latest picture book, Circle, comes to life in this remarkable travelling exhibition. 

    Each year, Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica baueri) undertake the longest unbroken migration of any animal when they fly from their breeding grounds in Alaska to Australia and New Zealand. They follow invisible pathways in the sky, which they have followed for thousands of years.

    In order to create Circle, Jeannie journeyed across the globe to observe Godwits – to the wild, remote landscapes of Alaska and then to China and South Korea. Her work conveys the sheer wonder of this giant migratory ‘circle of life’, but also reminds us to reflect on the importance of the world’s remaining wetlands.

    The combination of exquisitely detailed and textured collages with the fascinating science of our natural world has created an exhibition celebrating the Godwit’s remarkable flight as it comes full circle.

    About the author

    Jeannie Baker was born in England, finished Art College there and then made her home in Australia. Her exquisitely detailed relief collages use a variety of textures to depict everything in the scene.

    Jeannie is the author-artist of a number of award-winning picture books, including Where The Forest Meets the SeaWindow and Mirror. She is also the director, artist and author of two award-winning animated films, Where The Forest Meets the Sea and The Story of Rosy Dock. Visit her website to find out more.

    Circle Reading Room

    Jeannie Baker collage featuring Bar-tailed Godwits in flight

    After the exhibition, visit our free Circle Reading Room. Relax with a big book, collage your own Bar-tailed Godwit bird and watch award-winning animations of Where the Forest Meets the Sea and The Story of Rosy Dock.

    School excursions

    Jeannie Baker illustration of birds

    Book in for one of our tailored school excursion packages. Take a tour of the exhibition with an educator, enjoy storytelling or participate in a hands-on art making workshop.

    Ticket Information

    Open daily, 9.30am–5pm, from 19 May 2016

    Included in the FREE galleries ticket.

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