Rosemary Miller leaves an exceptional legacy at Salamanca Arts Centre

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
27.10.16 7:21 pm

On behalf of the Tasmanian Government, I acknowledge the significant contribution that Rosemary Miller has made to the arts in Tasmania.

Ms Miller has been CEO and Artistic Director of Salamanca Arts Centre for 17 years and has today announced her resignation.

Originally founded in 1976 as a community and arts centre, Salamanca Arts Centre today includes artist studios and performance spaces and is home to many of Tasmania’s leading arts organisations and commercial galleries.

From small beginnings, Salamanca Arts Centre has developed into an internationally recognised cultural and creative hub, and Ms Miller has been instrumental in making this happen.

I congratulate Ms Miller on her many achievements and accolades during her tenure as CEO and Artistic Director of Salamanca Arts Centre and wish her all the best for the future.

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Theatre Royal: What’s On ...

Theatre Royal
27.10.16 3:06 pm


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Salamanca Arts Centre CEO Rosemary Miller announces her resignation

Chair Rebecca Roth
27.10.16 1:32 pm

HOBART, 27 October 2016 — After seventeen years in the role of CEO / Artistic Director, Rosemary Miller has announced that she will be resigning on 2 December 2016.

Rosemary joined Salamanca Arts Centre in December 1999 and over those years has been able to attract high quality national and international artists, exhibitions and performances to Hobart’s Salamanca Arts Centre.

Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) is Tasmania’s multi-arts creative hub and an integral part of the State’s arts and creative industries infrastructure.  SAC is an engine room for art-making and presentation; a centre for artists and designers in-studios; home to many of Tasmania’s leading arts organisations across live performance (theatre, music, dance), film and writing; cultural and commercial galleries and studios for visual arts, crafts and design.

Rosemary leaves SAC having secured arts funding over the next four years through the Australia Council and with just recently having successfully delivered Salamanca Moves, SAC’s inaugural dance festival.

“SAC’s Board takes this opportunity to thank Rosemary for her years of leadership, passion and dedication to the organisation,” says Chair Rebecca Roth.

“We also warmly welcome our Acting CEO Joe Bugden. He joined SAC in 2014 as the company’s Business Manager.”

Joe comes to this new role with more than 20 years’ experience in senior arts management and administration. Since arriving in Tasmania in 1999 Joe has worked as Executive Director of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, as General Manager and Artistic Director of the Tasmanian Readers’ & Writers’ Festival, and more recently taught Business Skills to art and design students at the University of Tasmania’s Centre for the Arts Hunter Street campus.

Salamanca Arts Centre looks forward to the future, enriching the lives of Tasmanians through the arts.

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Sydney Festival, Ten Days on the Island: The Season, by Nathan Maynard

Annette Downs Senior Producer | Tasmania Performs
27.10.16 4:22 am



By Nathan Maynard

Tasmania Performs is thrilled to announce they will premiere the hilarious portrait of an Aboriginal Tasmanian family, The Season by Nathan Maynard, with an all-star cast at the Sydney Opera House as part of Sydney Festival from 10 to 15 January 2017. Written by celebrated local Aboriginal playwright Nathan Maynard and directed by Isaac Drandic (Coranderrk, Blak Cabaret, Peter Pan), The Season is a funny and poignant portrait of the Duncan family, who are back on Dog Island in Bass Strait for the annual mutton-bird harvest.

Each year plenty of tears, truths and laughs will be had during birding season; but this year, things are different. One generation is giving way to the next, the youngsters have their own way of doing things, and government regulation is making its presence felt – even on this remote patch of Tasmanian wilderness.

The Season features the exciting and all-too-rare combination of an Aboriginal Writer, Director and seven member cast, including Trevor Jamieson (The Secret River) and Tammy Anderson (I Don’t Wanna to Play House).

Nathan Maynard is a descendant of the Chief of the Troowolway Clan, and of the whole of the North East Tasmanian Indigenous peoples. He has a background in dance as well as playwriting, and was the recipient of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Artist of the Year Award in 2006 and 2013.

“When I’m birding, I know that’s exactly where I’m meant to be: amongst my people and the Birds,” Maynard said.

“The Mutton Bird takes the longest migration of any animal in the world…a migration of 30,000 kilometres each year. They are simply amazing and resilient as hell - just like the people they are forever connected to.”

Tasmania Performs will premiere this new show at Australia’s most iconic venue – the Sydney Opera House – as part of the Sydney Festival before bringing it back to Tasmania for a season as part of Ten Days on the Island.

Tasmania Performs Producer Annette Downs said, “It’s been such a joy working with Nathan to make this incredible show happen. Tasmania Performs is proud that we can bring Nathan’s triumph of Aboriginal Tasmanian storytelling to the Sydney Opera House stage then back home to Tasmania.”


Dates: 10 – 15 January 2017 | Part of Sydney Festival


Dates: 16-19 March| Part of Ten Days on the Island

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to tour Australia &NZ in January 2017

Valerie MacIver
26.10.16 1:11 pm


Following their #1 ARIA chart debut for new album ‘Skeleton Tree’, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have announced that they will be touring their biggest and boldest production ever to Australia and New Zealand in January 2017.

The tour starts on Friday 13th January in Hobart, and then the first mainland show is a special outdoor performance on the banks of Lake Wendouree in Ballarat on Sunday January 15th, which will see both Warren Ellis and Nick Cave returning to the area of regional Victoria they grew up in. From there the band plays signature venues in all the major cities across Australia and New Zealand with two dates scheduled for both Sydney and Melbourne. 

The NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS touring band line up in 2017 features Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler, Jim Sclavunos, Conway Savage, George Vjestica and Larry Mullins.
Audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Ballarat and Brisbane will also be treated to a support performance from ARIA award winning, cult experimental trio THE NECKS. 
Tickets for the tour are on sale from on Thursday October 27 at 9am AEDT.

The latest NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS album received phenomenal reviews worldwide, topped the charts in eight countries, and gained the band their second #1 album in Australia following 2013’s Push The Sky Away (#1 Feb 2013). Companion film ‘One More Time with Feeling’ – directed by New Zealand born Andrew Dominik - premiered at The Venice Film festival followed by screenings on 8th September in 950 cinemas across 30 countries in what was intended to be a one day screening. The incredible response sees the film return to cinemas from December 1st.

You can watch Girl In Amber here:

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have sold over 5 million albums worldwide to date, and ‘Skeleton Tree’ is their 16th studio album.


Presented by Billions Australia

Tickets on sale Thursday October 27 at 9am AEDT

Friday January 13 Hobart, Derwent Entertainment Centre
Sunday January 15 Ballarat, North Gardens + special guests THE NECKS
Tuesday January 17 TSB Bank Arena, Wellington
Wednesday January 18 Vector Arena, Auckland
Friday January 20 Sydney, ICC Sydney Theatre + special guests THE NECKS * presented by Sydney Festival
Saturday January 21 Sydney, ICC Sydney Theatre + special guests THE NECKS * presented by Sydney Festival
Sunday January 22 Newcastle, Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Wednesday January 25 Brisbane, Riverstage + special guests THE NECKS
Friday January 27 Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl + special guests THE NECKS
Saturday January 28 Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl + special guests THE NECKS
Sunday January 29 Adelaide, Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Tuesday January 31 Perth, Perth Arena

“…Cave slipped coolly and violently into his familiar sexy swagger, demanding attention that from then on was impossible to let go.” Iain Shedden, The Australian
“Nick Cave doesn’t so much give a concert as unleash a performance.”  Penelope Debelle, Adelaide Advertiser/News Ltd

“One of Cave’s most beautifully crafted creations” 4.5/5 The Australian
“Connects more deeply than just about anything he’s written” 4.5/5 Sydney Morning Herald
“A masterpiece of love and devastation” 5/5 The Guardian
“A Masterpiece” 5/5 NME

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Pors to Party

Paula Xiberras
26.10.16 6:00 am


With songs like ‘We like to party’, ‘Boom, boom, boom’ and ‘Were going to Ibiza’ Euro dance group The Vengaboys is about escapism and having fun, and that is just what the group aims to do when they perform in Tasmania this November.

I was speaking to group member, Robin Pors and naturally asked him about the origin of the group’s name. Robin says the ‘venga’ part translates as a cheeky invitation ‘come here’ or ‘let’s go’ or even ‘flirting’. The ‘boys’ part of the name is a little more difficult to understand considering there are two girls in the group. It seems at the production of the first single because the production team were mainly male the ‘boy’ of the name was considered appropriate.

The group that once boasted a virtual team member, have always been innovative and creative and Robin himself is a person always seeking new avenues of creativity and expression, he also coaches and produces new artists, passing on his passion for writing songs to a new generation.

Robin’s looking forward to his trip to Australia and eager to be well informed about places he visits, he is busy reading up on his tour locations’ and looking forward in getting some time off for sightseeing some of them.

You can see the Vengaboys perform at Wrest Point Entertainment Centre on Thursday November 3rd at 7.30pm.

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Sydney Film Festival 2017 submissions now open!

Amber Forrest-Bisley, Publicity Manager, Sydney Film Festival
25.10.16 3:38 pm


Entries are now open for the 64th Sydney Film Festival, returning to light up the city from 7 – 18 June 2017.

Each year, the Sydney Film Festival presents a diverse slate of films from Australia and around the world. In 2016 over 250 films were screened to an audience of almost 180,000.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2017 Sydney Film Festival. Entries are open to features, documentaries and short films (under 40 minutes). Get to it!

Submissions for the Festival are being accepted through FilmFestivalLife and will close on Friday February 24, 2017.

2017 will mark the 47th year of the Festival presenting its Australian short film competition, making it the oldest short film competition in Australia. Since 1970, the competition has served as launch pad for emerging Australian film talent, spring-boarding countless directors, producers and actors down a path towards international success.

Past winners have included film luminaries from across Australia’s creative landscape including Chris Noonan, who went on to write and direct international cinema smash Babe; Don McAlpine, who received an Academy Award nomination for Moulin Rouge; and Jack Thompson, who has starred in numerous Australian classics including Sunday Too Far Away, The Man From Snowy River and Breaker Morant.

Other past winners Phil Noyce, Jane Campion, Rolf de Heer, Alex Proyas, and George Miller, have managed to carve acclaimed careers for themselves within the film industry, both domestically and abroad.
Entries are open to features, documentaries and short films (under 40 minutes) in all categories of the Festival program, including:

• The Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) Award for Australian Documentary (cash prize $10,000). The prize is supported by Documentary Australia Foundation with a $10,000 cash partnership.
• The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films Live Action Award and Best Director (the Rouben Mamoulian Award) – both winners receive cash prizes of $7,000 sponsored by Dendy Cinemas, who have supported the Awards for 28 years. The winner of the Live Action Award is eligible for Academy Award consideration.

• The Yoram Gross Animation Award, named in memory of the Australian animation producer and director Yoram Gross, provides a $5,000 cash prize to the best Australian animated short film. Winners are Academy Award-eligible.

• The Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award (cash prize $5,000).

Both the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films and the DAF Australian Documentary competition are open exclusively to Australian films.

Whether a feature film debut, the latest short or an immersive documentary, Sydney Film Festival invites filmmakers to submit their films now for the 2017 event.

A small fee applies, and before entering, Festival organisers urge all entrants to read the submission requirements closely to ensure that all entries meet premiere status and broader eligibility requirements.
Head to: for full eligibility criteria and submission details. FilmFestivalLife makes everything you have seen so far in online submissions look like it was conceived in the 90s.

HD secure screeners, festival and film rating tools, social features and the fastest growing community of film professionals online to share with. Be in the place where festivals are now discovering the next generation.

DEADLINE: Friday 24 February 2017


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Aboriginal artists supported in their professional and artistic development

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
25.10.16 6:33 am

The Tasmanian Government is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the 2017 Aboriginal Arts funding program.

The Government is committing $26,160 in 2017 through Arts Tasmania that will support six Aboriginal artists to develop projects across a variety of art forms including writing, dance, music and visual arts.

This year’s recipients demonstrate the capacity Aboriginal artists have for sharing Tasmania’s unique cultural and contemporary histories through their arts practice.

Launceston based emerging visual artist, Rodney Gardner will receive funding to undertake a mentorship towards developing a body of work for his first solo exhibition.

Hobart based musical team Doug Mansell and Codie Mansell will receive funding to undertake a mentorship assisting in the passing down of Island songs and music from grandfather to grandson.

Hobart based arts and cultural worker Ruth Langford will receive funding to deliver a three-day culturally specific workshop for local Tasmanian Aboriginal printmakers and bush dye artists.

Launceston based emerging writer Adam Thompson will receive funding to undertake a mentorship to assist him in completing twelve short stories for publication in 2017.

Hobart based emerging visual artist Grace Williams will receive funding through Ten Days on the Island to participate in a collaboration with New Caledonian artist Nicolas Molé and local artist Ben (Jamin) Kluss for the Ten Days on the Island 2017 festival.

Hobart based dancer Craig Everett will receive funding to undertake a skills development intensive residency working with nationally renowned cultural performer Sete Tele at Launceston’s Tasdance Studio.

The Tasmanian Government’s Aboriginal Arts program provides grants to assist the professional and artistic development of Aboriginal artists and arts workers in Tasmania, to support contemporary arts practice across all art forms as well as ensuring the continuation of traditional art and cultural practices.

The full list of 2017 grant recipients can be found at:

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Young Writers in the City

Devonport Regional Gallery
25.10.16 6:11 am


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Tasdance 2017 programme launch

25.10.16 5:30 am


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Bett Gallery: ROTATION 1-2016

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
24.10.16 1:10 pm




Over the next four weeks the gallery will present an evolving and rotating exhibition of artist’s works selected from the gallery stockroom and artist studios. Week one features works by Ian Bonde, Megan Walch, Imants Tillers, David Keeling, Stephanie Tabram, Brigita Ozolins, Troy Ruffels, Thornton Walker, Helen Wright, Nicola Smith, Alex Davern, Mindy Doré, Barbie Kjar, Les Blakebrough, Jane Burton and Victor Greenaway.

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Wrest Point: Operation Ouch

Brooke Davies
24.10.16 12:17 pm


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Dear Salmanca Moves Dance Festival movers, viewers, creators, dreamers, makers ...

The MOVES team
24.10.16 10:36 am

We keep hearing that some of you might have had some festival fun! Did you really, really like it??

PLEASE tell us all your thoughts in our Salamanca Moves Survey Monkey (SMSM)

Want a free ticket to Dance Interrogations (The A.W.A.R.D show winner) at Ten Days Festival in March 2016?

Email us back with your best ‘Selfie’; taken at a festival event.

We want to see a range of your great faces and bodies at the festival workshops, intensives, daily dance, BYO venues and performances.
Add your name and the event title and location.

We will select a range of winners to be featured after contacting you to ensure you and yours are happy to be featured forever on the inter webs.

