Mackay Region Owl Arts Project
The Mackay Owl Arts Project aimed to use education and arts to bring awareness to the Rufous Owl and the Powerful Owl. The Mackay region is the only place in the world where these two threatened species overlap. Sunshine Coast based natural fibre artist, Kris Martin and Mackay based new media artist Donna Maree Robinson worked with students at Calen District State College to create a large owl head installation that featured at Happy Daze and Mackay Festival of the Arts. The installation utilised weed species and feature video- mapped projections of student artwork in the owl eyes. The Mackay Conservation Group presented to students on local owls, habitats and ecology.
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Mackay Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture.