Tasdance 2017 programme launch

25.10.16 5:30 am


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Bett Gallery: ROTATION 1-2016

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
24.10.16 1:10 pm




Over the next four weeks the gallery will present an evolving and rotating exhibition of artist’s works selected from the gallery stockroom and artist studios. Week one features works by Ian Bonde, Megan Walch, Imants Tillers, David Keeling, Stephanie Tabram, Brigita Ozolins, Troy Ruffels, Thornton Walker, Helen Wright, Nicola Smith, Alex Davern, Mindy Doré, Barbie Kjar, Les Blakebrough, Jane Burton and Victor Greenaway.

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Wrest Point: Operation Ouch

Brooke Davies
24.10.16 12:17 pm


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Dear Salmanca Moves Dance Festival movers, viewers, creators, dreamers, makers ...

The MOVES team
24.10.16 10:36 am

We keep hearing that some of you might have had some festival fun! Did you really, really like it??

PLEASE tell us all your thoughts in our Salamanca Moves Survey Monkey (SMSM)

Want a free ticket to Dance Interrogations (The A.W.A.R.D show winner) at Ten Days Festival in March 2016?

Email us back with your best ‘Selfie’; taken at a festival event.

We want to see a range of your great faces and bodies at the festival workshops, intensives, daily dance, BYO venues and performances.
Add your name and the event title and location.

We will select a range of winners to be featured after contacting you to ensure you and yours are happy to be featured forever on the inter webs.

Here is an example: Ruth Langford …


Look forward to seeing your faces!

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Explore the world of 3D printing

Devonport Regional Gallery
24.10.16 7:20 am


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Camilleri crafting a career of faithfulness

Paula Xiberras
24.10.16 6:02 am


When I spoke to him Joe Camilleri was getting ready to set off to promote ‘Faithful Satellite’ the title of the new and 20th Black Sorrows album and like a faithful satellite Joe and The Black Sorrows are going to be orbiting their way around Australia on a massive 50 day tour that will take in Hobart and Cygnet, places Joe loves for their ‘beautiful greenness’.

Joe and the Sorrows are anything but green, they are well seasoned performers that bring a professional outfit and uniqueness to every performance. On the subject of outfits the polished performer that is Joe, tells me, he once turned his hand to being a tailor before he crafted a career in music.

In Tassie Joe will be doing a number of gigs and in the case of the Hobart and Cygnet gigs, day events, he says he quite enjoys the day concerts too, even after a shabby night, there might be need of a Panadol but the it’s all go!

Joe says that he is always impressed by how his music is received. Ever humble, Joe recalls a taxi ride where the driver had the song ‘Chained to the wheel’ on the radio telling him that it was about the Taxi driver’s life. Joe ever humble didn’t tell the driver it was him singing but it reminded him of how music has the ability to resonate and be particularly personal with every listener.

You can see Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows at the following venues:

Saturday 29th October, Cygnet Town Hall, 11am
Sunday 30th October, Republic Bar Hobart 2.30pm

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Call-out to makers, designers and artists ...

Devonport Regional Gallery
22.10.16 1:19 am


Devonport Regional Gallery and Devonport City Council are seeking expressions of interest from local makers, designers and artists to book a stall at the inaugural Tidal Artisan Street Market. Be part of this vibrant market, showcasing the very best creative work our region has to offer!

Cost: small stall $35, large stall $50

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The Unconformity: devastation and beauty collide in isolated Tasmanian mining town

21.10.16 1:31 pm

With mining declining, a small town’s festival has reinvented itself to celebrate cultural paradox, dramatic landscape and experimental art

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Arts Tasmania’s professional development and manufacturing design Fellowship recipients announ

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
21.10.16 1:17 pm

The Tasmanian Government is committed to developing our state’s cultural and creative industries by supporting assistance programs and professional development opportunities.

The Government, through Arts Tasmania, delivers a Professional Development Fellowship program that offers three fellowships of $5 000 each to Tasmanian artists and arts workers and a one-off Manufacturing Design Fellowship of $7 000 to Tasmanian designers.

The fellowships enable recipients to undertake a self-devised program of professional development - gaining new skills and knowledge, extending their creative practice and developing their career.

I am pleased to announce the 2016 Professional Development Fellowships have been awarded to Rosemary Antonini, Kylie Johnson and Fiona Stewart.

Rosemary Antonini of Hobart is an emerging arts administrator. The fellowship will enable her to travel to the United Kingdom to attend the 2017 British Orchestras Conference and undertake activities with various orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kylie Johnson of Hobart is a curator, artist and arts administrator, and the fellowship will allow her to work with three London based not-for-profit organisations researching new exhibition models and networking with artists and arts professionals.

Fiona Stewart of Hobart is an established actor, singer and voice teacher. The fellowship will allow Ms Stewart to attend a specialist voice training workshop with two internationally respected teachers in Puducherry, India.

The Manufacturing Design Fellowship was awarded to two Tasmanian furniture designers, Scott van Tuil and Matthew Prince. The fellowship will allow Mr van Tuil and Mr Prince to work with a small-scale Hobart based manufacturing company to access specialist machinery.

