Devonport Regional Gallery ... Biophilia: Samantha Dennis

Ellie Ray, Director.
06.10.15 12:57 pm

Samantha Dennis, Infection/Reclamation #1, 2015, found chair, porcelain, epoxy resin

The Little Gallery Project Space
OPENING Friday 23 October, 6pm

Devonport Regional Gallery presents Biophilia by Tasmanian artist Samantha Dennis.

Samantha Dennis’ exhibition Biophilia consists of a series of brooches and jewellery objects constructed from a combination of materials and found objects. Dennis’ innovative sculptural approach to the jewellery-making process generates an installation that combines lost and hidden worlds. These works mimic the ecosystems that exist on a minute scale in our environment and are based on an investigation into organic and natural concepts.

The Little Gallery was established in late 2009 in honour of Jean Thomas who set up the first public gallery on the north-west coast in 1966, and named it The Little Gallery. Jean Thomas’ vision for the Gallery was as a centre for community arts and activities that promoted the work of emerging and established Tasmanian artists alongside national and international artists.

Since opening the gallery up as a project space, several emerging and early career artists have showcased their work and presented floor talks. Gallery staff provide guidance and assistance to artists in the preparation and installation of their work.

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Ellie Ray, Director.
06.10.15 12:51 pm

WINNER: Alasdair Doyle, A World Apart, Not A World Away oil on canvas

OPENING Friday 23 OCTOBER, 6 pm

The RACT Tasmanian Portraiture Prize featuring the award-winning work of Tasmania’s best emerging artists will open at the Devonport Regional Gallery (DRG) on Friday 23rd of October at 6pm and will be on display until the 22nd of November 2015.

Now in its eighth year, the youth portrait prize is for artists aged 30 and under, serving to highlight the work of young and emerging Tasmanian artists working in a variety of media. The 2015 judges Barbie Kjar, Cameron McRae, and Jarrod Rawlins were faced with a tough task in finalising their decision.

This year’s winner is West Hobart’s Alasdair Doyle for his piece, A World Apart, Not A World Away. The video work centres on the 2014-2015 Tasmanian State Budget in which $16 million was allocated for tourism marketing to help increase the number of visitors to the State. In contrast, the budget committed $125,000 to boost “Skilled and Business Migration.” The title references the slogan of a former Tourism Tasmania campaign and serves to highlight the discrepancies between hopeful tourism and reality. The 2015 TPP runner-up was a tie between Celine Lee (Launceston) for Warhead and Eliza Freeman (Wynyard) for My Father at Mt Roland Summit, Sept 2014.

Managing Director of Clemenger Tasmania, Matt Fishburn, said: ‘Supporting the Tasmanian Portraiture Prize brings us great reward because of its determination of creativity and passion’…..  ‘to take a risk and to express yourself creatively through a visual idea is no easy task. Every artist here has our respect and our thanks.”

RACT Insurance and the Devonport Regional Gallery encourage all Tasmanians to come along and support the State’s emerging artists at the TPP exhibition from 24 October – 22 November. You are invited to cast your vote for the People’s Choice online at:

Education and Public Programs will be conducted throughout the exhibition.

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Krystan Brennan
04.10.15 4:34 pm


The 17th Deni Ute Muster saw heatwaves both on and off the stage over the past two days with temperatures over 30 degrees and massive sets from headliners Cold Chisel, Birds of Tokyo and Lee Kernaghan warming up Friday and Saturday nights and proving once again that Deni is the ultimate long weekend destination. 

