Simone’s Shelter

Paula Xiberras
05.07.13 7:24 am


Ironically I am in conversation with the delightful Simone Page Jones, about her upcoming visit to Tasmanian Theatre Royal where she will perform in ‘Delectable Shelter’, and she tells me that she has only recently visited Tasmania for the first time.

Simone was in Tasmania to take part in Dark MOFO and was energised by the ecstatic interaction of the crowd to her impromptu appearance as a Russian diva upon a table at the feast festival. Simone also sang an aria in an old cinema and such was the impact of her visit she cried when returning on the plane. “Never”, she said has she seen as she did in Tasmania, such engagement in emotion by a crowd.

Simone says she adores the festival’s creation of inspiration and warmth in the dark of winter and although she will miss the festival on her return she philosophically says although she will miss the festival at least the mountains are permanent installations!

The play portrays a scenario where a rich family and a scientist are required to seek shelter for a number of years while the world has gone through an apocalypse.

In ‘Delectable Shelter’ Simone plays Malory, part of a wealthy family. Malory has married into the family and is therefore more an outside observer who has empathy and understanding, unlike the family she has married into.


The play is a comedy and has quirks. Simone calls it a mixture of Monty python and a choir. This mixture of comedy and music, which parodies 80s music’s, says Simone’ strong men singing soppy lyrics’ about ‘eagles’ and mountains’.

Simone Page Jones, is the double threat in that she can both act and sing, is keen to return to Tasmania for more of its emotive audiences, cheese, wine and people and says enthusiastically she wants to attend ‘every festival in Tasmania for all her days’.

You can see Simone in ‘Delectable Shelter’ at the Theatre Royal on Friday, 12th and 13th of July at 8pm.

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Bett Gallery: Helen Wright: stop making sense

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
04.07.13 9:16 am




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Bett Gallery: Raymond Arnold. The Pale Show of Life

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
03.07.13 1:57 pm




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Creative Australia – Arts & Culture Reforms Long Overdue

Carolyn McDowall, thecultureconcept circle
03.07.13 11:35 am


Citizens who believe they are consulted will help keep our cities safe, our communities thriving and our country and its established democratic freedoms and culture, both active and alive.

Amid all the destructive behaviour and the turmoil going down in Canberra during the past few weeks, a final piece in the long overdue puzzle of arts and cultural policy reforms in Australia finally happened.

The Australia Council Bill passed the Senate and suddenly our ‘creative nation’ became a productive nation too, with both arts and culture seen as integral to each other; acknowledged as being central elements of Australian economic and social life.

This new law will see the old top-heavy art form boards of the Australia Council, through which most federal funding for the arts flowed in the past, abolished and a flexible new workable structure put in place, one that involves peer review.

This the final piece of legislation ensuring that the ...

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Great Scott! Emu harmonising!

Paula Xiberras
02.07.13 8:04 am


Scott Darlow loves visiting Tasmania and usually visits once a year. Favourite things about the state are the steak at Salamanca and what he believes is one of its best kept secrets, the city of Launceston. Scott adds Tasmania would be perfect if not so cold!

Scott is a multi-talented singer who plays the guitar and didgeridoo and uses his music as a vehicle to educate people on reconciliation. He differentiates between himself and friend Jack Jones who he describes as a singer/guitarist, meaning Jack is equally perfect in both roles, while Scott himself is more a singer who can play the guitar. However, Scott also plays the trumpet, a legacy of being the child of two Salvation Army members.

Scott will be in Tasmania this week to perform for two schools, St Patrick’s College, Launceston, a school deeply committed to reconciliation and also for St Virgil’s College.

Scott has recently recorded a cover of the original Shane Howard Goannas’ classic ‘Solid Rock’. It was a dream come true to sing the song with Shane and Scott tells me he has been able to make it his own while still keeping the songs original integrity.

For eight years or so now Scott has been on a mission visiting schools, churches and prisons, talking and singing about reconciliation. Scott believes many organisations are very prominent in their campaigns for overseas aid programs but we don’t see as much publicity about aiding Indigenous groups.

Scott said what is partly to blame is when governments talk about investment in these communities it usually only last the life of a government. People become complacent believing the issue is being taken care of, however that is not always so.

Scott’s aim is to teach empathy using an anagram ‘flute’  standing for ‘Forgiveness, love, Understanding, Tolerance and Empathy’.

With his background as a music teacher Scott has the skills to educate with his message of awareness, closing the gap, and disparity between indigenous education and the wider community.

It was put to Scott that talking about the issue was very well but there was a need for something more tangible. Scott agreed and it was World Vision, a NGO (non-government organisation) of integrity that would bring this to realisation. Scott remembered taking part in the 40 hour famine as a youngster, and it was World Vision’s ’ linking hands’ program that   became the avenue of helping the’ young mob’. Here children would be assured to getting to school and completing their education and in doing so causing an effect that would reverberate through their communities. Children would see role models in others before them achieving the goals of completing school and university which would then become the norm and the aim instead of a rarity. For 35 dollars a month, or less than a dollar a day, people can ensure this program can function and achieve its aims.

Scott has last week returned from Hong Kong where he spoke to 400 international students about Australian history and indigenous peoples place in that history. A history he thinks we do not know enough about.

Scott’s totem the emu, is said to ‘bring harmony’ to relationships and that is exactly what
Scott is doing with his music.

You can read more about World Vision and its linking hands program here:

You can read about The new album Darlow here



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Peacock Theatre: Sirens, Saturday July 6

01.07.13 7:41 pm

Dear friends,

Just in case you haven’t heard - Rowan is giving a rare concert this Saturday night at the Peacock Theatre - 50 min show - 7pm.

Philippa Nihil from Underground Lovers ( Rowan’s ex bandmate from those Melbourne indie music days) is also singing. Plus dancers, strings etc. A rare treat.

All part of the fabulous 10th year of Festival of Voices.

Hope to see you there.

<b>Heather (Rose) :
I’m really excited to be presenting SIRENS’ premiere performance this Saturday with our ensemble and dancers! A once-only and very special hour as part of Festival of Voices. Thank you to those emailed here who have already purchased your ticket/s. And there are still tickets available so don’t miss out! Best Regards,

Rowan (Smith)

Sirens (7pm)

Saturday, July 6, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Salamanca Arts Centre
Battery Point 7004

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Bett Gallery: Theories of Electrickery

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
30.06.13 7:57 am



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Just Justine

Paula Xiberras
29.06.13 7:36 am


Justine means upright or just and the attributes suit Justine well. For the upright part Justine will be bringing her ‘pop up tour’ to Tasmania this July.

Justine Clarke says she hasn’t been to Tasmania for about three years but wish she could visit more often. Its a question of logistics for the most part and she is eager to tell promoters she wouldn’t mind some more Tassie visits. Unfortunately being on tour means a full day of work, with arrival and preparation time factored in there isn’t much left for anything else, but Justine is hoping to have a weekend away to Tasmania with her husband at the end of the year and hopefully include a visit to Mona.

Its hard to believe Justine Clarke has been a regular on Playschool for 13 years but the fresh faced actor singer and TV presenter loves her role in educating children, she especially loves seeing the tangible joy on children’s faces at live performances and is very proud her children’s album is being used as an educational tool and is considered an early canon for kindergartens and childcare centres.

Justine has the honour, along with fellow presenter Jay Laga’aia, of recording a new version of Playschool’s famous title song. Justine explains that the first version of the song was very percussive, the second a gentler version with the animation of four toys skipping off holding hands. Justine calls the new version a modern rousing epic!

Justine says she enjoys putting her finger in many pies and at the moment the presenter is enjoying live shows on tour and has also debuted in a new drama series on ABC called ‘Time of our Lives’.

How did Justine feels about her character Roo in Home and Away being recast? Well,Justine has moved on from those days, she does admit to feeling shocked initially as like all good actress she felt an ownership of that character. With Georgie Paker being a close friend Justine shows her justness in being happy with how things have worked out.

I ask Justine who her favourite Playschool toy is, and again she is very ‘just’ and very diplomatic, saying if she chooses one it might anger the others. She does admit that Big Ted is the cuddliest and Jemima the most professional with Humpty Dumpty rounding out (pardon the pun) things with being the funniest.

You can see Justine when she brings her ‘Pop up tour’ to Tasmania:

Burnie Arts & Function Centre Thursday July 18 show time: 10am
Book through the venue box office 6430 5850

Launceston Princess Theatre Friday July 19 show time: 10am
Book through Theatre North box office 6323 3666

Hobart Theatre Royal Saturday July 20 show times: 10am show - sold out!
12pm - 2nd show!

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Comedy Club

Paula Xiberras
29.06.13 7:30 am


I am chatting to respected Australian actor John Wood on the phone, and our chat naturally turns to football. John is a Hawthorn supporter and we discuss the team’s close association with Tasmania. John believes it’s outrageous that Tassie doesn’t have its own team. The talk is topical as John is bringing David William’s famous play about football to Tasmania’s Theatre Royal. Of course, among other things the play features a character who is a Tasmanian football recruit.

When I ask John Wood how often he gets to Tasmania he says ‘not terribly often’.  He recalls on the tourist side spending Christmas with his whole family a few years ago in Hobart, visiting the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Mt Wellington, apart from that his visits have been work related, touring with plays. This visit John brings David Williams’ ‘The Club’ to Tasmania and he hopes during this trip he might be able to fit in a visit to Mona.

‘The Club’ is still relevant today, although payment for footballers has increased considerably to that detailed in the play and football has become a complete profession whereas in the plays time footballers had regular jobs.

John says the play’s flexibility could easily see it adapt to a story about a netball team but whereas the males might find it is difficult to express themselves and their solution so disputes might involve physical violence. Women can be more ‘subtle, malicious and hurtful’ in how they handle power disputes.

The play is however, as John says, hysterically funny and he singles out Act 2 when his character Jock unwittingly gets stoned as stand out comedy!

During the run of the play John says most characters end covered in blood, metaphorically of course, and that the play is a contradiction, although it is ’ a Jacobean tragedy’ it could well be performed with ‘slap shoes and a red nose’

John, although he loves theatre, says he doesn’t regret his career in television where he is most known and loved by viewers as Tom Croydon in ‘Blue Heelers’. He recalls with happy memories his career at Crawfords.

When he started out the dramas were Homicide, Division Four and Matlock Police and John was employed by Crawfords in the 1970s to act in these programs and was often flown from one state to another to take part.

John is still working on television and you can see him on a semi-regular basis in the Dr Blake Mysteries.

You can also see John in The Club at the Theatre Royal 17 – 19 July.

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Devonport Regional Gallery: School Holiday Workshop - July School Holiday Program

Astrid Joyce Education and Public Programs Devonport Regional Gallery
28.06.13 8:06 pm


The Devonport Regional Gallery is known for its high quality exhibitions and public programs. For the July School Holidays the Gallery has programmed two fun and creative school holiday workshops. The workshops are run by local artists and aim to engage children in a variety of creative skills.

All programs run at the Gallery relate to the exhibitions on display and for this program children will get the chance to creatively respond to a variety of artworks from the North West Art Circle. The Workshops are aimed at children 7 years and over. Parents are welcome to join in.

Booking is highly recommended as spaces are limited. Please call into the Gallery to find out more.

Tuesday 9 July, 10–12:30 Into the Wild - Painting workshop with Cheryl Simms Spend the morning exploring the many different painting styles on display at the Gallery for the North West Art Circle exhibition. Participants will get the chance to experiment with different painting styles and materials.  Thursday 11 July, 10–12:30 New Nature - Sculpture making with Belinda Holloway Spend the morning building, ripping, painting, and sticking recycled materials together to form new and exciting sculptures inspired by the natural world.  $10/$8 members Bookings Essential 7–14 years.

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Vercoe’s Verbatim

Paula Xiberras
28.06.13 7:29 am


‘Verbatim’ refers to using exactly the same words and that is exactly what version 1.0 theatre ensemble does in their dramas. This group of 6 core artists perform authentic texts from among other things political Hansard and court documentation.

I am speaking to one of 1.0 core performers Kym Vercoe about a production ‘Table of Knowledge’ that she and the group are bringing to the Theatre Royal. Kym is a self confessed Tasophile, with her partner Sean Bacon, a visual artist in the group and a Tasmanian. Kym is a frequent visitor to the state and is thrilled to be performing at the theatre royal for the first time. Kym has been a member of the audience at the theatre but it is something very different to now actually be performing there.

‘Table of Knowledge’ is a play based on an actual event with Sydney Wollongong Council.  It details the events that occurred when a member of the council with romantic affiliations with other council members rubber stamped development plans, perhaps on too grand a scale.

Kim says the reaction to the play about this period of their history by the city of Wollongong was nervous at first , fearful that they would not be seen in a positive light, but yet it had 3 extensive seasons in the city. Including the Q and A being sold out. The positive spin on the story is that it is bringing to light what might possibly be going on in many city councils. Wollongong is not unique.  Kim believes that Verbatim aims to encourage discussion and it’s productions provide a cathartic experience.

A bit of method acting was employed when the cast did visit the actual kebab shop and table where the ingredients for this recipe of drama were assembled.

Kim continues on her theme of engaging and encouraging conversation in the movie she is working on filmed in Bosnia. The idea of the movie came about after her observations and story, she was inspired by on a trip to the Balkans. The movie looks at the ethnic cleansing that occurred in Bosnia and the whole issue of people having the right to acknowledge what happened, just as on a smaller scale the people of Wollongong needed to address there council controversy.

You can see ‘Table of Knowledge’ at Theatre Royal 3 – 6 July.

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Moonah Arts Centre’s 2013 Friday Night Concert Series: Friday June 28, with The Craggs

Michael McLaughlin Community Cultural Development Officer Glenorchy City Council
26.06.13 3:37 pm

The Craggs are a Tasmanian five-piece band, presenting acoustic, relaxed and reflective songs, celebrating island stories inspired by our local landscape and history.

The Craggs feature veteran songwriter Lindsay Campbell on guitar and vocals; vocalist and songwriter Caroline Flood; multi-instrumentalist Steve Ray on mandolin, bouzouki and accordion; Jane Ray on violin; and Kevin Regan on percussion.

The Craggs sound has a timeless honesty - a contemporary edge with echoes of the balladeers of old. One of the real features of their live sets is a superb balance of diverse instruments.

The Craggs recently toured the United States. The band performed to acclaim in universities, schools and public venues with a highlight of the tour a performance at the anniversary of Woodstock, on the original site of that iconic music festival.

This is a rare opportunity to hear some of Tasmania’s best veteran folk/acoustic musicians in a much admired line-up.

Where: Moonah Arts Centre, 65 Hopkins St Moonah
When: Friday June 28
Times: Doors open from 7pm for a 7:30pm start
Entry by Gold Coin Donation

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Nicky’s Resonating Reggae

Paula Xiberras
26.06.13 7:24 am


Nicky Bomba has a fondness for Tasmania as it was the first place, he connected with an audience. He loves visiting Tassie and mentions the Huon, The four corners of Ross and Launceston as some of the places he enjoys visiting.

Playing the drums since he was 6 years old and from a large musical Maltese family Nicky had his first feel of fame at age 14 when he sang a song with a visiting Maltese priest. The song became a hit in Malta. The money raised from the success of the song helped build a Maltese cultural centre. Nicky still sings the song at gigs and mentions to me he recently did just that.

Having success at such a young age, Nicky’s dad wondered if his son could make a living from music, which he has managed to do even though occasionally he has had to do other jobs as a sideline and in an ironic twist let along making a living at music he has used music to make a ‘living’ of his dad documenting his father’s life in Malta and Australia. With a pervading interest in culture, on his dads 70th birthday he decided to record some of the Maltese songs he would hear his father singing. These were recorded along with his dad talking in Maltese about his life.

Nicky gets back to Malta about once a year. His dad was born in the country’s capital of Valetta and his mum in Mosta. Nicky himself was born not far from the capital in a place called Paola, the home of the world heritage hypogeum. This underground temple is the only temple of prehistoric origin in the world. it is also the place that the famous sleeping lady statues were discovered and it is also known for its strange ability to produce ‘from any noise found inside of it a very powerful acoustic resonance’, it seems a fitting birthplace for a musician such as Nicky, especially since there is also a section called the oracle which suits Nicky’s thoughtfulness. Paola is also the place of the only mosque in Malta, fitting too for a musician that celebrates and explores the dancing traditions and music of many different cultures such as Ethiopia and Morocco.

I am speaking to Nicky as he drives through Harvey Bay and it is raining, but as we close the interview he comments he will ‘bring the sunshine’ and with his bombasta showcasing Calypso, Reggae and Afro Cuban music, we can only agree with that.

You can see Nicky at the Republic Bar Hobart on Friday,June 28 and Tonic Bar (Country Club) Launceston on Saturday,June 29.

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Take another bow, Leo

Larry's Ghost
25.06.13 6:32 am


Take another bow Leo Schofield!


The nominations for the Helpmann Awards - Australia’s equivalent of the Olivier Awards - were announced last night and Hobart Baroque scored two nominations.

L’isola disabitata ( TT: Take a bow, Leo ) was nominated for Best Opera and Rodula Gaitanou for Best Direction of an Opera, for the same production.

That is pretty sensational for a first year!

As The Hag noted recently in a broadside at Ten Days on the Island:

Hag’s culture-vulture mates told me last night Hobart Baroque put on its L’isola disabitata ( TT here ) for a measly $350,000 — and got phenomenal international and interstate publicity.

And, the vultures told me, the ABC is broadcasting three performances and offering it internationally ...

It just goes to prove ... the best of anything is organic ... it grows from the ground up. Remember Future Perfect ( ), the 50-odd artist protest at Forestry Tasmania sponsorship of Ten Days on the Island?; a brilliant alternative festival done on a shoestring and with Nobel Laureate Gunter Grass as patron.

It wasn’t imposed by a bunch of top-down remote bureaucrats with agendas and Masters to Please ...

Earlier on TT: The Long-Cherished Dream

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Just days left to enter Tasmania’s premier portraiture prize

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers
24.06.13 10:40 am

The annual search for Tasmania’s most talented emerging portraiture artist is just days from conclusion,
with entries for the 2013 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP) closing on Sunday, 30

Now entering its sixth year, the TPP was established to create a platform for emerging Tasmanian artists
to exhibit their talents, while also developing a body of portraiture that reflects life in 21st century
Tasmania. The prize is open to artists across many disciplines, with past recipients coming from fields
such as digital media, painting and photography.

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said the calibre of this year’s entries was as strong as ever, and he
expected judges to be in for a tough job.

“If the entries we’ve already received are any indication, art in Tasmania is as strong as it has ever
been,” Mr Sayers said.

“The quality and innovation just keeps on improving year after year.

“In 2012, our winner was a film for the first time and it will be interesting to see how the judges interpret
some of the pieces in this year’s collection.

“The resurgence of Tasmanian art over the past few years has been remarkable, and festivals such as
MONA FOMA, Ten Days on the Island and Dark MoFo show just how important art is to this State.”

Mr Sayers said the 2013 TPP winner would receive $5,000 in prize money and a trip for two to the
Archibald Prize exhibition in Sydney, with this year’s second prize also increasing from $500 to $2,000 to
assist with studio rent.

“Entrants produce an original piece of a living Tasmanian who is important to them, along with a written
statement explaining their work,” he said.

“The prize money and publicity could really help to launch an emerging artist’s career, and we are
looking forward to seeing the winning entries on display later this year.”

TPP sketchbooks can be found in cafes across Hobart and Launceston, designed to encourage patrons
to ‘let their inner artist out’.

Entries for the 2013 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize close on Sunday, 30 June 2013. For
more information, visit or ‘like’ the Tasmanian Portraiture Prize on Facebook.

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Jeffrey Smart: a surrealist visionary

Andrew Frost, Friday 21 June 2013 12.33 AEST
24.06.13 4:19 am


Bon viveur of Australian art, who has died aged 91, showed us loneliness and the grandeur of the modern freeway overpass ...

The passing at 91 of Frank Jeffrey Edson Smart, otherwise known as Jeffrey Smart, the artist, surrealist visionary and bon viveur of Australian art, marks the loss of one of the country’s idiosyncratic greats. With an ambition to become an architect that turned into a career as a painter, Smart’s work was marked by its singular vision, a blend of modern surrealist space and scale, the grandeur of the modern freeway overpass, the forlorn shapes of roadside signage and lonely, little figures that became his trademark.

Born in Adelaide in 1921, Smart trained at the South Australian School of Art from 1937 to 1941, before studying in Paris at the Académie Montmartre with Fernand Léger in 1949, then returning to Australia. Working as an art critic for The Daily Telegraph in the early 1950s led to probably his most public early career success as the creator, under the pseudonym Phidias, of an art program for ABC radio, and then later, television.

As a gay man, Smart’s career prospects were problematic in the masculine world of expressionist Australian art in the early 1960s, and so in 1964, at the age of 43, he left Australia permanently for Italy where he lived with his partner Ermes de Zan in Arezzo for many years.

To claim Smart’s work as Australian when so much of it was based on Italian scenes and subjects is to recognise the international flavour of much of the best of Australian art. Smart was a mid-century leader in shaking off the parochial shackles of what Robert Hughes called Australia’s “buckeye enthusiasts” and their close-minded acolytes. And it’s not as though Smart’s early work did not indicate his future direction. One of his most celebrated early paintings The Cahill Expressway from 1962 is a scene reminiscent of Georgio de Chirico, but it is startling in its own right for its recognisability as an Sydney scene and doubly so for its timeless quality.

Smart was a prodigious artist with more than 50 solo shows in Sydney and Melbourne beginning in 1957, including inclusion in group exhibitions in London at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1961 and at the Tate in 1963. His paintings, with their patina of realism but imbued with melancholy, have long been popular with the visitors to Australia’s art museums: paintings such as The Dome (1979) and Portrait of Margaret Olley in The Louvre Museum (1994-95) at the Art Gallery of NSW, The Cahill Expressway at the National Gallery of Victoria and The Reservoir, Centennial Park (1988) at the Queensland Art Gallery, are draw-card attractions whenever they are hung. A major touring retrospective Master of Stillness: Jeffrey Smart Paintings 1940-2011, currently on show at TarraWarra Museum of Art, is but the latest in a series of major career surveys.

Although now much venerated in Australia ...

Read the full tribute, with full links, here:

And see a selection of Smart’s creativity, here”

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24.06.13 1:01 am



Scott Darlow is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and didgeridoo-playing man from Yorta Yorta country who has just announced the release of a new album Darlow for July 12 (NAIDOC week), featuring the new single, Solid Rock, a duet cover of the Goanna classic performed and recorded with the song’s original singer and writer, Shane Howard.  Darlow will be celebrating the releases with a run of twenty shows around Victoria, South Australia, Hong Kong and Hawaii through June, July and August.

Passionate about his Aboriginal heritage, Darlow plays over 200 shows every year, performing in clubs, pubs, bars, high schools, Churches and even prisons all over the world using his music to connect, educate and inspire people to be understanding and enthusiastic about Aboriginal culture and reconciliation. 

Darlow is fresh off the back of a 32-show ‘Our Backyard’ tour around Australia, which he co-headlined with Grammy-nominated Aussie singer songwriter Paul Colman, and American singer Adam Agee (Stellar Kart frontman).  Darlow shared his unique live performance with packed out theatres in the capitals and more intimate venues all over the country, wowing them with the use his signature loop pedal along with his didgeridoo and guitar.  The tour was used to raise awareness and funds for World Vision’s, Linking Hands program of which Darlow is a proud spokesman and Ambassador for.

Darlow left his job as a music teacher just two years in to the gig after he decided to pursue his greatest passion which saw him set out to conduct interactive music and talk sessions in schools to educate the youth of today about the need to confront the causes of disadvantage in Indigenous communities.

“I was passionate about my Aboriginality, and about the inequality that I knew existed here in the ‘lucky country’, he explains.  “Growing up with a dad who ran refugee camps in Asia and a mum who ran a kindergarten for illegal immigrants in Hong Kong’s infamous Walled City gave me a real heart for loving and wanting to do what I could for people who need it the most.  I quit teaching music and started contacting high schools asking if I could come sing and speak about culture and reconciliation.  It turned out there was a place in Australian curriculum for it and it meant I could use my music, develop my craft, build a fan base and get paid to go to work in the daytime, but most importantly it allowed me to begin this journey of educating and inspiring people to bring about change in their own backyard.”

With three albums under his belt, Be With You (2003), Underground (2006) and All I Am, Darlow’s journey has seen him mature as a songwriter and hone his big rock sound.  The new album Darlow was recorded in LA with producer, Dave Starr (Tim Palmer, Switchfoot) and finished off in Melbourne with notable producer, Adrian Hannan (Delta Goodrem, The Androids, Vanessa Amorosi). 

Lead single Solid Rock is the only cover on the record and came about after Darlow reached out to the song’s writer Shane Howard to share his ‘Scott Darlow’ version of the song, which by way of charm and luck eventually led to Shane heading in to the studio and recording the song as a duet.  “It was soo exciting to record with someone I have loved since I was a kid.  His music is incredible.  He is such a poet and a songwriting genius. It was an honour to get to record with him,” Darlow gushes. 

Other songs on the album such as Sorry (originally written and performed with Darlow’s cousin David Wirrpanda (West Coast Eagles)) and Down LikeFlies speak of Darlow’s passion for his people and the need for true reconciliation.

Tour dates
20 June - Caroline Chisholm College Braybrook
21 June - Coast Bar, Hong Kong
22 June - Coast Bar Hong Kong
24 June - American International School, Hong Kong
26 June - The Royal Hotel, Essendon
29 June - Rumbalara Football Club (Aboriginal footy club in Shepparton - I played in a senior premiership there in 98 as a teenager- one of my proudest moments!)
July 4 - St Pats College Launceston
July 23 - Emmaus College QLD
25, 26 St Josephs College Geelong
August 2 - Emmanuel College, Point Cook, Vic
August 6 - Our Lady Mary College, Fitzroy
August 9, 10, 11, 12 Neppabuna Aboriginal community, SA
August 13 - Stuart High School, Whyalla, SA
August 16 - Kihie, Maui, Hawaii, USA
August 18 - Kihie Maui, Hawaii, USA
Aug 23 - Hard Rock caf, Honolulu, USA

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Wolfhagen selected for major UK exhibition

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
21.06.13 4:11 pm


Philip Wolfhagen will feature in an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London taking place in September this year.The exhibition Australia is the most significant survey of Australian art ever mounted in the UK.Focusing on the influence of the landscape, Australia will span more than 200 years from 1800 to the present day and will feature over 200 works, including paintings, drawings, photography, watercolours and multimedia.

The exhibition will include works by John Glover, Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker, Rosalie Gascoigne, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Fred Williams, Philip Wolfhagen, Brett Whiteley, Sidney Nolan, Rover Thomas,Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, Fiona Hall, Simryn Gill and Shaun Gladwell.

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21.06.13 6:44 am


JAMES TAWADROS (Egyptian Percussion)
STEVE HUNTER (Electric Bass)

When: 13th July, 2013. 8pm.


280 Cleveland Street,
Surry Hills

TICKETS $30/$25

For BOOKINGS please email:

For more info:

“Two Australian-Egyptian masters came to the stage, The Tawadros brothers, Joseph and James, brought a heady confrontation of ancient modes couched in a modern framework…they glided on their instruments, revealing a precious virtuosity” The Age


The ARIA Award winning Joseph Tawadros Trio isn’t afraid to new try new things. Challenging traditional musical forms and pushing boundaries, they bring an exciting performing dynamic to the stage.

The Tawadros brothers are from a musical family and were brought up in environment which encouraged music and individuality. They are recognised worldwide and have performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues with celebrated artists such as Zakir Hussain, John Abercrombie, John Patitucci, Jack DeJohnette, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sultan Khan and Camerata Salzburg to name a few. They have been ARIA nominated a record 9 times, winning for their album Concerto of The Greater Sea. They have also won 5 Limelight awards for Best World Music album consecutively. Rounding out the Trio is Steve Hunter, one Australia’s finest Jazz/Funk Bassists. Together they perform the original music of Tawadros. Tawadros’ Middle Eastern flavoured compositions constantly push the boundaries of melody and metre and are a rare combination of highly emotional music intertwined with boundless energy. True musicianship of the highest degree.

“[Joseph Tawadros is] one of the most impressive musicians to emerge in Australia…with a dazzling technique dispensing hair-raising tempos… His writing displays a real depth of emotion…revelling in a zest for life and celebration” The Australian

“If genius is partly exceeding all likelihood of a given potential, then James Tawadros was flirting with genius as he played the req, a small tambourine. He extracted an array of sounds, textures and rhythms to shame most kit-drummers.” Sydney Morning Herald


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After Red Queen: Networked Art Forms: Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits!

Tactical Magick
20.06.13 7:44 pm


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Brides, Blue Ties, Blunders, Posies, Pompeii & Polite Society

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, thecultureconcept circle
20.06.13 9:03 am


Winter Solstice Special: Beating the Blues

What a month! With our focus on blushing brides, bouquets and the big day we have also had to contend with a not so polite society. There’s been blue ties, Brough’s blunder, Brand’s Gospel and Branson’s B team. If you want refreshment go on pilgrimage to Heaven’s Portal or to hear David Hansen sing for the Pinchgut later this year. There will also be uplifting moments when the British Museum goes global via AD79 Pompeii at the movies. Harrison Craig is The Voice 2013 and The Cyrus Cylinder, a ‘bill of human rights’ from the ancient world is now at The Met NY. 

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Smallest number of finalists ever selected for ‘the churchie’

Naomi Evans
20.06.13 7:31 am

Sue Beyer, Undergrowth

the churchie national emerging art prize 2013

Almost 300 artists from all Australian states and territories entered the churchie national emerging art prize this year, with 32 artists selected as finalists.

Of the 586 “extraordinary and diverse” artworks submitted, 37 pieces were selected for ‘the churchie’ exhibition, which opens at Griffith University Art Gallery (GUAG) at South Bank in Brisbane on July 12.

This year’s judge, leading Sydney art dealer and gallerist, Roslyn Oxley, will chose the winner of ‘the churchie’ next month.

The overall winner, to be announced at the official opening and prize announcement night at GUAG on Friday July 26, will receive a cash prize of $15,000 donated by prize sponsor, Brand + Slater Architects.

The selection committee – Naomi Evans (Acting Director of GUAG), Peter McKay (Contemporary Australian Art Curator, GOMA) and Angela Brown (Head of Department – Art, Anglican Church Grammar School) – decided that “less is more” this year.

As a result, the smallest number of finalists in the 26-year history of ‘the churchie’ was selected for the exhibition and to go before the judge.

Finalists’ artworks range from paintings and drawings, to textile work, photography and sculpture. There are video pieces, an interactive installation and an artist’s book, and examples of artists working in series.

On behalf of the selection committee, Naomi Evans said entries in the churchie national emerging art prize 2013 demonstrated that artists in the early stages of their practice could create outstanding and moving artworks with strong conceptual resolve.

“It is great to see artists combining media and engaging more than one of our senses, whether that be through installations or sculpture,” Evans said.

“Narrative videos, both highly produced and low-tech, were strong contenders, and many entries also revealed an interest in portraiture and optical effects.”

According to Angela Brown, the selection criteria were “completely open” based on the guiding principles of “excellence and innovation, traditional or new media, and the question – “could this be the winner?”.

“The overall standard of the finalists is high for emerging art. Themes reflect the artistic landscape, with personal stories, and on the whole, many entries seem immersed in a suburban aesthetic which is a current national trend in emerging art,” Angela said.

“There is a surprising amount of narrative content, surrealism, and a move away from the experimental.”

‘the churchie’ exhibition of finalists will run for eight weeks, from July 12 to September 7, and all works are for sale.

‘the churchie’ 2013 finalists are:

Paul Adair (Vic)
Svetlana Bailey (NSW)
Sue Beyer (Qld)
Sophie Clague (NSW)
Leo Coyte (NSW)
Sam Cranstoun (Qld)
Keg de Souza (NSW)
Caitlin Franzmann & Leena Riethmuller (Qld)
Chantal Fraser (Qld)
Laura Hindmarsh (Tas)
Harley Ives (NSW)
Alun Rhys Jones (NSW)
Annika Koops (Vic)
Bobby Kyriakopoulos (Vic)
Bianca Lago (Qld)
Alice Lang (Qld)
Dana Lawrie (Qld)
Kasia Lynch (Vic)
Dan McCabe (WA)
Carol McGregor (Qld)
Nadia McLeish (2 artworks) (NSW)
Tully Moore (Vic)
Phuong Ngo (Vic)
Jonny Niesche (NSW)
Jess Olivieri & Hayley Forward with the Parachutes for Ladies (NSW)
Becc Orszag (3 artworks) (Vic)
Brett Ramsay (Qld)
Tyza Stewart (Qld)
Amy Tam (NSW)
Athena Thebus (Qld)
Teo Treloar (3 artworks) (NSW)
Elizabeth Willing (Qld)

Attached photos of finalists’ artwork available in high res, by request:
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / 0412 645 547

KEY DATES FOR ‘the churchie’ in 2013

Exhibition of finalists’ works:
12 July – 7 September 2013

Official Opening + Prize Announcement:
26 July 2013                                        

Exhibition venue:
Griffith University Art Gallery
Queensland College of Art campus
226 Grey Street, South Bank

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Adam’s Country Harv-est

Paula Xiberras
18.06.13 7:22 am


I am chatting to Adam Harvey about his upcoming tour of Tasmania, the name Adam means ‘man from the red earth’ and it’s an appropriate name for Australia’s own earthy country singer Adam Harvey.

Adam gets to tour Tasmania about once every two years and recalls when I talk with him that he believes the last visit was with fellow country artist Becky Cole. This August you can see Adam on tour in Tasmania with another country legend in Troy Cassar-Daly showcasing their new album ‘The Great Country Songbook’ in a very special concert partnership.

Adam and Troy both have a great love of the old country classics and would often get together and jam at almost every opportunity when they met up on the touring circuit. It came to be a regular thing to jam those old country classics in Tamworth and other venues.

It wasn’t long before their fans requested the guys record an album and ‘The Great Country Songbook’ and tour was born.

Adam believes these classic country songs will be good to expose to the young generation of country music lovers and performers as all the songs, as Adam says, are the cream of the crop.

You will hear and see Troy and Adam sing ‘The King of the road’, ‘I walk the line’,  a personal favourite of Adam’s, as well as what has been voted and is considered to be the greatest country song of all time George Jones’ ‘He stopped loving her today’ and of course from the Australian contingent our own king of country Slim’s ‘The light on the hill’.

Adam, although he is in country heaven at the moment with the recording of the album and the prospect of the tour, has never been afraid of experimenting with his music and has been part of collaborations with artists he respects outside the genre. Adam has worked with Leo Sayer, Wendy Matthews and Guy Sebastian among others and with his own children becoming very musical, his daughter with piano and his son a rap singer I wonder if maybe there might be a future familial collaboration? However,Adam tells me he draws the line at rap!

Although Adam has worked in Nashville as a staff writer and finds the welcoming of the USA singers to working with Australians a very endearing quality, he is committed at the moment of working in Australia with Australian writers.

Adam tells me that Troy who is in the USA receiving treatment for throat nodules is well on the mend and looking forward to joining him on tour.

You can see Adam and Troy:

Thu, Aug 1st 2013 Country Club Resort, Launceston

Fri, Aug 2nd 2013 Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart

Sat, Aug 3rd 2013 Burnie Arts and Function Centre, Burnie

‘The Great Country Songbook’ is out now.


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The Red Queen enters ...

17.06.13 5:39 pm


Learn about the grand opening party for MONA’s major exhibition of the year, here

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Foster-ing a love of Irish music

Paula Xiberras
16.06.13 6:42 am


I am talking to Mick Foster, one half of the legendary duo Foster and Allen as he is being chauffeur driven through Canberra. The Irish boys are half way through their Australian tour, about the 17th show of a 34 show tour.

Mick Foster is true to his name in continuing to foster a love of Irish music by ‘the Foster and Allen’ treatment around the world.

The boys have been performing in Australia for 30 years from the beginnings in 1984,in that time they have travelled the length and breadth of Australia and in 18 trips there is probably nowhere they haven’t been, Darwin, Kalgoorlie, Mt Isa, Alice Springs included and each place they visit is a favourite for a different reason. With Western Australia it’s the countryside, Queensland has the weather to promote it, and Sydney, well, in Mick’s words ‘Sydney is seriously alive’.

The boys love visiting Hobart and it’s the Wrest Point venue they enjoy for it’s complete services, they can ,eat, sleep, perform and enjoy playing their music all in the one place and call it ‘fabulous’.

Mick and Tony have managed to find a winning formula in bringing Irish traditional instruments, especially the accordion and utilising its ability in performing numerous musical genres with something that appeals to everyone from Irish traditional to Strauss to Dire Straits and with their dose of humour giving it, as they say ‘the Foster and Allen treatment’.

The two hour show that the guys perform doesn’t give them the opportunity to do all of the songs they have recorded over the years but allows them to play the hits as well as some of the new material from their latest album ‘The Happiness of Having You’, there is also time given to others in the band to have their moment to shine.

Mick tells me he loves to perform traditional music and that is what he did before becoming as he said ‘commercial’. Mick still gets together with the boys for a session where they can play for 4 hours or so, have a drink and some of the famous Irish ‘craic’ or fun.

Foster and Allen are continually evolving as a band, and when they return to the UK after this tour they will record a pop song with Shane Ward, a young UK singer popular in both the UK and Ireland. Mick says they will record the upbeat Irish song ‘Galway Girl’. Although that won’t be on the play list for this tour but Mick promises it will be in two years when the boys tour again.

Young Shane Ward’s parents are big Foster and Allen fans and Mick and Tony say hopefully it will bring some of Shane’s contemporaries to their concerts and vica versa. The idea of a collaboration with Shane was in part because of the rise of boy band One Direction and the fact one of the members is from Foster and Allen’s hometown of Mullingar.

This year also sees Mick and Tony bring out their biography. It’s been long in the thought process and at last is coming to fruition. It will recount the early days before they became the famous duo. Mick says his childhood was a period in Ireland when the country ‘came a long way in a short time’. He recalls and reminisces the pony trap as the method of transport and then in a short space of time most families having a number of cars.

My last question to Mick must be about the relationship between him and his treasured accordion. He famously once said it would be the last possession he would give up and he doesn’t disappoint in saying that is still the case. We are grateful for that close connection and with Mick having no plans for retirement we can look forward to he,Tony and their accordions entertaining us for some time yet.

As his name suggests Mick Foster continues to foster the love of Irish music with Tony and the band around the world.

You can see Foster and Allen in Hobart at the Wrest Point Entertainment Centre 24th June and in Launceston at the Country Club Show Room 25th and 26th June.

• If you love Irish music you can have a night out for free. The first three Irish music fans to write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) each wins a double pass and CD for their concerts next week at Wrest Point and the Launceston Country Club. Get emailing!

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Despard: Maeve Woods’ first solo show with Despard Gallery

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
14.06.13 6:19 pm


Dear Friends of Despard Gallery,

We are thrilled to invite you to Maeve Woods’ first solo show with Despard Gallery.

Woods’ abstract painting’s are aesthetically stunning and rhythmically vibrant.

Please join the artist and friends at the Opening this Wednesday 19th June, from 6pm.

Exhibition on show until 15th July, 2013

All works are now viewable online.
Follow the link for a preview:

See you in the Gallery soon,

Warm Regards,
Steven, Sarah and Eloise.

Despard Gallery
15 Castray Esplanade
Hobart Tasmania Australia 7000
ph +61 3 62238266

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Celebrate the dark through large-scale public art, food, music, light and noise. Dark Mofo 2013

Rebecca Fitzgibbon, Events Media Manager, Museum of Old and New Art
14.06.13 5:19 pm


Celebrate the dark through large-scale public art, food, music, light and noise. Dark Mofo 2013.

The Museum of Old and New Art’s inaugural winter festival, Dark Mofo 2013, is the largest-scale event that MONA has hosted so far. It all begins with some blindingly good business on Friday 14 June.

A tower of pure, white light, reaching 15 kilometres into the Hobart sky over the Regatta Grounds at the Cenotaph. At the base of the tower, 49 custom-made Xenon searchlights are set into the ground in a 7x7 grid. Combined, they point a fleshless finger at our town straight down, it seems, from some sort of imagined, omniscient seat in the sky. Sinewaves - the purest kind of sound wave - form invisible sonic patterns at the base. Your movement alters their composition in a way that only you can specify. Your experience will be unlike your friends’, or anyone else’s. Be there at nightfall.

WHEN: Friday June 14 - Sunday June 23, from sunset – sunrise.
WHERE: Regatta Grounds / Cenotaph, Queen’s Domain, Hobart.

The Museum of Old and New Art’s first large-scale public art program includes open-air large-scale art projects like Ryoji Ikeda’s ‘Spectra [Tasmania]’, and installation environments, interactive performances, sculptures and projections at Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf Shed No.1 (MAC1). Supported by Hobart City Council and curated by MONA’s Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne, ‘Beam In Thine Own Eye’ is a series of artworks and installations that compel us to become active viewers of artworks, exploring the limits of our perception to realise our own notions of the sublime. In contrast to the standard, tangible fare of an art exhibition, this is a series of events that gather in the viewer’s mind, questioning the ‘real’, and reconfiguring our own physical world. Experiences are synthesized within the viewer’s own brain.
WHEN: Opens 5pm Friday 14 June, continuing until Sunday 28 July, 2013.
WHERE: Macquarie Wharf Shed No.1 (MAC1), Hunter Street Hobart.
ENTRY: Opening night free for all, $5 thereafter.

