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Naracoorte Caves – World Heritage on our doorstep

Naracoorte Caves – World Heritage on our doorstep

23 June 2017

Free Children’s Art Workshops. Calling young artists to help tell the story of the Naracoorte Caves.

Calling young artists to help tell the story of the Naracoorte Caves.  Four free art workshops are being held by well known local artist Karen Burow and Vertebrate Paleontologist Dr Liz Reed on Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th July.  There will be two sessions each day at 10am - 12pm or 1:30pm - 3:30pm at the Naracoorte Town Hall.


Places are limited and bookings are essential.  To be part of this exciting project telling the science story of the Naracoorte Caves book by contacting the Naracoorte Lucindale Council on 8760 1100 or by 12 July.


Children 8 years and over welcome.  Bring old clothes, shoes, smock, water bottle and snack


Karen Burow a local artist who has held exhibitions locally and is experienced in teaching art will help the children to produce a completed art work depicting the Caves’ story of mega-fauna, fossils, environment and extinction.  Vertebrate palaeontologist Dr Liz Reed, will share with the children her vast knowledge of aged cave deposits and large mammal fossils at the Naracoorte Caves.


The art workshops are the first stage in an ambitious project to use visual and performing art to tell the science-related story of South Australia’s only World Heritage listed site, the Naracoorte Caves, to the wider community.  The visual and performing art will leverage the Naracoorte Caves’ status as one of the world's 10 greatest fossil sites.


The art works created at the workshops will be displayed at the “Naracoorte Caves - World Heritage on our doorstep” exhibition at the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery from 9th August to 10th September.  Everyone is welcome to attend the exhibition opening on 9 August from 5.00pm or to drop into the Gallery and contribute to the story telling by sharing your reflections of the artworks and your connection to the Naracoorte Caves.


During the art workshops the children will be asked what they think is important about the Naracoorte Caves, what story they are telling through their work and why did they choose that subject to paint.  Michael Mills from Heaps Good Productions will use the stories gathered from the art work and the community to create and produce a live performance.  Michael, the Unsung Hero of Science Communication in 2014 and also known as the singing palaeontologist Professor Flint, has written, directed, produced and appeared in over forty shows as a variety of characters.  Later in the year a call will be put out for people who would like to be involved in supporting the production and performing in the live performance.  Registers of interest are welcome to 


“The Naracoorte Caves are bursting with stories about our natural history as far back as 500,000 years.  Visual and performing art is an exciting way to present and interact with the science based research and discovery that is taking place in our own backyard at the Naracoorte Caves, South Australia’s only World Heritage site and home to Australia’s richest record of megafauna”, Mayor Erika Vickery said.


Funding support of $10,000 has been provided by Inspiring South Australia.  The Inspiring South Australia Program is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the South Australian Department of State Development, the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, Flinders University and the South Australian Museum.  More information on Inspiring South Australia is available at


The Naracoorte Caves and the Limestone Coast Regional Science Hub have also supported the project.