Tasmania has a complex history, a challenging present and an intriguing future. For millennia, Aboriginal people have walked this island, nurturing its resources and harvesting its abundant riches created through careful land management practices.
Emerging from the tragedy and turmoil of European settlement and colonisation, the island was thrust in a another direction.
Irrevocable change was brought in on the tide and with it came more stories to tell about who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going.
This intriguing project reflects on secrets, lost memories, forgotten histories and neglected places. It aims to engage both local people and visitors in conversations that reveal and shift knowledge, understanding and expectations of this place.
Curator: Jane Deeth
The Pulp | Burnie
Burnie is a blue-collar town, built upon the toil and sweat of working class industry. But what becomes of such communities when these industries close down and manual labour is no longer required? This work uses the gym as a metaphor to explore the fractured condition of masculinity
in this new world.
Artist: Shannon Field
Tiagarra | Devonport
In the years following European contact, the north west coast of Tasmania witnessed scenes of unspeakable horror and loss. Forty years ago Tiagarra opened as a site for sharing culture and for addressing the misplaced belief that there were no longer any Tasmanian Aboriginal people – a site of healing and resilience.
Artist: David Gough
Holy Trinity Catholic Church | Westbury
The ambience of the church organ in a contemporary world conjures many things. This work moves beneath the surface of the Meander Valley where large-scale rhythmic structures resonate within an intricate system of caves.
Artist: Dylan Sheridan
CROCOITE. CROCOITE. SILVER. SILVER/LEAD.
West Coast Heritage Centre | Zeehan
The west coast landscape has been inexorably transformed by mining. This project rediscovers four missing rocks from a discarded geological specimen display board, then recomposes them as living events or ‘fictionellas’
Artists: Justy Phillips, Margaret Woodward, Sarah Jones & Jane Rendell
Kempton Oval | Kempton
There was a time when every town had its own football team and intercommunity rivalry stoked passion and blind loyalty. Football is a great leveller, transcending class, status and politics. This immersive experience connects nostalgia for the team to contemporary thoughts about class and community.
Artist: Astrid Joyce
Kelvedon Estate | Kelvedon Estate
This place cannot be embellished, so the structure is barely there – a sketch, an inkling to see beyond. Its subject is the place it occupies and the space around it, as well as the distance it takes to get there, first by car then by foot.
Artist: Peter Waller
Brighton Army Camp | Brighton
Brighton Army Camp (BAC) has been a place of arrival and departure, both willing and unwilling. This installation encourages reflection on the site’s varied roles through an evocation of the continual comings and goings of those who have passed through it.
Artist: Brigita Ozolins
Shag Bay | Geilston Bay
Hidden beneath the surface of this seemingly innocuous inlet on the Derwent Estuary is a grand tale of gradual demise in the face of technological advancement. This fascinating project links Tasmania to England’s largest wooden sailing warship and the purported plans for a Russian invasion of Australia.
Artist: Dean Chatwin
THE HOUSE OF LONGING
Dunalley Fish Cannery | Dunalley
Many buildings were lost in the extreme bushfires of 2013 including an artist’s boatshed studio adjacent to this site that held her life’s work. Here she furnishes the house she does not have – a chimera with large, calm rooms, high ceilings, wooden floors and gracious open windows through which benediction breezes flow in.
Artist: Gay Hawkes