Come and celebrate opening night of MONA’s major public art project, ‘Beam In Thine Own Eye’. Kick off with Movement and DJ Otologic and have some fun with Naysayer & Gilsun before the highlight of the evening: Canyons and Daniel Boyd present ‘100 Million Nights’; a three-panel video installation accompanied by an original live score.

WHEN: Friday 14 June, 6pm – midnight.
WHERE: Macquarie Wharf Shed No.2 (MAC2), Hunter St, Hobart.
ENTRY: Presale $20 | Door $25 | Under 12 free.

Our dark, creepy and sometimes funny Tasmanian convict history has been turned into a suite of powerful new songs based on stories from Tasmania’s colonial gulag for ‘Vandemonian Lags: New Songs from the Prison Without Walls’, presented by Dark Mofo in association with Roar Film, with support from UTAS and Screen Tasmania. These new songs based on old stories will be performed by seminal Australian artists, backed by an all-star band featuring Weddings Parties Anything’s Jen Anderson, Mark Wallace and Michael Barclay with Craig Pilkington, Sal Kimber and Andy Reid, featuring dramatic, narrative evocations from Tim Rogers and Brian Nankervis and including projections from Tasmania’s acclaimed Roar Film.

WHEN: Friday 14 7pm and Sunday 16 June at 2pm.
WHERE: Theatre Royal, 29 Campbell St, Hobart.
ENTRY: $45-$75

A furious, hyper-realistic window into the very bottom of the Copenhagen underworld, the blockbuster hit ‘Pusher’, the debut feature from its 25-year-old director, tells the story of Frank (Kim Bodia), a grunting, down-on-his-luck pusher who defaults on a major deal after his dim-witted friend Tonny (Mads Mikkelsen) turns him into the cops. The consequences prove to be dire. Duration 105 minutes, rated MA15+

WHEN: Friday 14 June, 9pm
WHERE: State Cinema, 375 Elizabeth St, North Hobart.
ENTRY: Tickets $17.50 / $15.50 from

Seventh-generation Tasmanian and celebrated artist, Bill Hart, has created a multi-channel, audio-visual project that explores that inside, we are not one but many. We are a cacophony of fragmented thoughts and ideas that we have learned, over time, to assimilate. Hart will recreate the hypnagogic state we enter when we fall asleep. It is then, in touch with our interiority, that we have our conversations in the dark.

WHEN: Opens 6pm Wednesday June 12, continues until June 30.
WHERE: Rosny Barn, Rosny.

Australian artist Ian Burns has worked his wizard-like whimsy over a two-month period, and present the outcome inside the historically rich Bond Store exhibition space at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), presented by Detached Cultural Organisation, in association with Dark Mofo and TMAG. “Like the eighteenth century philosophers Rousseau and Burke, I see curiosity as the first of all passions,” Ian Burns says. “I believe that by provoking the investigative impulse in the viewer there is scope to challenge their expectations and self-awareness.” 
WHEN: Thursday 13 June, 5pm – 7pm (opening night). Exhibition continues until July 28, 2013.
WHERE: TMAG Bond Store Basement, Dunn Place, Hobart.

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Fairies and Unicorns: DARK MOFO opens tonight

14.06.13 12:32 pm

4PM: All the details, HERE

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The Sydney Fair Launch Reminder - OPENING TONIGHT!

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
14.06.13 9:24 am

Dear Friends of Despard Gallery,

The Sydney Fair Launch Reminder - OPENING TONIGHT!

Byron Kennedy Hall
Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, Sydney
Find us at Booth # 21

Featuring Artists Geoff Dyer, Jacob Leary, Jamin, Dale Richards, Anne Morrison, Lucienne Rickard, Wayne Brookes, Jenny Orchard, Anne-France Fulgence, Andrea Morucchio and Peter Poulet.
Showcasing new work by Geoff Dyer, one of the best-known Tasmanian painters, his evocative expressionist landscapes capture the raw Tasmanian environment in all its changing moods. Inspiring young artist Jacob Leary recently came to national attention after winning the 2012 VISCOPY John Frieze Memorial Prize, on show will be his incredibly intriguing digital montages. The political stencil artist Jamin has been represented in numerous national collections, and was recently involved in completing the interior art for the new MONA ferry with a combination of multi-stencils and street mural works. Artist and Teacher Wayne Brookes is the Tasmanian master of sumptuous Baroque ornamental scenery and décor, his highly detailed paintings transcribe a strong European influence and fascination with drapery and ornamentation. Anne Morrison’s superb abstracted paintings, her subject mater deriving originally from nature creates multi layered and complex imagery. Her works are represented in numerous collections nationally and internationally. Emerging artist Lucienne Rickard recently set the Hobart art scene buzzing with her powerful drawings of Spanish fighting bulls. Rickard uses labour-intensive drawing processes giving the images a striking stitch-like quality. Her recent debut exhibition at Despard Gallery was a sell-out.

Open daily from Fri 14th - Sun 16th June
11am - 7pm (Fri/Sat)
11am - 5pm (Sun)
See the showcase online:

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Tasmanian artists set to flower for the Greens

Karen Brown
14.06.13 9:19 am

More than fifty artists who draw their inspiration from the Tasmanian landscape, history and people are helping to ensure the Tasmanian Greens are in the strongest possible position for the federal election 2013.

The creative works have been donated by contributors across the island for GreenArt 2013, an exhibition and auction at the Long Gallery from 12 to 16 June. Funds raised at the auction will go towards the Tasmanian Greens’ federal election campaign.

“The wealth of work available is a tribute to the generosity of all the artists taking part, some of whom depend entirely on their art for a living,” said event organiser Karen Brown.

“The strong response to GreenArt 2013 is an expression of the creative community’s faith in the Greens as a voice for a more caring society.”

Featured Tasmanian artists include, Max Angus, Raymond Arnold, David Keeling, Helen Wright, Rob Blakers, Neil Haddon and Michael McWilliams.

The auction kicks off at 2pm on Sunday 16 June, with viewing at the Long Gallery from 10am Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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