Curated by Ellie Ray

Tasmanian Artists: Tara Badcock, Anita Dineen, Anne Morrison, Claire Needham, Rosemary O’Rourke, Sharyn Woods International Artists: Samantha Clark (Scotland), Irene Murphy (Ireland)

Open to the public from the 15 March – 28 April

Official Opening Tuesday 19 MARCH, 5:30pm
FELT PRESENCE is part of Tasmania’s international arts festival 10 DAYS ON THE ISLAND

Felt Presence invites eight artists from Australia, Ireland and Scotland to interpret different aspects of the lives of female convicts. Through their chosen medium each artist has researched the lives and journey’s that female convicts faced when they were banished from their homeland to Van Diemen’s Land in the mid 1800s.

This diverse and reflective exhibition is due to open at the Devonport Regional Gallery on Tuesday March 19th at 5:30pm as part of Tasmania’s international arts festival Ten Days on The Island.

Curated by Devonport Regional Gallery’s Director Ellie Ray the exhibition reflects on how we make sense of our past and how we represent it in a way that is meaningful to our present. Ellie Ray observes that any representation of the past is by its very nature, a construct; interpretations of past events, people and places involve mediation on a range of issues including the meaning of the past in our present.

Eight female artists are presenting works that focus on an empathetic approach to the past – specifically female convicts transported to Van Diemen’s Land. Each artist delved into the stories and records of past female convicts – some focused on their namesake, while others looked more broadly at events that affected a number of female convicts. The resulting art works reflect varied responses – from the physical to the emotional, from presence to absence, from collective memory to personal memory – yet they all reside within an empathic space of a ‘felt presence’.

The exhibition will open to the public on Friday 15th of March however the official opening will be on Tuesday the 19th of March at 5:30pm. The guest speaker is Irish writer, performer and director of ‘I ♥ Alice ♥ I’ which is part of the Ten Days on the Island Festival. Also present at the opening will be Jo Duffy, Director of Ten Days on the Island. Ellie Ray will present a discussion on the exhibition at midday, Wednesday 20th March followed by light refreshments.
For more information please contact:

Astrid Joyce Education and Public Programs Officer Devonport Regional Gallery