How do we make a path through this world? What do the marks and plots on a map tell us about our environment and what can we learn from it?
These are some of the questions posed by an exhibition at the Penrith Regional Gallery until May 25.
Mud Maps evokes the sense of discovery that inspired early explorers and cartographers to map out their world.
The hands-on exhibition has three parts.
The Penrith Arcades Project is a photographic and narrative mapping of the social, cultural and geographic landscape of the Penrith CBD by Vanessa Berry; Living Under the Stars is a large-scale installation work of the constellations as seen from the southern hemisphere by Keg de Souza; and an interactive map room invites audiences to mark, plot and share their stories in a Community Mud Map.
Early Australian travellers would stop to share tales of travels, using a walking stick to draw a quick map in the mud or dirt.
The rough map outline would be marked with stories, tips, anecdotes and advice .
The free exhibition is open at the Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest, 86 River Road, Emu Plains, 9am-5pm daily. Details: http://penrithregionalgallery.org or phone 4735 1100.