The On Albatross Island project was conceived as an initial flagship program to launch the Tasmanian Albatross Fund and raise awareness about the species and conservation initiatives. Artists Richard Wastell and Matthew Newton were given a unique opportunity to accompany a team of scientists on extended expeditions to remote Albatross Island, off the North Western tip of Tasmania. This exhibition showcases Matthew Newtons individual artistic responses to this unique environment while speaking to the important scientific based conservation work being done there.
Matthew Newton is a Director/ Cinematographer and Photographer based in Hobart and heads up Rummin Productions. He has shot numerous documentaries that have been broadcast nationally as well as feature documentaries for festival release. He has worked on shoots in over a dozen counties, often in remote locations, and has worked as a second unit director on many of these.
His photographic work is regularly chosen amongst the countries best and exhibited in the nations premier photographic art prizes. He has been a finalist in the National Portrait Prize, the Moran Prize for Contemporary Photography and the Bowness Photographic Prize on a number of occasions. Matthew has also received several awards and accolades for his work.
He regularly photographs for editorial and news publications throughout Australia and has been recognised for his work documenting the struggle for Tasmania’s forests over the last decade, as a finalist in the Australian of the Year awards and the Walkley awards for journalism.
His short documentary namanu rruni | Albatross Island, which is a poetic look at Albatross island Screened in competition at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival 2018, won Best Conservation Film, Wildlife Conservation Film Festival 2018 , New York, and Best short film New York Wild Film Festival 2019.