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Carbon Stack, Marcus Tatton

Church Studio Franklin has a new exhibition opening on Saturday the 28th January. For those of you wishing to know how to find us, just look for the sculpture in front of the Church. Marcus Tatton has installed Carbon Stack to celebrate, Artists behind the Action, a collection of images from photographers and printmakers primarily who have donated work to the show for the benefit of the Huon Valley Environmental Centre.

For Artists Behind The Action, the photographers were chosen for their commitment to conservation, and their undoubted expertise and creativity. Some of the images are well known, such as the photograph of the Weld Angel by Matt Newton ...

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... which has become an icon in the conservation movement.

Bob Brown’s has a photograph that he took on the Franklin River, and it is significant not only for the beauty of the scene but as a reminder of how actions can lead to great successes. It is hard to imagine the Franklin any other way now, and hard to imagine green politics without Bob Brown.

But the exhibition is more than a few iconic images, it is a demonstration of how much support there is by artists for the landscape, and for the recognition that landscapes are not there just to be painted or pixellated, but there to be kept in perpetuity for the generations to come. Landscapes in Southern Tasmania formed in their complexity over millions of years are still being reduced to a number on a map to disappear on a due date for no profit and no joy.

It is perhaps not widely appreciated how significant artists are in supporting the HVEC. Fundraising though arts events, and donations of works of art, form the largest proportion of funds for an organisation that has difficulty finding corporate sponsorship and support from granting bodies. It is a truism that the arts can be useful and practical in the survival of conservation movements.

This title, Artists Behind the Action, is also about artists being right behind the ideological and ecological positions that HVEC hold. Whilst the photographers have a more direct connection with these positions given the nature of their work, there are many printmakers whose imagery is less direct but nonetheless deeply connected to the issues. The inks, the paper, the sources of inspiration, are all interconnected in the working life of printmakers.

Milan Milojevic, is a reknowned printmaker, and has been head of printmaking at the School of Art in Hobart. Milan and other printmakers have work on the walls, but also in a box set of limited edition prints and photographs. There are ten artists, with ten prints, in editions of ten that represent ten years of the Huon Valley Environmental Centre.

Those in this show are all practicing artists and bring with them their own styles, techniques, histories and beliefs. There is no one unifying style to this exhibition - which of course includes the installation by Marcus Tatton in front of the church, but what does unite all of them, is the belief in the work of the HVEC and their desire to see the work of protecting the forests continue.

Come and see this fascinating collection of images at Church Studio Franklin, with a great range of images that are part of this not for profit,  fundraising show.
Open 11am - 5 pm. Saturday 28 th January - Sunday 2 March, 3408 Huon Highway

Tasmanian environment group celebrates ten years of forest defence
• The events are also listed in TT’s What’s On listings: HERE


• Jenny Webber: Tasmanian Forest Protests commence Prime Ministers promised conservation areas

Today in two locations in Tasmania, forest conservationists have commenced protests in high conservation value forests that were left out from the conservation agreement.  In Southern and North West Tasmania, activists have set up two protests where logging machinery has been tied to tree-sits. Members of Code Green and Huon Valley Environment Centre are conducting peaceful occupations of the threatened forests to protest about the ongoing devastation of globally unique forests.  Both forests have been targeted by Forestry Tasmania to feed Ta Ann’s wood supply.

‘Last week, the State and Federal Government gave the go ahead to log in part of the 430,000ha area that was supposed to be under moratorium. The Prime Minister promised these old growth and high conservation value (HCV) areas should be protected but because of pressure from Ta Ann and Forestry Tasmania, these forests will be lost,’ Huon Valley Environment Centre’s spokeswoman Jenny Weber said.