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Despard Gallery:  Glen Clarke - The Last Missile Installation

Steven Joyce. Director, Despard
21.10.16 10:29 am


Official launch Friday 28 October 5.30pm

To be opened by Andrew Wilkie MP, Independent Member for Denison

26 October – 20 November 2016

Despard has represented Glen Clarke for over 15 years and is proud to present Clark’s 5th solo exhibition
at the gallery.

Clarke won the HCC Art Prize with a sculpture of Mt. Wellington using Weet-bix back in
1993 and have had many solo exhibitions national and international since. Glen Clarke’s collages and
paintings are intricately constructed from delicately folded currency and precisely cut out images of wars
machinery and military hardware. Each component is then assembled into a tapestry of the symbolism
behind war from the artists perspective – each folded note, cut out plane, tanker, helicopter and ship tells a
story of the profits and losses attributed to war.

Since 2003 Glen Clarke has been involved with the non-profit organisation PROJECT RENEW in Quang Tri
Province central Vietnam and MAG, Mines Advisory Group Laos. Their primary objectives are Mine Risk
Education (MRE) and to clear Quang Tri & Quang Bình Province and the neighboring Ho Chi Minh Trail on
the Laos-Viet boarder of Unexploded ordinances. Clarke was the last winner of the National Sculpture
prize in 2006 with his work American crater near Hanoi #2 2005. His work is held in collections throughout
Australia and the Asia-Pacific notably the Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery of Australia

GLEN CLARKE Silo #024 (detail) 2015 folded US dollars, Iraqi dinars, Afghan afghanis, cotton thread 87 x 61 x 24cm signed verso
“There is an impressive complexity of paper and pattern that constitute the work of Australian artist Glen
Clarke. As a heady cocktail of politics, economics and aesthetics are neatly folded into each of the origami
styled cannon of his works; in order to create these symmetrical configurations of banknotes and thread.
That when pinned together, layer upon layer, note upon note; become the intricate detail for a much larger
mosaic styled image. Which from a measured distance prove utterly compelling. And when given to
examining Clarke’s works with a forensic eye, they read like the DNA for a coded reality of a greater set of
truths. That is as destabilising as they might well appear decorative.

Interested in a lunar landscape of man-made ‘voids’, ‘craters’ and ‘explosions’, that have been fashioned by
internal and externals wars historically; Clarke is absorbed by how such critical conditions come to alter
space entirely. Domestic, social, political; space is the favoured currency of conflict. In which countries create
their own refugees, and a growing state of unease allows for a temporary infrastructure that serves to
promote one set of ideas over another. Thus such a history of violence, regional and international,
constitutes an archive of misshapen memories that alters the lives of the living. And for Clarke one of the
major fallouts of regional wars are the discarded shells that settle uneasily into the earth, and can overtime
disappear into the landscape like a mechanised disease set to eradicate larger numbers of humanity. As
these UXO’s or ‘unexploded ordnance’ mark a historical period for Clarke in the Indochina region; where
Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are stitched together as countries riddled by unrest and ravaged by war.” Words by Rajesh Punj

Join us for the official launch Friday 28th of October opened by Andrew Wilkie or preview
for exhibition from Wednesday 26 October. Glen Clarke will be in Hobart for a week, so please take this
opportunity to talk the artist about his work and new exhibition.

Information about the exhibition and artist also via Despard Gallery website.

Despard Gallery
Level 1, 15 Castray Esplanade, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
+61 3 6223 8266

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Damien, an Idol that’s never idle!

Paula Xiberras
20.10.16 6:35 am


Damien Leith performs in Tasmania annually and tells me, when we catch up for a chat, that he loves Tasmania and always gets a great vibe from audiences, not to mention Tassie reminds him of his native Ireland.

This November Damien will be heading to Tasmania again and this time it marks a very special occasion Damien’s 10 year anniversary since winning Australian Idol.
In the decade past Damien has continued to build a substantial and eclectic career in music, as an author, TV presenter and now actor but it is as a musician that most people think of him.

Of the ten year celebration Damien reflects that if he could do it all again he would put much more emphasis on enjoying the moment as the hoopla following the win was so full on, actually savouring his success passed Damien by in a whirl!

Damien tells me that the celebratory concerts, as well as being a showcase of Damien’s music over the ten years will also have some surprises and reflections. Damien may even answer the mysterious question of why some songs are never played at concerts!

Damien shares with me and the readers some privileged information of what he’s up to next, not only has he done some acting for the program ‘The Milky Way’ but he’s also been cast in a movie that will be out next year!

Ever the renaissance man Damien has a lot more going on including two albums coming up, one a concept album and one of original songs and there are two books as well, a children’s one and another, not yet divulged!

With all these creative works on the way it would seem Tassie can expect many more visits from Damien in the future but for now you can catch Damien’s Idol celebration around Australia including the following Tasmanian dates:

11 November, Launceston Country Club
12 November, Wrest Point Showroom

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Brookfield: Little Wise ...

Fiona Peacock
19.10.16 9:19 am



Little Wise has today announced the new single Don’t Hurry Back, a delicate, narrative-based tune, out October 28.  Accompanying Don’t Hurry Back is a visually stunning clip that celebrates the beauty and the grit of rural Australia, directed by Agostino Soldati (Liz Stringer, Saint Jude, Sal Kimber).  Don’t Hurry Back is the second single to be lifted from Little Wise’s debut album, the first single Under Water was released in August and will also feature on the full length Silver Birch, out November 11.  To celebrate Little Wise will be hitting the road with her band in November and December on a massive national tour, kicking off in Byron Bay on November 11, then moving through Fingal Head, Brisbane, Alexandra Headland, Nambucca Heads, Sydney, Canberra, Seymour, Melbourne, Deans Marsh, Adelaide, Margate and wrapping up in Mayberry in Tasmania on December 11.