Friday night’s opening concert was a rock ‘n country heaven with The Pigs, The Wolfe Brothers, Morgan Evans, Birds of Tokyo and the legendary Cold Chisel closing the night with an almost two hour set of Australian classics including Khe Sanh, Bow River, When the War is Over and Flame Trees as well as songs from their new album, The Perfect Crime.  The Deni Ute Muster’s day program included attractions for the young and young at heart including Showtime FMX, Holden Grunt Off, The CrackUp Sisters, wood chopping and whip cracking demonstrations, GME Australian National Circle Work Championships, New Holland Bullride Spectacular, GME Go to Wo, helicopter rides, Holden Barrel Race and Grunt Off as well as the Coates Hire Show N Shine.  Two new attractions this year included the popular fishing lure demonstration Yamaha Supertank and the IWA Pro Wrestling – a live show of body slamming, bone crunching non-stop sports entertainment. 

The little ones were also taken care of in Carnival Corner and the SunRice Family Centre with Bob the Builder making a special appearance across the weekend. 
“We promise our patrons a “bucket list” experience and this year excelled on all fronts.  The weather was spectacular as was the music and on ground entertainment” said Kate Pitt, Deni Ute Muster General Manager. 

“We’re already planning our 18th birthday celebrations and look forward to our first announcement in the coming months” 

“We’d also like to acknowledge our Strategic Partner, Destination NSW, our Event Partners, Deniliquin Council and Conargo Shire Council and our major sponsors Holden, Bundaberg, Decentralised Demountables, IGA, XXXX Gold and Milwaukee Tools.  It’s thanks to their continued support that we’re able to grow the event each year”. 
Saturday night’s concert was pure country and headlined by Australia’s king of country music, Lee Kernaghan with Adam Brand, The McClymonts, Adam Eckersley Band and Sunny Cowgirls all keeping the 18,000+ crowd warm well into the night. 

The Deni Ute Muster’s main arena was again filled with blue singlets and this year’s count was 3,959 and a new World Record! And what would a Ute Muster be without utes?!  This year we had 5,988 utes on site, with the number of caravans, camper trailers and mobile homes exceeding 5,000 and for the first time, the Family Camping Zones were sold out months before the event. 

The Muster also played host to two marriage proposals over the weekend – the first between Sheree and Pete from Seymour in Victoria, who took it to a whole new level with Pete proposing while in a helicopter hovering above the site and the words “Marry Me” spelled out in Utes on the ground below. 

The inaugural Milwaukee Tradie Challenge saw four teams compete to build the ultimate outdoor dunny with locals Poo Shack Constructions (Alistair McCann, Brody Lumbar, Darcy Pogue and Tom Draffin) taking out the cash prize of $4,000. 

Graham Brown won a $10,000 cash prize in the Coates Hire Show N Shine with his 1982 Toyota Landcruiser. 

This year’s Holden Grunt Off male team winners, with a time of 10:92, were team V.I.P. and the female team winners were B.T.M.H.G. with a time of 14:25 seconds.   
Deni Ute Muster Conargo Road, Deniliquin, NSW Friday, 2 October and Saturday, 3 October, 2015  

Cold Chisel, Birds of Tokyo Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand The McClymonts, Morgan Evans, Sunny Cowgirls The Wolfe Brothers, Adam Eckersley Band, The Pigs and Mickey Pye, Courtney Conway and Band, The Distance, Christie Lamb,  Paul Cowderoy, Seleen McAlister, Baylou, Ben Ransom Band,  Deni Uke Muster, Deni Showcase, Bush Poets and

AFL Grand Final LIVE on the big screen, Milwaukee Tradie Challenge, Showtime FMX, Yamaha Supertank, Holden Grunt Off, The CrackUp Sisters, IWA Wrestling, Wood chopping Demonstrations, Whip cracking, Carnival Corner, SunRice Family Centre, Helicopter Rides, GME Australian National Circle Work Championships, New Holland Bullride Spectacular, GME Go to Wo, Holden Barrel Race and Coates Hire Show N Shine  

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Dr Dennis has us Hooked

Paula Xiberras
04.10.15 8:01 am


It seems fitting that the band, Dr Hook, were in part named for the J.M. Barrie character of Captain Hook. Fitting, because James Barrie’s story is about Peter Pan, the boy who stayed forever young.  While Dr Hook’s singers have grown older and moved on to explore their individual pursuits, the songs of Dr Hook have stayed forever young in audiences hearts.

