Tasmania's journal of discovery: arts

“Love walks naked”

By RICHARD FLANAGAN | Cruel Tasmania, an island of secrets, threats, lies; of an often pitiless exploitation of both its own land and its own people, has wounded Richard Wastell into an extraordinary response — a series of beautiful paintings and drawings inspired by the ongoing clear-felling of Tasmania’s old growth forests. There’s more here …

A feast for the eyes


The Wong Collection of Chinese art and antiquities at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, now some 248 pieces, is a timeline of man’s involvement with the materials around him — clay, minerals, wood, metals — from the earliest known civilizations in China in Neolithic times, dating back some 9,000 years, to today.

This is a fascinating story of man’s progress both artistically and technically.

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Aqualux II


Sydney-based artist Peter E Churak spent three months at CSIRO Marine Research, Hobart in 2005, working with ecologists, taxonomists, engineers and technicians as they explored and documented the unique biodiversity of the waters that lap Tasmania and beyond. The end result was Aqualux II — a striking video and photographic exhibition.

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A journey through time

BY PATSY HOLLIS | For his master’s degree in Arts, Design and Environment at the University of Tasmania Fine Arts, ceramicist Ben Richardson worked in Tasmanian clays and glazed the pieces with materials garnered from Tasmania’s earth and rocks. He called the exhibition that marked his graduation “a journey through time” because he felt his work was underscoring the span from mankind’s earliest use of clay and fire over 3,000 years ago to the present day.

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At sea with Patrick Hall

Patrick Hall’s eclectic designs almost defy description. His amazing work is featured in an inspiring gallery shown here.

Not far from here

Richard Wastell, thanks to a commission from the Devonport Regional Gallery, has produced an sell-out exhibition of paintings that capture the essence of the Tasmanian wilderness, its extraordinary beauty and also its vulnerability and the desecration wrought upon it by man. Read more here

An eccentric tradition

Paul County’s award-winning photographs of Tasmania’s flamboyant restaurateurs, waiters, and bon vivants makes for fascinating viewing in this portfolio. Find out more here

7000BC and beyond

Patsy Hollis surveys a remarkable collection of ceramics and other artefacts spanning the history of China from the Neolithic era to today, which has now found a permanent home in Tasmania. Feast your eyes here.

Out of destruction

Marcus Tatton creates statuary from the debris of clearfelled forest. With his two chainsaws, affectionately known as ‘Constantine’ and ‘Claes’, he carves monumental tributes to life from the chaos around him. More here.

A comedic obsession clicks

Launceston photographer Alan Moyle shares his fascination with Australia’s comedians. Wellknown faces take the stage here.

Tree Hugs

Dawn Csutoros is the driving force behind the Tree Hugs project — a vast logistical challenge which brought together Tasmanians, and people from all round the world, and from all walks of life, to knit patches of red which were finally stitched together and wrapped around old growth forest in the Styx Valley. The knitting clicks here.

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