Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
11.02.16 5:36 am


Opening Wednesday 17 February, 5:30pm

17 February - 13 March 2016

Dear Friend of Despard Gallery,

You are invited to the opening for the first solo show of 2016 in the new Despard Gallery. Inspired from recent travels in Europe and a return to Ocean Beach on the Tasmanian west coast, Geoff Dyer is painting with supreme confidence and energy. Dyer has captured the subliminal power and movement of deep ocean currents and swells in this powerful show.

Please join Geoff for a celebratory drink to launch this new body of work.

View online preview here:

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15 Castray Esplanade
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Kylie Eastley
11.02.16 5:23 am

The Glenorchy Open, the much-loved annual exhibition that showcases an eclectic collection of artworks produced by artists living or working in the City of Glenorchy, opens 6pm today.

The Glenorchy Open is an opportunity for local artists and makers to share their skills with a broad audience. Works of all media are invited, from individual artists or collaborative works. Now in its eighth year, this is the first time The Glenorchy Open will be held in the new Moonah Arts Centre’s outstanding purpose-built exhibition space.

This year the MAC team received a record 61 entries, testimony to the abundance of artistic talent within the greater Glenorchy community. These local artists contribute to the cultural vibrancy of their city and make Glenorchy an interesting and inspiring place to live and work.

Artworks on display include textiles, prints, photography, sculpture, painting, performance art and drawing produced by established to emerging artists that range from 11 years old to well above 80.

Everyone is invited to join us for the exhibition opening event. The Glenorchy Open will be exhibited at the Moonah Arts Centre from 11 February to 12 March 2016 and is free to enjoy.


 Opening event of the exhibition The Glenorchy Open 2016
 6pm, Thursday 11 February
 Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah
 Exhibition runs 11 February to 12 March 2016
 Exhibition open from 10am-5pm Tuesday – Friday and 11am-3pm Saturdays
 Entry to the exhibition is free

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Moss’s Musical Masterpiece

Paula Xiberras
11.02.16 4:32 am


The name ‘Moss’ has a meaning of devotee or follower and Ian Moss, musician, is definitely a devotee or music but rather than a follower he is a leader in his craft.

He’s won five ARIAs, had success as part of Cold Chisel and a successful solo career. It happens to be the 10th anniversary of his classic work ‘Six strings’ written over five weeks at the Sandringham Hotel in Sydney and to celebrate Ian is doing a national tour.  As well as the celebration of ‘Six strings’ Ian will also treat the audience to all the Chisel hits, his own solo singles, ‘some Hendrix and Creedance’ and a tantalising glimpse of some new songs.

Ian is looking forward to visiting Tasmania and calls it ‘beautiful’,’ fantastic’ yet, ‘a ‘quiet place’. Ian’s keen to sample some of our famous produce, particularly cheese and wines.

Ian comes from a large family that was characterised by a love of music. His mother was a Bob Dylan fan while his sister was a fine piano player and his brother is a songwriter that has collaborated with Ian.
Ian is doing some family history research so hopes to discover some ancestors who might also have musical talent.

It was always going to be a music career for Ian although he did toy with working in a tech capacity for Telstra as he always enjoyed tinkering around with guitars.

Now what started as tinkering has turned into the work of a master craftsman.

You can see IAN MOSS 10th Anniversary Six Strings Classics Tour 2016 on Saturday February 27 at Theatre Royal, Hobart.

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Emily Cheung
10.02.16 8:04 am


Seasoned folk darlings Tinpan Orange have today announced their fifth studio album, Love Is A Dog (set for release April 8), alongside its breathtaking first single, Rich Man (out February 12).  The virtuosic trio will hit the road to celebrate the release kicking off at the Fairbridge Folk Festival (WA) on April 15, moving through Tasmania, Melbourne, Mullumbimby, Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin, Fremantle and finishing up in Adelaide on June 5.

Over a year in the making, Love Is A Dog is a luscious and intricate concept album with soaring string arrangements, thoughtful, sparse guitar hooks and Emily Lubitz’s delicate, show-stopping voice.  Produced by the band in collaboration with Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire, Jackson Jackson), and mixed by the renowned Adam Selzer (M.Ward, She & Him, Jolie Holland) at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, the album presents a vulnerability and a beauty that captivates and inspires.  Love Is A Dog explores the paralysis of privilege, the precariousness of having too much to lose and the pain of loving someone too much.

The stunning lead single, Rich Man is inspired by a sad, over-satiated character who is surrounded by great wealth but locked into a loveless relationship.  It has a dark, rambling quality, championed by Lubitz’s first ever recorded exploration of her falsetto range.  “When I first heard the final mix, I had the feeling that it could have been used as a Bond theme if David Lynch was directing,” says guitarist Jesse Lubitz.  The single is accompanied by a simple yet intriguing video.  Directed by Jam Nawaz of Jam Design (Remi, Tully on Tully) the clip depicts mysterious hands thrusting fur, gold and pearls upon a wealthy housewife (played by Emily Lubitz), until the very end, where she removes all in defiance, unadorned and free.

To celebrate the release of Love Is A Dog, Tinpan Orange will embark on a national tour in April and May of 2016.  Enthusiastic about the current lineup of the band, Emily Lubitz says: “We are enjoying playing as a trio at the moment…I like singing in that space and I love to hear Alex (Burkoy) fill some of the spaces with his strings.  Our shows are intimate, and when I’m feeling safe and sound, I will tell a few stories and share some thoughts…and Alex might even tell a joke!”

Tinpan Orange are Emily Lubitz, Jesse Lubitz and Alex Burkoy, with the in-studio help of Daniel Farrugia (Angus & Julia Stone, Missy Higgins) on drums and Jules Pascoe (Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Racketts) on bass guitar.

The new album Love Is A Dog is out April 8 and tickets to the national tour are ON SALE NOW

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Moya Deigan
09.02.16 11:35 am

The Theatre Council of Tasmania (TCT) is delighted to announce the nominations for the 2016 Tasmanian Theatre Awards.

The Awards celebrate excellence in the performing arts throughout Tasmania. Sometimes experiences of theatre are so outstanding, so moving, they lift spirits beyond expectations. These awards recognise, reward and celebrate these occasions. Established in 2015 by the TCT, The Errols aim to generate an Awards program that culminates in an annual and much anticipated event on the Tasmanian theatre calendar.

Chair of the Theatre Council of Tasmania, Rod Anderson said “2015 has been a bumper year of great performances and thrilling productions. With 47 shows in contention and standards at an all-time high across the board, we expect some close calls and some surprise winners.”

Nominations have been announced today in more than 30 award categories. A full list of nominations can be viewed here:

Some nomination highlights include:

Best Professional Theatre Production
‘As We Forgive’ Tasmania Performs (Hobart)
‘Blue Angel’ Big hART (Burnie)
‘Grounded’ Blue Cow Theatre (Hobart
‘Seminar’ Loud Mouth Theatre Company (Hobart)
Best Community Musical Theatre Production
‘All Shook Up’ Devonport Choral Society
‘Forbiden Broadway’ Hobart Repertory Theatre Society
‘Legally Blonde’ Launceston Musical Society
‘Mary Poppins’ Encore Theatre (Launceston)
Best Community Theatre Production
‘6000 to 1’ Stompin in association with Ten Days on the Island (Launceston)
‘Jane Eyre’ Hobart Repertory Theatre Society
‘On Our Selection’ Hobart Repertory Theatre Society
‘Vicar of Dibley’ Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society

All members of the Tasmanian community are invited to join this glittering state-wide celebration of Tasmanian theatrical talent and achievement at the Awards event on Saturday, 5 March at Wrest Point, Hobart. Tickets available at the Try booking website.

The Theatre Council of Tasmania (TCT) is the peak body for the Tasmanian theatre sector. Harnessing the energies of Tasmania’s theatre practice, TCT acts as a representative voice to government—advocating for the power of theatre in our society and facilitating excellent training and networking opportunities for the Tasmanian theatre industry.

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Luka Bloom-ing toward another Harvest

Paula Xiberras
09.02.16 6:14 am


I recently spoke to Irish musician Luka Bloom about his upcoming Australian tour.

This is will be Luka’s 12th tour of Australia.  I’m doing a phoner with him from Ireland and it’s late night his time, in fact a little later than expected because the interviewer before me, Luka says, was Irish and ‘they didn’t stop talking’. Mine won’t be the last interview on this particular night for Luka he is scheduled to be chatting away until 1 am but as Luka’s publicist tells me’ he is a trooper’.

Although Luka is not visiting Hobart this tour, because, he tells me he has little control over the itinerary, he is apologetic and reminds me how much he loves Hobart.

Luka is always glad to go home and return to family and friends after a tour but with Australia the feeling is different because when he’s in Australia he doesn’t feel as if he is away from home.

While he can’t exactly say why he feels this way, Luka thinks part of it has something to do with the connection that the modern day Irish have with Australia and their awareness that their ancestors made that extraordinary trip to the other side of the world. These people have left their imprint on the nation, something both genetic and spiritual embedded in the landscape. An ‘intangible’ feeling manifested in Luka as a sense of familiarity, of being home away from home.

Right back to his first concert at the Elmore Theatre, he felt, he said ‘a hurricane of support’ and fell in love with Australia instantly. Added to that warm reception was the Australian sense of humour with, like the Irish, its irreverent use of the English language. It seems fitting then, that Luka will debut his new album ‘Frugalisto’ here in Australia.

Luka as a folk singer has always had a message in his music and most recently climate change has become a deep concern because of his new neighbours in County Clare, keen surfers who are equally devoted to treading softly on the earth and do that by creating a living environment of positive sustainability.

Luka has seen people’s awareness of climate change grow and notes that for the first time this year in Ireland people were actually scared of the rains coming and for good reason as these rains resulted in frightening flooding.

Luka’s neighbours present hope for the future in a world where the scary scenario is that there might only be 59 more harvests, if climate change is not recognised and acted upon. It is these concerns that has prompted Luka in writing his new album ‘Frugalisto’ to be showcased on this tour.

You can see Luka on the mainland in Feb/March.  See dates:

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Artentwine Sculpture Biennial, October 2016. Applications close 10 March

Robyn Barnet
08.02.16 2:29 pm

Artentwine Sculpture Biennial will be held in October 2016.</b>

At present we are calling for visual artists and reminding them of the closing dates for applications.

We would be delighted if you could support us in our search for visual artists, applications close 10 March.

The biennial is held in five wineries belonging to the Tamar Valley Wine Route.

The prize money totals $16,500.00 and covers many sculpture mediums.

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Devonport Regional Gallery ... Four 8 Film Festival

Dianne Sheehan, Education & Public Programs Officer, Devonport Regional Gallery
08.02.16 11:06 am


Devonport Regional Gallery’s young members, the Droogs, present the Four 8 Film Festival from 4th to 7th March, a challenging weekend of writing, shooting and editing short films.

Do you think you have what it takes to make a great short film in 48 hours? If so, get a group of friends together and take part! Participants are encouraged to register their interest online via the Galley’s website prior to the Festival weekend.  The Festival is open to all ages, state-wide.

All participating teams must write, shoot and edit a film (maximum 4 minutes) in just 48 hours. Teams must consist of a maximum of five people. Teams will be provided with a theme and prop to use in their film at the Festival Launch on Friday 4 March, 5.30 pm at Devonport Regional Gallery; commencing the 48 hour period.

Completed films must be submitted to the Gallery by 5.30 pm on Sunday 6 March. All films submitted by the 48 hour deadline will be screened at CMAX Devonport on Monday 7 March, 6 pm. Film-makers will be judged on how they best interpret their theme and prop.

The screening is a public event and everyone is invited to attend and support local artists and filmmakers. Entry is $5 per person aged 16 and over (under 16 free).

“We love this festival! There is nothing like a tight deadline to make a creative project come to life. The best thing about it is that teams can be incredibly creative with their theme and prop, which makes for an interesting and entertaining evening at the Festival screening.” – Kim Prunster, member of the Devonport Regional Gallery’s Droogs


Friday 4 March, 5.30 pm
Devonport Regional Gallery, 45 Stewart Street Devonport
All participating teams must attend the Launch. Teams will be provided with their theme and prop. Register your interest early at

By Sunday 6 March, 5.30 pm
Devonport Regional Gallery, 45 Stewart Street Devonport

Monday 7 March, 6 pm
CMAX Devonport
$5 adults, under 16 years free

First prize $400
Second prize $100
Prizes will also be awarded to best script and best soundtrack.

View more details about the Four 8 Film Festival online here:

Four 8 is supported by Collins Real Estate, CMAX Devonport, Devonport Regional Gallery and Devonport City Council.

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Always Be Writing

John Montana
08.02.16 6:52 am


Many times I hear writers say they are stuck or are in a writers’ slump, because no ideas are coming or they don’t know what to write. They want an original idea for a film that nobody has ever seen before. They want the next great original idea that rocks the film world. Some of them will wait for years for that inspiration for the next great film.

Now…you might get angry with me for saying this, or you will probably vehemently disagree, but I don’t think this should be your goal. Of course it can be a dream that this happens, but most likely the story in some form has already been told before. Don’t sweat it!!!

Really, I’m not kidding with you. Don’t let it prevent you from writing. Just write… let the words just flow out of you. Edit it all later. Write gobble-dee-gook, write crap, write anything. Just! Write! You can worry about judging it after you are finished.

When you are done you can go in and create a story that will inspire you to make a film of it. Think of it this way… A sculptor starts with a huge block of stone. This is your “gobble-dee-gook”. Then begin to slowly carve away the stuff that you don’t need. Carefully reveal the story you want to tell. In the end you will have something that you will be excited about putting on film.

So what I am trying say here, as succinctly as I can is don’t be obsessed with telling an original story or have an idea that nobody has thought of before. Because ninety nine times out of one hundred… its been done before.

I make short films. I enjoy shooting them and making them. But I am not under any illusion that these short films will make my career. I have 2 full feature scripts waiting to be done. I am using my shorts films to open doors and to gain experience on the set. Period! 99.99% of short films will never make money or be commercial. They are only a means to an end.

A short film is merely a “means to an end”… to get someone to ask you this: “Do you have any feature scripts that I can read?” To generate interest in you and what you have written. So here is a saying that I have come across many times…“ALWAYS BE WRITING”.

Here is another way to look at this: Treat your writing, or other creative work with the same kind of respect you have for your family doctor or dentist. Doctors, dentists… these people have studied hard for years and treated their work with respect and care. So should you.

If you treat your writing with disdain and laziness, or as a lah-dee-dah creative artist that will get to it “when inspiration strikes”, then shame on you. Because all you are doing is confirming to society that artists are all flaky and emotionally high-strung…and that we are ultimately disposable as paper in an outhouse. And to quote a line from Bruce Willis in Robert Rodriguez’s “SIN CITY”…” There’s wrong, and then there’s wrong, and then there’s this”.

And I don’t say this to be plippant, its just that artists are treated so badly, I want to stop this the best way I can.

Exercise: For the next three weeks, set your alarm clock early in the morning and spend ONLY 15 minutes each day writing. Something…Anything…Just write! Don’t look at it and judge it as being either good or bad. That is not the exercise. The exercise is to try and create a HABIT of writing. Like you go to your job. It is an attempt on your part to train your body and mind for just 15 minutes each day to take your writing seriously and just write. And for those of you with the excuse “I don’t have time”... then here is another saying that I really love. TIME IS MADE, NOT FOUND! - You make the time by prioritizing it and writing. Simple as that!


About The Author: John Montana is an actor living with his wife in L.A. and has begun to make short films. His most recent film, “Hungry” has been accepted into 24 film festivals all over the world. Check out his short films at No Title Production Films:

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Party in the Paddock, Burns Creek: Violent Soho

Siobhan Kranz
04.02.16 2:18 pm


Today it is with great pleasure we present you with ‘Viceroy’, the second offering from Violent Soho’s highly anticipated fourth LP WACO - which we’re equally psyched to announce will be released on March 18, 2016 through I OH YOU.

Enter, ‘Viceroy’: a song that was only finished during the band’s last pre-production session for the forthcoming album.  The suburban anthem opens with Luke Henery’s instantly engaging bass riff and is quickly followed by singer and lyricist Luke Boerdam’s recognisable vocal as he snarls the opening lines “Kill joy. You’re like a rhinestone pickup line. My drunk guitar is more fun than you’ll ever be.”  It’s not long before James Tidswell’s guitar and Michael Richard’s kit come to the party and we find ourselves in the midst of a track that sounds like the best (or perhaps worst for those of you the enjoy the quieter side of life) house party the #4122 has to offer.

Listen to ‘Viceroy’ here:



‘Viceroy’ by Violent Soho

‘Viceroy’, which had its world premiere today on triple j, follows on from the first single ‘Like Soda’ which pummelled into the hearts of Australians in October last year. ‘Like Soda’ premiered on Noisey (US) and triple j, who’s listeners voted the track in at #15 on this year’s #hottest100, and was an automatic hit with fans. The track trended on Facebook for 50+ hours and managed a tidy 73k+ plays on Spotify during the week of its release. The band announced an October ’15 East Coast tour with tickets selling out in a matter of hours. An incredible video followed which featured the band in lawn bowls garb, fighting for the love of mature-aged women. Iced Vovo’s will never be looked at the same! Furthermore, a petition was started by a fan to make ‘Like Soda’ the Australian national anthem!

“Mansfields’ finest’s latest tune is a feelgood Aussie punk anthem with a big-ass chorus and summertime beer vibes up the wazoo.” – Music Feeds

“…one of Australia’s most in-demand bands…” – Tone Deaf

““Like Soda” will make you call your Nana to make sure she’s doing OK at her retirement home and to warn her about marauding bands of party-friendly Australians.” – Noisey

Having spent the last eight months recording and mixing their forthcoming record at The Shed studios in Brisbane with producer Bryce Moorhead, it’s fair to say that the four friends from Mansfield (#4122) have been putting in the hard yards to make sure that the follow up to 2013’s breakout album Hungry Ghost is not only up to par with its predecessor but extends upon it. Hungry Ghost, released in September 2013 was a huge success for the band and certainly their breakthrough album. The gold selling album peaked at #6 on the ARIA Album Chart and unexpectedly made a return to the charts in April 2015 some 18 months following its release.

The band’s fourth album is titled WACO and is due for release on Friday 18 March via I OH YOU. WACO is named for the small Texas city that was the site of the Koresh-led Branch-Davidian siege/massacre/shootout with the FBI in 1993. WACO, explains singer, guitarist and songwriter Luke Boerdam, is like Hungry Ghost’s older sister: Hungry Ghost dealt with the spiritual skeleton we’ve become from this spoon-fed reality. WACO is more about control and illusion: what the skeleton is being fed.”

We won’t give too much more away on WACO but fans eager to get their hands on a copy are able to pre-order from today via




WACO - Violent Soho
Out 18 March 2016 through I OH YOU

Pre-order WACO on iTunes here

Those fans heading for St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Tasmania’s Party In The Paddock and Darwin’s Bass In The Grass will be treated to tastes from the new album. The band will also be stepping in for The Jezebels at Mountain Sounds Festival on Saturday 20 February on the NSW Central Coast after the cancellation of their world tour and festival appearances due to the health of keyboardist Heather Shannon. All proceeds from Violent Soho merch sales on the day will go towards Ovarian Cancer Research.

Violent Soho are:
Luke Boerdam – Vocals/Guitar
James Tidswell – Guitar/Vocals
Luke Henery – Bass
Michael Richards – Drums/Vocals


Fri 5 Feb         Harts Mill | Adelaide
Sat 6 Feb         Sydney College Of The Arts | Sydney
Sat 13 Feb       Footscray Community Arts Centre | Melbourne
Sun 14 Feb       Esplanade Reserve | Fremantle

Sat 20 Feb       Mountain Sounds Festival | Mount Penang Parklands Central Coast

Fri 19 – Sun 21 Feb   Party In The Paddock | Burnscreek, Tasmania

Sat 21 May       BASSINTHEGRASS | Darwin

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The Weeping Willows announce new album and national tour

Emma Wiking
04.02.16 4:42 am


March 4th will see the release of The Weeping Willows’ sophomore album, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’. Recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy Award winning engineer Ryan Freeland (Justin Townes Earle, Bonnie Raitt), Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’ is a collection of 10 tracks that are raw, earthy alt-country.

The album sees Kevin Breit (Rosanne Cash) on banjo, David Piltch (Billy Bragg) on upright bass, Tommy Detamore (Ray Price) on pedal steel, Luke Moller (Kasey Chambers) on fiddle and mandolin, and guest vocals from Melbourne alt. folk duo Sweet Jean.

Lead single ‘River of Gold’ is a stunning centrepiece, whilst ‘The Pale Rider’ explores the duo’s darker edges and Lachlan Bryan – that most restless of Australian alt. country wanderers – joins for a co-write on ‘Devil’s Road’.

Take a listen to Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’ here:

Full national tour dates as follows:

Friday 4th March: Basement Discs, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th March: Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival NSW
Thursday 10th March: Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston with Ange Boxall TAS
Friday 11th March: Spring Vale Wines, Cranbrook with Ange Boxall TAS
Saturday 12th March: Republic Bar & Café, Hobart with Ange Boxall TAS
Sunday 13th March: The Pizza and Wine Club, Kyneton with Ange Boxall VIC
Monday 14th March: House Concert, Ferntree Gully with Shane Nicholson VIC
Friday 18th March: Babushka Bar, Ballarat with Mitch Power VIC
Saturday 19th March - Sunday 20th March: The Basin Music Festival, The Basin VIC
Friday 25th March: Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo VIC
Sunday 27th March: T’Gallant Winery, Main Ridge VIC
Friday 1st April: Harmonie German Club’s ‘Friday Night Live’, Canberra ACT
Saturday 2nd April: Django Bar, Marrickville NSW
Monday 4th April: Jane’s, Wollongong NSW
Sunday 17th April: Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh with Bill Chambers VIC
Sunday 24th April: T’Gallant Winery, Main Ridge VIC
Friday 29th April – Sunday 1st May: Mount Beauty Music Festival, Mount Beauty VIC
Friday 6th May: The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale with Andy & Marta SA
Sunday 8th May: The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton with Andy & Marta SA
Friday 20th May: Bendigo Folk Club, Bendigo VIC
Friday 17th June: Berwick & District Folk Club, Berwick VIC

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The Proclaimers ... Touring Australia in April – Tickets on sale now!

Valerie MacIver
03.02.16 11:00 am


Touring Australia in April – Tickets on sale now!

WED 13 APRIL     PERTH CONCERT HALL                      
SAT 16 APRIL       SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE              
Iconic Celtic soul brothers, The Proclaimers, are on their way to Australia in April for a coast-to-coast tour of concerts in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Canberra.

After completing their two-year world tour in 2013, the strikingly individual and charismatic twins, Craig and Charlie Reid, took 2014 off to focus entirely on writing their highly acclaimed 10th studio album, ‘Let’s Hear It For The Dogs’. The album release was followed by a mammoth UK run of over 70 performances at Glastonbury, T In The Park, Belladrum, Cropedy, Wychwood, Cambridge Folk and V Festivals.

The Proclaimers will kick off their Australian tour on Wednesday 13 April at the Perth Concert Hall then traverse the country to QPAC Concert Hall Brisbane on Friday 15 April, Sydney Opera House on Saturday 16 April, The Palais Melbourne on Sunday 17 April, Wrest Point Tasmania Hobart on Tuesday 19 April and The Playhouse Canberra Theatre Centre on Wednesday 20 April. Tickets are on sale now.

Having carved themselves a niche in the netherworld where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide, The Proclaimers incite euphoric sing-alongs at their sensational live shows where their songs are delivered with passionate honesty, political fire and wit.

The Proclaimers’ second album, ‘Sunshine on Leith’ peaked at # 2 on the Australian album chart and includes the deeply moving, classic title track (Hibs anthem) along with signature tracks ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ - Australian # 1 for four weeks in 1986 and # 3 on the ARIA Top 25 Singles Chart in 1989, and ‘I’m On My Way’ – peaked at # 3 in 1989. 

In 1993, ‘I’m Gonna Be’ also soared to # 3 during a 6-month reign on the US Billboard Singles Chart after appearing on the soundtrack of the Johnny Depp film Benny And Joon, and ‘I’m On My Way’ re-emerged in a pivotal Shrek scene in 2001. 

In 2007, a rousing rendition of their classic anthem in collaboration with comedians Peter Kay and Matt Lucas, resulted in ‘I’m Going To Be (500 Miles)’, raising over a million pounds for charity through Comic Relief.  That same year, they sold more concert tickets in Scotland than any other single act whilst on their UK and Ireland tour of 44 shows, performing to over 100,000 fans.

Of The Proclaimers, Matt Lucas said, “I find it hard to put into words quite how the music of The Proclaimers makes me feel….It makes me laugh. It makes me cry. It just makes me generally euphoric….Sunshine on Leith says more about my life and the way I feel, than anything Morrissey or Cobain ever wrote.”

Other soundtracks featuring The Proclaimers include the enormously successful film Sunshine on Leith (script inspired by the album and 5th highest grossing independent film 2013), The Commitments, The Crossing, Dumb & Dumber, Bye Bye Love, Bottle Rocket, Slab Boys, The Closer You Get, How I Met Your Mother, Mama’s Boy, Burke and Hare, The Angel’s Share, Identity Thief, Bachelorette and Grey’s Anatomy.

A catalogue of hits and world tours have garnered The Proclaimers a phenomenal international reputation across the generations and Gold and Platinum status in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Wed 13 April         PERTH Concert Hall                      / 136 100  
Fri 15 April                         BRISBANE QPAC Concert Hall        / 136 246
Sat 16 April           SYDNEY Opera House                    9250 7777 and 100
Sun 17 April           MELBOURNE The Palais Theatre                / 136 100
Tues 19 April         HOBART Wrest Point Tasmania      / 1300 795 257
Wed 20 April         CANBERRA Theatre Centre The Playhouse / 02 6275 2700

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Despard: Don’t miss Anne Morrison ...

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
02.02.16 4:00 pm

Preservation and loss ...

Dear Client,

Anne Morrison has been awarded the prestigious Solo Commissioned Exhibition at the Devonport Regional Gallery (see below…). The Solo Commissioned Exhibition gives a Tasmanian artist the opportunity to create a body of work to be shown as a major part of the program for 2016 at the Devonport Regional Gallery as curated by the Director Dr Ellie Ray.

We would love to encourage you to attend the exhibition Preservation and Loss which opens on Friday 5th of February at 6pm, for all of those who are not in the region, of which there are many, take a look online. The exhibition will display new works completed in 2015/16, within the numerous works to be displayed the show will be some works shown at Despard Gallery in November 2015. Please see the link to refresh your memory.

Please feel free to contact the gallery for more information, Despard looks forward to connecting with you in the New Year!

Kind regards

Astrid Joyce

Despard Gallery
Level 1, 15 Castray Esplanade
Hobart Tasmania 7000
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Devonport Regional Gallery ... Anne Morrison provides insight into her work

Dianne Sheehan, Education & Public Programs Officer
02.02.16 3:46 pm

Anne Morrison, Remnants, 2012, watercolour & acrylic on paper (from an ongoing series of studies on paper 2012-2016)


Artist Anne Morrison presents two two-hour workshops at Devonport Regional Gallery coinciding with her solo exhibition Preservation and Loss in February and March. Across the two workshops Anne will share some of the painting processes used in her work.
Participants will be guided through a series of painting exercises that focus on ways to re-imagine and interpret our relationship to the environment, exploring the patterns, rhythms, networks and forms found within the natural world.
“We will be working primarily with fluid washes and stains, while also drawing with the paint. As a starting point we will work from sea-sponges, fossilized coral and dried seaweeds, not looking at detail, but capturing a trace or shadow of these forms to include in a composition.” – Anne Morrison
Where: Devonport Regional Gallery, 45 Stewart Street Devonport
When: Tuesday 23 February & Tuesday 1 March, 6–8 pm
Who: Adults (ages 16+)
Cost: $30 / $25 members
Bookings: 6424 8296 // .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Limited places available


Join Anne Morrison and the curator, Ellie Ray for a floor talk and tour of the exhibition Preservation and Loss. Anne and Ellie will guide visitors through the works in the exhibition, which includes a selection of new paintings and works on paper.

Morrison has developed a reputation as one of Australia’s finest painters. The exhibition highlights influences and shifts in Morrison’s practice and feature a series of works on paper that are studies for her large paintings. The work of Morrison explores the delicately interconnected worlds of surrounding micro and macro environments. The paintings included in the exhibition play with ambiguous and transitory landscapes.

Where: Devonport Regional Gallery, 45 Stewart Street Devonport
When: Thursday 18 February, 6 pm
Cost: gold coin entry

Anne Morrison: Preservation and Loss // 6 February – 13 March, 2016

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Emily Cheung
02.02.16 11:43 am



Off the back of their second #1 ARIA album chart debut with sophomore album BLOOM bumping Adele from the top spot on the weekend, Aussie dance trio RÜFÜS have today announced a national BLOOM album tour for April/May, kicking off in Adelaide on April 29 and heading through Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania and Brisbane before finishing up in Auckland (NZ) on May 27.

2016 is shaping up to be RÜFÜS’ biggest year yet; with BLOOM’s two lead singles landing in triple j’s Hottest 100 countdown last week (You Were Right #12 and Like An Animal #28), securing a spot on the coveted Coachella line up for April, announcing a UK/EU tour for March and already selling out the London show (with a second show announced), as well as last week dropping an official video clip for new single, Say A Prayer For Me.

And now the band have added a national tour on home turf to the mix.  They’ll be stepping up the venue sizes for this one and are excited to perform their new material for fans.  “When we approach the live show I think a really exciting thing for us is to re-imagine the songs and try to bring a new dimension and new journey to our music.  A big part of what we do whether it be writing a record or performing it live, is that sense of progression and that sense of tension and release,” drummer James Hunt explains.  “We’ve been absorbing so much live music lately so there are a million little things we want to try.”  Also with anticipated Coachella performances ahead, Canadian duo Bob Moses will be supporting nationally, as well as Byron Bay electronic outfit, Tora.

“Writing the record was a very introverted and personal process for us, so putting it out to the world after so much time alone feels like a feat in itself, and to see this reaction is overwhelming,” Hunt says of the number one chart debut and the ever-growing list of positive reviews.  “It’s a feeling that is hard to beat.  It’s a nice thing to see such a positive response to something that you’ve poured your heart and soul into.”

The new album BLOOM is OUT NOW
Tickets to the BLOOM national tour are ON SALE NOW
View the official video for SAY A PRAYER FOR ME

Presented by Sweat it Out, Team Leisurely, Triple J and Channel V

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Bett Gallery this Friday: Joan Ross

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
02.02.16 10:36 am

Image: Joan Ross, M’lady Falls 2015, hand painted pigment print on cotton rag paper, 60 x 72.5 cm (image size)






Joan Ross’ works are sharp witted satires, addressing issues of ownership, surveillance, collective anxiety and public and private boundaries. The reappraisal of, and apology for, colonialism has become sub-genre in contemporary art practice. By highlighting the similarities of the treatment of Australia, then and now, Ross brings an edge to the colonial debate that provokes our consideration. In her unique way Ross takes 19th century paintings of artists such as Glover and Lycett and revitalises them. She transforms static landscapes into modern day satires on our way of life. Using animation she is able to re-script the pictorial imagination and, as in the tradition of the cartoon, defies the logic of things – gravity, mortality and even history.

In satirising Australian colonial culture, Ross spotlights the predicament of consumer society and inadvertently, challenges contemporary art practice itself. These quasi-outdoor frolics are not some innocent, happy family gathering, nor a quaint recollection of the Australian bucolic-pastoral that will perform as passive décor. These are stories that expose the cruelty and self-centred, destructive nature of colonisation.

At first glance her works are aesthetically pleasing, quirky and satirical, easing the viewer with the familiarity of hybrid appropriations. We enjoy the visual parody, the colourful palate, the baroque excess and the discreet soundtracks. Critics have acknowledged her seamless marriage of the art historical and the contemporary. However, on closer inspection the works are confronting, provocative and disarming. Layered with meaning, criss-crossed with conceptual tangents, Ross reminds us of our colonial history and the ongoing repercussions of that history.

Rilka Oakley, curator Blue Mountains City Art Gallery  

Bett is on

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North Hobart

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State Cinema: National Theatre Live presents Jane Eyre

Jacinta Palmer
02.02.16 9:19 am




“Aflame with passion.”
The Observer

By Charlotte Brontë Directed by Sally Cookson


The acclaimed re-imagining of Bronte’s masterpiece was first staged by the Bristol Old Vic. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.



“Enchanting. Magnificent. Theatre at its most imaginative.”
Daily Mail

★★★★★ ★★★★
“Boldly imaginative” “A joy to watch” Mail on Sunday Time Out

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.
From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.

WITH: Madeleine Worrall, Benji Bower, Will Bower, Elly Condron, Craig Edwards, Laura Elphinstone, Felix Hayes, Richard Hurst, Phil King, Melanie Marshall, Simone Saunders, Maggie Tagney, Joannah Tincey, Stevie Thompson, Ellena Vincent

DIRECTOR: Sally Cookson

RUNNING TIME: 3 hours 45 minutes

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE is distributed by New York-based BY Experience, Inc. (, and in Australia by local distributor Sharmill Films (

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Despard Stockroom ...

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
01.02.16 4:19 pm


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Siobhan Kranz
01.02.16 9:57 am


Ivy League Records is over the moon to announce that The Rubens’ single ‘Hoops’ has come in at #1 in this year’s Hottest 100.

This marks the third time the band has placed in the iconic yearly countdown, with previous singles ‘Lay It Down’, ‘Don’t Ever Wanna Be Found’ and ‘My Gun’ all finding a spot on the shortlist in 2011 and 2012 respectively. 

The band said of the latest result:

“Forever grateful to everyone who voted for us in the Hottest 100! We love you all. And a huge thank you to triple j for devoting themselves to Australian music and making all of this possible”

The Rubens continue to build on the success of their sophomore album Hoops with the release of their new single ‘Hold Me Back’, which has been a fixture in the triple j top 20 most played for the past two weeks. You can check out the brand new video for HMB right here.

It’s been a hell of a ride for The Rubens since the release of Hoops and it’s only the beginning as the band head over state side to launch the release of the album in the USA (4 March USA, 20 May UK/Rest of the world).
The Rubens react to taking out triple j’s Hottest 100
The Rubens react to taking out triple j’s Hottest 100

Hoops tracklist
The Night Is On My Side
Bitter End
Cut Me Loose
Things About To Change
Hold Me Back
The Original
The Fool
Hoops - The Rubens
Out now through Ivy League

Purchase Hoops from all good retailers & at the link here

Single ‘Hoops’ is out now

Single ‘Hold Me Back’ is out now

Listen online HERE

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BOFA announces new Short Film Competition

Matt Fraser | Communications Manager
01.02.16 9:47 am


BOFA announces new Short Film Competition

As Tasmania celebrates one hundred years of national parks, the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival invites all nature lovers, photographers and film-makers to reflect on the significance of Tasmania’s parks and wilderness for a new Short Film Competition, entitled “Tasmania’s Parks – A Place to Connect” .

“Tasmania’s parks and wildlife are a national treasure. The centenary of Mt Field and Freycinet National Parks offer a special opportunity for anyone who loves Tasmania’s wild places to share with us their stories, their travelogues and their special connections with our state parks,” said Festival Director, Owen Tilbury.

Entries for the Short Film Competition are now open and close on Monday 1 August 2016 and are to be maximum length of 3 minutes. Entry is free and open to all Tasmanian and non-Tasmanians.  Entries can be lodged at

The competition is sponsored by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.

The winning entry will be awarded:
1. A choice of either one Double Pass to the Three Capes Track experience valued at $990 or a Helicopter flight and one night stay at Maatsuyker Island for two adults donated by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (at the winner’s choice).
2. An Annual Parks Pass valued at $96 donated by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.
3. One Double Voucher (for 2 adults) for the Tasman Island Cruise valued at $250 donated by Pennicott Journeys.
4. 1 x OzPray 22lt Talon22 day pack valued at $140 donated by Paddy Pallin Launceston

The runner-up entry will be awarded:
1. A Double Pass to the Overland Track experience valued at $496 for two adults donated by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.
2. An Annual Parks Pass valued at $96 donated by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.
3. One Double Voucher (for 2 adults) for the Bruny Island Cruise valued at $250 donated by Pennicott Journeys.

The winner and selected short film makers will be publicly recognised at a drinks event open to the film industry at the 2016 BOFA Film Festival (10-13 November). The winner will be presented with a hand crafted blown glass BOFA Devil Award.

All selected short film makers, including the winner, will be sent a FREE 8 pass to see 8 films of their choice at the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival.

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service will showcase the winning and shortlisted films through its social media channels reaching 20,000+ Facebook followers. Selected short films will be screened at BOFA 2016.

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania and Screen Tasmania. Federal Government assistance is provided by Screen Australia.

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The winning entry will be awarded:
5. A choice of either one Double Pass to the Three Capes Track experience valued at $990 or a Helicopter flight and one night stay at Maatsuyker Island for two adults donated by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (at the winner’s choice).
6. An Annual Parks Pass valued at $96 donated by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.
7. One Double Voucher (for 2 adults) for the Tasman Island Cruise valued at $250 donated by Pennicott Journeys.
8. 1 x OzPray 22lt Talon22 day pack valued at $140 donated by Paddy Pallin Launceston

The runner-up entry will be awarded:
4. A Double Pass to the Overland Track experience valued at $496 for two adults donated by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.
5. An Annual Parks Pass valued at $96 donated by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.
6. One Double Voucher (for 2 adults) for the Bruny Island Cruise valued at $250 donated by Pennicott Journeys.

The competition will be judged by an industry panel consisting of:
• A Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service representative
• Centenary Celebration Nominated Ambassador (TBC)
• Niall Doran, high profile nature photographer
• Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival representative

BOFA will judge entries on:
• Excellence in craft and skill
• Outstanding storytelling
• Alignment with the values of Tasmania Parks and Wildlife

There is no fee to enter the Competition. BOFA will not pay the film-maker for the screening of the short film.

The films ownership and copyright will be retained by the film-makers and they are free to use their own films in any manner they wish. Shared usage rights will be given at no charge to TPWS and they will promote and exploit the films in any manner they choose both online and in any other format or distribution method they choose from the date the films are submitted.

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania and Screen Tasmania. Federal Government assistance is provided by Screen Australia.

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Lighting up the Lane ...

Melinda Antal
29.01.16 12:44 pm


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Dark MOFO: A storm is brewing   Funding and dates announced for Dark Mofo 2016

Bec Fitzgibbon
29.01.16 11:02 am


A storm is brewing

Funding and dates announced for Dark Mofo 2016
Hobart: June 10-21

“They sicken of the calm who know the storm.” Dorothy Parker, Sunset Gun: Poems.

Coinciding with the announcement that Dark Mofo has secured a one-year funding agreement with the State Government, the organisers have released the dates for the 2016 festival.

Tasmania’s winter solstice festival Dark Mofo will run from June 10-21, 2016. As in previous years, events will take place across Hobart’s waterfront from Salamanca Place to the industrial art playground ‘Dark Park’ at Macquarie Point. The popular City of Hobart Dark Mofo Winter Feast will take place at Princes Wharf 1 from June 15-19, and the annual Nude Solstice Swim will embolden hundreds of brave pilgrims to bare all to the rising sun after the longest night, on Tuesday 21 June at 7.42am.

“We are pleased to be able to announce that Dark Mofo will again be held in Hobart in June,” Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said.

“The cultural and creative industries are extremely important economically, but maybe above all, they make Tasmania a great place to live and work; they enrich our lives, challenge us and ultimately define who we are. We are very honoured with how the community has embraced this festival, and we are striving for it to become a hallmark in the Australian cultural calendar.

“We applaud and thank the State Government for supporting this event, and in particular the Tourism, Hospitality and Events Minister and Premier Will Hodgman for the unprecedented commitment to cultural activity in this State.

“It’s also important to acknowledge the commitment shown by the City of Hobart, and our other major partners, whose funding allow the event to happen. We understand the importance of this event to Hobart and the community, and we will endeavour to do everything we can to ensure its success.

“While the current agreement is for one year, we are working very closely with the State Government, Events Tasmania and Tourism Tasmania on a longer term vision for the festival.”

Dark Mofo has grown exponentially in three years, experiencing 270,000 attendances at events across 10 nights last year, including large-scale public artworks across different festival precincts in the city, a Dark Mofo Films program, a music program ranging from electronica and drone to orchestral art-pop, a modern-day bacchanalia (otherwise known as nightclub), plus exhibitions, installations, and concerts in and around Hobart.

Dark Mofo highlights in the past three years have included Antony and the Johnsons with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Ryoji Ikeda, Diamanda Galás, Sunn O))), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Patricia Piccinini, David Lynch presents Chrysta Bell, Yin Xiuzhen, Martha Wainwright, Marco Fusinato, Anish Kapoor, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Alfredo Jaar, and many more.
Dark Mofo is a project of the Museum of Old and New Art, supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania, and the City of Hobart.

The Dark Mofo 2016 program will be announced in April. Sign up to the mailing list for updates

Dark Mofo
June 10-21, 2016

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Twitter @dark_mofo
Instagram @dark_mofo
Facebook @darkmofofestival
YouTube @darkmofofestival
#darkmofo2016 #discovertasmania

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Shakespeare in the Gardens: Two weeks until opening night

Ros Peck
29.01.16 10:47 am


Directions Theatre Pty Ltd
ABN 54 085 315 251


2016 Shakespeare in the Gardens

Much Ado About Nothing
Directed By Ellen Roe

2 weeks until opening night

Directions Theatre’s is Hobarts prime Shakespeare production company, each year audiences look forward to their annual production in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.  This year they bring the much loved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.  The Gardens is the perfect setting for this romantic comedy that contains moments of slide splitting hilarity, of astounding poetry, of music and of staggering theatrical intensity.

Two sets of lovers share the focus in this romantic comedy.  Claudio and Hero, who despite numerous obstacles are eventually brought together, and Benedick and Beatrice who enjoy bickering with one another and declaring their immunity to love’s charms until an elaborate ruse succeeds in drawing out their true feelings.

This show is suitable for all who love the poetry and prose of Shakespeare and anyone who has ever fallen in love.

Much Ado About Nothing features the talents of local actors Kallista Adkins, Andy Aisbett, Brent Basstian, CJ Bowers, Meg Brockie, Simone Dobber, Christopher Forbes, Tai Gardener, Jared Goldsmith, Michael Hutch, Lillie McNamara, Emma Skalicky, Matt Wilson, Bella Young.

WHAT? Much Ado About Nothing directed by Ellen Roe

WHEN? 12 February to 5 March 2016 with shows Tuesday to Saturday at 7PM    


Opening night special all ticks $15 at the gate (cash only) only.

After Feb12, Tickets $25 adults and $15 concession. 

    Available at the Gate (cash only)  or at Centertainment

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Theatre Royal: Welcome to Season 2016

Theatre Royal
29.01.16 10:45 am


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Lilly Dennis, Actress from Hobart to LA

B Beck
29.01.16 5:38 am


Tasmanian Actress Lilly Dennis (above) spent her whole childhood in Hobart, Tasmania and is now making news in LA as a comedic actress.  The 21 year old moved to LA three years ago to pursue her acting career.

Since then she has starred in numerous films such as We Need to Talk, Flirting and Hurting, The Replacement; which is currently making the international film festival circuit including Cannes.  And is one of the lead characters on the famed Web Series Body Complications.  Which has now been picked up for a second season, which starts shooting in winter this year. 
The young star is currently working on the mini-series Foreign Love set to air in late 2016.  The series revolves around a group of friends from all parts of the world living in LA, who are struggling to understand the ‘rules and regulations’ of relationships that apply in America. 

On top of this the young actress is starring in the feature film, The Charlie Cure, a story about a young woman diagnosed with cancer and her discovery that medicine is not the only cure.  The film is filled with uplifting moments of self-discovery and unconditional love.  The Charlie Cure has created a lot of buzz internationally in Australia, Mexico as well as LA due to its unique story line and a universal approach to Cancer.  Besides Dennis, the cast includes actors such as Anna Carlise (Undercover), Ximena Casillas (Skye) and Nicholas McDonald (The Surface). 

In a recent interview Dennis spoke out about her new found success in LA, “I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish anything if it weren’t for my incredible support system.  Honestly the secret is to keep yourself surrounded by positive people and always be looking for new ways to motivate yourself- especially as an actor.  Acting has always been my passion and I am very lucky to call it my career.” Dennis is definitely taking LA by storm, recently she has made the local papers back in Hobart talking about her success, as the anticipation for the film and her future projects grow, so does the actress’s fan base.

You can stay up to date with Lilly and her projects at

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Apia Good Times Tour returns in 2016

Rina Ferris
28.01.16 7:57 am


Apia Good Times Tour returns in 2016
with a stellar line-up of local legends!

Daryl Braithwaite, Kate Ceberano
Jon Stevens and John Paul Young


For release – Thursday, 28 January, 2016:  Apia is proud to announce that the annual Apia Good Times Tour is returning in 2016 for the fourth year running. With another stellar line-up of Antipodean legends including Daryl Braithwaite, Kate Ceberano, and making their “Good Times” debut, Jon Stevens and John Paul Young, will take to the stage to perform their hits separately and together for a show that will have audiences across the country up on their feet, singing along. 

The 2016 Apia Good Times Tour kicks off on Wednesday, 18 May in Darwin before heading to Adelaide, Perth, Bunbury, Bendigo, Melbourne, Geelong, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Tweed Heads, Newcastle, Sydney, Shoalhaven, Canberra and Launceston, finishing up the “Good Times” in Hobart.  Tickets to all shows go on sale at 10.00am local times on Wednesday, 3 February. 

This year’s legendary line-up have a huge array of hits to draw from including The Horses, As The Days Go By, Pash, Bedroom Eyes, Touch, Take Me Back, Yesterday’s Hero and Love Is In The Air, to name a few.  Each artist will perform a solo set of their hits and join in an extraordinary finale with all four sharing the stage.

Backed by a world-class, six-piece band, and with three former cast members of Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as the hits above, music fans will no doubt be delighted by some magic ‘Superstar’ moments, when the Apia Good Times Tour takes to the road in May and June.

Daryl Braithwaite is back after a very successful first year Apia Good Times Tour debut, bringing with him a wealth of history and hits to choose from.  From his early days as lead singer of 70’s hitmakers, Sherbet (Howzat!, You’ve Got The Gun, Summer Love) through to being voted King of Pop for 3 successive years (1975-1977) and beyond, Daryl Braithwaite has been entertaining audiences for over 40 years including ARIA Chart toppers As The Days Go By, Higher Than Hope and The Horses and Apia is thrilled to have him join in the “Good Times” again in 2016.

Kate Ceberano first found fame with her funk band I’m Talking, who are widely acknowledged as the band who pioneered New York-style art pop in Australia.  The group’s ‘platinum’ debut album included three top ten singles and secured Kate a spot in Australian music history.  With 3 ARIA Awards, a Logie, two People’s Choice Awards and seven nominations for the ARIA Best Female Artist Award, Kate Ceberano’s talents and triumphs are that of Australian entertainment royalty.  In her 30+ year career, Kate Ceberano has released 23 albums, performed in the stage productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and South Pacific, had her own tonight show on the ABC, won Dancing with the Stars and curated the Adelaide Cabaret Festival to name just a few of her multitude of career milestones. 

For over 30 years, Jon Stevens has had a remarkable career as a singer, songwriter and performer.  His achievements have included ARIA chart-topping success as the frontman of legendary Australian band, Noiseworks (Touch, Take Me Back, No Lies, Hot Chilli Woman) joining INXS as the “seventh member”, and maintaining a successful solo career as one of the country’s foremost touring artists.  Like Kate Ceberano, Jon also starred in the 1992 highly acclaimed production of Jesus Christ Superstar and in 2013 he again trod the Superstar boards, this time in the role of Pontius Pilate.  In 2000, a studio collaboration saw Stevens become part of rock band INXS as guest vocalist spending the next 3 years touring the world before returning home to unleash a further two solo albums.  In 2012 Jon formed The Dead Daisies, once again getting back out on the road in 2013 and 2014 touring across the USA and New Zealand and in 2015 released his first solo album in four years, Woman. 

As undoubtedly one of the most popular Australian artists of the 70’s, John Paul Young has cemented himself a place in music history with a string of hits resulting in over 4 million record sales and capped with an induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2009.  Following a stint as Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar (1972-1974), “JPY” went on to became a Countdown regular, both as guest and performer, with his easy going personality making him a favourite with fans. More major hits followed – The Love Game, I Hate The Music, I Wanna Do It With You, Standing In The Rain (all Top 10 hits) and his June 1978 No. 1 song, Love Is In The Air, also a huge hit internationally following the release of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom in 1992.

Tickets to the Apia Good Times Tour go on sale to the general public at 10.00am, local times, on Wednesday, 3 February 2016.  Apia customers will have the opportunity to access pre-sale tickets on Monday, 1 February and venue and ticket outlet database members will have early access from Tuesday, 2 February.

A hi-res cast jpg can be downloaded here.

The Apia Good Times Tour is proudly brought to you by Apia, celebrating over 50s living life at their best.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Tickets available from the Box Office, 08 8980 3333 and

Friday, 20 May 2016
Adelaide Entertainment Centre (Theatre Mode), Adelaide, SA
Tickets available from Ticketek - 132 849 and

Saturday, 21 May 2016
Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Tickets available from Ticketmaster - 136 100 and
– and - Perth Concert Hall Box Office, 08 9231 9999 and

Sunday, 22 May 2016*
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
Tickets available from the BREC Box Office, 1300 661 272 and
*4pm matinee show

Friday, 27 May 2016
Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, Vic
Tickets available from the Box office, 03 5434 6100 and

Saturday, 28 May 2016
Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Vic
Tickets available from Ticketmaster - 136 100 and

Sunday, 29 May 2016
Costa Hall, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong, Vic
Tickets available from GPAC - 03 5225 1200 and

Thursday, 2 June 2016
Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, Qld
Tickets available from the Box office, 1300 655 299 and

Friday, 3 June 2016
QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, Qld
Tickets available from the Box Office, 136 246 and

Saturday, 4 June 2016
Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW
Tickets available from the Box office, 1800 014 014 and

Thursday, 9 June 2016
Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Tickets available from Ticketek - 132 849 and
-and- the Box Office, 02 4929 1977 and

Friday, 10 June 2016
Enmore Theatre, Enmore/Sydney, NSW
Tickets available from Ticketek - 132 849 and

Saturday, 11 June 2016
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Shoalhaven, NSW
Tickets available from the Box Office, 1300 788 503 and

Sunday, 12 June 2016
Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Tickets available from the Box Office, 02 6275 2700 and

Friday, 17 June 2016
Princess Theatre, Launceston, TAS
Tickets available from the Box Office, 03 6323 3666 and

Sunday, 18 June 2016
Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS
Tickets available from Tixtas - 1300 795 257 and   

For more information or to book, visit

Follow the Apia Good Times Tour at #ApiaGoodTimes or by liking the Apia Facebook page.

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Despard Gallery: 2015/16 Summer Show

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
27.01.16 5:53 pm


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Constance Ari Presents:  Somewhere, Away 146 ArtSpace, February 4 – March 10

Emma Luimes,
27.01.16 11:56 am

Fernando do Campo -­‐In a state of states (1)

Constance Ari Presents:

Somewhere, Away

146 ArtSpace, February 4 – March 10

Opening night February 4, 5:30 pm – 7:00pm, 146 Elizabeth Street, Hobart.

Featuring the work of Fernando do Campo, Laura Hindmarsh, James Newitt and Aiden Morse.

Somewhere, Away is an exhibition of new works presented by CONSTANCE ARI. The show posits a want for belonging, and proposes that distance and desire can lead to a deeper individual understanding of place and persons.

The artists selected for Somewhere, Away belong to our island, but are currently gone, (New York, London, Portugal, Melbourne), and in their state of absence they create and send back an expression of yearning.

CONSTANCE ARI is currently ‘away’, away from a physical space, on-going funding and a traditional form. This doesn’t mean we don’t belong - we are always away, but always somewhere.

The Artists

Fernando do Campo, b. Mar del Plata, 1987, is an Argentinian and Australian artist, writer and curator. He is currently an MFA candidate at Parsons The New School for Design, New York. He has exhibited in group exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include; Localized Contagion, Praxis International Art, New York (2015), Figure behind a lake, Australian Consulate, New York City (2015), Come away closer, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin (2014) and Two clouds passing behind stars, Mclemoi Gallery, Sydney (2013). Fernando has received awards from the Regional Arts Fund, Arts Tasmania, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the Australia Council for the Arts as well as undertaking residencies at the Cite International des Arts, Paris (2012) and Schloss Laudon, Austrian Ministry of Culture, Vienna (2013). Fernando is a 2014 General Sir John Monash Cultural Scholar. He is represented by Praxis International Art, New York.

Laura Hindmarsh, b 1987, lives and works between London and Hobart, Tasmania. Her work has been exhibited at Standard Practice New York, Apiary Studios London, CCP Melbourne, Ve.Sch Vienna, TMAG Hobart, DARK MOFO Hobart, QVMAG Launceston and PICA Perth. She has previously undertaken studio residencies through Contemporary Art Tasmania, Big Fag Press Sydney, Bm:ukk in Residencie Vienna and Cite Internationale des Arts Paris and Kyoto Arts Center.In 2014 she undertook a mentorship in London with artist Sally Golding supported by Arts Tasmania, Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Copyright Agency, leading her to continue working in London.

James Newitt, b.1981 Hobart, Currently lives and works in Lisbon. James’ work explores specific social and cultural relations, often embracing mutability and paradox. His videos and installations investigate the spaces between individual and collective identity, memory and history, fact and fiction through personal, observational and performative approaches.
James has exhibited extensively in group and solo exhibitions throughout Australia and Europe. He has been awarded international studio residencies in Los Angeles and Liverpool, UK, through the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Samstag Scholarship to participate in the Maumaus Independent Study Program in Lisbon. In 2010, he won the City of Hobart Art Prize and in 2009 he was awarded the Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award.
James is an Associate Lecturer at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, and has been a guest lecturer at the City University of New York and the Liverpool School for Art and Design, John Moore University, Liverpool. He lives in Lisbon, Portugal and Hobart, Tasmania.

Aiden Morse is an artist living in Melbourne, Australia.

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The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium – NYBG/125: Celebrations

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, The Culture Concept Circle
27.01.16 10:27 am


The garden is a timeless expression of man’s relationship with nature, delighting our sense of sight.

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26.01.16 5:05 am


Having just celebrated his 35th consecutive year at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Troy took home a phenomenal five coveted Golden Guitars including the prestigious Album Of The Year (for Freedom Ride) at this evening’s 44th Country Music Awards of Australia in Tamworth.

Troy won the following Golden Guitars for Freedom Ride:
Album of the Year - Freedom Ride
Male Artist of the Year - Freedom Ride
Heritage Song of the Year - Freedom Ride written and performed by Troy Cassar-Daley & Paul Kelly
APRA Song of the Year - Freedom Ride written and performed by Troy Cassar-Daley and Paul Kelly
Single of the Year - Take A Walk In My Country

Troy was also recognised by the CMAA and was awarded Producer of the Year.

Freedom Ride (out now through Liberation Music) is Troy’s ninth highly acclaimed album and was released in March 2015. It was Troy’s highest debuting album on the national ARIA Album Charts (#4) in this much loved and multi-award winning country artist’s 25 year recording career which now includes 32 Golden Guitars among many other outstanding achievements.

“I became aware of the Freedom Ride here in Australia while in high school in Grafton. As part of the Aboriginal studies I did a project about Charles Perkins and the people who rode on the Freedom Ride bus, who were from all walks of life.

Charlie was a hero to me because he talked about equality, and improving the lives and conditions of Indigenous Australians living out in the rural regions and cities. He became a defiant voice that called for change in Australia and his achievements were many.

Paul Kelly and I wrote this small version of what must have been a huge adventure for the freedom riders; going from town to town, learning the truth about how Indigenous life in the country could be brought into line with mainstream Australia. Charlie changed views and perceptions with his passion and to me was an important part of our progression as a people and as a nation.” - TROY CASSAR-DALEY

To top off a remarkable week, APRA announced that two songs from the Freedom Ride album were shortlisted in the Top 20 contenders for the 2016 APRA Song of the Year:

‘Another Australian Day’ - written by Troy Cassar-Daley and Pete Denahy

‘Freedom Ride’ - written by Troy Cassar-Daley and Paul Kelly

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