Earlier this week I had a phone call connected with Dennis Locorriere of ‘Dr Hook. We were having a chat about his upcoming tour of Australia including Tasmania. Dennis is a lovely guy and brought a smile to my face when our connector informed us if we had any ‘issues’ with the call to dial a prescribed number. Dennis mused that if I found the interview or himself problematic in any way I could press the appropriate number and ‘escape!’.

There was no danger in that, Dennis is completely delightful and very articulate.

Dennis tells me he is really looking forward to getting back to Australia with his ‘Timeless’ World Tour, after last year’s successful tour and he’s looking forward to introduce his great band. This tour Dennis will be playing he says, ‘wall to wall Hook stuff’.

Dennis wants to assure fans that even though he did for a while explore his creativity in doing solo projects including acting, which he was critically applauded for, he is very proud of Dr Hook’s achievements. Dennis also adds that is only when he was outside the band that he could look back at that time and truly appreciate those achievements.

Dennis believes that people’s ‘sense memory’, their feelings about songs and those songs connections to momentous times in their lives is something he has great respect for.

Dennis knows that many Dr Hook songs have become, in the much used phrase, ‘the soundtrack of people’s lives’ and he is mindful of that, mindful of the fan who remembers as a child his dad singing along to Dr Hook when the family went camping.

Some of these special memories can be experienced again when Dennis performs at The Theatre Royal 14th October.

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MONA: Gilbert & George Grand Opening ...

02.10.15 12:37 pm


Three exhibition openings. One grand night.
Join us for food, wine, music and more, then
catch Gilbert & George in conversation
the next afternoon.
Saturday 28 November, 6pm till late
Museum of Old and New Art

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The Rundown ... Mitch Fifield ...

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Bett Gallery: Ricky Maynard ... Saddened were the hearts of many men

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
01.10.15 1:30 pm


Sunday the 11th of October 2015, 3-5pm  

Bett Gallery is pleased to invite you to a special one day only preview to celebrate the release of a new series of work by world - renowned photographer Ricky Maynard. Please join Ricky and Anita Maynard and members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community to premier this powerful new series of portraits.

“Saddened were the Hearts of Many Men’ seeks to capture Aboriginal history, both distant and recent, through images of Tasmanian Aboriginal men. The photographs, poignantly in black and white, give an impression of men of a proud people saddened but alive with resilience and determination. Yet there is almost a haunting atmosphere to the images: what lies behind the faces? From boxer Murray Mansell to singer Ronnie Summers, Ricky Maynard has captured the changing faces of Aboriginal men descended from tribal warriors who today cope with dignity in a white man’s world. He does them proud.”

- Michael Mansell

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Riccardo Minasi & ABO The Neapolitans, Italian Baroque Violin

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, The Culture Concept Circle
30.09.15 11:03 am


Returning to Australia much-in-demand conductor, soloist, academic, teacher & Italian Baroque violin specialist Riccardo Minasi will honour Neapolitan composers when he directs and plays in concert with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra 26 Oct - 8 Nov.

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The Rundown ... The Martian ...

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29.09.15 6:17 pm


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For Joe Camilleri Life is Sweet

Paula Xiberras
29.09.15 6:58 am


I’ve caught Joe Camilleri off guard as he’s just finishing off one of his children’s lollies! But once the sweet is consumed I find that there is a lot of residue sweetness in Joe’s life, among which is a taste for continuing to evolve as an artist.

With this evolving Joe is asking audiences to rediscover what he does as an artist. Joe has never been content to rest on his laurels and firmly believes in not looking back but instead having a conviction to keep working on making things better.

