This coming 21st and 22nd of October, Clarendon will be hosting a weekend of fine art exhibitions around the magnificent 19th century estate.

The Spring Art Show – the first of its kind for the National Trust Property – will feature the works of four prominent Australian artists; Will Stackhouse, Penelope Hunt, Carol Barnett, and Gayle Em.

Will Stackhouse is a Tasmanian Aboriginal (trawlwoolway/tebrakunna) sculptor born in Launceston. The recipient of a number of grants and awards, Will has created commissions for number of public buildings and galleries including TMAG, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Da Nang which will soon be unveiled by the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Prime Minister, and the Hon Julie Bishop MP in Vietnam.

Penelope Hunt’s photographic and video work has won her many accolades. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014 and was awarded the 2013 VCA Creative Scholarship and the National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Award, she has recently undertaken a residency in Tasmania.

Carol Barnett is currently an onsite artist at Clarendon in the Coach House. The work she has produced at the Heritage site reflects the surrounding landscape and utilises natural and found materials from her surroundings.

Gayle Em has produced a colourful collection of ink drawings of spring flowers, which will be displayed in the Tea House.

The Spring Art Show will run from 10am until 4pm both days with tickets for $10.00 available on the door (children free), which includes a house tour.

Set in 7 hectares of parkland on the banks of the South Esk River, Tasmania’s grandest rural estate includes a three-storey Georgian house, servants’ quarters, a heritage walled garden, several farm buildings and a rare avenue of elms.

The National Trust is encouraging patrons to enjoy a Devonshire tea in the Tea House, or bring along a picnic to enjoy in the gardens with the family while they enjoy this wonderful Spring weekend of art, and heritage.
Jennie Staal