Arts in Parks is a project that celebrates the 20 year partnership between Arts Tasmania and the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service. This partnership offers artists the opportunity to immerse themselves in some of the most stunning wilderness locations in Tasmania’s national parks through the Dombrovskis Parks and Wildlife Wilderness Residency program. Arts in Parks is a series of exhibitions that feature artworks that have been inspired by artists’ residencies over the past 20 years.
Lighthouses have been a popular location for wilderness residencies since the programs’ inception. The artists featured in the Arts in Parks exhibition at Cape Bruny Lighthouse Museum have all experienced the wilds of lighthouse living.
Tim Burns was one of the first artists to participate in the program with a residency at the Bruny Island Lighthouse. He now lives 4 km from Bruny Island Lighthouse, so his time spent there obviously left a lasting legacy. The other four artists featured in this exhibition are Gwen Egg, Sue Lovegrove, Nicole O’Loughlin and Peter Maarseveen. These artists have all had residencies at the lighthouse on Maatsuyker Island, the southernmost lighthouse in Australia. Although there are similar themes in their artworks, these four artists have responded in unique and diverse ways to the sheer remoteness of the Maatsuyker lighthouse.
The Cape Bruny Lighthouse Museum is a short walk from the second-oldest and longest continually staffed lighthouse in Australia. It is located in South Bruny National Park, at the southern tip of Bruny Island off the southeast coast of Tasmania. This spectacularly wild place boasts towering sea cliffs, sweeping surf beaches and coastline wrapped around a windswept heathland sanctuary. The Park also offers coastal walks, wildflowers, tall forests and abundant wildlife.
South Bruny National Park is accessible by road from Hobart via Kettering, the Bruny Island ferry to Roberts Point and the main road to Cape Bruny via Lunawanna.