Celebration of science and art at Fowlers Gap
Monday, 12th May, 2014
A newly-completed artists’ studio was officially opened and a book on kangaroos launched at Fowlers Gap research station on Friday.
The property, about 110km north of Broken Hill, hosted a gathering of people “in recognition of the artistic and scientific significance of the site”.
A plaque will be unveiled to mark the official opening of the recently completed Silcrete Lodge artists’ studio.
Philanthropists Julian and Annie Beaumont, who helped fund the project, were among those present.
The second edition of UNSW Emeritus Professor Terry Dawson’s seminal book, Kangaroos, was also launched.
The book explores the biology and ecology of these native marsupials, as well as urban and rural myths surrounding them.
A large project to monitor the movement of groundwater involving a network of nine observation bores has also recently been established at Fowlers Gap.
It is led by Professor Ian Acworth, the Gary Johnston Professor of Water Management in the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre at UNSW.
Fowlers Gap is the only research station in the arid zone of NSW.
Some areas of the property have been continuously monitored for more than 30 years, providing a unique, long-term ecological record of a dry region.
UNSW holds a lease in perpetuity on the property, which is an important site for teaching as well as research.
Students from both UNSW Science and the UNSW College of Fine Arts make regular field excursions there.