Despard:  ‘Synchronicity, Matthew Harding sculpture, Meg Jenkins paintings

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
26.09.12 8:30 pm


  Matthew Harding sculpture  
        Meg Jenkins paintings

  Opens this Thursday the 27th September from 6 pm

Matthew Harding is a significant sculptural artist whose work is held in major collections nationally and internationally – in Tasmania most people are familiar with his work without knowing it, thousands have walked through it… the mirrored polished stainless steel entry for MONA - commissioned from Matthew for MONA, through Melbourne based architects Fender Katsalidas.

Matthew’s art has been exhibited widely in exhibitions in Australia, London, Italy, Japan, Canada and the United States. He has received numerous grants, fellowships and awards including ‘People Choice Award’ McClelland National Sculpture Survey, 2010; the ‘Helen Lempriere Scholarship’, Sculpture by the Sea, 2010; Rosalie Gascoigne Award, 2005; ‘Popular Choice Award’ for the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, ‘First Prize’ in the Inaugural ‘Outside’ site-specific Sculpture Symposium, Alice Springs, NT, 2001 and, in 1998, Matthew was a recipient of the Churchill Fellowship.

This will be Matthew’s first show in Tasmania- he has titled the new sculptures. ’ Intersection ‘

Meg Jenkins is a Hobart based artist whose paintings have morphed from flesh toned figurative imagery in the late 90’s - to the present work with hard edged abstracted forms. Vibrant fluro orange, yellow and white float over matt black grounds on canvas, her work is in numerous private and corporate collections including Art Bank (8) with numerous architects and designers among her followers.

The title for her new body of work is ‘Tyburn Gallows’, many of us are familiar with the childhood nursery rhyme Oranges and lemons say the bells of St. Clement’s…The wallpaper in Meg’s bedroom as a child, was illustrated with images of 18Th c English scenes of the Tyburn Gallows, this centre for public execution was viewed as family entertainment of the day, subliminal influences of this dark nursery rhyme have permiated through Jenkins ouvre, her leaning toward ‘The Dark side’ is illustrated in a world of shadows and architectural forms that are compelling beyond their initial viewing- the collection being exhibited is titled appropriately;


                ‘Tyburn Gallows’

Steven Joyce
Despard Gallery
15 Castray Esplanade
Hobart Tasmania Australia 7000
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The Man Across The Street

Paula Xiberras
25.09.12 7:53 am


We know amber as a mineral that was used as a healing agent in folk medicine, and in a way that attribute of healing agent can be observed in country music singer Amber Lawrence who I had the privilege of speaking to recently. Amber is hoping to visit Tasmania next year in her role as entertainer but she remembers visiting 10 years ago and the beautiful scenery of the triumphant boats on the waterfront from the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. It seems fitting as Amber’s own life has had its triumphs and trials and she has had the ability to get up and try again when necessary. Perhaps that is why she naturally felt closeness to those with a competitive spirit such as the children of the Special Olympics for whom she is a special ambassador and has written and performed the theme song for the games later this year. Her song is called ‘Try’ and was co-written with Drew McAlister and Tamara Stewart.

Amber calls the young special Olympians ‘awesome kids’ and ‘amazing’. Naturally,the song is naturally positive and Amber hopes it will connect with the wider population.

Amber isn’t your natural country singer, for one thing she is a city girl from inner city Sydney and often hears the planes flying over her house, fitting in a way, as this young lady was once a high flying chartered accountant for Qantas!

Amber walked down the country path when her singing teacher encouraged her to try something different, a genre that she previously had not explored and so it came to be that Amber became one of Australia’s next biggest country success stories.

In fact Amber wasn’t even musically inclined until she was presented with a guitar at 22 by her then boyfriend,  with whom she later parted company, but he left her with this wonderful musical gift.

Amber was on the receiving line of perhaps the greatest gift very early on in life, in fact when she was a baby. Amber had somehow stumbled through an opening in her house gate and on to the road. It was the quick action of the man sitting on his porch across the street running across to rescue her. This event is now immortalised in her song co-written with Colin Buchanan and titled ‘The Man Across the Street’.

Amber would later learn this man was a Vietnam veteran and the song is in part a tribute to him and his colleagues in all conflicts that risk their lives to protect us on a macro level as well as the sacrifice demonstrated by this particular individual man on the micro level who saved Amber’s life.

Amber’s album her third, is suitably called ‘3’  and is out now.


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MONA: Yannick Demmerle

Delia Nichols, Research Curator, MONA
25.09.12 7:37 am


Yannick Demmerle has been our resident artist for the past eight months and has produced 10 large-scale drawings in pencil.

They are intense, powerful and beautiful. He used to photograph the Tasmanian wilderness but found his images did not express the mysteries he found. The drawings reveal his mysteries.

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Ten Days on the Island: Hobart

25.09.12 7:30 am


Two world premiere events will lead the family-friendly component of Ten Days on the Island in 2013, with
a ground-breaking collaboration between Terrapin Puppet Theatre and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
(TSO) to create Shadow Dreams, together with the return of the company that last year brought us the
hugely-popular Dinosaur Petting Zoo, with more life-sized puppets in The Dream of the Thylacine.

Artistic Director Jo Duffy said Ten Days on the Island would include plenty of events for families in 2013,
with a mixture of free and ticketed events, and that both Shadow Dreams and The Dream of the Thylacine
had distinctly Tasmanian themes.

“Not only is Shadow Dreams a world premiere event, it also utilises the NBN, so that it will be presented
simultaneously in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie,” Ms Duffy said.

“It is a story of two boys experiencing each other’s dreams, even though one lives in the city and the other
in the bush, and it is unlike anything ever undertaken in Tasmania, or even nationally, as it requires the NBN
technology that is only available in Tasmania.

“As a statewide festival, we are uniquely placed to deliver Shadow Dreams as a statewide event.

“We are confident it will be both entertaining as a piece of theatre and impressive as a showcase of
communications technology.”

The Dream of the Thylacine from Erth Visual and Physical will bring the tale of the last known Tasmanian
Tiger to life in a 30-minute show that incorporates TMAG’s Tasmanian Tiger exhibits and invites audiences
to investigate the species’ disappearance.

Free events for families will include a sculpture project sited at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
“This event, Tatton@RTBG, will develop gradually over 90 days, as sculptor Marcus Tatton works
to complete a series of sculptures on site at the Botanical Gardens by the last day of the festival,” Ms Duffy

Hobart dance lovers have not been overlooked for the 2013 festival, with Tasmania’s leading dance
company Tasdance bringing Luminous Flux, an electrifying double bill that explores light.

“Ten Days on the Island has always sought to celebrate Tasmanian artists within the festival, while also
ensuring our youngest audience members can join in the fun, and 2013 will be no exception,” Ms Duffy said.

“We are looking forward to announcing details on more festival events in coming months.”

Tickets and more information about these events will be available from
Thursday 27 September online at

Terrapin Puppet Theatre was awarded an Australia Council Broadband Arts Initiative grant to support the
development and delivery of Shadow Dreams.

Shadow Dreams
Hobart Recital Hall, Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music
5 Sandy Bay Road, Hobart
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 March
The Dream of the Thylacine
Hobart Bond Store, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Saturday 16 – Monday 18 March
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Luminous Flux
Theatre Royal, 29 Campbell Street, Hobart
Tuesday 26 & Wednesday 27 March
Tickets and more information about these events will be available from
Thursday 27 September online at

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Ten Days on the Island: Launceston

25.09.12 7:26 am


Two world premiere events will lead the family-friendly component of Ten Days on the Island in 2013, with
a ground-breaking collaboration between Terrapin Puppet Theatre and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
(TSO) to create Shadow Dreams, together with the return of the company that last year brought us the
hugely-popular Dinosaur Petting Zoo, with more life-sized puppets in The Dream of the Thylacine.

Artistic Director Jo Duffy said Ten Days on the Island would include plenty of events for families in 2013,
many of which would be free, and that both Shadow Dreams and The Dream of the Thylacine had distinctly
Tasmanian themes.

“Not only is Shadow Dreams a world premiere event, it also utilises the NBN, so that it is presented
simultaneously in Launceston, Hobart and Burnie,” Ms Duffy said.

“It is a story of two boys experiencing each other’s dreams, even though one lives in the city and the other
in the bush, and it is unlike anything ever undertaken in Tasmania, or even nationally, as it requires the NBN
technology that is only available in Tasmania.

“As a statewide festival, we are uniquely placed to deliver Shadow Dreams as a statewide event.
“We are confident it will be both entertaining as a piece of theatre and impressive as a showcase of
communications technology.”

The Dream of the Thylacine from Erth Visual and Physical will bring the tale of the last known Tasmanian
Tiger to life in a 30-minute show that incorporates TMAG’s thylacine exhibits and invites audiences to
investigate the species’ disappearance.

It will present the community with an emotional connection to the Tasmanian Tiger, and will feature
animated custom-made puppets, which will be accurate, life-size reproductions.

Launceston dance lovers have not been overlooked for the 2013 festival, with Tasmania’s leading dance
company Tasdance presenting Luminous Flux, an electrifying double bill that explores light.

In addition, Launceston’s Stompin will present On Your Marks – a vibrant and cheeky blend of dance and
physical theatre based on the kitsch 1980s television show, It’s a Knockout.

“Ten Days on the Island has always sought to celebrate Tasmanian artists within the festival, while also
ensuring our youngest audience members can join in the fun, and 2013 will be no exception,” Ms Duffy said.
“We are looking forward to announcing details on more festival events in coming months.”

Tickets and more information about these events will be available from
Thursday 27 September online at

Terrapin Puppet Theatre was awarded an Australia Council Broadband Arts Initiative grant to support the
development and delivery of Shadow Dreams.

Shadow Dreams
Annexe Theatre, UTAS School of Visual and Performing Arts at Inveresk
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 March
The Dream of the Thylacine
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery at Inveresk
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March
Luminous Flux
Earl Arts Centre
57 Brisbane Street, Launceston
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 March
On Your Marks
Aurora Stadium
Saturday 16 – Monday 18 March
Tickets and more information about these events will be available from
Thursday 27 September online at

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Ten Days on the Island: Burnie

25.09.12 7:23 am

A world premiere collaboration between Terrapin Puppet Theatre and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
(TSO) heads the family-friendly component of Ten Days on the Island in 2013, with ground-breaking use of
the NBN to create a new work, Shadow Dreams.

Artistic Director Jo Duffy said that Shadow Dreams is distinctly Tasmanian, but also nation-leading.
“Not only is Shadow Dreams a world premiere event, it also utilises the NBN, so that it is presented
simultaneously in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart,” Ms Duffy said.

“It is a story of two boys experiencing each other’s dreams, even though one lives in the city and the other
in the bush, and it is unlike anything ever undertaken in Tasmania, or even nationally, as it requires the NBN
technology that is only available in Tasmania.

“As a statewide festival, we are uniquely placed to deliver Shadow Dreams as a statewide event.
“We are confident it will be both entertaining as a piece of theatre and impressive as a showcase of
communications technology.”

Dance lovers have not been overlooked for the 2013 festival, with Tasmania’s leading dance company
Tasdance presenting Luminous Flux, an electrifying double bill that explores light.

For theatre lovers, I Heart Alice Heart I from Ireland is a joyous piece of theatre about two women who defy
stereotypes to share something they’ve never shared before. A fresh, human and hilarious piece, I Heart
Alice Heart I will be performed in both Burnie and Deloraine.

“Ten Days on the Island has always sought to celebrate Tasmanian artists within the festival, while also
ensuring our youngest audience members can join in the fun, and 2013 will be no exception,” Ms Duffy said.

“We are looking forward to announcing details on more festival events in coming months.”

Tickets and more information about these events will be available from

Thursday 27 September online at
Terrapin Puppet Theatre was awarded an Australia Council Broadband Arts Initiative grant to support the
development and delivery of Shadow Dreams.

Shadow Dreams: Burnie Arts & Function Centre, 77 Wilmot Street, Burnie, Sunday 17 March
Luminous Flux: Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre, Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 March
I Heart Alice Heart I: Deloraine Little Theatre, 18 March
Burnie High School Performing Arts Centre, 21 March

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Caravan Kaleidoscope

Paula Xiberras
21.09.12 11:08 am


Talking to Moira Finucane is the literal equivalent of looking at a kaleidoscope. She is bejewelled, made up of many sparkling fragments that expand and contract on one another to create a dazzling spectacle.

I spoke to Moira recently about bringing her carnival burlesque to Tasmania, something she and her writing partner Jackie have pondered on for some time. Moira said if they could take the caravan to Hungary why not Hobart? and the pop up set has made that a reality.

Moira sees Tasmania as a unique place and speaks highly of the clean air wafting in from Antarctica; as we know Tassie has the cleanest and purist air in the world.

It may be that Moira’s background as an environmental scientist gives her a greater appreciation of Tassie’s wild beauty. Moira was in Tassie recently to talk to other artists about their work and at the same time made sure she was able to make a trip to that destination of all artistic inclined visitors, Mona.

‘Caravan Burlesque’ was dreamed up in 2004 over a cold winter in Melbourne and it has been strutting it’s stuff, (which doesn’t reflect it’s cool beginnings, in fact it’s content is decidedly hot stuff) for eight years.

Moira is reinterpreting burlesque for modern times. No longer is it just the reserve of late night cabaret but it now gets to a wider audience, while still including elements of the macabre, mockery, the grotesque, parody, exaggeration. Circus themes in it’s eclectic mix.

Moira’s caravan is all these things and more and she uses it all to explore the path to humanity and what it means to be human in all its dazzlingly different conceptions.

There is a juxtaposition of images and words in the production where we will see visual representations inspired by fairy tales and the Gothic moving to the music of ABBA’s ‘Waterloo’ as well as Bollywood and Mexican dance and music. There are stark contrasts like wearing a brilliant white dress while balancing a bowl of rich, red tomato soup.

The production is provocative and aims to invite and stimulate, and it seems to be working and instead of standing ovations, we have dancing ovations with the audience continuing the ABBA connection and singing ‘Dancing Queen’

Moira attributes her interest in the Burlesque to a Irish catholic childhood filled with contrasting images from fairy tales and the lives of saints, both the gory and the redemptive quality and both of these hold forth in her burlesque show where dreamscapes and German expressionism take flight.

It may all seem that you need to be very worldly to appreciate this show but Moira believes everyone will get something out of this wild exploration which has and continues to evolve over the eight years it has been in production.  Moira is always adamant of taking care of her audience on this adventure and rewarding their intellectual curiosity. Moira and her cast have been met with care too. at many of the regional towns they visit, including vanilla slices and scones being served up and honoury memberships bestowed.

Moira calls her show ‘charming and alarming’ and that’s probably the perfect description.

An indication of the high esteem in which this production is held is the fact that many artists from all over the world have foregone performing as far afield as New York, to instead join the caravan. Indeed the production has impressed audiences from London, Tokyo and Hungary to name a few. This heady cocktail will also have a ‘wolf woman’ in attendance as well as the skills of Paul Cordeiro the choreographer of the lion king and the associate choreographer of the Sydney Olympics.

You can join Moira and the caravan at the Theatre Royal on 26th and 27th September.

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Tasmanians encouraged to feature in Canberra Centenary

Robyn Archer
20.09.12 3:02 pm

Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra Robyn Archer AO has encouraged members of the Tasmanian community who have visited, lived, worked or studied in Canberra to feature as part of the national capital’s 100th Birthday.

Current Hobart residents are encouraged to gather at the State Library of Tasmania tomorrow (September 21) where they can record short (5 min) films sharing their stories, memories and experiences of Canberra.

The films will then be uploaded to

Students, politicians, public servants, doctors, musicians and other professionals who have had contact with the national capital are encouraged to make a short visit to the State Library.

The State Library of Tasmania is located on Murray Street in Hobart.

The site and its unique catalogue of stories will become part of the National Library of Australia’s collection for permanent storage at the end of 2013 and will create a piece of history that can be enjoyed in years to come.

A professional film crew will be located at the State Library of Tasmania between 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

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Crusade For A Cure

Paula Xiberras
18.09.12 7:55 am



Most people have heard of the great siege of Malta and the knights of St John and their crusades. You may also recall that the knights are the forerunners of what we know today as St John’s ambulance, an organisation which proudly displays the Maltese cross. The knights were men of medicine so it seems fitting that Maltese born, Australian singer song-writer Joseph Portelli’s crusade is a medical one. Joseph Portelli likens a cause close to his heart, the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, as something akin to a battle and a fight just as the knights of St John dually practiced medicine and the life of soldiers.

Joseph’s dad has been assaulted by Alzheimer’s disease for many years and watching his dad’s deteriorating health has prompted Joseph to use his skills as a singer songwriter to take up arms against this insidious disease.

As we speak Joseph’s conversation is littered with analogies to a fight and battle, and of the learning to live with the enemy and respect it. He sees Alzheimer’s disease as a foreign body that lays siege to the host, the one with the illness.

Joseph has been a musician from his childhood and although it consumes him he sometimes wishes it didn’t and he didn’t have this talent. Especially at the time of writing his deeply personal reflection on the ravages of Alzheimer’s, he felt it was for himself and didn’t feel like commercialising the song and sharing these deeply personal feelings, yet as the same time he realises by sharing this song of reflections he is helping those going through the same situation and also bring awareness to this condition. With the possibility that cases of dementia are set to escalate in the future more awareness of the condition and funding for research is imperative.

Music is part of the genetic make-up of Joseph’s family, his dad played the guitar and his mother has an uncle who was a symphony conductor. Cousins play pianos and saxophones and orchestral experience runs though the family.

His mum, as well as being musically inclined is also a nurse and it was she that first recognised the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s in her husband. Joseph remembers his mum sitting he and his siblings down to a talk where she explained what their dad was going through. Joseph’s mum and other family members are now carers of his dad. Joseph also wants to highlight the work of carers and the support they need in their important role that is not dissimilar to that of an explorer discovering an uncharted territory.

Joseph’s catch phrase is’ think ahead, to go ahead’ and that is what the governments and medical researchers of the world need to do to combat and conquer like the knights of St John, in this case this mysterious and invasive enemy known as Alzheimer’s disease.

Joseph splits its time between Melbourne, Australia and his homeland of Malta.

He will be in the UK presently for press conferences with the International Alzheimer’s Association.

Joseph’s song ‘How the Times Have Changed’ will be launched 17th September.

Please download the song on iTunes and help awareness of Alzheimer’s and the crusade for a cure.

You can watch a video of the song here:

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Canberra’s turning 100 – but why should Tasmania care?

17.09.12 3:18 pm


Since it was founded, Canberra has been the subject of discussion and debate, and to this day, no other Australian city prompts such strong opinions.

Acclaimed performer and festival director Robyn Archer AO is in Hobart tomorrow, on a mission to shift perceptions about Canberra and use the program she’s developed for next year’s centenary to increase understanding, appreciation and respect for the national capital.

Archer rose to prominence in Hobart with her work as the inaugural artistic director of Ten Days on the Island, playing a prominent role to developing the event into Tasmania’s premier cultural festival.

‘Tasmania Performs’ will contribute significantly towards the Centenary of Canberra program with their performance of As We Forgive, starring the celebrated actor Robert Jarman, who has featured in every edition of Ten Days on the Island since it commenced in 2001.

As We Forgive will form part of Collected Works: Australia 2013, an extensive program that will bring diverse and high quality cultural performances from every state and territory of Australia to the nation’s capital.

Vintage Caravans from Tasmania will also be part of the Museum of the Long Weekend project by Devonport based Big hART.

In Museum of the Long Weekend, vintage caravans from around Australia will be converted into mobile art installations celebrating leisure-time in Australia and travel in convoys to Canberra.

As Canberra approaches its 100th year, Archer will describe the main attractions of the 2013 Centenary of Canberra program to Hobart media, to prove Canberra has more to offer than politicians and roundabouts.

The year-long program aims to re-connect all Australians with their national capital and provides many reasons to visit and experience the real Canberra in 2013 and beyond.

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All Saints Daffodil, Art and Photography Show 2012

13.09.12 1:51 pm

It’s daffodil season! This weekend will see All Saints Church and Hall bedecked in the glorious colours of daffodils and a range of Spring flowers. Come and learn about growing, breeding and showing daffodils with local breeder Owen Davies or enter one of the many community classes in the show. All are welcome and entry is free.

You can also book a tour of the church with Duncan Foster (Stonemason) or Gavin Merrington (Stained Glass restorer) and view a display of stained glass, as we begin the painstaking task of repairing the heritage windows in the church.

Friends and visitors, young and old, are encouraged to enter Community Classes which range from a simple arrangement of garden flowers in a vase to photography, original artwork and colouring in for all ages. Budding artists are encouraged to either colour in an original a line drawing by Rod Barwick or create their own original work. Prizes will be awarded for winning entries in all Community and Standard classes.

The vase theme for this year’s show is ‘retro-glassware and early bakelite/plastic’. The distinctive orange, mustard and cream colour scheme of the 60’s forms a stunning counterpoint to the yellow array of daffodils.

So dust off your old vases, pick some flowers from your garden and arrange them at the show. All Community Classes will be judged at 3pm on Sunday 16 September, enabling potential exhibitors to lodge their entries over the entire weekend.

Entertainment includes Ethereal Celtic Harps, playing from 10am in the garden on Saturday. From 12.30pm The Old Time String Band will perform. On Sunday a string quartet will give a recital at 3pm in the church. All Saints organists will play the church organ at regular intervals over the weekend.

Kids will enjoy the face painter and refreshments will be available in the gardens on both days. The Jesse Tree (All Saints Op Shop) will also be open during the show along with a Garden Market on both Saturday and Sunday.

The show will be open to the public on Saturday 15 from 10- 4 and Sunday 16 from midday to 4pm.


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Come and join IHOS in Queenstown Tasmania

13.09.12 9:11 am

IHOS Opera’s Kimisis: Falling Asleep is a sophisticated and contemporary opera installation that thematically ties with the underlying concern of the festival – loss of life – exploring religion and notions of passage into heaven.
Venue: Old Honan’s Transport Warehouse
Address: 24 Hunter St
Time: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm Saturday, Oct 13
Duration: 20 minutes
Cost: $10 per person
RSVP: Bookings essential on 0364 710 100
Tickets need to be picked up from= Queenstown Train Station and shown on entry

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Junction Arts Festival awards

Junction Arts Festival
12.09.12 11:23 am


Junction Arts Festival wins two AbaF awards and represents Tasmania at the prestigious 2012 National AbaF Awards

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Back from further studies in typography

Nadine Kessler
12.09.12 7:13 am

• NK-PR-01: left: Nadine Kessler at Boisbuchet, France right: Bowl made of horse manure, sugar cubes forming korean word for horse © image by Nadine Kessler

Arts Tasmania / Vitra Design Museum Fellowship Winner 2012 - Nadine
Kessler has just come back to Tasmania after spending four weeks in
Europe to further her studies in typography.

Nadine Kessler was awarded the Arts Tasmania / Vitra Design Museum
Fellowship 2012. She attended a week-long design workshop held by
internationally renowned designer duo Mischer’Traxler at the Domaine de
Boisbuchet in France. This was part of the annual international summer
seminar program by CIRECA in co-operation with Vitra Design Museum and the
Centre Georges Pompidou. The workshop was a great opportunity to focus on
design process to further Nadine’s typography expertise, build international
networks and take valuable experience back to Tasmania.

