Off with the birds! Birdland by acclaimed Australian contemporary artist Leila Jeffreys.

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Leila Jeffreys
📷 Leila Jeffreys

Ornithophiles and bird watchers will be in heaven at the upcoming Manly Art Gallery & Museum exhibition entitled Birdland by acclaimed Australian contemporary artist Leila Jeffreys.

In this specially curated exhibition, patrons will be treated to photographs and video works that will reconnect them with nature. Jeffreys’ quirky yet enthralling works explore the connection between birds and humans.

Her feathered subjects are large-format portrait photographs with meticulous attention to colour, line, form, and composition – portraying her subjects as intricately and distinctively as human beings.

Described as “quasi-anthropomorphic”, through their attention to detail Jeffreys’ photographs infuse a distinctive human-like character on her avian subjects.

Native Australian birds feature exclusively in Jeffreys’ exhibition, with budgerigars and pigeons, taking centre stage this time.

Mayor Michael Regan said it was exciting that MAG&M was to play host to an Australian artist who has an international profile having had solo exhibits in commercial galleries in the USA and the United Kingdom.

“I am delighted that MAG&M will be host to this internationally-acclaimed artist in her first solo exhibition in an Australian public gallery,” Cr Regan said.

“There is no doubt these works will provide a ‘wow’ factor and give viewers an appreciation of the wonders of birds and the skill applied by the artist in bringing them to life – almost.”

Birdland is on exhibition at MAG&M 3 April – 20 June, 2021. For details, visit here

Leila Jeffreys and Tim Low
Saturday 29 May, 3 – 4pm
Join the artist in conversation with Tim Low, biologist and author of Where Song Began: Australia’s birds and how they changed the world.

Kids’ Art Adventures School Holidays Creative Workshop
Thursday 15 April, 1pm – 3pm
Explore Leila Jeffreys’ ‘Birdland’ exhibition and the colour and movement of birds through the artist’s video work of birds in flight, and her remarkable photographic bird ‘portraits’. Use a variety of art materials and hand-made brushes to paint and draw birds in motion. Then, use fine details to add feathers and colour to your artwork.

Seniors’ Festival exhibition tour
Thursday 22 April, 10 – 11am
Enjoy a guided walk through of this special exhibition as part of NSW Seniors’ Week celebrations.

MAG&M Society ‘Champagne & Canapés’
Thursday 22 April, 6 – 7.30pm
Leila Jeffreys joins MAG&M curator Ross Heathcote to ‘unpack’ the fascinating process and outcomes of Leila’s photographic practice.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum
West Esplanade Reserve, Manly NSW 2095, Australia

Bookings essential for all events. +61 2 9976 1421 | artgallery@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au