Don’t Hurry Back is an elusive piece, characterised by its sparseness, and evocative of the broad, dry landscape of a regional town.  Pedal steel guitar howls in the background while Sophie Klein, the woman behind Little Wise, warbles sweetly atop the harmony.  Don’t Hurry Back is a warm nod to country and roots, while still crisp, invigorating, and refreshingly Australian.  Of the single, Klein says, “I wrote this song with a depressed rural town in mind; one that has had a previous mining boom that’s now shutting down.  Those who are left have little prospects.  It is fictional, written from the perspective of a man who is ageing, writing to his ex-lover telling her, Don’t Hurry Back.”

The debut album Silver Birch offers much more of the nostalgia and bittersweet storytelling that encompasses the lead single.  Recorded in Klein’s empty childhood home and at Woodstock Studios in Balaclava and features special guest performances by Ben Franz (The Waifs), Megan Bernard and Rosie Burgess among many others.  Silver Birch is the result of a stellar crowdfunding effort of over $8,000 and MATCH funding from Creative Partnerships Australia.  Klein collaborated with the production team MEJU (Megan Bernard and Kaliu Tonuma (Neil Finn, Crowded House, Hunters and Collectors)) on the record and tackles life cycles, grief, relationships and self-discovery in this remarkable collection of expertly crafted songs.  Klein reflects on the album, “Many of the songs on the album are about the grief of losing my dear mum to cancer in 2013.  Silver birch trees are representative of the cycle of life, in terms of the changing of the leaves throughout the seasons.  The album title is also a reference to the silver birch trees in the front yard of my family home, where the recording began, and is a recurring motif throughout the album.  Amazingly poignant;  you can even hear the birds chirping from those trees in the title track.”

Klein and the band will be heading out on tour in November and December to celebrate the release of Silver Birch.  Excited to be hitting the road, Klein enthuses, “Fans can expect a raw and uplifting performance, where the veil between me as the performer and them as the audience is as thin as ever.  People can expect to be taken on a roller coaster of emotion, leaving uplifted and connected.  I often have deep lasting connections with people who come to my shows, and find the songs resonate with peoples’ personal experiences.  That connection is one of the best parts of being a songwriter.”

Little Wise is Sophie Klein.

Stream single: DON’T HURRY BACK Watch the video: DON’T HURRY BACK Stream album: SILVER BIRCH Preorder album: SILVER BIRCH


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MAC, Nov 12, 7.30pm: QTas Choir

Helen Thomson
19.10.16 5:39 am


Newly-written repertoire forms highlight of QTas’s wellness-themed concert
QTas Choir is finishing out another big year with a performance incorporating hot-off-thepress
new songs which speak to the themes of resilience, gratitude, safety and hope.

The choir, now in its fourth year of operation, has taken two big steps forward in 2016.

Firstly, it has entered into a partnership with the Salamanca Arts Centre. “We found
ourselves in urgent need of a place to rehearse, perform and generally call home,” says
Thomson. “The people at SAC have been wonderful. We’re thrilled to have a strong
connection to such a high-profile arts organisation.”

The organisation also recently reconstituted itself as QTas Arts, an organisation facilitating
bold Tasmanian LGBTIQ-focussed arts projects. “QTas Choir and the communities we come
in contact with have always had a whole lot of talent in the ranks: visual artists, theatre
people, dancers, the list goes on. We wanted to broaden our brief so that we could foster
creative development across a bigger artistic scope and engage all that talent, as well as
drawing new and different energy into the organisation,” Thomson explains. “But of
course the choir will remain one of QTas Arts’ core projects, and we’ve got some exciting
repertoire lined up for this upcoming concert and into the future.”

As is often the case with QTas performances, ReachOut is more than just a choral concert:
the common thread, running through songs with topics as various as gardening and
gender transition, is self-care. “Wellness and self-care are vital for everyone, so we hope
that the concert will speak to all people,” continues Thomson. “However, a major
motivation in choosing this theme was that LGBTIQ people are statistically much more
likely to suffer mental illness, harm themselves, or take their own lives. That makes selfcare
a particularly vital theme for the queer community. So the concert is in part an
acknowledgement of the tough times, but also a celebration of our strengths and
strategies around wellness. The message is fundamentally one of hope.”

QTas also goes from strength to strength in fostering local creativity. The concert’s
highlight is five new songs created in a recent series of workshops for emerging and
practice-broadening songwriters. “The idea was to give these artists the means to write
for choirs,” says Thomson, who led the workshops. “With the support of Hobart City
Council and Tasmanian Regional Arts, we held a series of workshops and one-on-one
sessions around notation, arrangement, using software, and understanding aspects of
community choir learning and the nature of the human voice.”

The ReachOut concert will take place at Moonah Arts Centre on Saturday November 12,
7:30pm. Tickets are $20/$15, and can be obtained at the door or via Eventbrite.

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St David’s Park, Jan 26: The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd

19.10.16 5:22 am



Touring together for the first time.

Unique outdoor concert events this summer.

Widely held as two of Australia’s most outstanding live acts, The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd will hit the highways together for the first time in January and February 2017 for a series of unique concert events to be held in picturesque open-air settings. Presented by Zaccaria Concerts & Touring, the tour will bring these two incredible acts onto large stages in picturesque non-traditional purpose built outdoor venues in Hobart, Ballarat, Byron Bay, Bribie Island and Adelaide.

Tickets for the handful of distinct concert events go on sale for the general public on Friday 21 October 2016 at 10.00am AEDT Australia. However, a special pre-sale for the concerts will be available from the respective ticketing agencies outlined below on Tuesday 18th October at 10.00am and will be available until Thursday 20 October at midnight AEDT Australia. See ticketing information outlined below.

For over a decade, virtuoso’s The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd hold commonalities; they’ve remained current in global markets whilst treading a path less travelled, continually doing it in their own way. Celebrated for their individual genre crossing sounds and their enduring careers at a global level, they’ve accrued massive followings throughout Europe, Canada, the USA, South Africa and South America with their legendary live performances. Their incredible musicianship has resulted in successful sold out tours year in and year out, both increasing awareness by putting their music into the hands of overseas travelers who then took their tunes home in their backpacks and spread the word organically across the globe.

The Cat Empire’s genre-bending style has gifted them the tag “the ultimate party band” as they enthuse fans with their uplifting mash up of distinctive sounds. Their infectious tunes bring the crowd alive with their all-time tight and powerful brass section.

2016 has seen their ‘RISING WITH THE SUN’ album debut at number 1 on both the National ARIA & AIR charts at home, top 10 in 6 other countries and Top 20 in 16 countries around the world, along with a global debut at number 9 on the iTunes worldwide chart. Before heading home for their Australian summer dates they’ll complete the last leg of an international tour which has seen them play over 100 shows throughout UK, Australia, Canada and Europe, the biggest global tour of their career in terms of ticket sales.

Looking forward to these summer shows, The Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl said today,

“We’ve been crossing paths with Xavier Rudd at festivals in Australia and internationally for many years, and we’ve always had a great time together. Add Sahara Beck and Harts to the mix, it should be an amazing summer. We’re very excited about this one, it’ll be a full and colourful stage. “

As one of our most adept multi-instrumentalists, Xavier Rudd enthrals audiences as he paints breathtaking pictures with vivid unmistakeable tones. Hypnotic ceremonial rhythms ease effortlessly into tender folk songs. Gritty guitar blues sits perfectly alongside entrancing yidaki (didgeridoo) passages. 2016 has seen Xavier top the charts in the Netherland with his ‘Follow the Sun’ single pipping global hit makers Justin Bieber and Adele to the number one post there whilst achieving platinum sales in Italy. His last European tour sold out months in advance with an incredible 14,000 tickets sold in the Netherlands alone. These Australian summer concert events will see Xavier deliver a magical set as a three piece with Bobby Alu on drums and Ant Aggs on keys.

Xavier Rudd shares his thoughts about The Cat Empire,

“I’ve always had a tonne of respect for The Cat Empire guys since the start. Deadly musicians and lovely people. Over the last 15 or so years touring around the world and seeing their posters in so many different towns and countries has always brought me a smile. I guess it’s about time that we teamed up to do some shows together & I’m stoked to share a stage with these legends back on home soil early in 2017!”

What better way to set the mood with three captivating exceptional young artists. Currently making waves around the world, singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Darren Harts a.k.a HARTS will mesmerize audiences with his individual brand of alternative rock, funk and soul. Sydney six piece OCEAN ALLEY will be bring their unique and refreshing brand of psychedelic reggae fusion. Coming of the back off touring with Ball Park Music, young indie pop rocker SAHARA BECK will kick off proceedings for what is sure to be an atmospheric evening.

Patrons might like to bring along some personal comforts such as a rug, cushion or a low back chair to enjoy the lush surroundings. Don’t forget to check the web for all ticketing information first and be sure to dig out your dancing shoes too for what will be a magical summer evening of music under the stars.

A handful of atmospheric outdoor concert events in remarkable wide open spaces with the eclectic mix of The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd, along with HARTS, Ocean Alley and Sahara Beck will be a highlight of summer 2017.

The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd –2017 tour dates:

Presented by Zaccaria Concerts & Touring

With special guests Harts, Ocean Alley and Sahara Beck *


PRE-SALE - 10.00am AEDT AU on Tuesday 18th October until Thursday 20 October midnight
GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE: 10.00am - AEDT AU on Friday 21 October 2016
Thursday 26 January 2017 - St David’s Park Hobart, TAS * Sahara Beck not performing in Hobart
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Sunday 29 January2017 - North Gardens Ballarat, VIC
Tickets from TICKETMASTER -
Saturday 4 February 2017 - Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, NSW (Subject to DA approval)
Tickets from TICKETMASTER -                               
Sunday 5 February 2017 - Sandstone Point, Bribie Island, QLD
Tickets from TICKETMASTER -
Saturday 11 February 2017 - Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA
Tickets from TICKETMASTER -

Full Tour Details can be found at                                          

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EWAH & The Vision of Paradise ... Walk the Night this Friday

18.10.16 10:02 am


Walk the Night is the first single from the debut album for EWAH & The Vision of Paradise. The album is due for release in February 2017, but this pre-album release will give peeps a good idea of what’s ahead.

The songs from the album explore landscapes of beaches, dunes, bushland and suburban streets - the kind of territory explored and known intimately in childhood. These familiar settings are skewed with stories of disturbing violent crimes taken from newspaper headlines, anecdotal accounts and stories imagined in response to place.

Walk the Night tells the story of a mother who met with foul play late one night in summer and never made it home to her children tucked up safely in bed. Instead she is doomed to exist in an in-between world where she must walk the night.

EWAH & The Vision of Paradise launch their new single this Friday 21 October in the intimacy - ooh-er - of The Kissing Room at The Grand Poobah, Hobart. Also on the bill are psyche surf rock kids Spiral Kites and the sugar bam bam punk pop (do-you-like-me-cuz-I’m-kinda-into-you) of trio Ghost Drop. 

Then the cherry to pop on top, DJ Popsie Cool (aka Mum from Mum and Dad) is gonna get your dance pants moving. Rad.

First 15 through the door get a free vintage postcard with a digital download of Walk the Night. Doors from 8.30pm.

Catch a sneak preview of Walk the Night in video form here

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Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier’s astonishing new album, Tour dates ...

Hannah Andrews
17.10.16 3:15 pm


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Mofo at Mona ...

17.10.16 12:22 pm


The Three-Day Mona Pass covers all events on site, except The Source Electric Vinyl Sessions, from Friday 20–Sunday 22 January 2016. A limited number of Day Passes will also go on sale on Tuesday 29 November.

Book tickets, more HERE

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Leonard Cohen makes it darker

David Remnick, New Yorker
14.10.16 9:50 am

Leonard Cohen from Flickr (svennsivertsenn)

At eighty-two, the troubadour has another album coming. Like him, it is obsessed with mortality, God-infused, and funny.

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Devonport Regional Gallery: New exhibition in the little gallery and workshop ...

Devonport Regional Gallery
13.10.16 1:06 pm

Susan Quinn, Shiny White Tiles IV, 2016, colour pigments in resin on acrylic sheet

EXHIBITION: Porous Bodies – Susan Quinn
24 October – 13 November, 2016 // Opening Sunday 23 October, 3 pm
The Little Gallery Project Space

Launceston-based visual artist, Susan Quinn’s work focuses on the human organism and the porous boundaries it shares with other bodies, systems and entities.

“Through my work I aim to express the human body’s fluid and fragile state” says Susan, “questioning if bodies are characterised by a porous quality that allows the outer world to flow through and beyond membranous boundaries.” 

In this exhibition, Susan’s explores and develops the relationships between patterns formed in process-led art making based on visual data collected during her artist residency at the Launceston General Hospital’s Pathology Department. During the residency period Susan was exposed to microscopic human matter in a number of medical testing procedures and processes.

WORKSHOP: A Brush with Gold
Thursday 10 November, 6–8 pm
Devonport Regional Gallery

Join Susan Quinn for a hands-on, experimental visual arts workshop, learning one of the many techniques Susan utilises in her work: oxidising metal leaf. A Brush with Gold introduces metal leafing. Using gold, silver, and copper leaf, participants will experiment with the material to reveal colourful effects of oxidation. Effects on metal leaf can be used as backgrounds to paintings or as the painting itself.

Devonport Regional Gallery HERE

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Moonah Arts Centre: Plugholes and other paintings

Sean Kelly
13.10.16 11:16 am

Image: Mande Bijelic, San Francisco, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 66cm x 77cm

Opening at Moonah Arts Centre (MAC) on 6pm Thursday 27 October, Mande Bijelic’s Plugholes and Other Paintings is testimony to Bijelic’s ability to identify visual merit in the everyday.

Overlooked by most, the common place is reframed by Bijelic, and presented to us as scenes and objects of great intrigue.

The exhibition spans 20 years of Bijelic’s practice, combining a retrospective selection of paintings with new works from her series of Plughole paintings. In this series, bathtub plugholes from around the world are lovingly rendered in paint; each an entry point to a global network of connectivity though a vast web of unseen plumbing.

Bijelic’s Plughole paintings present the bath plughole as a universal object, one which confronts us as we shower and bathe, acting as an equalizing and unadorned experience. Text plays an important role in Bijelic’s compositions, and each painting is labelled with the name of the town or city where that particular plughole is located. The plughole images originate as photographs gathered internationally by friends, contacts or even by un-introduced requests, each with its own unique story.

Mande Bijelic is an adaptable artist. Due to an injury to her left hand, some of the exhibited works have been painted by Mande using her non-dominant right hand.

Bijelic’s paintings are held in public collections by TMAG, ART BANK, The SCHICK Collection USA, and in private collections in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. She was a finalist for the Glover Prize and is also a published poet.

Making use of bold colours, symmetry and repetition, Mande Bijelic’s Plugholes and Other Paintings transform the seemingly ordinary into visually powerful experiences.

Mande Bijelic’s Plugholes and Other Paintings in on exhibition at MAC from 28 October to 19 November 2016. All are welcome to the free exhibition opening event at 6pm on Thursday 27 October.


 Opening 6pm Thurs 27 Oct. Free event, all welcome
 Exhibition runs from 28 Oct – 19 Nov 2016
 Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah
 Exhibition open from 10am-5pm Tuesday – Friday and 11am-3pm Saturdays
 Entry to the exhibition is free

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MOFO, Jan 18-22, 2017 ...

12.10.16 3:59 pm


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Longley International Hotel, October 30: The Blues Brothers Revival Band

Kim Sellers KS Entertainment
12.10.16 3:46 pm


“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses. We’re on a mission from God. Bring me four fried chickens and a Coke.”

On Sunday the 30th of October, the Longley International Hotel will be hosting one of the hottest gigs of the year – The Blues Brothers Revival Band! 

“The Blues Brothers Revival Band” first formed in 1984 in Townsville, Queensland. Original bookings were local, however by the 90’s tour destinations had included every state in Australia followed by New Zealand destinations.  The biggest audience was 11000 people at “Expo” in Brisbane 1988. This makes The Blues Brothers Revival one of the first, most successful and longest running concept bands in Australia. It first hit Hobart in 1985 commencing a 2 year on and off residency at the Famous Hadley’s Hotel. 

Appearances on television shows as Countdown, 60 Minutes, Rock Arena, Simon Townsend Wonder World, Midday Show and Hey Hey it’s Saturday kept the energy flowing, with tours constant for 13 years.
Since the 1980’s many things have changed and after taking a break from touring between 1997 and 2004, the original Jake (Styne Ashton) and a great new Elwood (Darren Sangwell) joined forces with renewed passion to deliver a show with all the old crowd favourites plus some new fun tunes. Blues Brothers can party anywhere, from sweat drenched pub gigs to a family oriented Carols by Candlelight or a high flying Co-operate event, appealing to all ages from ages 8 to 80.

The 10 piece Band over the years has enticed an amazing ensemble of musicians. Players from the bands behind some of Australia’s biggest names (Jimmy Barnes, Marcia Hines, Brian Cadd, Glen Shorrock, Cold Chisel, Moving Pictures, Mental as Anything, Ice House, Damien Leith and international star Leo Sayer) have all played their part to keep the show the professional standard it is. We are proud to say today’s line up consists of some of Tasmania’s finest musicians, bringing the same quality and standard to which fans are accustomed.

The show consists of 2 sets totalling over 2 hours of non-stop crowd orientated fun that features songs from the Blues Brothers movie.  Shake your Tailfeather; Sweet Home Chicago; Everybody needs somebody to love and Minnie the Moocher plus RnB classics Hold on I’m coming, Shout and many more, plus an appearance by The “Fat Penguin” to bring us the songs Respect and Think, complete with dance routines and lines from the movie. 

It’s now over 30 years since Blues Brothers Revival first bought out the iconic Pork Pie hats and Ray Ban sunnies for Jake and Elwood to rock out while running’ from the law in their trusty “Blues Mobile”. 
So…If you have forgotten what it’s like to have fun, grab your hat n sunnies and take a trip back to Chicago to shake your tailfeathers… with the show band of Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues….
“We’re on a mission for fun”

The Blues Brothers Revival Band
Longley International Hotel
Sunday October 30th at 3.30pm
$20 tickets from the venue

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The Unconformity has arrived ...

Andrew Ross
12.10.16 9:04 am


After months of preparation, The Unconformity is upon us. Queenstown awaits, with a warm West Coast welcome and a weekend of amazing encounters. Barbecues have been welded from bits and pieces of old mining equipment to help cater for the influx of visitors, artists and tourists this weekend. Around 3,000 cardboard boxes have been unfolded in the Memorial Hall in readiness for ‘We Built This City’, and all over town, there is an air of ordered frenzy as preparations continue.

Unconformity director Travis Tiddy says this is the biggest festival yet, with more events and activities than anyone will fit into just one weekend.

“To assist visitors navigate the program, we’ve prepared some sample itineraries for the weekend, with different suggested schedules for the hard-core arts aficionado, the heritage buff and even for families,” said Mr Tiddy.

“That’s not to suggest that anyone should follow these slavishly; just that they highlight the potential pathways through the diverse program to reveal its many facets.”

Around three-quarters of the events in the program are free of charge, and bookings for ticketed events are selling fast.

“Two events – Dark Water and We Are Mountain – sold out earlier this week,” said Travis, “which is really gratifying, as these were perhaps two of the more ambitious events, artistically speaking.”

Mr Tiddy said preparations were going well ahead of the influx of artists and visitors this week.

“We look forward to seeing everyone to Queenstown, and we certainly want everyone to arrive safely.”

He advised that it is a long and winding road to Queenstown no matter which direction people are coming from, and urged travellers to allow plenty of time, not to rush it and enjoy the journey.

“Ideally, stay a day or two after the Festival and explore the region and its amazing experiences.”

The Unconformity program and bookings for ticketed events are available at

Accommodation in Queenstown is fully booked, but intending visitors are encouraged to stay in Strahan or Zeehan, about a 40 minute drive away. Bookings and information on what to see and where to go is available from the West Coast Visitor Information Centre

The Unconformity – Sample Itineraries

These suggestions have been prepared to help you navigate the very full program of The Unconformity, based on different interests.

Art Immersion

Friday 14 October
•5pm Beauty and Chaos - Free
•7pm Welcome to Country - Free & The Crib Room - menu prices
•8pm The Rumble - Free
•Unconformist Radio - Free
•9pm I Am a Lake – Adult $35
•10pm The Oasis – Adult $15

Saturday 15 October
•10am Queenstown Raw - Free
•11am Fault Traces – Adult $35
•12noon Suffering - Free
•1pm Flux – Free
•2.15pm Lunch The Crib Room - menu prices
•3pm See Thru Me - Free
•6pm Geologies – Adult $35
•7pm We Are Mountain – (sold out)
•10pm Dark Water – (sold out)
•11.30pm The Oasis – Adult $15

Sunday 16 October
•10am Unconformity Art Trail - Free
•12 The Unconformity Cup – Adult $10
•3pm Art in Parks – Free

TIP: Watch out for ‘The Owl’, The Unconformity’s roving correspondent who will be popping up around town reporting on the story of Queenstown in poetry and prose.

Heritage Buff

Friday 14 October
•2.30pm New Discoveries Old Traps book launch - Free
•7pm Welcome to Country - Free & The Crib Room - menu prices
•8pm The Rumble - Free
•Unconformist Radio - Free

Saturday 15 October
•10am John Butters Power Station – Free
•1pm Lunch The Crib Room - menu prices
•4pm How to See Through Fog – Adult $10
•8pm I Am A Lake – Adult $35

Sunday 16 October
•9am Memory Map - Free
•10am Unconformity Art Trail - Free
•12 The Unconformity Cup – Adult $10
•3pm Art in Parks - Free

TIP: Download The Singularity app to hear stories of Queenstown’s past. Something dark happened here…


Friday 14 October
•5pm The Crib Room - menu prices
•7pm Welcome to Country - Free
•8pm The Rumble - Free
•Unconformist Radio - Free

Saturday 15 October
•10am Geological and Social Unconformities - Free
•11am We Built This City - Free
•12.30pm Lunch The Crib Room - menu prices
•2pm I Am a Lake – Adult $35, Youth $25
•4pm WCWR Devonshire Tea Train - Adult $35, Youth $25

Sunday 16 October
•9am Lost Mines & Ancient Pines tour - Adults $45 children $35
•12 The Unconformity Cup - Adult $10 Youth $5
•3pm Art in Parks - Free

TIP: Keep your eyes open for ‘The Space Between’, a pop-up event collaboration between artist Selena De Carvalho and students of Mountain Heights School.

Stay on a day or two to explore more ...

• Ride a heritage steam train through the rainforest aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway
• Journey deep into Tasmania’s world heritage wilderness as you cruise the Gordon River
• Explore the region’s industrial heritage with Queenstown Heritage Tours
• Spend a few days touring the West Coast Wilderness Way

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Bett Gallery: October News ...

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
11.10.16 1:31 pm



Alexander Okenyo is a Hobart based artist who works across the mediums of painting and drawing. Bett Gallery is looking forward to presenting Okenyo’s first solo exhibition in June 2017. Please contact the gallery to view works currently in stock.

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Kelly’s Garden, October 13: Rite of Spring and farewell to Sean Kelly ...

Salamanca Arts Centre
11.10.16 12:59 pm

Image credit: Second Echo Ensemble


Please join us in celebrating the extraordinary Rite of Spring—and in farewelling Séan Kelly from his role as Kelly’s Garden curator after seven years and twenty-five projects!

An excerpt from the performance/ installation ‘Fire’ will be presented at 6:00pm.

Rite of Spring is an original interpretation of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring by Second Echo Ensemble.

It is the biggest and boldest production that the company has produced to date, described in their publicity as: “A revolutionary work for a revolutionary time”.

Salamanca Arts Centre’s support for multi-disciplinary art is evidenced in this project as the final Kelly’s Garden Curated Project for 2016. Included as part of the inaugural Salamanca Moves dance festival, Rite of Spring’s installation in Kelly’s Garden (as one of multiple sites) is the remnant of two weeks’ of performance.

Designed by Hanna Parsinnen and Roz Wren, with lighting by Nick Higgins based on Jason James’ original design, the Garden is transformed into the site of a Bacchanalian feast where primitive rituals celebrate the advent of spring and fertility – with a symbolic excess of wine, food and sexuality.

PERFORMANCE DATES: 20-22, 27-29 September

CLOSING EVENT: Thursday, 13 October @ 5:30pm
VENUE: Kelly’s Garden, Salamanca Arts Centre

Kelly’s Garden Curated Projects is an initiative of the Salamanca Arts Centre assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts. The program is further supported through the generosity of Aspect Design and fundraising with SAC’s supporters at the annual Quiz Night. It delivers an outstanding and varied annual curated program of artists who engage with and respond to Kelly’s Garden, Hobart’s outdoor installation space attached to Salamanca Arts Centre. The Kelly’s Garden Curated Projects program explores the most innovative aspects of contemporary installation practice.

Rite of Spring is supported by Arts Tasmania, Creative Partnerships Australia MATCH program, Hobart City Council, Liminal Studio, the Sidney Myer Foundation, Ogilvie High School, SEE supporters, Salamanca Arts Centre, Tasmanian Theatre Company, and Tasmanian Regional Arts

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Blue Rocket reaches for the stars

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
11.10.16 12:56 pm

Tasmanian animation production company Blue Rocket Productions has had its latest series Fanshaw and Crudnutt selected by influential industry publication C21 magazine as one of the top 21 children’s television series to watch at the MIP Junior market in 2017.

MIP Junior is the world’s leading showcase for children’s programming.

With a budget in excess of $5.7 million dollars and a production schedule over two years, the series is expected to inject over $3 million into the Tasmanian economy while generating ongoing employment for over 45 Tasmanian animators, cast and crew.

This is a wonderful example of Tasmanian-created intellectual property being exported to the world, and I congratulate them on their extraordinary success.

The Hodgman Government has invested $300,000 in the series and according to the show’s creator, David Gurney, development on several other series are well advanced.

The madcap series, about two bickering intergalactic slugs and their adventures in space has been entirely conceived, designed and voiced in Hobart.

The series and telemovie commissioned by The Nine Network is a co-production between Australia’s largest independent production company Beyond International (Mythbusters) and Blue Rocket Productions.
Fanshaw and Crudnutt is expected to air on Australian TV in mid-2017.

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State Cinema, Long Gallery: Film Night, Return to Wild exhibition

Jenny Weber
11.10.16 9:41 am




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MONA: On the Origin of Art ... Free exhibition opening weekend

11.10.16 7:01 am


We need art. But for what?

5 November 2016–17 April 2017

Admission is free for all on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November, but you’ll need to book a timed entry session.

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Theatre Royal, Launceston, Devonport: Beautiful, Brilliant Ballet

Paula Xiberras
11.10.16 6:31 am


The Imperial Russian Ballet makes a return to Australia and Tasmania in October.

Last year’s performance of Swan Lake sold out and this year they entertain audiences with their most loved ballet ‘The Nutcracker’. The Nutcracker is loved for among other components the famous music score of Tchaikovsky. For the Imperial Russian Ballet the music makes their minds return to thoughts of their home country.

Gediminas Taranda, the ballet’s charming artistic director and founder, again is responsible for the costumes and promises something unusual this time around.

Gediminas Taranda, formed the Imperial Russian Ballet Company in 1994 and is composed of a troupe of 40 dancers from Russia’s major ballet schools.

Of all the people I have interviewed over the years it is difficult to think of someone who has endeared themselves to the Tasmania public so completely. Gediminas and his crew have been welcomed to dine in people’s houses. It is no surprise the ballet is loved by the public not only for its beauty and brilliance but also for its generosity, They tirelessly travel extensively to many Australian small towns as well as big cities, having a strong belief in taking the ballet to the people, realising that not everyone has the ability or affordability to travel to see them.

And that friendship is sure to continue as Gediminas tells me through his interpreter Renata, formerly from Russia but now living in Brisbane,that next year they will be back with a new program.  Says Gediminas the company’s love for Tasmania is strong and they always get an emotional welcome and have made plenty of friends who they expect to see again this time around.

Another wonderful bonding activity that occurs is the inclusion of local ballet students in the performance.

You can see The Nutcracker performed by The Imperial Russian Ballet at the Theatre Royal Wednesday October 12th and Thursday October 13th at 7.30pm.

The Princess Theatre Launceston, Friday October 14th and Saturday the 15th at 7.30pm.

The Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre, Devonport, Sunday October 2pm.

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Sequenza Ensemble presents “lush” Italian programme

Helen Thomson
10.10.16 4:07 pm



Early Music ensemble, Sequenza, will perform at St George’s Battery Point on the evening of Friday
October 28.

Sequenza’s Italian programme features wonderful music from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque,
virtuosically realised by Brett Rutherford (Viola da Gamba, TSO), David Malone (Guitar / Lute,
teacher at the Conservatorium), Matthew Goddard (Percussion, TSO) and Helen Thomson
(Soprano). “Sequenza is both old and new, in a few ways,” says Thomson. “Three of us have been
playing together for some years, but we have a new lineup with David’s coming on board, and we’re
interested both in Early and contemporary music, which means we have a very exciting, big musical

“It’s always a great pleasure – and an incredible rush – to perform with this lineup,” Thomson
continues. “It’s a real privilege to have access to such a wealth of knowledge and experience, such
outstanding players, not to mention sensitive chamber musicians, and to have that opportunity
locally. Tasmania is pretty extraordinary like that – it’s great to be part of such a vibrant scene.”

This programme celebrates Sequenza’s core business: performing Early Music, on original
instruments, to a leading edge standard of musical excellence. The programme is passionate, playful,
solemn and cheeky by turns; the music languishes in delicious melancholy, dances for joy, and
indulges unashamedly in the lush nuances of the period. The usual themes of love and death make an
appearance, as do the obligatory nymphs and shepherds, and even a brace of pastoral references: two
of the instrumental pieces are about herding cows, though you would never suspect so to hear them!

“Our aim,” says Thomson, “even with our small forces, is always to present programmes that are
varied but intimate, inviting the audience to step out of ordinary life for an hour or so, and explore a
different place and time with us.”

The concert will take place at St George’s Church, 30 Cromwell St Battery Point, Sunday October
23, 7pm. Tickets are available ($25 / $20) via Eventbrite or at the door.

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