Moss covers rock around Australia on national tour

Paula Xiberras
21.06.18 8:21 am


Ian Moss or Mossy, as he is affectionately known, chats to me about his upcoming national tour which will take him to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Launceston Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. Mossy enjoys getting around the country, he tells me that his greatest inspiration comes from travelling, meeting new people and finding new places.

Some of Mossy’s favourite finds in Tasmania include Strahan in the West Coast and Hobarts’ Salamanca Place. Of the latter he ponders on if it is called Salamanca after the Spanish city. Not knowing off hand, his query takes me to the internet where I read Tassie’s Salamanca place was named for the Duke of Wellingtons 1812 victory in the battle of that other Salamanca.

Talking of cities around the world Mossy tells me that in 2014 he spent some time in   Nashville taking part in writing sessions which after a six hour stint would produce a song. On the song writing process Mossy says sometimes an idea might be percolating for many years before it is brought to life in a song but occasionally a song will arrive in a flash or one line of a melody arrive from the subconscious. An example of the former flash of an idea was Ian’s song ‘Out of the fire’ which he wrote in 15 minutes. Apart from these occasional inspiring flashes more often than not writing a song is a case of 1 per cent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration as the old adage says. The creation of a song often benefits with input from someone outside who can give a fresh perspective such as Ian’s producer Peter Wilson who might suggest changing a chord, here or there, which completely in Ian’s words “flips over the arrangement”.

On the new self-titled album, his first in nine years Mossy tells me he wrote the lions share, co- writing with Sam Hawksley, that is every song except for ‘My Suffering’ written by the late Steve Prestwich his bandmate from Cold Chisel. Chisel’s Charley Drayton also plays on ten tracks and Don Walkers piano can be heard on ‘A girl like you’. The ballad ‘Broadway’ was written by guitar maestro Mossy himself to demonstrate how he misses his son Julian when on tour.

The new album is out now and available on CD, digital and limited green vinyl.

You can see Mossy in concert on the following days and venues:

Friday, 22 June 2018 | Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart
Saturday, 23 June 2018 | Country Club Showroom, Launceston

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During Dark Mofo, gather in the museum grounds as we flick the switch on Ryoji Ikeda’s spectra

Dark Mofo
20.06.18 7:57 pm


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INVISIBLE HOUSE announce schedules including 24 hour performances FOR DARK MOFO 2018

Natasha Newman Communications & Marketing Coordinator Salamanca Arts Centre
20.06.18 1:30 pm


“But your holy place shall be untouched
throughout the centuries:
though with fire and sword it be
burnt down & shattered, yet an
invisible house there standeth…”

- Liber AL vel Legis 3:34

Brendan Walls: TohuVBohu
Barry William Hale, Scott Barnes + NOKO

Curated by Brendan Walls

Invisible House is a groundbreaking cross media program that seeks to unsettle the barriers between performance and static arts; science and magic; space and time.

Brendan Walls: TohuVBohu (Long Gallery)

Brendan Walls is an interdisciplinary artist, experimental composer and performer. His work frequently employs diverse handmade instruments and sound producing sculptural objects. Entirely site-specific, the work considers the psycho-acoustic properties of performance sites and gallery spaces, reflecting physical and technological limitations, and embracing failing systems, collapses and altered states of consciousness.

With a career spanning 20 years Brendan has performed extensively in Australian and internationally, releasing over 20 albums during this time. He has ongoing collaborations with many International and local practitioners, most notably Andrew Chalk (UK), Christoph Heemann (GER), Daisuke Suzuki (JAP), The New Blockaders (UK), Gregg Turkington (USA), Oren Ambarchi and Marco Fusinato.

TohuVBohu: Light, music, sculpture, ritual, sound and performance are brought together to celebrate encounters with the numinous, memory, time, coincidence and the transcendent. The site-specific installation will be regularly transformed by an unfolding series of private and public rituals and performances culminating in a 24-hour performance of a musical score for strings and percussion, formed from recordings made in Mexico and Italy on the feast day of John the Baptist (24th June).

13 years in development, the score final score will be realised by killers from the experimental music community and students from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music.

TohuVBohu Performance and Artist Schedule:

Thursday 21st June 2018
Alf Jackson (drums)
Keith Hinde (drums)
Jesse Chapman (drums)
Brendan Walls (guitar)
Dale Evans (guitar)
Alex Murphy (guitar)
Michael Cox (guitar)
Otis McDermott (guitar)
Yono Bellinger (guitar)

Friday 22nd June 2018
Lucy Wilson (cello)
Michael Fortesque (double bass)
Soren Risby (Viola)
Brendan Walls (electronics and viola)
Jon Smeathers (Oscillators)

Saturday 23rd June 2018
Murray Antill
Cameron Phillips
Matt Carr
Brendan Walls
Otis McDermott
Amyris Cauchi
Matt Carr
Cameron Phillips
Andy Bagley
Matt Hall
(All electronics)

8am Sunday 24th June 2018 – 8am Monday 25th June 2018.
Electronics, wires and percussion:
Brendan Walls (solo)
(same players as Thursday 21st) plus Zac Blain (drums)
(same players as Friday 22)
(same players as Saturday 23)
Brendan Walls (solo)
Joined by stouthearted ones.

Barry William Hale + Scott Barnes: NOKO (Sidespace Gallery)

NOKO is a structured improvisational space where sonic texture is a menstruum taking cues from the ritual content, and like a fungal mycelium, visible fruiting bodies may occur. This is where the residue is available to an audience either in a live, or recorded format. There is nothing new about the format employed by this collaboration, conversely NOKO taps into what can be considered to be some of the oldest traditions regarding the use of the voice, instruments and performance. If we see technology as a continuum then there is total equivalence given to ancillary devices other than voice and percussive sounds generated by the body alone (a literal definition of cybernetics).

Wednesday 20 June 2018
10:00am – 2:00pm: Gallery Mode (not live)
2:30pm - 4:00pm: Barry Hale + NOKO in performance

Thursday 21 June 2018
10:00am – 2:00pm: Gallery Mode
6:00pm – 9:30pm: Gallery Mode
9:30pm – 12:00pm: Barry Hale + NOKO in performance

Friday 22 June 2018
10:00am – 4:00pm : Installation Mode
6:00pm – 9:30pm: Installation Mode
9:30pm – 12:00pm: Barry Hale + NOKO in performance

Saturday 23 June 2018
10:00am – 4:00pm Gallery Mode
6:00pm – 12:00am Barry Hale + NOKO in performance (exact times TBC)

Sunday 24 June 2018
8:00am – 4:00pm Gallery Mode
6:00pm – 12:00am Barry Hale + NOKO in performance (exact times TBC)

Monday 25 June 2018
12:00midnight – 8:00am Barry Hale + NOKO in performance (exact times TBC)

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Crikey Daily Review: Hannah Gadsby to set fire to the Internet ...

20.06.18 9:41 am

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Dark Mofo: Cooking with fire ...

Dark Mofo
19.06.18 7:44 pm


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Bett Gallery: Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Bett Gallery
19.06.18 1:53 pm

Amber Koroluk-Stephenson, Marooned 2017, oil on linen, 84 x 102cm


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Luca Brasi announce tour and new single

Alyse Newman
19.06.18 5:22 am


With the release of their eagerly awaited fourth album Stay just weeks away, one of Australia’s
favourite young rock bands, Luca Brasi, share new single ‘Clothes I Slept In’, as premiered on triple j
Good Nights earlier this week, and announce they’ll be hitting the road in August.

A résumé a mile long of relentless touring, Luca Brasi are taking their new album on the road to
Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Launceston. Joining them for the ride are Tiny
Moving Parts and Eliza & The Delusionals.

Earlier this year Luca Brasi delivered the first glimpse of their forthcoming new album with ‘Let It Slip’
which was added to rotation at triple j and was delivered with an endearing video that saw the band
get a lesson in rock. Watch it HERE:

Luca Brasi have pounded the pavement, they’ve toured continuously at home and abroad, they’ve
given you three albums and now they’ve poured all those experiences into latest offering Stay. It’s a
time of contemplation. It’s a culmination of growing up. It’s an exploration of accepting the good
and the bad. A time of reflection and they’re inviting you along for the ride.

With special guests Tiny Moving Parts and Eliza & the Delusionals

Sat 11 August – Club 54, Launceston *
Fri 17 August – The Triffid, Brisbane
Sat 18 August – Manning Bar, Sydney
Wed 22 August – Rosemount Hotel, Perth **
Thur 23 August – The Gov, Adelaide
Fri 24 August – The Croxton, Melbourne

* Tiny Moving Parts not appearing ** Eliza & The Delusionals not appearing


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Ash from Downpatrick continues upward climb

Paula Xiberras
17.06.18 6:39 am


Irish band Ash began their musical journey as teens and now are glad to be back in the music scene, together again after some time taken away to enjoy family life.  I recently had the opportunity to talk to Tim Wheeler from the group about their new album. Tim says they have enjoyed visiting Australia, having taken part in the 1989 Big Day Out which they loved playing at.

Talking to Tim from the guys base in the US, he tells me he thinks the band’s new album ‘Islands’ is the classic they wanted it to be and that it stands up to any of their best work to date, high praise indeed for a band that has produced two number one albums and eighteen top 40 singles.

The new album ‘Islands’ deals with all the weighty issues, love, loss, friendship, betrayal and redemption.

The title ‘Islands’ may be representative and a metaphor for the insular feelings of isolation we have with the loss of a friendship or a relationship. With the aim of writing a song every hour to really feel the isolation of being an island the songs were written at various islands around the world.

I mention to Tim maybe then they could have included the island of Tasmania. How small a world it is was proved to me once again when Tim mentions that once on tour they met a Tasmanian character who was a ‘so together guy’.

One question I want to ask is how the group got their name. Tim tells me as a fan of one syllable named bands like ‘Blur’ and ‘Suede’ he wanted something in a similar vein. Opening a dictionary starting at ‘a’ he didn’t have to read too long until he found ‘Ash’ and so the band was born.

The album ‘Islands’ by Liberator music is out now.

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Devonport Regional Gallery: North West Art Circle: Annual community exhibition and awards

Devonport Regional Gallery
16.06.18 5:56 am

Image:  Nita Pountney, Winter Mist over Forth Estuary, 2017, acrylic

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Dark Mofo; Opening Weekend

Dark Mofo
14.06.18 5:56 pm


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Moonah Arts Centre: Water and Wave forms ...

Moonah Arts Centre
14.06.18 11:16 am


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Russell Relishing Richmond Resurgance

Paula Xiberras
13.06.18 8:19 pm


When I call Russell Morris to talk about the upcoming APIA tour I’m eager to ask him if he is down from cloud 9 yet following his beloved Richmond winning the flag last year’.  He is of course delighted but ever diplomatic stating that even if Richmond do not win again he is a satisfied man.

He tells me that he and his son were planning to attend the final and were emotionally touched when he was offered a free ticket by a friend who was a Western Bulldogs fan and believed Russell should attend as his team was playing in the final.

Of course footy can be a distraction especially when as a musician Russell has to be constantly switched on and paying attention to any visits from the music muse. How then should a creative artist prepare for the muse?

Russell says Paul Simon and Bob Dylan would always set to work with a folder and pen constantly writing down and tucking away notes on moments of inspiration that might be utilised to create music. Working to that system Russell will often quickly get an idea written down, leave it to simmer overnight and then listen to it again the next morning and if it still sounds good it is probably okay!

The writing process for him might begin with a title and work back on the chords.

Russell is impatient when it comes to creating a song and if it isn’t working he is not averse to abandoning an unfinished idea. Where does the inspiration come from?

Russell reads a lot and sometimes the inspiration might come from learning or hearing something, even just a comment by someone and then developing it into a song.

Russell tells me the next stop in his musical journey might be to move away from the pop songs and go back where it began with the Blues.

This weekend Russell will be performing in Tasmania with the other APIA legends, Marcia Hines, Brian Cadd, Leo Sayer and John Paul Young on the APIA 2018 tour. He’s enjoying performing with a group of people he loves and respects, some he’s known ‘forever’ and others not so long.

You can catch Russell and fellow APIA artists this weekend at the following dates and venues …

Jun 15, 2018 Princess Theatre, Launceston
Jun 16, 2018 Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart

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Leo’s literary life

Paula Xiberras
13.06.18 8:13 pm


Recently Leo Sayer was invited by a producer family friend to perform in Malta. He received a fantastic reception from loyal audiences and found Malta’ an awesome place’. He’s constantly surprised to find his fame extends to so many diverse places around the world like Malta and Helsinki.

In fact Leo is well known throughout the world and is so kept busy touring in one capacity or another, whether its performing on cruises like the Queen Victoria and visiting the Far and Middle East, or renting a car to tour Europe from France and Germany to gigs in England.

He might be kept on his toes touring the world regularly but home is now Australia, a relationship that goes back to his trail blazing 1975 tour.  There have been subtle changes in his performances over the years, He finds that as he tours he is constantly re interpreting his music to new younger audiences, as well as those who have been loyal fans since the early days. Leo says songs like his ‘just a boy’ have gathered new meanings as he has grown with them and now can be interpreted in a totally different way. This keeps his live shows continually evolving both to new audiences and his own new perspectives.

Leo is presently having a fantastic time touring with the annual APIA tour. He is joined by other great artists Marcia Hines, Russell Morris, Brian Cadd and John Paul Young. He says a camaraderie exists between the tight knit group, with an overwhelming respect between them all and to top it off, he adds ‘it’s a great gig’.

Leo reflects on the great artists he is touring with from the golden age of music when you would know all the songs in the top 40. Which is not necessarily the case today.
Leo is presently working on his autobiography but has still away to go as yet. Although his previous career as a commercial artist did not prepare him for the extensive writing of an autobiography it did aid him on the brevity of phrase required for song writing.

Reflecting on writing songs he recalls his album ‘Voice in my head’ and how it was inspired by a friend of his who lived in an English seaside town. A girl would visit each Saturday to do some general house cleaning, later a relationship developed between the two. Leo saw this story having great potential for a song and so was born ‘Saturday Girl’.

With so much creativity from the visual arts to song writing and performing Leo is impressed with the creativity of others and impressed very much by fan tributes that include putting his music to Jane Eyre videos!

You can see Leo and the other APIA artists perform on the following dates and venues ...

Jun 15, 2018 Princess Theatre, Launceston
Jun 16, 2018 Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart

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Your invitation to support the Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal
13.06.18 7:42 pm


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A Return of Epic Proportions

Sophie Bleach
13.06.18 1:44 pm

Artwork: Lucy Bleach, Superslow, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist

Tomorrow, Thursday June 14th ‘The Return’ will open at the Hobart Convict Penitentiary at 5pm on the corner of Brisbane and Campbell Streets.

The exhibition, presented by independent curator Stevie S. Han, is part of the Dark Mofo annual winter festival and is set to explore the festival themes of ‘time’ and ‘incarceration’.

The multi-disciplinary exhibition posits that time travel is not only possible, but that it occurs in our day-to-day lives.

One of the local artists featured in ‘The Return’, Lucy Bleach has been working on her piece phase transition for the last three months, building two monolithic ice blocks.

Responding to the heritage clock tower at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, Bleach’s ice works weighing just under 3 tonne each, shows the striations of her built layers while microphones embedded in the ice will enable visitors to hear the intimate crackle of ice melting. The pulsing light in phase transition however is a visual representation of the live tick from the iconic clock tower on site: one block will pulse the start of the tick, and the other block will pulse the end of the tick expressing the lag in time. Similarly, visitors will experience this stretch in time as they are able to hear the ice blocks at the beginning of the exhibition but will only experience the physical light and ice works at the end of the exhibition.

Visitors to the exhibition will be led through the historic convict site from 5pm – 10pm throughout the festival with exact days and times available listed on the National Trust website at and on the Dark Mofo site at The exhibition is free of charge.

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Kate Ceberano and Michael Falzon join TSO for ‘The Music of James Bond’ ...

Samuel Cairnduff Director Marketing and Communications, TSO
13.06.18 1:26 pm

... one night only at Wrest Point Oct 30

Australian pop legend Kate Ceberano and musical theatre star Michael Falzon join the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for an unforgettable night of music from the James Bond canon, at Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, October 30.

Bond songs are every bit as irresistible as 007 himself.  Nobody Does it Better than Kate Ceberano as she and Michael Falzon (currently appearing as Magaldi in Evita for Opera Australia) sing one Bond classic after another with the full backing of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Settle back for a night of style, sophistication and James Bond glamour.

She’s been Australia’s high priestess of pop, an award winning jazz singer, wears the hat of a fine artistic director and, above all that; Kate Ceberano is a songwriter with the talent to take a tune to the top of the charts. 2016 saw the release of the Kate Ceberano Anthology, which debuted in the ARIA National Album Charts Top 10, were it remained for the coming weeks.

Adding to Kate’s already impressive list of honours, in June of 2016, Kate was awarded an Order of Australia for Charitable Work, and Services to the Music Industry.  Like many high-profile musicians, Kate Ceberano uses her celebrity to support and bring awareness to many causes close to her heart; for many years Ceberano has been an Ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This role sees Kate help raise funds and awareness about an illness that affects so many lives. Over the 10 years Kate has been a supporter of the NBCF, Kate has also personally donated album royalties to the cause. “I like to be as involved as I possibly can in causes I feel strongly about,” Ceberano said of her appointment. “Yes I am a musician, but if I can do more to help others then I will.”

Michael Falzon is widely recognised as one of Australia’s most diversely talented entertainers. Amongst Falzon’s international cabaret, theatrical and concert credits, he has appeared onscreen in Blue Heelers, in the feature film Ned (for director Abe Forsythe), on almost every antipodean talk show (including GMA, KAK, The Circle, Sunrise, Mornings, The Footy Show) performing too on Carols by Candlelight (Brisbane, Melbourne), In the Domain (Sydney), and live with QUEEN in an ACA special and on Dublin’s The Late Late Show. Falzon featured in the Universal Pictures’ cinema release of The War of the Worlds, and as ‘Kyle’ in the Ben Elton sitcom The Wright Way on BBC 1.

Kate Ceberano Michael Falzon + TSO
The Music of James Bond
Tuesday 30 October, 2018,
Wrest Point Entertainment Centre

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Terrapin Puppet Theatre: A Not So Traditional Story

Belinda Kelly Executive Producer Terrapin Puppet Theatre 77 Salamanca Place Hobart Tasmania 7004 Australia
13.06.18 1:17 pm

Nathan Maynard’s new play to be performed to 18,000 Tasmanian school children on 15-week state tour

Produced in association with the Tasmanian Department of Education and Kickstart Arts, Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s new play by celebrated Palawa playwright /performer Nathan Maynard (The Season) kicks of an impressive 15-week tour of Tasmanian schools on 18 June. 

Playing to over 18,000 school children, the touring production takes in all corners of the state; from Bruny Island to Flinders Island, Strahan to St Helens. With an audience representing over 40% of all primary school students in Tasmania, this year’s strong uptake from schools reflects a keen and growing interest in both local storytelling and Tasmanian Aboriginal history and contemporary culture.

Two young ‘uns, Wurangkili and Timita, meet a mysterious alien named River when he gets lost in their country on his flying canoe. With River’s pet wombat Wombie in tow, they all go on a journey to find the meaning of a mysterious object; getting clues from an Eagle, a Lizard and a Kangaroo they meet along the way.

A Not So Traditional Story is a rare, memorable and hilarious performance that combines Terrapin’s renowned skill in entertaining and engaging children with the voice of a new generation of Tasmanian Aboriginal performing artists.

Playwright and performer Nathan Maynard said: “As a proud Palawa man, I’m excited that children around Lutrawita will see this play that tells an important part of the history and showcases our living culture.”

Terrapin Puppet Theatre has enjoyed an increased national and international touring profile in recent years, this year alone touring to China and Japan, creating a new work in Jordan with the support of the Council for Australian-Arab Relations, and touring mainland Australian. The company’s annual Australian schools tour remains, however, at the heart of the company’s work. Said Terrapin’s Artistic Director Sam Routledge: “Terrapin is thrilled to work with artists from across the state in the presentation of this important and engaging play that will be enjoyed by so many Tasmanian school children.”
With funding from the Department of Education, Tony Woodward, Acting Manager, Aboriginal Education Services said: “Aboriginal Education Services is delighted with the level of response from schools. An audience of some 18,000 students will see a high-quality production that introduces a number of really important concepts about Tasmanian Aboriginal history and culture. The play is presented in a lively, humorous and up-beat way which makes it very accessible for students, but like all morality tales it has a serious message about respecting the stories and culture of our First Nations people.”

Jami Bladel from Kickstart Arts said: “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Terrapin, and some wonderful Pakana artists to bring this play to Tasmanian students and families.”

Director: Sam Routledge
Writer: Nathan Maynard
Composer: Matthew Fargher
Set and Costume Design: Michelle Boyde
Puppet Design & Construction: Bryony Anderson & Sabrina Evans
Basket And Water Carrier Construction : Lillian Wheatley
Creation Story Character Design : Lillian Wheatley
Backdrop Design and Construction : Michelle Maynard
Performers: Craig Irons, Nathan Maynard and Denni Proctor

Terrapin makes contemporary puppetry for young audiences, touring nationally and internationally.  It creates work for theatres, and interactive installations for public spaces, telling sophisticated stories of humour and pathos and embracing new technologies inspired by the age-old craft of puppetry. The company’s work has been presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Taipei Children’s Art Festival, Festival De Betovering (The Netherlands), Belfast International Children’s Festival, Lincoln Centre (New York), Sydney Opera House and Melbourne International Arts Festival, amongst many others.

Nathan’s is a descendant of the chief of the Trawlwoolway Clan and of the whole of the North East Tasmanian Indigenous peoples. Since the 1830’s, Nathan’s family have been known as the Maynards. Nathan has 17 years’ experience as a dancer in schools and communities. In 2012 he performed in Shadow Dreams, a collaboration of Terrapin Puppet Theatre and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and in 2013 and 2014 Nathan was selected as a participant in the Tasmania Performs Artists Residency program at Tarraleah. In July 2014 he was given the honour of delivering the “Welcome to Country” for the National Conference of the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association. A new play by Nathan, written for young performers and a young audience, was performed by the Aboriginal Children’s Centre at Risdon Cove. In 2014 Nathan was awarded a Tasmanian Regional Arts grant to develop his performance skills, the Vita Brown Bequest, and an Arts Tasmania Aboriginal Arts Program grant for a year long career development program. He is also an emerging producer with Kickstart Arts. His multi award-winning play THE SEASON premiered in 2017 and is touring widely in 2018. Nathan was the recipient of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Artist of the Year Award in 2006 and 2013.
Tour details:
A Not So Traditional Story tours to Tasmanian schools in terms 2 and 3, 2018.

PLUS Terrapin at Dark Mofo
Terrapin can be seen at Dark Mofo’s upcoming Dark Park presenting The Spider and the Fly, Mary Howitt’s creepy little fable of flattery, charm and hunger…

Friday 15–Sunday 17 June, 5–10pm
Thursday 21–Saturday 23 June, 5–10pm
Dark Park, Macquarie Point

Free entry.

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Terrapin Puppet Theatre is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts. A Not So Traditional Story has further been supported by Tasmania’s Department of Education and Kickstart Arts. 

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MoMA at NGV: 130 years of Modern and Contemporary Art

CarolynMcDowall, TheCultureConcept Circle
13.06.18 1:12 pm


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Bett Gallery welcomes Kate Bergin

Bett Gallery
13.06.18 11:17 am

Fox and Hounds 2017, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm

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12.06.18 9:56 am

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A Journey to Freedom exhibition opens at TMAG

Elise Archer, Minister for Arts and Corrections
08.06.18 12:45 pm

A new contemporary art exhibition exploring issues relating to incarceration opens today, as part of this year’s Dark Mofo Festival.
A Journey to Freedom presents a range of thought-provoking artworks providing audiences with an opportunity to reflect on the nature of imprisonment at both a personal, local and global level.
Guest curated by Swiss born Barbara Polla, A Journey to Freedom brings together new and recent works by contemporary national and international artists working across installation, sculpture, video, photography and virtual reality.
The exhibition is presented across the museum’s temporary galleries and transitional spaces, with a special late night opening featuring a performance by Tasmanian sound artist, Matt Warren.
I am delighted that TMAG is once again partnering with Dark Mofo and MONA to present this exciting new exhibition.
A Journey to Freedom opens from 6:00 pm with additional late night openings programmed throughout the festival between 15-17 June and 21-23 June.
The exhibition continues at TMAG until 29 July.
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New MONA exhibition set to launch with massive free party

Claire Fitzgerald
08.06.18 11:05 am


‘Zero is silence. Zero is the beginning. Zero is round. Zero spins. Zero is the moon.’
—Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker, Zero’s artist founders

Tomorrow Mona will open its next major exhibition, ZERO. The opening will be celebrated with a free Grand Opening Party that is expected to draw a crowd, with around 4,300 ticket registrations from the local community, Tasmania, interstate and overseas. More free tickets will be available on the door on the night.

This exhibition brings ZERO’s leading artists together for the very first time in Australia.

Named after radical artists who collectively called themselves ‘Zero’ in post-war Germany, Mona’s exhibition, ZERO, reveals the work of those protagonists from the 1950s and ’60s; their network of connections and collaborators across Europe and beyond; and the continuing influence of their vision today. In the words of one of those founding artists, Otto Piene, ‘It is not a style, it is not a group… It’s a vision of things’.

This internationally networked ‘vision of things’ counts among the major art-historical phenomena of the second half of the twentieth century.

From Mona’s David Walsh: “I’m told this is a departure from my obsessive attack on the myth of art as culture. The Zero artists believed art is culture, but they didn’t mind being entertaining, and they didn’t mind being wrong.”

“Zero fits well with our raison d’être, but that’s not why it’s here. It’s here because we couldn’t get anything else.”

Zero came from Düsseldorf, but they wanted to go to the Moon, or at least to exhibit there. They found individualism oppressive, but the future looked very impressive indeed. Zero seemed to be the place to start the future.

“Zero’s philosophical foundation was that art was not something to be painfully extracted in solitude, but assembled and constructed with others, using whatever materials came best to hand: metal, cardboard, glass, plastic, cloth, mirrors and smoke… They banged nails, smashed bottles, poked holes, and cut up each other’s canvases,” Jane Clark, Senior Research Curator, Mona, said. The physical sensory experience of the spectator, one-night exhibitions with music and manifestos, optical and sound effects, were all absolutely intrinsic to their art.

Mona’s exhibition brings together artworks by Zero’s founders, and the much wider international movement that has come to be called ‘ZERO’. Many of their originally ephemeral installations have been reconstructed here for the first time, with reflective materials, electric light, perceptual distortions, and moving parts creating a powerfully immersive journey for visitors.

In particular, the exhibition highlights the theme of ‘vibration’: the theme of the eighth ‘evening exhibition’ and the second issue of the journal Zero in 1958. Back then, Heinz Mack wrote about “resting restlessness… the expression of continuous movement, which we call ‘vibration’… Its harmony stirs our souls, as the life and breath of the work”.

Artists include Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker and Adolf Luther from Germany; Lucio Fontana, Nanda Vigo, Grazia Varisco, Enrico Castellani and Gianni Colombo from Italy; with Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein and François Morellet from France; Henk Peeters from The Netherlands; Christian Megert from Switzerland; Jesús Soto from Venezuela; and Yayoi Kusama from Japan.

Guest curator, Mattijs Visser, says: “Zero is one of the most significant, yet largely forgotten, art movements since the Second World War. Internationally, ZERO has had a major influence on contemporary artists and curators. ZERO needs to be discovered now, while several of their speakers are still with us”.  Mr Visser was founding director of the international ZERO foundation, which strives to preserve, present, research and further the movement. Tijs is also the nephew of Henk Peeters, central figure in the ‘Nul’ movement (Nul is Dutch for Zero). He is founder of the Institute for Contemporary Archeology and a research specialist in art of the sixties.

The ZERO Grand Opening will be held at Mona on Saturday 9 June from 6–10pm. To Europeans Tasmania might seem as distant as the moon, but in seeking appropriate entertainment we decided to go to the Sun. Sun Ra Arkestra will perform, but before them we will have some FourPlay.

ZERO was conceived by Mattis Visser with Olivier Varenne, Co-Director Exhibitions and Collections, Mona.

ZERO continues at Mona until 22 April 2019.

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Virtuosi Tasmania: Clarinet Quintet. TOMORROW night ..

Virtuosi Tasmania. First published May 29
07.06.18 6:30 pm

Douglas Coghill viola, Yue-hong Cha violin, Martin Penicka cello, Frances Davies violin, Andrew Seymour clarinet.

Virtuosi Tasmania is excited to bring you the two most loved works for clarinet quintet. Featuring Andrew Seymour, Principal Clarinet of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and TSO violinists, Yue-hong Cha and Frances Davies, violist, Douglas Coghill, and cellist Martin Penicka, we invite you to enjoy the glorious clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms.

  <b>June 8 Friday 11am Riversdale Estate, Cambridge
  June 10 Sunday 11am Home Hill Winery, Ranelagh
  June 11 Monday 2pm LifeWay Baptist Church, Devonport
  Clarinet Quintet musicians

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Tickets from the TSO Box Office and at the door.

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Finalists revealed after record number of entries

Romany Brodribb
07.06.18 6:00 pm


Six Tasmanians have been selected among 32 national finalists in what is believed to be the world’s richest landscape art award, the Hadley’s Art Prize, announced today.

The annual acquisitive prize, worth a lucrative $100,000 will be awarded to the artwork that best portrays the Australian landscape.

In only its second year, entries have almost doubled, with organisers recording a staggering 640 submissions.

Finalists were selected by a panel of three national art specialists – Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Exhibitions and Collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Clothilde Bullen, Principal Curator of Art at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Jane Stewart and prolific hyper-real artist, Michael Zavros.

Prize Judge, Jane Stewart, said deliberations over the finalists’ selection were arduous and not without debate between the three judges.

“There was great diversity between the artists, which we have tried our best to represent in the shortlist,” Ms Stewart said.

Ms Stewart said of the 32 finalists, 11 artworks were by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island artists.

“It was terrific to see interest from a number of Aboriginal artists, many of whom bring such a vital perspective to Australian landscape,” she said.

Ms Stewart said the six Tasmanian finalists would also bring an important viewpoint to what was shaping up to be an exciting exhibition.

Prize Curator Dr Amy Jackett said the variety and high quality of finalists’ artworks this year would
appeal to a wide audience.

“The finalists have provided a vibrant and diverse range of responses to the Australian landscape,
which visitors will be able to experience up close next month,” Dr Jackett said.

The winner and recipients of the highly commended awards will be announced at the opening of an
exhibition of finalists’ work, to be held in two custom-designed galleries in the John Webb room and
Leadlight room at Hadley’s Orient Hotel on 20 July.

“There are some fantastic events on offer during the exhibition including presentations in
partnership with UTAS about landscape and place, guided tours and packages with Hadley’s
signature afternoon tea, as well as the extended Education Kit for school groups, which has been
endorsed by the Arts Education Australia,” Dr Jackett said.

“There’s really something for everyone in the finalists’ exhibition.”

The Hadley’s Art Prize is one of Australia’s most significant and lucrative art awards, with the winning
entry added to a permanent art collection at Hadley’s Orient Hotel, alongside last year’s winning

The Hadley’s Art Prize Exhibition is open to the public and runs from 21 July to 25 August.

The Finalists ...

Raymond Arnold, Toward Light: Aboriginal Landscape- Big Punchbowl
Alex Davern, Outside, cold, nowhere to go
Sam Field, Always Was Always Will Be (The Big Prawn in Ballina)
Neil Haddon, The Visit
David Keeling, Where the light falls, Cornelian Bay
Milan Milojevic, Terra Incognita
David Beaumont, William Buckley Joins the Circus. The Houses Whisper (William Buckley series)
Natasha Bieniek, Biopod #2
Josie Birchall, Treasure Island
Marieke Dench, The Meeting after Glover (The River Derwent and Hobart Town and Ullswater, early Morning)
Jennifer Riddle, Verdant Garden
Kate Shaw, The Grandmother- 1908 The Gorge
South Australia
Alec Baker, Ngayuku Ngura (My Country)
Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Antara
Western Australia
Gloria, Untitled
Nola Campbell, All of Patjarr
Jacobus Capone, Wounds 1 & 2
Robert Gear, Outpost 2
Daisy Japulija, Billabong Country at Floodwater Time
Eva Nargoodah, Kulawa
Debbie Walker Tremlett, A Darkening Sky Over Suburbia
Northern Territory
Katjarra Butler, Ngamurru
Nyarapayi Giles, Warmurrungu
Tjukupati James, Kunga Kutjara
Charlotte Phillipus Napurulla, Kalipinya
Sarah Pirrie, Macrotidal Quadrat 01
Leisl Mott, Wait a Moment
New South Wales
Min-Woo Bang, Feeling in highland
Amelia Carroll, Alpineroad-1 2 / 3…
Craig Handley, The Trappings, late 2017
Janet Laurence, Shades of the Sacred
Idris Murphy, Black emu evening and hill side, Mutawintji

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Huonville Town Hall, 3pm 17 June: Chauka Please Tell Us The Time

Helen Merrick
07.06.18 2:22 pm

Huonville Town Hall
3pm 17th June 2018
presented by Amnesty Southern group and RAR SE tasmania
entry by gold coin donation

Bus available from Geeveston: ph: 0418 139 194
Carpooling available from Cygnet: ph 0404137737

More information:

Amnesty Australia’s latest campaign ‘My New Neighbour’ will be launched to the Huon Valley Community with a screening of the highly acclaimed film, ‘Chauka Please Tell Us the Time’.  The campaign explores how communities could provide positive pathways for safe refugee settlement through a new model of community-led sponsorship. Huonville council has joined many others Australia wide to become a ‘Welcome Refugee’ zone, and there are numerous rural areas which have flourished after welcoming refugees into their community.

The film ‘Chauka’ is a unique collaboration between Iranian refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani and Netherlands-based director Arash Sarvestani which has won accolades at festivals worldwide.

Filmed entirely on Boochani’s phone, the film presents a haunting perspective on life inside the Manus Island detention centre. Jointly hosted by Amnesty Southern group and Rural Australians for Refugees, the screening is at 3pm on June 17th at Huonville Town hall.

Entry is a gold coin donation and light refreshments will be available. Don’t miss the chance to be one of the first in Tasmania to view this important film and get informed about how to make our communities a positive force for change.

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Dark Mofo launches tomorrow ...

Dark Mofo
05.06.18 6:14 pm


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Devonport Regional Gallery: Little Gallery exhibition, Richard Griffiths

Devonport Regional Gallery
04.06.18 10:44 am

Image: Richard Griffiths, From Back to Burra Bee Dee Series, 2016, linocut

The exhibition Back to Burra Bee Dee by Burnie-based artist Richard Griffiths will be opened on Friday 8 June 2018 at 6 pm at the Devonport Regional Gallery.

Mr Griffiths was born in Coonabarabran, NSW, and grew up on an Aboriginal mission called Burra Bee Dee, which means flying fox, or flying mice.

He said that when he lived on the mission he wasn’t allowed to practice his culture but now he is free to explore and learn about his culture through art making.

Mr Griffiths moved from NSW to Burnie, Tasmania, in 1984 with his wife and son. He had always drawn farm houses and cartoon figures and in 2008 enrolled in a Visual Arts and Contemporary Crafts course at TasTAFE.

He began working on the Back to Burra Bee Dee series in 2016 when he spent time on King Island and researched images and text about his family and Burra Bee Dee.

The series of black and white linocuts have evolved from this research and tell stories about his own, and his ancestors, past.

The linocuts were made by Richard Griffiths and printed by Nilissa Wood.

The Little Gallery Project Space is available to emerging and early career contemporary Tasmanian artists and promotes experimentation in 2D and 3D art, critical thinking and engaging concepts.
Opening: Friday 8 June, 6 pm

Exhibition Dates 9 June – 1 July 2018.

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Paper on skin comes of age!

Lyndal Thorne – Vice President, Burnie Arts Council
04.06.18 10:38 am

Burnie Arts Council Inc are gearing up for the 4th biennial Betta Milk Burnie Wearable Paper Art Competition, to be held on June 15th. “It’s very exciting, all the signs indicate we will have another stunning show with more than twenty finalists currently putting the finishing touches on some extraordinarily ambitious pieces,” says Pam Thorne, Secretary of the Burnie Arts Council Inc.

“A number of finalists are telling intensely personal stories through their work. There are also strong statements about topical issues like climate change. There will be both drama and beauty on the catwalk, no doubt about it,” says Pam Thorne.

This year paper on skin opened entries to international artists. Finalists have been selected from as far away as Amsterdam and Ohio. Five Australian states are represented, with many of the artists making the journey to Burnie for the event.

“Some of the pieces are quite complex, so it’s great that the artists will be present to ensure a ‘seamless’ transition: from imagination, to creation, to that moment where the piece comes to life – being worn under the lights on the catwalk before an enthralled audience.”

Garments must be made from at least 80% paper. Wearability is a key criterion. “The suspense on the night is palpable. Judges do not make their decision until after the parade. They disappear into a private room for their ‘judges huddle’ while the audience have their own say by participating in the Public Vote Award.”

Adding to the international flavour of this event, a workshop will be held over the weekend of the 16th and 17th with New York based hanji papermaking specialist and scholar, Aimee Lee. “The tie-in is the durability of the hanji – an ancient Korean papermaking tradition. Aimee will be teaching manipulation techniques enabling paper to be used in a myriad of ways – including clothing!” Pam Thorne says.

The workshop will be held at Creative Paper Tasmania, where Aimee will be supported by Burnie City Council’s master Paper Maker, Darren Simpson.

paper on skin is run in partnership with the Burnie Regional Art Gallery. A selection of Aimee Lee’s pieces will be exhibited with paper on skin entries from the 22nd June – 29th July at the gallery.

“We are proud of the community involvement in this event,” says Pam Thorne. “For the first time we are having a dance opening by Reflexions Dance Studio. Wynyard-based musician and multi-media artist Telen Rodwell is responsible for the music and sound design. Once again En Vogue Modelling Academy is bringing a team of enthusiastic students to model these amazing art pieces.”

PRIZES Betta Milk Major Award $5000. Friends of the Gallery Runner Up Award: $1500. Cocoon Designs Public Vote Award $500.
JUDGES Janet De Boer OAM, Former CEO of TAFTA; Niecy Brown, Arts Administrator and community artist; Jane Haley, CEO Ten Days on the Island
DETAILS Date – June 15th Time – 6.30pm Venue – Burnie Regional Art Gallery
TICKETS Burnie Arts and Function Centre Box Office – 03 64 305850

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China Beach in Tasmania This Weekend

China Beach
04.06.18 6:16 am


With the release of their second single coming up just around the corner, one of the fastest moving up and coming Disco Funk bands, China Beach, announce they’ll be making the journey to Tasmania.

After a year of consistent gigging from the heart of Melbourne’s flourishing music scene to festivals along the East Coast, China Beach are renowned for their frivolous and exciting live sets. With a lush big band disco sound that is reminiscent of the 70’s the act are sure to melt the heart’s of all the dance floor kings and queens looking for a boogie this weekend.

At the end of April this year the band released their debut single ‘My Mind’ to a sold out crowd in Northcote, Melbourne. The freaky dark funky number is to be closely followed by their lush disco track ‘Higher and Higher” set for release on the 22nd of June.

China Beach are an exciting experience to behold and a musical endeavour well worth dancing to.

They’ve played continuously at home and interstate and this weekend they present a fantastic opportunity to join the fun.

Performing in Hobart on Friday the 8th at The Grand Poobah with Baba Bruja who are Hobarts very own all original 12 piece Afrobeat/ Indofunk orchestra, an up and coming act wowing sell out crowds around Hobart and on Saturday the 9th they will be supported by EWAH & The Visions ahead of her performance at Dark Mofo.



June 8th- @ The Grand Poobah w Baba Bruja

June 9th- @ The Homestead w EWAH & The Visions, feed rick and Danika Smith

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