Here is an example: Ruth Langford …


Look forward to seeing your faces!

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Explore the world of 3D printing

Devonport Regional Gallery
24.10.16 7:20 am


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Camilleri crafting a career of faithfulness

Paula Xiberras
24.10.16 6:02 am


When I spoke to him Joe Camilleri was getting ready to set off to promote ‘Faithful Satellite’ the title of the new and 20th Black Sorrows album and like a faithful satellite Joe and The Black Sorrows are going to be orbiting their way around Australia on a massive 50 day tour that will take in Hobart and Cygnet, places Joe loves for their ‘beautiful greenness’.

Joe and the Sorrows are anything but green, they are well seasoned performers that bring a professional outfit and uniqueness to every performance. On the subject of outfits the polished performer that is Joe, tells me, he once turned his hand to being a tailor before he crafted a career in music.

In Tassie Joe will be doing a number of gigs and in the case of the Hobart and Cygnet gigs, day events, he says he quite enjoys the day concerts too, even after a shabby night, there might be need of a Panadol but the it’s all go!

Joe says that he is always impressed by how his music is received. Ever humble, Joe recalls a taxi ride where the driver had the song ‘Chained to the wheel’ on the radio telling him that it was about the Taxi driver’s life. Joe ever humble didn’t tell the driver it was him singing but it reminded him of how music has the ability to resonate and be particularly personal with every listener.

You can see Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows at the following venues:

Saturday 29th October, Cygnet Town Hall, 11am
Sunday 30th October, Republic Bar Hobart 2.30pm

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Call-out to makers, designers and artists ...

Devonport Regional Gallery
22.10.16 1:19 am


Devonport Regional Gallery and Devonport City Council are seeking expressions of interest from local makers, designers and artists to book a stall at the inaugural Tidal Artisan Street Market. Be part of this vibrant market, showcasing the very best creative work our region has to offer!

Cost: small stall $35, large stall $50

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The Unconformity: devastation and beauty collide in isolated Tasmanian mining town

21.10.16 1:31 pm

With mining declining, a small town’s festival has reinvented itself to celebrate cultural paradox, dramatic landscape and experimental art

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Arts Tasmania’s professional development and manufacturing design Fellowship recipients announ

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
21.10.16 1:17 pm

The Tasmanian Government is committed to developing our state’s cultural and creative industries by supporting assistance programs and professional development opportunities.

The Government, through Arts Tasmania, delivers a Professional Development Fellowship program that offers three fellowships of $5 000 each to Tasmanian artists and arts workers and a one-off Manufacturing Design Fellowship of $7 000 to Tasmanian designers.

The fellowships enable recipients to undertake a self-devised program of professional development - gaining new skills and knowledge, extending their creative practice and developing their career.

I am pleased to announce the 2016 Professional Development Fellowships have been awarded to Rosemary Antonini, Kylie Johnson and Fiona Stewart.

Rosemary Antonini of Hobart is an emerging arts administrator. The fellowship will enable her to travel to the United Kingdom to attend the 2017 British Orchestras Conference and undertake activities with various orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kylie Johnson of Hobart is a curator, artist and arts administrator, and the fellowship will allow her to work with three London based not-for-profit organisations researching new exhibition models and networking with artists and arts professionals.

Fiona Stewart of Hobart is an established actor, singer and voice teacher. The fellowship will allow Ms Stewart to attend a specialist voice training workshop with two internationally respected teachers in Puducherry, India.

The Manufacturing Design Fellowship was awarded to two Tasmanian furniture designers, Scott van Tuil and Matthew Prince. The fellowship will allow Mr van Tuil and Mr Prince to work with a small-scale Hobart based manufacturing company to access specialist machinery.

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Despard Gallery:  Glen Clarke - The Last Missile Installation

Steven Joyce. Director, Despard
21.10.16 10:29 am


Official launch Friday 28 October 5.30pm

To be opened by Andrew Wilkie MP, Independent Member for Denison

26 October – 20 November 2016

Despard has represented Glen Clarke for over 15 years and is proud to present Clark’s 5th solo exhibition
at the gallery.

Clarke won the HCC Art Prize with a sculpture of Mt. Wellington using Weet-bix back in
1993 and have had many solo exhibitions national and international since. Glen Clarke’s collages and
paintings are intricately constructed from delicately folded currency and precisely cut out images of wars
machinery and military hardware. Each component is then assembled into a tapestry of the symbolism
behind war from the artists perspective – each folded note, cut out plane, tanker, helicopter and ship tells a
story of the profits and losses attributed to war.

