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BBC Wales's Anna-Marie Jones
"The seven artists wanted to bring a different taste of the country to Wales to celebrate 200 years of settlement"
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Saturday, 29 January, 2000, 19:04 GMT
Down Under given thumbs up

The Terra Mirabilis exhibition The Terra Mirabilis exhibition celebrates 200 years of Aussie culture


A taste of Down Under has arrived in Wales in the form of an exhibition, aiming to show Welsh people that Australia has more to offer than cans of lager and the television programme, Neighbours.

The exhibition by seven Australian artists has opened at the Centre for Visual Arts in Cardiff.

Terra Mirabilis which means Wonderful Land is part of an Australian Season taking place in venues across Cardiff throughout February and March.

The title is a play on the name the British gave Australia in the 18th Century when they called it Terra Nullius meaning Land of Nothing.

The seven artists have used objects across a 200-year span - from botanical jars to futuristic television sets.


Exhibition Exhibits range from 18th century to modern day
Video, digital photography, sound and miniatures and models show Australia as a wonderful and fantastical land.

Patricia Piccinini from Melbourne has created a virtual forest using computer technology.

Digital plants and birds move on 57 TV screens to the sound of an eerie breeze.

Terra Mirabilis is part of Australian Contemporary Art 2000, a season of exhibitions and events taking place across Cardiff.

It includes exhibitions at Ffotogallery and Chapter Arts Centre.

Spokeswoman Kay Cambell said: "It is a very sensuous exhibition. It brings in all sorts of of references from botant to history and scientific classification in relation to Australia."

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