Northern suburbs residents will learn about insects through art

Environmental activist Brandon Ballengée is City of Joondalup’s artist-in-residence.
Environmental activist Brandon Ballengée is City of Joondalup’s artist-in-residence.

NEW York artist Brandon Ballengée will host workshops and make community appearances while visiting the northern suburbs until October 20.

Mr Ballengée is an environmental activist, using art and science to educate about ecological issues.

He travels extensively to work with communities in the US and Europe, devising ways to explore the natural world and provide fun, creative environments for people of all ages to learn about the local ecosystem.

One way is by creating ‘Love Motels for Insects’ by using UV LED lights inside a sculpted canvas to attract insects.

The City of Joondalup is hosting Mr Ballengée as part of its artist-in-residence program, with the aim of educating the local community about insect species and the role they play in the urban environment.

“By inviting people to bug-watch, I hope to show them an essential side of local nature that many have never paid attention to,” he said.

Mr Ballengée will also visit Mullaloo Heights and West Greenwood primary schools.

PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES

Night Walk

What: Walking tour of Neil Hawkins Park to collect and examine insect specimens.

When: Saturday, October 3

Cost: Free

Bugfest

What: Learn how to make a UV bug-attracting lantern and explore Neil Hawkins Park at dusk. Live acoustic music, bug themed activities and free junior entomologist kit for kids under 12.

When: Saturday, October 10

Cost: Free

Bring: Torch and picnic dinner

Register for both: www.joondalup.wa.gov.au