This continual quest for doing different and doing better, means Joe is always a busy man.  Today we are talking about one of Joe’s projects, bringing his Van Morrison tribute show ‘Here Comes the Night’ to Tasmania. Joe says Tasmania is ‘a beautiful state to be in’, ‘a beautiful place to b and goes on to say he believes it’s an ‘undervalued jewel and incredibly beautiful’. Joe tells me that he could easily live in Tasmania and commute to the mainland!

‘Here comes the night’, which he has been performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has been well received and will canvas all the great Van Morrison hits, including ‘Brown-Eyed Girl’, ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’, ‘Bright Side of the Road’, ‘Days Like This’, ‘Gloria’, ‘Have I told you Lately’ and ‘Moondance’
Making the trip to Tasmania with Joe will be his very talented co-stars, Christine Anu, Vince Jones and the Voodoo Sheiks Large Band.

Joe is a long-time admirer of Van Morrison with the show paying homage to the classic songs although amazingly Van’s prolific song writing makes his songs number up to 900! This sheer volume says Joe makes Van come close to Gershwin’s song output.

There will be some of Joe’s stamp on the songs but for the most part Joe is faithful to Van’s own interpretations because he doesn’t believe in ‘meddling with perfection.’

Ahead for Joe is another tour before the end of the year promoting the Sorrows new album and then another European tour in April 2016.

Joe’s advice demonstrated by example is at the end of the day ‘to keep plugging away’.

You can see Joe and friends in ‘Here Comes the Night’ at the following dates and venues:

Friday 9th October, 2015 - WREST POINT ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, HOBART - Bookings: 1300 795 257 or

Saturday 10th October, 2015 - PRINCESS THEATRE, LAUNCESTON - Bookings: (03) 6323 3666 or

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Wine and Cheese Twilight Tour

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Striplesque shoots for the Stars!

Silla Black
28.09.15 10:55 am



Australia’s largest entertainers’ competition launches in October 2015 with 4 competing genres and a total of 20 finalists chosen for the 2016 inaugural contest to be held in Sydney, Australia. The event will showcase the country’s finest established artists in each of the competing genres. Winners will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges and be awarded on the night. Judging will not only apply to the artistic quality of the performers show. Judges will also interview the performers on the night, and critique the submission of a high quality photographic image.

Striplesque Genres:

* Pole
* Burlesque
* Erotic / Showgirl
* Circus

Striplesque will crown the Australian Entertainer of the Year, 4 genre specific Entertainer(s), and the Triple Threat to the Entertainer that has it all.

Striplesque is a truly unique competition that puts Australia’s best head to head to crown Australia’s headliner!

Applications Open – 1st October 2015


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The Man from Snowy River is the Man in the Hat

Paula Xiberras
26.09.15 6:41 am



When we chat about his upcoming tour of ‘Frank, a Life in Song’, which will see him in Tassie during October, Tom Burlinson tells me he still remembers fondly his 1980 tour, when he visited Burnie, Launceston and Hobart with the play ‘The One Day of the Year’.

Tom agrees there must have been an element of fate, serendipity or whatever you want to call it in his becoming a premier performer of Frank Sinatra’s songs. Literally a lifelong admirer of Sinatra, Tom can remember back as a toddler asking his mum to put on the record of ‘the man in the hat’ .As Tom grew older he realised his voice bore an uncanny similarity to Sinatra’s. It’s a feat of nature that the two possess such a closeness in voice but that doesn’t mean Tom doesn’t do his research and work hard to perfect that gift. Tom listens carefully to Sinatra’s recordings and tweaks his own voice a little here and there to faithfully produce the different sounds of Frank, from the ‘lyrical’ sound of Sinatra’s voice in the 40’s to the 50’s sound and the ‘demonstrative staccato’ of the older Sinatra.

Fate intervened when Tom performed some Sinatra on Ray Martins ‘Midday Show’ he sent the recording to the Sinatra family who were making a TV movie of Frank’s life and so impressed were they that Tom’s voice was chosen by the family for the young Sinatra’s voice in the movie.

