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FAMILY HEIRLOOM by Katy Woodroffe

Award winning contemporary artist Katy Woodroffe reflects on her own past in this striking, personal exhibition

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In this exhibition Katy Woodroffe uses fragments of stories from her own family history. She explores the complex legacy of early migrants arriving in Tasmania.

William and Sarah Lyne and their five children arrived in Hobart aboard the Hugh Crawford in 1826. They purchased land grants on the East Coast. They eventually established themselves as farmers near Swansea.

Johannes Kalbfell sailed into Hobart from Germany aboard the Lewe Van Nyenstein in 1855. He set up his own business as a shoemaker at 220 Elizabeth Street.

Their respective descendants Louisa Lesley Iris Lyne and John (Jack) Kalbfell married in Hobart in 1931. Their shared family history in Derby is also examined. As the exhibition evolved, some surprising connections and events unfolded.

Katy Woodroffe is a Tasmanian artist who lives and works in Hobart. In 2017 she won the Bay of Fires Art Prize. She was selected in the prestigious Sulman and Blake Prizes in Sydney in 2016. She was also featured in several other major awards including the Glover, Whyalla and Lethbridge prizes. She has won numerous awards within Australia. In 2013 she was the winner of the Beholding Beauty Art Prize in Rome.

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About Katy Woodroffe

Katy Woodroffe is a Tasmanian artist who lives and works in Hobart. She has exhibited widely within Australia and overseas. She has won numerous awards, including the $20,000 Bay of Fires Art Prize in 2017.  In the same year she was also a finalist in the Burnie Print Prize and the Muswellbrook Prize. In 2016 she was selected in the prestigious Sulman and Blake Prizes in Sydney and was previously featured in several other major events including the Glover and Whyalla Prizes and the Lethbridge Award,

In 2013 she gave a special presentation and address in Rome as winner of the international Beholding Beauty Art Prize. Other recent involvement in overseas exhibitions include a solo show and floor talk at the Saffron Walden Gallery, England, as well as representations in international art fairs in Stockholm, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Battersea, Brussels, Milan, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. She also had prints exhibited in Spain, England and France, and won the special prize at the Lessedra World Print Annual in Bulgaria in 2014.

Residencies in Paris, Greece, India and Spain have provided inspiration and vibrancy to her evolving practice with her most recent experience at the Art Vault in Mildura.


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FAMILY HEIRLOOM by Katy Woodroffe

Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts
91 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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