ART Meets SCIENCE Evening Event


This event is free, but to be COVID safe, we need to know if you are coming! 

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW BOOKED OUT – you can book for a cancellation spot.


Thursday 29 April 5.15pm – 7pm @ GOTAFE Auditorium, 10 Rowan St. Wangaratta 

An evening where you will encounter botanists, ecologists and artists, who dedicate their time to studying the exquisite beauty of nature while being attentive to the role individual species have in the landscape that surrounds Wangaratta.


Come and wonder at photographs of bejewelled birds in their feathered magnificence and the surprising

delicate elegance of native orchids.

It is also an opportunity to learn a little about how the climate disruption that is upon us, is impacting the rivers,

bush-lands and mountain ranges we cherish.

Heron by Tina Fraser

A highlight of the evening will be the debut live performance of a song “Torryong River”

written by Bpangerang elder Uncle Freddie Dowling. “Torrong River” will be performed by

Linda Simpson and Chris Mangan who will also perform their own heartfelt song inspired

by the Ovens River, “Listen”.


Wangaratta Landcare and Sustainability Inc.  will also update those attending about their goals

and campaigns for 2021.  This evening is supported by the Wangaratta Landcare and Sustainability Inc,

the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Sustainability and the Goulburn and

North East Arts Alliance.

Key Speakers:

Neville Walsh  Senior Research Scientist (Conservation Botanist) The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. 

Neville Walsh is the Senior Conservation Botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.  His work involves survey and development of recovery strategies for threatened Victorian plants as well as taxonomic research in a number of plant groups.   Neville has a background in botanical survey, particularly of alpine / subalpine vegetation.  He is co-editor of the four volume of Flora of Victoria and has submitted accounts of various plant groups for publication in the Flora of Australia.  He is a member of the Australian Plant Census working group, the Mountain Invasions Research Network (MIREN) and is a member of recovery teams for threatened plants and animals in Victoria.

Andrew Sinclair Art Teacher Galen Catholic College and Students

Andrew Sinclair is an arts educator and professional artist with a diverse range of skills and knowledge. He has been a secondary school teacher at Galen Catholic College for the last 6 years. Prior to this he ran a printmaking studio in Melbourne; facilitating contemporary artists’ work in etching and linocut. This included many years running print workshops in the Northern Territory and the Torres Strait. Working with Indigenous artists in remote communities has resulted in a unique set of professional and life skills that directly apply to and enhance his teaching. He believes art has the ability to effect social change, to empower individuals and to instill a sense of compassion and social responsibility.Chris Tzaros  Ecologist and Photographer

Chris Tzaros  Ecologist and Photographer

An exhibition of stunning bird photographs by Chris Tzaros will be on display throughout April at the gallery space at the Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre.