Tim Allen, Alison Coates, David Collins, Peter Stevens and Mary Tonkin

Five artists | Seven days: The AWC Mount Zero Exhibition marks the fourth collaboration between Defiance Gallery and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, a unique program which introduces artists to remote and pristine environments across Australia while raising funds and awareness for the important work of the AWC protecting an exceptional diversity of species and habitats. The first $45,000 of each artists sales and their gallery's commissions are donated to the AWC.

For this exhibition five artists - Tim Allen, Peter Stevens, Mary Tonkin, Alison Coates and David Collins, along with a filmmaker, Ben Ferris and art critic, John McDonald were flown to Mount Zero-Taravale, a sanctuary 80km north west of Townsville, adjacent to the Wet tropics Wold Heritage Area.. Due to the area’s location, topography and rainfall, a rich array of habitats and diversity of wildlife is supported. Importantly for the artists, the variation in landforms and changes in geology also makes for spectacular scenery. This important sanctuary covers over 59,000 hectares and protects 85 mammal species, over 240 bird species and over 120 reptile and amphibian species.

AWC is the largest private owner of land for conservation in Australia, protecting endangered wildlife across more than 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and the Top End. AWC is implementing a new model for conservation to help turn back the tide of extinctions. 80% of AWC’s staff are based in the field, delivering science-informed, conservation land management such as feral animal control, fire management and weed eradication.

Tim Allen, David Collins and Alison Coates courtesy of Defiance Gallery
Mary Tonkin and Peter Stevens courtesy of Australian Galleries

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