Design Tasmania is celebrating the 25th Year of the Wood Collection with the exhibition opening, with the announcement of the 2016 acquisition.
The exhibition Opens on Friday September 2nd at 6pm and runs until November 22.
The Wood Collection, originally known as the Tasmania Wood Design Collection, was established in 1990, with the organisation acquiring the first collection of works to create the foundation of what would become the most exceptional wood design collection ever created.
Gary Cleveland, founder of Design Tasmania, held numerous wood design exhibitions resulting in the selection of the first ten items to initiate the collection. The successful acquisitions were of original design and based on wood.
“What is the point of doing something if nobody knows about it?” This was Gary’s guide to finding a way to gain recognition to what was being achieved in Tasmania. The collection was born as a result and Gary toured the well-regarded collection of contemporary woodwork around the world.
In its 25 years the Wood Collection has expanded to contain 71 astonishing works, the collection has toured the world, Exhibiting in Hobart, Launceston, Sydney, Canberra, New York, Germany, Sweden, Finland and China and now resides at Design Tasmania’s hub in Launceston.
When the Wood Collection returned home, it needed a place of permanence that was accessible to everyone, a place of exceptional beauty to match that of the collection, triggering the initiation of what would become an award winning architecturally designed exhibition space at Design Tasmania.
Design Tasmania is proud to announce the 2016 acquisition and it will be revealed at the opening of the exhibition, by Sir Guy Green.