In the design workshop ‘(trans)formed nature’ Nadine investigated the
possibilities of how nature can be used as a co-designer. Her experimentations
included using horse manure. Through language and words she created a
series of artworks which questions our values in the twenty first century.
She was also given an exclusive tour of the Vitra Design Museum collection
in Weil am Rhein, Germany by curator Mathias Schwartz-Clauss.

“The visit felt like entering a history book of design. Beginning with ‘Thonet’
chairs from the late nineteen hundreds through to contemporary furniture
designs by Hella Jongerius. Even Australian designer Marc Newson was
represented” - Nadine Kessler

Now back in Tasmania and inspired by this once-in-a-lifetime experience,
Nadine is bursting to bring her expertise to projects in Tasmania and

Nadine Kessler is a swiss trained typographer, artist and graphic designer who
works as a freelancer at award-winning Nadine Kessler Design. She has also
been teaching Advanced Typography at UTAS School of Art since 2009. Her
studio is based at Negara 42, a space shared with other leading designers and

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Curtains down and heart wide open

Paula Xiberras
11.09.12 6:47 am


Tamara has a couple of meanings in Hebrew, one is palm tree and another is perfection and Tamara Stewart is about as close to perfection as you can get. Tamara is an Aussie country music performer in her own right as well as a talented songwriter who has written hit songs for others but still thinks it’s ’kind a’ cool to hear your songs sung by other artists and is not at all jealous of others finding fame with her words, in fact she thinks its quite’ quirky’ when she has her own song in the chart competing with songs written by her but performed by others!

Tamara would love to do more co-writing, with Paul Coster and Amber Lawrence amongst other country artists.

From a business perspective it’s good but always surprising! At present on tour in Victoria doing 18 shows in 4 weeks and with the prospect of a bigger tour next year including dates in Tasmanian I spoke to Tamara one morning recently after one of her gigs.

We talk about her latest album’ Apple Seed’ the most personal of her albums to date.  The album she says is very much ‘curtains down and heart wide open’ in its openness and lack of holding back. With songs like ‘Women in Song’ where she is joined by good friends Sara Storer and Felicity Urquhart to sing a tribute to Joy McKean, Slim Dusty’s wife and other notable female country singers that have inspired Tamara and the current crop of ladies of country.  Tamara is looking forward to making a video for her ‘Sisterhood’ song with good friends Sara storer and Felicity Urquhart.

The album also features a tribute to her uncle a war hero and a duet with Rick Price called ‘Lion Heart’ that honours the strength of those who have been touched by cancer, particularly breast cancer and the song raises funds for The National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Tamara seemed destined to be a writer as she grew up with a love of words. Early on Tamara was a fan of Pam Ayres poetry and when Tamara was given a guitar at 10 years of age, writing and music combined in the young country star in the making!

Tamara worked in pub gigs, spent time travelling with her music to indigenous communities and continued to develop as a songwriter and later more mainstream exposure by writing a song called ‘Miracles’  which was used in successful TV series ‘Packed to the Rafters’.

Tamara’s writing has developed to the extent that she now teaches song writing at The Academy of Country Music and she has had stints as a staff writer at Nashville.

Nashville is the place to be for serious songwriters, especially country ones. It inspires because of its history and the fact song writing is treated like the business it is.  Music Row is a suburb removed and renowned for its plethora of publishing and recording offices and the place where the great songs writers gravitate. Writing rooms are open for business from 9 to 1 and from 1 to 5, you may sit in a room with a piano with a tea and coffee room at your convenience and you get to brainstorm with great writers drawing on their knowledge. You may even chat over the water cooler with someone who has just written ‘Reba McEntire’s latest hit’ says Tamara.

Luckily Tamara is the kind of person who can write both to a regimented schedule and deadline like that in Nashville and can also write to inspiration.

A little while ago however, Tamara went through one of those bleak periods that many writers do, she had a pretty scary case of writers block that latest for 18 months and after one day sitting down and unintentionally writing she overcame the writer’s block and now is stronger and more confident.

Looking towards visiting Tasmania next year Tamara says she remembers performing here with Adam Brand how passionate Tassie audiences are about their country music.

For all her appreciation of Nashville and it’s people who are so supportive, accommodating and generous hard working artists, Tamara still encourages Aussie writers to find an Australian voice in their songs and it need not necessarily be about ‘the bush’ and ‘utes’ but that these songs have an aussie feel to them is her particular soapbox.

Tamara also is a great organiser and this was evidenced when she created a song; ‘Tangerine Sky’ which brought together the cream of country friends and acquaintances to raise money for the Salvation Army appeal to aid those affected by the Victorian bushfires.

You can visit Tamara at her website

Tamara’s album ‘Apple Seed’ is out now.

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Imperial Island Return of Russians

Paula Xiberras
10.09.12 7:41 am


The cheery voice of Gediminas Taranda, the artistic director of The Imperial Russian Ballet, greets me over the telephone. The Russian accent is a warming one and reminds me of the Russian students I taught in the past.

He is ecstatic about returning to Tassie after sell out performances in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

He wants to know about how the weather is in Tassie and I tell him as we move out of winter things are improving. ‘Please’ he says ‘let it be warm’.

I encourage him it will, or should be a couple of weeks from now when the Imperial Russian Ballet will bring their version of ‘Swan Lake’ to Tasmania.

‘Swan Lake’ is very Russian in that it finds its origins in the folktales of Russia, in the image of the swan and it’s attribute of faithfulness and is called by Lopukhov ‘essentially Russian’.

It is fitting then that this much loved production should be performed by this company.
Gediminas is impressed by the knowledge and appreciation of classical ballet he observed in Tasmania on previous visits and recounts to me stories of meeting patrons after the performance over a glass of wine to discuss the production. Also he recalls a married couple that attended marvelling at the romance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

Another feature of The Imperial Russian Ballet’s interpretation of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ was that it included some of the fairy-tale characters considered superfluous and omitted by some other productions as well as those included. Characters like ‘Puss in Boots’, ‘‘Red Riding Hood’, ‘the wolf’ and ‘Cinderella’ and The White Cat all took part. That production included 140 costumes!

I ask Gediminas what his favourite ballet is and like a parent he is loath to make a choice, although he does agree that ‘Swan Lake’ has probably the best music and choreography of all ballets. This version sticks with the happy ending because as Gediminas says it is Swan Lake not ‘Anna Karenina’!

Gediminas is not only the artistic director of the Imperial Russian Ballet. His skills have also been utilised as an Olympic coach for a number of years, in Athens, Beijing and London. For his work in this capacity in bridging the disciplines of sport and arts he was awarded an Olympic medal in Vancouver.

Gediminas talks about the celebrations at the Russian house at the London games with music and orchestra. During the Olympics Gediminas worked with gymnasts, judo competitiors and boxers among others

‘Swan Lake’ performs in Hobart at the Theatre Royal on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September and in Launceston at the Princess Theatre on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th September, 2012.

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Country Proud, Tassie Bound

Paula Xiberras
10.09.12 7:36 am


Last week I had a chat to Troy Kemp of country band McAlister Kemp. The guys were voted the best new act of the year in 2011, have been to Nashville, and were invited to be the support for American country music legend Alan Jackson on his Australian tour. Tassie is in for a treat when the boys play at the Waratah hotel on 15th September.

They are unique among Country music duos in Australia where duos are mostly siblings think The McClymonts or Tassie’s own Wolfe brothers. McAlister Kemp are not blood related. The boys met when both were in a production of the Johnny Cash story. An immediate rapport saw them join forces.

However, in country music we don’t get any sibling rivalry or any other sort either because even though someone has got to be burdened with all those Golden Guitars country music is not a competitive field.  Troy says one of the reasons why stretches back to the mindset of early pioneers and settlers who strove to help each other and that is a tradition which country music carries on today.

Country music, he says has a generosity that we don’t always see in other genres as it is traditionally based on family values, hard work and looking out for your mate.
Hence, song writing in the country music area involves a lot of collaboration and writing songs for others.

Similarly, in Nashville being a staff writer means you spend many hours in a room with other likeminded and often very influential people who are hit makers sharing your stories and creating songs together. Nashville is the place to learn about constructing a song which usually means coming up with a title and going from there. The productive output is amazing. Troy talks about writing 14 songs in 14 days, but it’s not all easy, for every 10 songs written 2 might be songs that work and hopefully become hits.

McAlister Kemp’s travels to Tassie are not that regular but they have garnered fans in their previous visits as support act for Adam Brand and Lee Kernigan among others.

Troy will be here in Tassie four days ahead of his partner Kemp and hopes to take in some visits to markets, Cradle Mountain and possibly MONA!

Tory sees Tassie as an ‘untouched gem’ and ‘gorgeous’ with pretty good real estate deals compared to Sydney. In fact after living some time in Canada and being immune to a little cold weather he could see himself living here!

He has much praise for the flavour of the moment, Tassie’s own Wolfe Brothers who he sees as doing similar music to McAlister Kemp, making country a bit more progressive and modernising it so it is ‘cool’. He hopes to shake the Wolfe Brothers hands in Tamworth next year.

Perhaps the old fashioned country values were put aside when the boys decided to do a tongue in cheek song called ‘cold beers, hot women’. A song that featured scantily clad females providing beers possibly making many men’s fantasies come true! The song gathered the boys some more fans from predominantly a male audience. It was an experiment for the boys but it helped them widen their appeal to another demographic.

Perhaps the biggest thrill so far for the boys was they got the call to be Alan Jackson’s support act. Troy makes me smile as he explains his reaction. He says ‘he was screaming the house down’ the even was an awesome experience for the boys performing to an enormous crowd at Rod Laver arena among other venues.

“Country Proud’ is out now and the boys will be performing at the Waratah Hotel on 15th September.

You can visit them on the web here

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Creatives shine on the state and national stage

07.09.12 3:55 pm

The Barbarians: Photograph by Lucia Rossi

Patrick Street: Photograph by Peter Whyte

Patrick Street 02: Photograph by Patrick Whyte

Local multidisciplinary design firm Liminal Spaces has been honoured twice this week; awarded the Australian Business Arts Foundation’s City of Melbourne SME Award (Tas) in conjunction with contemporary Tasmanian opera company IHOS, for their successful partnering on two MONA FOMA productions, Kimisis-Falling Asleep and The Barbarians and being shortlisted for a prestigious Residential Architecture Award at this year’s Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards for Patrick Street Residence.

“The AbaF awards celebrate businesses that show innovative thinking and best practice through their support for the arts and winning the SME award is great recognition of the collaborative processes that we use in our business” said Peta Heffernan, Principal of Liminal Spaces.

“Our collaboration with IHOS commenced in 2009 with Kimisis-Falling Asleep which delighted audiences, critics, MONA FOMA organisers and partners alike in 2010, and elicited a further invitation and commission for The Barbarians performed in January 2012. The partnership has created and delivered high quality contemporary productions accessible to national and international audiences”, she added.

Other accolades Liminal Spaces and IHOS have received for The Barbarians include:

• Nominated: Best Opera in national Helpmann Awards 2012 (announced late Sep 2012)
• Finalist: Event Design in Australian Interior Design Excellence Awards 2012 (announced Nov 2012)
• National Commendation for Installation Design in 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards
• Best of State Commercial Design in 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards.

“Unfortunately the future of IHOS company is in a precarious position with the announcement that its state funding has been cut” lamented Peta. “This award is acknowledgement of the important cultural contribution that partnering can foster and it is critical that Tasmania continues to invest in the creative industries”.

Patrick Street Residence, a restoration and extension project, which respects historic values and qualities combined with contemporary functionality, has been recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects’ national jury for the National Architecture Awards. The project is one of 59 out of 140 state award recipients to be shortlisted for a national award to be announced in Perth on November 1. 
“Being shortlisted is further evidence that Tasmanian architects continue to be recognised for their ability to deliver high quality projects on limited budgets” added Peta.

Situated prominently near the top of a steep hill in West Hobart the almost derelict original house was painstakingly repaired. A sensitive restoration extended and preserved its historic position within the street.  When receiving the Tasmanian Residential Architecture Award for Alterations and Additions in June, the state jury noted:

The Patrick Street Residence is a clear, refined and complementary addition to a respectfully restored late Federation Queen Anne cottage in West Hobart. Whilst doubling the area of the existing cottage, the addition is discreetly scaled and arranged carefully around the low central spine which continues the line of existing corridor through the length of the building as it seamlessly expands into the living areas and outdoor room. This glass walled courtyard becomes the centrepiece of the home, bathing it in light and introducing a playful ambiguous quality about the threshold to outside. Clever lighting and ventilation strategies combine with calm material choices, considered detailing and quality construction.

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BOFA early bird tickets go on sale

06.09.12 10:52 am

Film Still: A Common Purpose by Mitzi Goldman


The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival has released its 2012 Early Bird ticketing, offering big savings and preferential seating for movie fans who book early.

In a more flexible system, BOFA will offer Early Bird passes for 4, 8 and 16 entries, but will this year allow passes to be used multiple times at the one event. For example, a four pass could be used for four people at one film, a couple at two events or a single person at four different films, or other selected Festival events. 

Festival Director Owen Tilbury said that, although the full Festival program won’t be released until early October, Early Bird purchasers could be assured of an outstanding line-up of films from around the world.

“We are sourcing films that range from major studio presentations to quirky arthouse stories,” he said.

“Our artistic director, Trish Lake, attended Cannes Film Festival and has made a number of recommendations on must-have films that we are negotiating at the moment. We have just secured the rights to screen A Common Purpose by Mitzi Goldman, a 2012 AFI nominated documentary and winner of the 2011 Sydney Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.”

Early Bird passes will not only offer filmgoers substantial savings but will for the first time guarantee priority seating, a big plus when many films on the programme are expected to sell out.

Prices start at $6 per admission to a film or other selected Festival event (Early Bird 16 pass-concession), but Early Bird passes must be purchased by October 7.

“With so many great films and new screen offerings to choose from, early bird ticket purchasers are assured of stimulating viewing and great value for money,” Owen Tilbury said.



These passes offer substantial savings on regular Festival prices and include PRIORITY SEATING.

Concession passes are available to full time students, members of a Film Society, Senior’s Card holders and people employed in the film industry.

Early Bird passes may be purchased on line at:
or in person or by phone at:  Launceston Travel & Information Centre, 12-16 St John St, Launceston, FREECALL:  1800 651 827
Or Neil Pitt’s Menswear, 76 Brisbane Street, Launceston. Phone 03 6331 3711

In 2012, BOFA plans to showcase over the Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 November, international and Australian feature films/documentaries,  short films,  cinema related exhibitions (in partnership with Queen Victoria Museum),  master-classes and parties, but, as well, is adding a new Make a Difference Day (Sunday 11th November) incorporating a free community open day, a major Big Ideas debate (in partnership with The St James Ethics Centre), screenings of a Make a Difference Day short film competition, features/documentaries, several master-classes run by industry experts, and writers’ festival speakers all on Make a Difference themes. The Make a Difference Day will be the culmination of the festival and will highlight the purpose of inspiring “positive change”. 

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MONA: Music of Colour and Mind, November 3-4

03.09.12 8:19 am


Apparently, some people can see music and hear colour, things like that. This so-called ‘condition’ (blessing?) is called ‘synaesthesia’. David’s been interested in (jealous of) this rather singular state of being for a while. He has a friend, in fact, who has it, and has explained to him in some detail how it feels and works.

This concert - hosted by MONA and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - is a fancy-pants exploration of the synaesthesic state. It’s a two-day sound and colour fest, with over a hundred performers popping up all over the shop. The museum will be closed to the regular punters for the duration of the weekend. Feasts are included. It’s pricey, yes, but will be totally amazing…

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A Sweet Sheppard

Paula Xiberras
03.09.12 7:55 am


It began as yarning between mates on the porch at home in Queensland, and from that the realisation that many memories and thoughts are held in common, that and the insistence of one of his mates that ‘there was a show in this’ has become the genesis of Mark Sheppard’s show ‘Chasing the Lollyman’.

