SSG represented artist, David Collins, has been selected to participate in the Mount Zero, Six Artists, Seven Days initiative in a collaboration between Sydney's Defiance Gallery and The Australian Wildlife Conservency (AWC), a unique partnership which introduces artists to remote environments across Australia while raising funds and awareness for the important work of the AWC. Each artist will donate the first $40,000 worth of sales to the AWC, with the 10-year project of 5 exhibitions aiming to raise $1,000,000 by 2022. These funds will support the AWC's ongoing pledge to establishing sanctuaries and implementing practical land management strategies to reverse the decline in Australian biodiversity.
Along with fellow artists, Tim Allen, Peter Stevens, Mary Tonkin, Alison Coates and filmer maker Ben Ferris and art critic John McDonald, David Collins was flown out to Mount Zero-Taravale, sanctuary eighty kilometres north west of Townsville. Due its location, topography and rainfall, this area is rich in wildlife diversity and habitat. This area also makes for incredible scenery and is a prime location for artists to respond creatively to.
The participating artists relished in the opportunity to learn about the importance of the area directly from the AWC.
On this expedition, David Collins was particularly taken by the form, colour and texture of the cycad plants; interested in the relationship between plants and their pre-historic feel. For this 2021 exhibition at Defiance Gallery, Collins has chosen to explore these cycads further and develop further paintings.