Since 2003 Glen Clarke has been involved with the non-profit organisation PROJECT RENEW in Quang Tri
Province central Vietnam and MAG, Mines Advisory Group Laos. Their primary objectives are Mine Risk
Education (MRE) and to clear Quang Tri & Quang Bình Province and the neighboring Ho Chi Minh Trail on
the Laos-Viet boarder of Unexploded ordinances. Clarke was the last winner of the National Sculpture
prize in 2006 with his work American crater near Hanoi #2 2005. His work is held in collections throughout
Australia and the Asia-Pacific notably the Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery of Australia

GLEN CLARKE Silo #024 (detail) 2015 folded US dollars, Iraqi dinars, Afghan afghanis, cotton thread 87 x 61 x 24cm signed verso
“There is an impressive complexity of paper and pattern that constitute the work of Australian artist Glen
Clarke. As a heady cocktail of politics, economics and aesthetics are neatly folded into each of the origami
styled cannon of his works; in order to create these symmetrical configurations of banknotes and thread.
That when pinned together, layer upon layer, note upon note; become the intricate detail for a much larger
mosaic styled image. Which from a measured distance prove utterly compelling. And when given to
examining Clarke’s works with a forensic eye, they read like the DNA for a coded reality of a greater set of
truths. That is as destabilising as they might well appear decorative.

Interested in a lunar landscape of man-made ‘voids’, ‘craters’ and ‘explosions’, that have been fashioned by
internal and externals wars historically; Clarke is absorbed by how such critical conditions come to alter
space entirely. Domestic, social, political; space is the favoured currency of conflict. In which countries create
their own refugees, and a growing state of unease allows for a temporary infrastructure that serves to
promote one set of ideas over another. Thus such a history of violence, regional and international,
constitutes an archive of misshapen memories that alters the lives of the living. And for Clarke one of the
major fallouts of regional wars are the discarded shells that settle uneasily into the earth, and can overtime
disappear into the landscape like a mechanised disease set to eradicate larger numbers of humanity. As
these UXO’s or ‘unexploded ordnance’ mark a historical period for Clarke in the Indochina region; where
Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are stitched together as countries riddled by unrest and ravaged by war.” Words by Rajesh Punj

Join us for the official launch Friday 28th of October opened by Andrew Wilkie or preview
for exhibition from Wednesday 26 October. Glen Clarke will be in Hobart for a week, so please take this
opportunity to talk the artist about his work and new exhibition.

Information about the exhibition and artist also via Despard Gallery website.

Despard Gallery
Level 1, 15 Castray Esplanade, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
+61 3 6223 8266

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Damien, an Idol that’s never idle!

Paula Xiberras
20.10.16 6:35 am


Damien Leith performs in Tasmania annually and tells me, when we catch up for a chat, that he loves Tasmania and always gets a great vibe from audiences, not to mention Tassie reminds him of his native Ireland.

This November Damien will be heading to Tasmania again and this time it marks a very special occasion Damien’s 10 year anniversary since winning Australian Idol.
In the decade past Damien has continued to build a substantial and eclectic career in music, as an author, TV presenter and now actor but it is as a musician that most people think of him.

Of the ten year celebration Damien reflects that if he could do it all again he would put much more emphasis on enjoying the moment as the hoopla following the win was so full on, actually savouring his success passed Damien by in a whirl!

Damien tells me that the celebratory concerts, as well as being a showcase of Damien’s music over the ten years will also have some surprises and reflections. Damien may even answer the mysterious question of why some songs are never played at concerts!

Damien shares with me and the readers some privileged information of what he’s up to next, not only has he done some acting for the program ‘The Milky Way’ but he’s also been cast in a movie that will be out next year!

Ever the renaissance man Damien has a lot more going on including two albums coming up, one a concept album and one of original songs and there are two books as well, a children’s one and another, not yet divulged!

With all these creative works on the way it would seem Tassie can expect many more visits from Damien in the future but for now you can catch Damien’s Idol celebration around Australia including the following Tasmanian dates:

11 November, Launceston Country Club
12 November, Wrest Point Showroom

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Brookfield: Little Wise ...

Fiona Peacock
19.10.16 9:19 am



Little Wise has today announced the new single Don’t Hurry Back, a delicate, narrative-based tune, out October 28.  Accompanying Don’t Hurry Back is a visually stunning clip that celebrates the beauty and the grit of rural Australia, directed by Agostino Soldati (Liz Stringer, Saint Jude, Sal Kimber).  Don’t Hurry Back is the second single to be lifted from Little Wise’s debut album, the first single Under Water was released in August and will also feature on the full length Silver Birch, out November 11.  To celebrate Little Wise will be hitting the road with her band in November and December on a massive national tour, kicking off in Byron Bay on November 11, then moving through Fingal Head, Brisbane, Alexandra Headland, Nambucca Heads, Sydney, Canberra, Seymour, Melbourne, Deans Marsh, Adelaide, Margate and wrapping up in Mayberry in Tasmania on December 11.

Don’t Hurry Back is an elusive piece, characterised by its sparseness, and evocative of the broad, dry landscape of a regional town.  Pedal steel guitar howls in the background while Sophie Klein, the woman behind Little Wise, warbles sweetly atop the harmony.  Don’t Hurry Back is a warm nod to country and roots, while still crisp, invigorating, and refreshingly Australian.  Of the single, Klein says, “I wrote this song with a depressed rural town in mind; one that has had a previous mining boom that’s now shutting down.  Those who are left have little prospects.  It is fictional, written from the perspective of a man who is ageing, writing to his ex-lover telling her, Don’t Hurry Back.”

The debut album Silver Birch offers much more of the nostalgia and bittersweet storytelling that encompasses the lead single.  Recorded in Klein’s empty childhood home and at Woodstock Studios in Balaclava and features special guest performances by Ben Franz (The Waifs), Megan Bernard and Rosie Burgess among many others.  Silver Birch is the result of a stellar crowdfunding effort of over $8,000 and MATCH funding from Creative Partnerships Australia.  Klein collaborated with the production team MEJU (Megan Bernard and Kaliu Tonuma (Neil Finn, Crowded House, Hunters and Collectors)) on the record and tackles life cycles, grief, relationships and self-discovery in this remarkable collection of expertly crafted songs.  Klein reflects on the album, “Many of the songs on the album are about the grief of losing my dear mum to cancer in 2013.  Silver birch trees are representative of the cycle of life, in terms of the changing of the leaves throughout the seasons.  The album title is also a reference to the silver birch trees in the front yard of my family home, where the recording began, and is a recurring motif throughout the album.  Amazingly poignant;  you can even hear the birds chirping from those trees in the title track.”

Klein and the band will be heading out on tour in November and December to celebrate the release of Silver Birch.  Excited to be hitting the road, Klein enthuses, “Fans can expect a raw and uplifting performance, where the veil between me as the performer and them as the audience is as thin as ever.  People can expect to be taken on a roller coaster of emotion, leaving uplifted and connected.  I often have deep lasting connections with people who come to my shows, and find the songs resonate with peoples’ personal experiences.  That connection is one of the best parts of being a songwriter.”

Little Wise is Sophie Klein.

Stream single: DON’T HURRY BACK Watch the video: DON’T HURRY BACK Stream album: SILVER BIRCH Preorder album: SILVER BIRCH


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MAC, Nov 12, 7.30pm: QTas Choir

Helen Thomson
19.10.16 5:39 am


Newly-written repertoire forms highlight of QTas’s wellness-themed concert
QTas Choir is finishing out another big year with a performance incorporating hot-off-thepress
new songs which speak to the themes of resilience, gratitude, safety and hope.

The choir, now in its fourth year of operation, has taken two big steps forward in 2016.

Firstly, it has entered into a partnership with the Salamanca Arts Centre. “We found
ourselves in urgent need of a place to rehearse, perform and generally call home,” says
Thomson. “The people at SAC have been wonderful. We’re thrilled to have a strong
connection to such a high-profile arts organisation.”

The organisation also recently reconstituted itself as QTas Arts, an organisation facilitating
bold Tasmanian LGBTIQ-focussed arts projects. “QTas Choir and the communities we come
in contact with have always had a whole lot of talent in the ranks: visual artists, theatre
people, dancers, the list goes on. We wanted to broaden our brief so that we could foster
creative development across a bigger artistic scope and engage all that talent, as well as
drawing new and different energy into the organisation,” Thomson explains. “But of
course the choir will remain one of QTas Arts’ core projects, and we’ve got some exciting
repertoire lined up for this upcoming concert and into the future.”

As is often the case with QTas performances, ReachOut is more than just a choral concert:
the common thread, running through songs with topics as various as gardening and
gender transition, is self-care. “Wellness and self-care are vital for everyone, so we hope
that the concert will speak to all people,” continues Thomson. “However, a major
motivation in choosing this theme was that LGBTIQ people are statistically much more
likely to suffer mental illness, harm themselves, or take their own lives. That makes selfcare
a particularly vital theme for the queer community. So the concert is in part an
acknowledgement of the tough times, but also a celebration of our strengths and
strategies around wellness. The message is fundamentally one of hope.”

QTas also goes from strength to strength in fostering local creativity. The concert’s
highlight is five new songs created in a recent series of workshops for emerging and
practice-broadening songwriters. “The idea was to give these artists the means to write
for choirs,” says Thomson, who led the workshops. “With the support of Hobart City
Council and Tasmanian Regional Arts, we held a series of workshops and one-on-one
sessions around notation, arrangement, using software, and understanding aspects of
community choir learning and the nature of the human voice.”

The ReachOut concert will take place at Moonah Arts Centre on Saturday November 12,
7:30pm. Tickets are $20/$15, and can be obtained at the door or via Eventbrite.

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St David’s Park, Jan 26: The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd

19.10.16 5:22 am



Touring together for the first time.

Unique outdoor concert events this summer.

Widely held as two of Australia’s most outstanding live acts, The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd will hit the highways together for the first time in January and February 2017 for a series of unique concert events to be held in picturesque open-air settings. Presented by Zaccaria Concerts & Touring, the tour will bring these two incredible acts onto large stages in picturesque non-traditional purpose built outdoor venues in Hobart, Ballarat, Byron Bay, Bribie Island and Adelaide.

Tickets for the handful of distinct concert events go on sale for the general public on Friday 21 October 2016 at 10.00am AEDT Australia. However, a special pre-sale for the concerts will be available from the respective ticketing agencies outlined below on Tuesday 18th October at 10.00am and will be available until Thursday 20 October at midnight AEDT Australia. See ticketing information outlined below.

