Kevin Ladynski ... Cane Toad Boxing Match at Casula Powerhouse.
The cane toads are on the march, and Queensland taxidermist Kevin Ladynski is doing his best to anthropomorphise their attributes. His dioramas of the toads in a boxing ring, dancing at a nightclub or dressed as paramedics clearing up a traffic accident are the Powerhouse's most popular summer exhibit.
Kiersten Fishburn, the director of the arts centre serving the greater Liverpool area, loved Ladynski and his toads' appearance in the documentary Cane Toads the Conquest and decided Casula had to host them. Is it art? Fishburn laughs. ''They're pretty amazing,'' she says. ''They show a way of engaging with nature that's quite unusual.''
Built in 1951, the former Liverpool Powerhouse was used to supplement power production. The plant was decommissioned in 1976 but opened its doors to art between 1994 and 2006. It was then refurbished and reopened in 2008 with a larger exhibition space, a 326-seat theatre and artists's studios and residencies, all while retaining old industrial features such as the coal hoppers.
Casula's shows have been an eclectic mix ever since. The exhibition Wild Stories, until January 31, aims to present the way people connect to the land. Richard Green's photography in Remote and Wild records far-off Australian environments at dawn and sunset.
From March 30, Landlock examines the relationship of Afghanistan and Australia. It includes work from Shaun Gladwell, who served as an Australian war artist in Afghanistan.
Distance from Sydney CBD - about 35 kilometres south-west.
Address - 1 Casula Powerhouse Road, Casula.
Open - Daily 10am to 5pm (closed New Year's Day). Free entry.
Food - Licensed cafe and bar.
Contact - 9824 1121, casulapowerhouse.com.