WABA Field Trip: Insect Collection, Friday 4 October, 12.30-1.30pm

Dear WABA members,

Here is an exciting opportunity to explore specimens from the Australian National Insect Collection, gain inspiration for your next artwork and speak directly with CSIRO researchers about their high-priority projects. Consider taking a hands-on view of insects for 2014 WABA exhibitions (relating to endangered, threatened and vulnerable species) and Botanica (relating to micro-pollinators). 

Following from CSIRO entomologist Ted Edwards' presentation at WABA's last quarterly meeting, the WABA committee has arranged for a members-only field trip to the Australian National Insect Collection. During this introductory visit one of CSIRO's research team will

  • lead a tour of the collection
  • introduce participants to some specimens and artwork around the collection
  • help participants choose a few specimens of interest and take high-res photos with a macrophotography setup

WABA members will later have an opportunity, as a group, to draw, paint or photograph insect specimens in a comfortable location (likely CSIRO Discovery Centre). CSIRO researchers have generously offered to attend WABA gatherings to

  • teach entomological illustration techniques and conventions (pen & ink or graphite on mylar film, with photoshop)
  • give a lecture overview of insect or arthropod evolution and diversity
  • provide an overview of the history and diversity of insects in art.

If you would like to get involved, please RSVP by close of business on Monday 30 September.

Where: Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO, Clunies Ross St, Canberra

When: Friday 4 October, 12.30- 1.30pm

RSVP: Natalie Maras, ph 6284 2320 or email findiflooshki@gmail.com