For over a decade, virtuoso’s The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd hold commonalities; they’ve remained current in global markets whilst treading a path less travelled, continually doing it in their own way. Celebrated for their individual genre crossing sounds and their enduring careers at a global level, they’ve accrued massive followings throughout Europe, Canada, the USA, South Africa and South America with their legendary live performances. Their incredible musicianship has resulted in successful sold out tours year in and year out, both increasing awareness by putting their music into the hands of overseas travelers who then took their tunes home in their backpacks and spread the word organically across the globe.

The Cat Empire’s genre-bending style has gifted them the tag “the ultimate party band” as they enthuse fans with their uplifting mash up of distinctive sounds. Their infectious tunes bring the crowd alive with their all-time tight and powerful brass section.

2016 has seen their ‘RISING WITH THE SUN’ album debut at number 1 on both the National ARIA & AIR charts at home, top 10 in 6 other countries and Top 20 in 16 countries around the world, along with a global debut at number 9 on the iTunes worldwide chart. Before heading home for their Australian summer dates they’ll complete the last leg of an international tour which has seen them play over 100 shows throughout UK, Australia, Canada and Europe, the biggest global tour of their career in terms of ticket sales.

Looking forward to these summer shows, The Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl said today,

“We’ve been crossing paths with Xavier Rudd at festivals in Australia and internationally for many years, and we’ve always had a great time together. Add Sahara Beck and Harts to the mix, it should be an amazing summer. We’re very excited about this one, it’ll be a full and colourful stage. “

As one of our most adept multi-instrumentalists, Xavier Rudd enthrals audiences as he paints breathtaking pictures with vivid unmistakeable tones. Hypnotic ceremonial rhythms ease effortlessly into tender folk songs. Gritty guitar blues sits perfectly alongside entrancing yidaki (didgeridoo) passages. 2016 has seen Xavier top the charts in the Netherland with his ‘Follow the Sun’ single pipping global hit makers Justin Bieber and Adele to the number one post there whilst achieving platinum sales in Italy. His last European tour sold out months in advance with an incredible 14,000 tickets sold in the Netherlands alone. These Australian summer concert events will see Xavier deliver a magical set as a three piece with Bobby Alu on drums and Ant Aggs on keys.

Xavier Rudd shares his thoughts about The Cat Empire,

“I’ve always had a tonne of respect for The Cat Empire guys since the start. Deadly musicians and lovely people. Over the last 15 or so years touring around the world and seeing their posters in so many different towns and countries has always brought me a smile. I guess it’s about time that we teamed up to do some shows together & I’m stoked to share a stage with these legends back on home soil early in 2017!”

What better way to set the mood with three captivating exceptional young artists. Currently making waves around the world, singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Darren Harts a.k.a HARTS will mesmerize audiences with his individual brand of alternative rock, funk and soul. Sydney six piece OCEAN ALLEY will be bring their unique and refreshing brand of psychedelic reggae fusion. Coming of the back off touring with Ball Park Music, young indie pop rocker SAHARA BECK will kick off proceedings for what is sure to be an atmospheric evening.

Patrons might like to bring along some personal comforts such as a rug, cushion or a low back chair to enjoy the lush surroundings. Don’t forget to check the web for all ticketing information first and be sure to dig out your dancing shoes too for what will be a magical summer evening of music under the stars.

A handful of atmospheric outdoor concert events in remarkable wide open spaces with the eclectic mix of The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd, along with HARTS, Ocean Alley and Sahara Beck will be a highlight of summer 2017.

The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd –2017 tour dates:

Presented by Zaccaria Concerts & Touring

With special guests Harts, Ocean Alley and Sahara Beck *


PRE-SALE - 10.00am AEDT AU on Tuesday 18th October until Thursday 20 October midnight
GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE: 10.00am - AEDT AU on Friday 21 October 2016
Thursday 26 January 2017 - St David’s Park Hobart, TAS * Sahara Beck not performing in Hobart
Tickets from OZTIX -
Sunday 29 January2017 - North Gardens Ballarat, VIC
Tickets from TICKETMASTER -
Saturday 4 February 2017 - Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, NSW (Subject to DA approval)
Tickets from TICKETMASTER -                               
Sunday 5 February 2017 - Sandstone Point, Bribie Island, QLD
Tickets from TICKETMASTER -
Saturday 11 February 2017 - Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA
Tickets from TICKETMASTER -

Full Tour Details can be found at                                          

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EWAH & The Vision of Paradise ... Walk the Night this Friday

18.10.16 10:02 am


Walk the Night is the first single from the debut album for EWAH & The Vision of Paradise. The album is due for release in February 2017, but this pre-album release will give peeps a good idea of what’s ahead.

The songs from the album explore landscapes of beaches, dunes, bushland and suburban streets - the kind of territory explored and known intimately in childhood. These familiar settings are skewed with stories of disturbing violent crimes taken from newspaper headlines, anecdotal accounts and stories imagined in response to place.

