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On Albatross Island

an exhibition of artwork by Richard Wastell and Matthew Newton.


In 2014, artists Richard Wastell and Matthew Newton accompanied a team of scientists led by Dr Rachael Alderman on expeditions to remote Albatross Island, Bass Strait, home to over 5 000 breeding pairs of Tasmania’s endemic Shy Albatross.

The exhibition On Albatross Island will showcase Richard and Matthews’ individual artistic responses to this unique environment while speaking to the important scientific based conservation work being done there.

This exhibition is presented by Bett Gallery, Hobart and Queen Victoria Art Gallery.
Supported by Pennicott Foundation, Purves Environmental Fund, Bookend Trust, CSIRO and the Tasmanian Government.

Image of Richard Wastell's painting, 'Skullbone Plains'.
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Richard Wastell

Visual artists

Explores the intricacies of the Tasmanian environment, its flora, fauna and the patterns they present under a microscopic eye

Matthew Newton is an independent photographer based in Hobart, Tasmania. He works with both moving and still images. He has shot documentaries that have been broadcast nationally and regularly photographs for editorial and news publications throughout Australia. Visit for more information.

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On Albatross Island

Queen Victoria Art Gallery
2 Wellington Street, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

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2 Wellington Street, Launceston

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