The show is a humorous look at what it means to be indigenous and gay and how ultimately whatever the differences between our individual stories we all connect on a larger stage.

The show doesn’t make light of Indigenous culture and beliefs but looks past the emblems we associate with indigenous culture such as the didgeridoo and painting in ochre. As Mark states you won’t see them in this production. We are instead asked to consider how a Murri family would fit into the neighbourhood of Ramsay Street, and the advent of our first indigenous PM!

Mark is bringing ‘Chasing the Lollyman’ to Tasmania and will also have some time to explore our state.  It is Mark’s first visit to Tassie and he tells me it has always intrigued him, whether it is the exciting possibility of our delicious produce, the awe inspiring nature of our forests and just the delight of discovery.

Working on the belief that laughter is the best medicine Mark will treat us to ‘black fella’ humour and will demonstrate the fact he is a triple threat, actor, dancer and singer who has composed his own music including a respectful song for lost cousins or as he calls them brothers.

In his one man show he attempts to blur the boundaries and dismiss the political correctness that has somehow consumed most of our lives.

It all goes back to community days and festivals when the community would bring food and music and their yarns along for celebration. On these days the image of his uncle in a makeshift hessian sack coat, which he would decorate with lollies is vivid to Mark as is the image of children chasing the Lollyman for a sweet treat. That image although not present anymore at such community events proves a fitting metaphor for Mark, his chasing of his dream and the sweet success he now enjoys.

Mark as his name suggests is a ‘shepherd’ in leading us to realise that although we have different backgrounds and cultures our experiences, memories and reflections are for the most part held in common.

You can see Mark perform in ‘Chasing the Lollyman’ at the Theatre Royal 5-8 September at 7pm.

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Moonah Arts Centre: Mia Palencia: Songbird

Michael McLaughlin Community Cultural Development Officer Glenorchy City Council
02.09.12 6:51 am

Moonah Arts Centre’s 2012 Friday Night Concert Series
Friday September 7

Mia Palencia: Songbird

Talented singer songwriter Mia Palencia is bringing her own distinct brand of story based guitar to the popular Moonah Arts Centre, Friday night concert series.

Singing tunes in both Malay and English,  Mia will begin the evening with a solo set of her original acoustic guitar based tunes before being joined on stage by her band for a fine second half groove. 

Singer songwriter, jazz crooner, voice actor and occasional thespian, Mia Palencia is a woman of many talents. Her original music revolves around the acoustic guitar, working with folkish tunes and an eclectic blend of soul, folk, RnB, bossa nova and the occasional rock vibe. Her lyrics are always story-based, relating her personal experiences with the people and places around her.

Please join Mia for this intimate evening of singer song-writing with a groove.

Mia Palencia: Songbird
Where: Moonah Arts Centre, 65 Hopkins St.  Moonah
When: Friday 7th September  
Times: Doors open from 7pm for a 7:30pm start
Entry by Gold Coin Donation

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International acts headline Ten Days on the Island in 2013

Ten Days on the Island Artistic Director Jo Duffy
30.08.12 9:58 am



An exclusive Australian premiere season from New York City’s award-winning theatre company
Elevator Repair Service (ERS) and concert performances from legendary soprano Dame Kiri Te
Kanawa, who will perform in Launceston, Burnie and Hobart, form the backbone of the international
component of Ten Days on the Island in 2013.

The festival will open with ERS’s THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES) Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway
in Hobart, while Dame Kiri will commence her Tasmanian tour in Launceston two days later.

THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES) follows a group of decadent, hedonistic and disillusioned young expatriates
as they drift from post-war Paris to Spain. ERS has thrilled audiences around the world with this glamorous and
exciting production, which typifies the modern interpretations of American 20th Century literary classics the
company is known for.

Dame Kiri will perform a rich programme of classic and contemporary highlights from her famed repertoire and
will be accompanied by esteemed New Zealand pianist Terence Dennis.

Ten Days on the Island Artistic Director Jo Duffy said she was excited and delighted to bring artists of this
calibre to Tasmania for her first festival.

“ERS is one of New York’s most celebrated contemporary theatre companies, with a signature style that
combines elements of comedy, high energy, wild choreography and precise theatrical dramatisation, with the
sometimes terse words of Ernest Hemingway,” she said.

“I am sure Tasmanian audiences will love it just as much as audiences in New York, Dublin and Edinburgh.
“Of course, Dame Kiri needs no introduction to Tasmanian audiences.

“She has told us she has long wanted to visit Tasmania and perform to audiences across the State, and I know
that she will experience a very warm welcome.”

The festival is offering early release tickets to these headline acts, with tickets available for sale to the general
public from 9am on 30 August.

Executive Director and Producer of Ten Days Marcus Barker said the two events will be strong elements of the
Ten Days 2013 programme and will provide stimulus for inter and intrastate visitation, which will fuel local

“They will also provide additional jobs for our skilled Tasmanian arts workers, as part of the whole programme
of events,” he said.

The full festival programme will be announced later in 2012, with all artists now secured and plans moving into
full swing for opening night of the festival on 15 March 2013.

THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES) will be performed in Hobart from 15 – 20 March 2013 at the Theatre Royal,
with tickets available from 30 August online at and from the Theatre Royal box office.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will perform at the Princess Theatre Launceston on 17 March 2013, the Burnie Arts &
Function Centre on 19 March 2013 and the Theatre Royal in Hobart on 21 March 2013. Tickets will be available
from 30 August online at and from the venues.

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Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival

30.08.12 8:31 am



The biennial Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival is a hand-crafted three-day program of 55 contemporary arts and cultural experiences that are permanently tied to a sense of place; a rare phenomenon which can’t be seen anywhere else in Tasmania.

The Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival 2012: Centenary of the North Lyell Disaster gives rise to an exciting new partnership between Project Queenstown and Inflight ARI. Acting as a curatorial committee the two organisations have selected and commissioned five site-specific works from seven early career artists. This unprecedented collaboration has resulted in a unique festival program presenting challenging and engaging new work in one of Tasmania’s most remarkable landscapes. The projects to be presented are as follows.

A sound and video installation within the abandoned rooms and corridors of the old Queenstown General Hospital, focusing on attempts to communicate and the psychological effects of being in mortal danger and disconnected from loved ones.

Multiple projections attempt to bring the essence of the surrounding hills into the township. perspectus invites a renewed and contemplative encounter with these Queenstown monuments by observing the ways the hills characterise the temporal states and atmospheric conditions of the place.

ANDREW REWALD (VIC) – Bind and Stand
A series of pop-up performances exploring the complex interplay between nostalgia and eating, food and community. A demountable kitchen will appear in unexpected locations incorporating food eaten at the local hotels in 1912.

MICHELLE SAKARIS (VIC) – 1,100 feet for Mount Lyell
An interactive installation directly responding to the North Mount Lyell disaster inviting audiences to tie knots in a 1,100 foot length of rope- each knot an act of remembering.

An otherworldly installation in the old dining room of the Royal Hotel in Linda- an significant site for the area and the festival which housed many who worked at the North Lyell mine at the time of the fire.


The Festival committee and Inflight ARI are pleased to invite local media to the launch of the Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival program – a 32-page A5-size publication that details the 55 attractions and activities that form the festival.
8000 copies of the program will be distributed at drop points throughout Tasmania and a copy will be delivered to every West Coast mailbox.

Event:  Program Launch (Hobart)
Where: Inflight ARI Hobart, 100 Goulburn Street, Hobart
When:  31 August at 6pm


The mining and tourism town of Queenstown throws open its doors on 12–14 October and welcomes all Tasmanians to come and explore the West Coast region at the Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival.

The 2012 festival will commemorate a momentous event in Australia’s history when a fire sprang to life in a pumphouse on the 700 ft level within the North Lyell Mine. The flames quickly enveloped the building and produced thick billows of smoke
that trapped many workers deep underground. Four days of exhaustive and heroic rescue attempts couldn’t avert the eventual catastrophe, as 42 local men lost their lives within the mine.

One hundred years later the Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival is paying tribute to the disaster by encompassing the anniversary within the festival program, presenting a range of activities that confidently combine the arts with the rich cultural heritage of Queenstown in a way that respects the past and recognises the present and future of our community.


Inflight ARI is a not-for-profit Artist Run Initiative established in 2003 with an exhibition space in Hobart. A Board of practicing artists and designers volunteer their time and skills in order to manage an annual exhibition program and realise additional satellite projects. Inflight aims to provide affordable and high profile opportunities for the development, exhibition and discussion of new work from a variety of disciplines. We seek first and foremost to present local emerging and early career artists, with opportunities for more established artists engaged in experimental practices to show in a non-commercial space. Inflight compliments this focus by presenting diverse and dynamic art practices across Australia and beyond.

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Somewhere Else at CAST Gallery, Tuesday, Wednesday

Richard Longbottom
29.08.12 8:57 am


Somewhere Else at CAST gallery, tonight (Tuesday 28 August) at 6pm, and Wednesday 29 August, 1130am and 1230pm. [CAST gallery, 27 Tasma St, North Hobart, ph: 6233 3249]

This is a free event! So come along and check out what promises to be an intriguing performance experience.

Somewhere Else involves seven dancers from Tasdance performing a fluid interpretation and response to In a Silent Way, a current sound exhibition at CAST, curated by Matt Warren. This project nurtures exciting young and emerging choreographer, Marnie Palomares, who will create a work in response to three gallery spaces throughout Tasmania – liaising with QVMAG in Launceston, Contemporary Art Services Tasmania (CAST) in Hobart, and the Burnie Art Gallery on the North West Coast.

Somewhere Else is about observation, installation and display. It is a creative and physical response to art, audience and architecture. The performers invite the audience on a journey to explore a site where they playfully share through shifting perspectives. Somewhere Else is an opportunity to showcase the talent of Marnie Palomares to local audiences, and reinforces Tasdance’s willingness to nurture emerging talent.

In a Silent Way, curated by Matt Warren, features sound work by Laura Altman, Monica Brooks, Nicholas Bullen, Darren Cook, Lawrence English, Samaan Fieck, Gail Priest, and Joel Stern. This exhibition uses ideas put forwards by Brian Eno where amorphous or subliminal sound, deliberately placed, can contribute to the mood of a space - ‘ambient music’ rather than grabbing your attention. Unknown and potentially unique clusterings of sound elements mean the audience may hear a particular combination of sounds perhaps only once during the entire run of the show.

And remember it’s FREE!

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Launceston’s Mudlark Theatre successful in state funding round

Stuart Loone, Artistic Director Mudlark Theatre
29.08.12 6:50 am

“The Sea Project”, image by Bruce Moyle, 2012

Issued: 28.08.12


Mudlark Theatre Inc is pleased to announce it has successfully secured funding of $61 500 per
annum from Arts Tasmania for the next two years (2013, 2014).

“This success reaffirms that Mudlark is a vital and valued contributor to the state’s cultural life and
that our vision emphasises both employment and excellent artistic outcomes,” said Mudlark artistic
director, Stuart Loone. “For Mudlark to increase its state funding, and have surety of that funding
for two years, reflects many years of passion and hard work for Tasmanian theatre”.

Since 2004, Mudlark has developed a strong nation-wide reputation for staging exhilarating new
works which provide audiences with unique and daring theatre experiences. The company is
Launceston’s only professional producer of theatre and stages one new work a year and a suite of
artist development opportunities year-round.

Arts Tasmania’s investment in Mudlark allows the company to:

• produce The Midlands, by NIDA-trained Tasmanian playwright, Hannah Malarski;

• work on a new international co-production with Theatre Newfoundland Labrador;

• develop a professional program for Tasmanian playwrights;

• expand its program of artist development opportunities;

• further engage with the community through surety of its program.

Key facts:

• over 80% of the $61 500pa will go directly into employing Tasmanian artists;

• twenty theatre artists (directors, actors, musicians, technicians) will be employed on shortterm
professional contracts over the next two years;

• A further thirty artists per year will be engaged through artist development programs;

• the Arts Tasmania investment gives Mudlark an opportunity to leverage federal and other
funding into the Launceston region.

“Mudlark adds a dynamic, outward-loooking voice to Launceston’s rich theatre scene”, said artistic
director Stuart Loone. “We’re very lucky to have a huge amount of support from the community
and we look forward to working with some wonderful audiences, artists and organisations over the
coming couple of years.”

Previous productions include The Sea Project (2012), Beautiful (2011), Dancing Back Home (2010),
Cross (2008/09) and The One Day Projects.

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Steele Rudd ... and the Last Days of The Mill

Tim Thorne
27.08.12 7:26 am

Photo: Peter Lord ... of Pete Hay at the Burnie launch

Launch Speech, Last Days of the Mill, Pete Hay & Tony Thorne (Forty Degrees South, 2012)

Please indulge me if I start with a personal note.  The Burnie pulp mill played a big part in my early life.  Not only did I and other members of my family and many of my friends work there, but having spent a large part of my childhood and adolescence in or near Burnie, I had always felt it as a huge and unavoidable presence in my life.  And I don’t just mean the sulphurous stench when the Easterly blew.

Although, as one could guess from the title, Last Days of the Mill< looks backward, it doesn’t, in most cases, look back as far as the days when I used to work through the shut and beyond in the Papermakers stores every summer.  In those days there were people who had retired from working continuously at the mill since they’d left school.  There was no less sense of the mill being a permanent fixture than there was of the same being true for Round Hill or the ferns of Fernglade.  I remember a strike in the late ‘50s, the first industrial dispute I had ever been conscious of up close, and I remember the sense of solidarity that pervaded the town.  Even my father, headmaster of the local school, member of the Rotary Club, and so conservative in his politics that he voted for both Menzies and Eric Reece, was sympathetic to the strikers.  That strike, of course, was very minor compared to ‘92, and it is interesting how the reminiscences which underpin the poems in this book tend very much to revolve around the ‘92 strike.

There were rorts, of course, as there are in all large enterprises.  Some of these are delightfully recalled in the book.  There was the occasional order from the stores for a sheet of Sarnprene greasing foam cut to a single mattress size and shape for someone who’d got a job as a greaser but needed to get in his eight hours’ sleep because he had another job elsewhere.  There were plenty of humorous characters and a great sense of camaraderie.  There was the girl from the finishing room I used to sit with at lunchtime, but that’s another story.

If you’ll allow me one more indulgence, I’ll read a poem I wrote recently. 


My passport’s navy blue with gold insignia
like the guernseys of the APPM football team
when I watched Yolla lose to them in 1949:
my oldest memory of defeat.

Associated Pulp and Paper Manufacturers,
“The Pulp” was all we ever called it.
It was where you worked if you didn’t have a farm
(or if, like my uncle’s, sick cows couldn’t pay bills.)

The Pulp was sold many times; high finance,
higher than the trees that fed it, higher
than the marks the Pulp’s full forward took
over stolid cow cockies, flew like leather

backwards and forwards above the lives
of drivers, fitters, finishing room girls,
settling finally somewhere in Taiwan
or Switzerland.  Who knew?  The farms

long since turned to Eucalyptus nitens
bred to suck the life out of the country,
sicker than Uncle Lyle’s crook herd
of Friesians, just as useless, but lined up straighter.

I remember lines of washing.  There was a woman
down the road who hung out rows
of APPM guernseys every Monday,
like passports in the bright, cold wind.