Walk the Night tells the story of a mother who met with foul play late one night in summer and never made it home to her children tucked up safely in bed. Instead she is doomed to exist in an in-between world where she must walk the night.

EWAH & The Vision of Paradise launch their new single this Friday 21 October in the intimacy - ooh-er - of The Kissing Room at The Grand Poobah, Hobart. Also on the bill are psyche surf rock kids Spiral Kites and the sugar bam bam punk pop (do-you-like-me-cuz-I’m-kinda-into-you) of trio Ghost Drop. 

Then the cherry to pop on top, DJ Popsie Cool (aka Mum from Mum and Dad) is gonna get your dance pants moving. Rad.

First 15 through the door get a free vintage postcard with a digital download of Walk the Night. Doors from 8.30pm.

Catch a sneak preview of Walk the Night in video form here

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Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier’s astonishing new album, Tour dates ...

Hannah Andrews
17.10.16 3:15 pm


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Mofo at Mona ...

17.10.16 12:22 pm


The Three-Day Mona Pass covers all events on site, except The Source Electric Vinyl Sessions, from Friday 20–Sunday 22 January 2016. A limited number of Day Passes will also go on sale on Tuesday 29 November.

Book tickets, more HERE

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Leonard Cohen makes it darker

David Remnick, New Yorker
14.10.16 9:50 am

Leonard Cohen from Flickr (svennsivertsenn)

At eighty-two, the troubadour has another album coming. Like him, it is obsessed with mortality, God-infused, and funny.

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Devonport Regional Gallery: New exhibition in the little gallery and workshop ...

Devonport Regional Gallery
13.10.16 1:06 pm

Susan Quinn, Shiny White Tiles IV, 2016, colour pigments in resin on acrylic sheet

EXHIBITION: Porous Bodies – Susan Quinn
24 October – 13 November, 2016 // Opening Sunday 23 October, 3 pm
The Little Gallery Project Space

Launceston-based visual artist, Susan Quinn’s work focuses on the human organism and the porous boundaries it shares with other bodies, systems and entities.

“Through my work I aim to express the human body’s fluid and fragile state” says Susan, “questioning if bodies are characterised by a porous quality that allows the outer world to flow through and beyond membranous boundaries.” 

In this exhibition, Susan’s explores and develops the relationships between patterns formed in process-led art making based on visual data collected during her artist residency at the Launceston General Hospital’s Pathology Department. During the residency period Susan was exposed to microscopic human matter in a number of medical testing procedures and processes.

WORKSHOP: A Brush with Gold
Thursday 10 November, 6–8 pm
Devonport Regional Gallery

Join Susan Quinn for a hands-on, experimental visual arts workshop, learning one of the many techniques Susan utilises in her work: oxidising metal leaf. A Brush with Gold introduces metal leafing. Using gold, silver, and copper leaf, participants will experiment with the material to reveal colourful effects of oxidation. Effects on metal leaf can be used as backgrounds to paintings or as the painting itself.

Devonport Regional Gallery HERE

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Moonah Arts Centre: Plugholes and other paintings

Sean Kelly
13.10.16 11:16 am

Image: Mande Bijelic, San Francisco, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 66cm x 77cm

Opening at Moonah Arts Centre (MAC) on 6pm Thursday 27 October, Mande Bijelic’s Plugholes and Other Paintings is testimony to Bijelic’s ability to identify visual merit in the everyday.

Overlooked by most, the common place is reframed by Bijelic, and presented to us as scenes and objects of great intrigue.

The exhibition spans 20 years of Bijelic’s practice, combining a retrospective selection of paintings with new works from her series of Plughole paintings. In this series, bathtub plugholes from around the world are lovingly rendered in paint; each an entry point to a global network of connectivity though a vast web of unseen plumbing.

Bijelic’s Plughole paintings present the bath plughole as a universal object, one which confronts us as we shower and bathe, acting as an equalizing and unadorned experience. Text plays an important role in Bijelic’s compositions, and each painting is labelled with the name of the town or city where that particular plughole is located. The plughole images originate as photographs gathered internationally by friends, contacts or even by un-introduced requests, each with its own unique story.

Mande Bijelic is an adaptable artist. Due to an injury to her left hand, some of the exhibited works have been painted by Mande using her non-dominant right hand.

Bijelic’s paintings are held in public collections by TMAG, ART BANK, The SCHICK Collection USA, and in private collections in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. She was a finalist for the Glover Prize and is also a published poet.

Making use of bold colours, symmetry and repetition, Mande Bijelic’s Plugholes and Other Paintings transform the seemingly ordinary into visually powerful experiences.

Mande Bijelic’s Plugholes and Other Paintings in on exhibition at MAC from 28 October to 19 November 2016. All are welcome to the free exhibition opening event at 6pm on Thursday 27 October.


 Opening 6pm Thurs 27 Oct. Free event, all welcome
 Exhibition runs from 28 Oct – 19 Nov 2016
 Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah
 Exhibition open from 10am-5pm Tuesday – Friday and 11am-3pm Saturdays
 Entry to the exhibition is free

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MOFO, Jan 18-22, 2017 ...

12.10.16 3:59 pm


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