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Tasmanian artists join Cosmos to create garden haven

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Three renowned Tasmanian artists have shared their experience and passion with clients at
Cosmos to create a unique garden haven at its Mornington facility, to be launched today by
Tasmanian Premier and Minister for the Arts, Lara Giddings MP.

Local artists Noel Doepel, Nic Goodwulf and Nic Jacometti created three works of art as part
of Cosmos’ Artists in Residence program involving around 40 clients at Cosmos, a Tasmanian
organisation offering learning and leisure opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

A lifesize sculpture tree, a colourful mosaic bench seat and a fence displaying individual
pieces of artwork by Cosmos artists have now been installed in the garden for everyone to
admire and enjoy.

Cosmos CEO Catherine Viney said the garden not only displayed the creative talents of
Cosmos artists, but also provided a beautiful outdoor space for them to spend time being
creative, gardening or simply relaxing.

“We are so grateful to the local artists who have given their time and shared their experience
and expertise to enable us to deliver such an enriching program,” Ms Viney said.

“Sadly Noel Doepel, the artist who created the amazing tree sculpture, died before the piece
was completed, so we very much see this garden as a lasting legacy to him and his ongoing
dedication to Cosmos.”

Minister for the Arts Lara Giddings MP, who will officially open the garden this evening,
congratulated all the artists involved in the project and, in particular, acknowledged the
contribution of the late Noel Doepel.

“Noel began working with Cosmos artists to make small sculptures to hang from a six metre
high sculpted tree, but tragically he died before the project was completed,” Ms Giddings said.

“Noel’s brothers stepped in to complete the sculpture and Cunic Constructions and JMG
Engineers and Planners donated time and equipment to install the sculpture at Cosmos in
Mornington.

“The completed project has transformed the courtyard into a creative and playful space, and I
congratulate everyone involved for their commitment and enthusiasm.”

The sculptures were funded by Tas Arts, under the Arts and Disability program and the ‘new
look’ Mornington Cosmos facility is the result of a Tas Community Fund grant, which has
allowed the organisation to refurbish the building with new tables and seating.
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