Leydin's Discovery - Exhibition Opening - Fri 27th Feb


Leydin's Discovery Exhibition Opening

Friday 27th February - Canopy Artspace

Performance: Sound n Colour featuring Behiye Suren (Sydney/Istanbul), Zane Saunders & Tegan Koster

Guest Speakers: Gerry Turpin (Ethno-botanist, Australian Tropical Herbarium, JCU), Dr Mark Ziembicki (Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, JCU)


One of Australia's greatest graphic designers has left a lasting legacy, with a stunning collection of prints that has been donated to support the environment of Far North Queensland.

Arthur Leydin dominated Australia's graphic design landscape from the 1960s through to the 80s with bold, thoughtful and elegant solutions.

His legacy can be celebrated thanks to the donation by his partner, Birgit Bunting, of his collection of unique flora and fauna illustrations and prints from the late 1700's to the early 1900's, to the Environmental Defenders Office of Northern Queensland. The many print works will be presented and on sale at the Leydin's Discovery exhibition.

The Exhibition Opening will feature stimulating guest speakers Gerry Turpin and Dr Mark Ziembicki, and special performances by some of the Far North's most unique artists.

Guest speaker Gerry Turpin is an Ethno-botanist based at the Australian Tropical Herbarium (JCU). Gerry is an Mbabaram Traditional Owner with familial links to Tableland Yidinjii, Ngadjon and Kuku Thaypan. Gerry is currently managing the Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre (TIEC), an Indigenous driven initiative, established to engage, support, and build capacity of Traditional Owner groups in north Queensland to record and utilise Indigenous ethno-biological and ethno-ecological knowledge for cultural use on country.

Dr Mark Ziembicki is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at JCU, who has been working on the decline of native mammals across northern Australia, drawing from early explorer/naturalist evidence and indigenous knowledge, and relates that to our contemporary understanding.

Performing on the night will be Sound n Colour, a meld of guitar, harp, unique songs and dynamic voices including Sydney/Istanbul artist Behiye Suren, and New Zealand harpist Natalia Mann. Behiye is working on a new album, a storytelling journey of her experiences in her two homes - Australia and Turkey. The group, led by Victor Steffenson, will be recording on her new album here in Cairns that weekend.

Indigenous contemporary performer Zane Saunders has a style that is both elegant and provocative, and he will perform a unique experimental performance work drawing inspiration from the Far North's 'exotic' flora and fauna.

Currently writing new material for a forthcoming EP release, Tegan Koster will grace the night with her set of evocative, other-world pop styling's. Far North fans have been waiting for the return of this dynamic sonic troubadour.

The exhibition includes a suite of interesting micro-collections, including prints from the 1833 Atlas of the Voyage of Astrolabe, botanical prints from the d'Entrecasteaux expedition of 1792, the Baudin expedition of 1800 to 1803, animal prints from an 1896 handbook of marsupials and monotremes and an extensive flora of Queensland published by the Government Printer between 1899 and 1901.

The Exhibition of prints will be for sale, with all proceeds to support the Environmental Defenders Office with its work in protecting and supporting community environmental outcomes.

The Leydin's Discovery exhibition opens on Friday 27th February, at Canopy Artspace, 124 Grafton Street Cairns, from 6pm. Gold coin entry and licensed bar.

The exhibition runs from February 24th March till March 13th, and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00am-5.00pm.