But that’s enough of me.  The really important people are Pete and Tony - and, of course, the Pulp workers whose lives are presented in the book so aptly and so memorably through the poems and the drawings and prints.  I’d like to point out that, as far as I know, Tony is no relation.  There are two Thorne clans on the island, and he must belong to the other one.  He has captured the atmosphere of the mill as I remember it, the massive scale of the machinery compared to the humans working with it.  The sense of oppression that this evokes is actually heightened by the vast empty spaces at the end, as the last few workers are dwarfed by the void that has finally come to replace the activity, the vitality, the sheer humanity that is the history of the Pulp.  Looking at Tony’s work you can’t help but get a gut feeling of apprehension about the way that people are becoming surplus to the requirements of the contemporary economic and industrial system.


And what has happened historically as a consequence of that is interesting to contemplate.  Tasmania, of course, features prominently in one of the most significant of such occasions, when the Industrial Revolution destroyed the commercial value of so many people in Britain.  The abolition of slavery in the USA made millions of African-Americans similarly redundant.  Misery, poverty, lack of freedom, forced migration: these were some of the side effects.  But so were cultural flourishings, remarkable stories of survival, improvisation and co-operation, of the irrepressible nature of the human spirit.  The closure of the Pulp was not on that scale, but it was one small part of a world-wide phenomenon which is currently altering the way humans interact on and with this planet as old structures collapse.   

As for Pete Hay… I read in a magazine recently where he was described as a “latter-day Steele Rudd”.  Well, at least it wasn’t Kevin.  Rudd’s Dad and Dave inhabited a different environment, physically and socially, from the Pulp workers of Burnie, but that comparison got me thinking that the voices in Pete’s poems in this collection are still, to a significant extent, rural voices.  Even though Burnie was officially declared a city half a century or so ago, the Pulp was never an urban factory complex and its workers never fitted the mould of the traditional urban proletariat. 

So the voices that Pete has captured so accurately here are distinguishable from the voices of anyone else in the world.  The suburbs of Montello and Brooklyn, where many of these people lived, are unlike, say, George Town or Goodwood, places which might have a superficial similarity to them.  Just seeing the name of Jorgensen Street attached to one of the poems took me back to sights, sounds, friends, a whole environment that was a deeply embedded part of my teenage life.  But here I am talking about myself again.  A number of the people in the book, in fact, live out of Burnie itself.  Yolla, Somerset, Sulphur Creek:  These are still as much country villages as they are outer suburbs, and the characters who speak to us from these places, courtesy of Pete’s work, are links to a wider network of human interaction.  Tasmania is a tightly woven mesh of relationships, interests and experiences.  This book draws out a few strands of that mesh and highlights them.

If you have any interest at all in the structure of that mesh, or if you want to see how excellent works of art, either visual or aural (for Pete Hay’s poetry is always primarily aural) can be created from the working lives of so-called ordinary people, or if you just want to read some great poems and look at some great pen-and-wash drawings or digital prints, then you have to get a copy of Last Days of the Mill.  I have the greatest of pleasure in launching it.

Tim Thorne
August 16 2012

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Fernando Do Campo

Astrid Joyce Education and Public Programs Officer
26.08.12 9:05 am



IMAGE: Fernando Do Campo Anagram 1, 2011 acrylic and oil on linen

Fernando do Campo’s solo exhibition catching a mirage opens this Friday 24 August, 6pm in The Little Gallery. Fernando is a Launceston based artist and while still considered an emerging to early career artist has recently completed a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris and is the Director of Sawtooth, the highly successful artist run initiative in Launceston. This solo exhibition will feature new works by the artist incorporating painting and photography as an installation.
Fernando’s research looks at the way we identify and create pictorial space, both as a viewer and a maker. The installation will include a combination of paintings that focus on repetition of mark-making, shape and form. The artist anticipates the installation will communicate more about the function of the image within a given space than its content. The Little Gallery was established in 2010 to provide a space for emerging to early career artists to not only present new bodies of work but to make use of the space to ‘test out’ ideas. Fernando’s exhibition makes use of The Little Gallery to question space relations both as architectural and pictorial.

The Little Gallery is the Devonport Regional Gallery’s emerging artist program, where local early to mid career artists get to exhibit a small body of work. This program is designed to assist local artists to expand their practice in a non- commercial space.

Astrid Joyce
Education and Public Programs Officer Devonport Regional Gallery
45-47 Stewart St, Devonport. TAS 7310

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Free films in September

Astrid Joyce Education and Public Programs Officer
26.08.12 9:03 am


6pm every Thursday night in September

It’s on again. The Spring Squeeze is a program of art inspired documentary styles films that profile artist, designers composers and other creative folk. This squeeze will show four films in response to Alexia Sinclair’s exhibition Homage: The Royal dozen and the Regal Twelve the Gallery has programmed four films that lay homage to great artists; Florence Broadhurst, Sam Wagstaff, Robert Maplethorpe, Phillip Glass and Louise Bourgeois.

Films are every Thursday night in September. This is a free program however donations will help us to secure new films for future presentations

First up
6th Unfolding Florence- The many lives of Florence Broadhurst
Florence Broadhurst, an English socialite who came to Australia in 1949 and eventually became a successful designer of wallpaper is the subject of Gillian Armstrong’s documentary Unfolding Florence. But there is much more to this seemingly straightforward story than meets the eye.

Black, White and Gray- A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Maplethorpe
Yale-educated and born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Sam Wagstaff’s transformation from innovative museum curator to Robert Mapplethorpe’s lover and patron is intensively probed in Black White + Gray.

Glass- A portrait of Phillip in 12 Parts
In July 2005, filmmaker Scott Hicks started shooting a documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th anniversary in 2007. Over the next 18 months, Scott followed Philip across three continents - from his annual ride on the Coney Island ‘Cyclone’ roller coaster, to the world premiere of his new opera in Germany and in performance with a didgeridoo virtuoso in Australia.

Louise Bourgeois- The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine
Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine is a film journey inside the life and imagination of an icon of modern art.

For more information please contact:
Astrid Joyce
Education and Public Programs Officer
Devonport Regional Gallery
45-47 Stewart St, Devonport. TAS 7310

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Devonport Regional Gallery: School Holiday Program

Astrid Joyce Education and Public Programs Officer
26.08.12 9:01 am


10th September 1-4pm
Ages 10 and up
11th September 10- 12:30pm
Ages 6, 7 and 8
Bookings essential
Please contact the Gallery

The September school Holiday program is locked in. The Gallery has two fantastic workshops that are inspired by the exhibition Homage. First up is Junk to Funk, a jewellery making workshop. Children will be guided through some basic skills using polymer clay with the very talented local artist Jennifer Frost.
The next workshop on the list is Cut, Paste, Create, with Monica Reeves. This workshop is aimed at younger artists aged 6, 7 and 8. Monica Reeves is an artist and early years art teacher who loves portraiture and creative play,

NRM is running a series of fibre-arts workshops that investigate Tasmania’s inland waterways and marine environment. For inspiration they have organised a special guest speaker to deliver a presentation on our unique Tasmanian animals, plants, and environment.
Everyone is invited to make North-West Tasmanian native plants and animals and can contribute their artworks to the Hooked! exhibition at Burnie Regional Art Gallery in May 2013.
Hooked!  From the Mountain Dragon to the Handfish…
Bookings essential.
Children must be accompanied by adults.
Wednesday 12th September – Coasts and Seas 10 am – 2 pm (BYO lunch)
Thursday 13th September – Mountains and Rivers 10 am – 2 pm (BYO lunch)
All workshops are free and suitable for 8 years and up. Materials and booklets of patterns will be provided but you can bring your own crochet hooks or knitting needles and materials.
Booking is essential. Please RSVP to Karina Rose, Cradle Coast NRM on 6431 6285 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
This is a pilot project for Tasmania –by Cradle Coast Natural Resource Management. For more information or

For more information please contact:
Astrid Joyce
Education and Public Programs Officer
Devonport Regional Gallery
45-47 Stewart St, Devonport. TAS 7310

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