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Vision of a palawa: Rodney Gardner

With original portraits from the Baudin voyage of 1802


Vision of a palawa is a ground-breaking exhibition featuring watercolour streetscapes, portraits and landscapes by Launceston Aboriginal artist Rodney Gardner. It also features the words of palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal people) responding to a series of extremely rare original portraits from the French Baudin voyage in 1802.

“I have been invited to create a body of work in response to the Allport gallery’s Baudin voyage collection. This exhibition is a contemporary Aboriginal artist’s response to portraits of ancestors created by non-Aboriginal persons as an important part of lutruwita’s/Tasmania’s history.” – Rodney Gardner, palawa artist, Launceston

“Rodney Gardner has an intimate knowledge of his Aboriginal family and community and an earnest desire to learn more about his Old People. As one of the few outstanding pakana artists working today he has made his mark in so very many ways. Our community has been awestruck at the quality of his impressionist sketches around Launceston.”  Heather Sculthorpe, CEO, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

“These sketches are very small windows of the past and in that a connection to ancestral deep time that is now lost but never forgotten. These sketches should be the trigger that begins truth telling, the truths that are yet to be told in their fullest manner. The truths that need to be embodied deep in the modern colonial consciousness.”  Dean Greeno, trawlwoolway, pakana man, Associate Lecturer at Riawunna, Associate Researcher, CMS Centre of Marine Socioecology & retired aircraft maintenance engineer






Rodney Gardner is a Tasmanian Aboriginal watercolour artist from Launceston.

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Vision of a palawa: Rodney Gardner

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

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