‘The forests we are protesting in today are key targets for Ta Ann’s wood supply. Ta Ann is misleading Japanese customers and the public by peddling misinformation that they receive timber from regrowth and plantation areas in Tasmania only.  The Southern protest in the Picton Valley forest is within 2km of a cave system that has indigenous and environmental values of international significance. These forests have never been logged before and conservationists have identified celery top pines that were 150 years old that have been felled,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘The conservation agreement signed on the 13th of January by the State and Federal governments does absolutely nothing to protect Tasmania’s globally unique forests including areas such as these in the North West of the state. It is still business as usual in the forests, with old growth and high conservation value forests tracts still being lost despite being promised protection by the Federal Government in August last year.’ Said spokesperson for Code Green Jared Irwin. ‘Code Green are committed to ongoing action until Tasmania’s irreplaceable wild forests receive true protection.’

‘It is completely unacceptable that Forestry Tasmania claims it needs to log within the 430,000ha, when they are leaving logs to rot. To find stock piles of logs is really disappointing, while logging continues in Devil Facial Tumor Disease free area,’ Jared Irwin said.

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• Tasmanian Forest Protests commence in Prime Minister’s promised conservation areas

Today in two locations in Tasmania, forest conservationists have commenced protests in high conservation value forests that were left out from the conservation agreement.  In Southern and North West Tasmania, activists have set up two protests where logging machinery has been tied to tree-sits. Members of Code Green and Huon Valley Environment Centre are conducting peaceful occupations of the threatened forests to protest about the ongoing devastation of globally unique forests. Both forests have been targeted by Forestry Tasmania to feed Ta Ann’s wood supply.

Currently police are removing one protester from the tree sit in the north of the state. Mean while in the Picton Valley protesters on the ground have been asked leave the area. 

‘Last week, the State and Federal Government gave the go ahead to log in part of the 430,000ha area that was supposed to be under moratorium. The Prime Minister promised these old growth and high conservation value (HCV) areas should be protected but because of pressure from Ta Ann and Forestry Tasmania, these forests will be lost,’ Huon Valley Environment Centre’s spokeswoman Jenny Weber said.

‘The forests we are protesting in today are key targets for Ta Ann’s wood supply. Ta Ann is misleading Japanese customers and the public by peddling misinformation that they receive timber from regrowth and plantation areas in Tasmania only.  The Southern protest in the Picton Valley forest is within 2km of a cave system that has indigenous and environmental values of international significance. These forests have never been logged before and conservationists have identified celery top pines that were 150 years old that have been felled,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘The conservation agreement signed on the 13th of January by the State and Federal governments does absolutely nothing to protect Tasmania’s globally unique forests including areas such as these in the North West of the state. It is still business as usual in the forests, with old growth and high conservation value forests tracts still being lost despite being promised protection by the Federal Government in August last year.’ Said spokesperson for Code Green Jared Irwin. ‘Code Green are committed to ongoing action until Tasmania’s irreplaceable wild forests receive true protection.’

‘It is completely unacceptable that Forestry Tasmania claims it needs to log within the 430,000ha, when they are leaving logs to rot. To find stock piles of logs is really disappointing, while logging continues in Devil Facial Tumor Disease free area,’ Jared Irwin said.

— Jenny Weber, Huon Valley Environment Centre. Jared Irwin, Code Green

• Thursday: Tasmanian Forest Activist Released from Remand

A Tasmanian Forest Activst who was arrested yesterday in the Picton Valley, has appeared in court this morning after spending the night in remand.  Tyrone Gibb was released on bail to appear in court on February 20th.

Gibb, was a member of a group of conservationists who participated in a peaceful protest at the Picton Valley yesterday.

‘Huon Valley Environment Centre mobilised conservationists to disrupt the logging of old growth forests in the Picton Valley yesterday.  These forests are being logged for the Malaysian logging company Ta Ann. 

Despite Ta Ann’s claims they support the protection of high conservation value forests and do not use old growth trees, the reality is that this Picton Valley forest with ancient rainforest species and old growth eucalyptus, is a key target by Forestry Tasmania for Ta Ann. 

Furthermore this logging area that is in close proximity to a globally significant cave system with indigenous heritage located in threatened forests, has been left out of the failed conservation agreement to provide logs to Ta Ann,’  Jenny Weber, spokesperson for Huon Valley Environment Centre stated.