With his extensive acting experience Tom has been able to use his performance skills to bring Sinatra story to life however Tom doesn’t attempt to impersonate Sinatra apart from wearing the obligatory tuxedo. Tom tells me of some performers who go to great lengths to recreate the Sinatra experience, from prosthetic make up to having a 32 piece orchestra as back up. Just because Tom doesn’t impersonate Sinatra physically it should be noted that audiences who have attended his shows say that when they close their eyes they believe they are listening to the real deal and others question is Tom channelling Sinatra, so perfect is his rendition of the songs..

Tom tells me that through the various versions of his Sinatra shows over the years he has been able to swap around some of the songs, so extensive is the repertoire, there is plenty to choose from! Most recently ‘Stranger in the Night’ has been a favourite of the audiences, who have also requested ‘It was a very good year’. Tom is flexible, in that if he hears someone from the audience shout out a request he will do his best to accommodate it.

You can see Tom perform in Tasmania in ‘Frank: A Life in Song

PRINCESS THEATRE, LAUNCESTON - Friday 9th October, 2015
Bookings: (03) 6323 3666

BURNIE ARTS CENTRE - Saturday 10th October, 2015
Bookings: (03) 6430 5850

THEATRE ROYAL, HOBART - Sunday 11th October, 2015
Bookings: (03) 6233 2299

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2015 RACT Insurance Portraiture Prize winner announced

Tasmanian Portraiture Prize Organiser and RACT Insurance spokesperson Kylie Eastley
25.09.15 6:02 pm


The winner of the 2015 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP) has been revealed, with a video installation focusing on immigration in Tasmania taking out the top award.

RACT Insurance TPP Judges Barbie Kjar, Jarrod Rawlins, and 2014 winner Cameron McRae deliberated right until the last moment, ultimately crowning Alasdair Doyle of West Hobart (above) the winner for his piece, titled ‘A World Apart, Not A World Away’.

RACT Insurance TPP judge and MONA curator Jarrod Rawlins said it took a lot of deliberation between the judges to name this year’s winner.

“Alasdair’s entry was a very interesting and timely piece which discusses some of the issues around immigration into Tasmania,” Mr Rawlins said.

“The piece is done with a bit of fun and a sense of humour but ultimately tackles a very serious issue.

“The decision to award the portraiture prize to a video work might come as a surprise to some people but his piece was simply outstanding.”

Mr Rawlins said the judges could not decide on a clear runner up this year and instead chose to award two runners up in Eliza Freeman from Wynyard for her piece entitled ‘My Father at Mount Roland Summit’ and Celine Lee of Launceston for her entry, ‘Warhead’ .

“Both Eliza and Celine’s entries are fantastically put together photographs and we just couldn’t bring ourselves to say one was more deserving of the runner up position than the other,” Mr Rawlins said.

Entrants were invited to paint a portrait of a living Tasmanian who is important to them and supply a statement describing the inspiration and meaning behind the work.

Tasmanian Portraiture Prize Organiser and RACT Insurance spokesperson Kylie Eastley said the overwhelming number of applicants and the high quality of their work made the decision incredibly difficult for the judges.

“We had a record number of entrants this year, with 75 young artists from around the state submitting works,” said Ms Eastley said.

“On behalf of RACT Insurance I would like to say how proud the organisation is to again be associated with the Tasmanian Portraiture Prize and its contribution to art and creativity in the state.

“As the only locally based insurance company in Tasmania, RACT Insurance are proud to support activities such as the TPP and I would like to acknowledge all the artists who entered this year.

“RACT insurance would like to especially congratulate the winner of the 2015 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize, Alasdair Doyle, as well as runners-up Eliza Freeman and Celine Lee.

“As the proud sponsor of the competition, RACT Insurance would also like to acknowledge this year’s Sponsors Choice winner, Amber Koroluk-Stephenson, for her outstanding piece, titled ‘Assail (Sulphur Cockatoos)’.

“This award is decided by the staff of all the stakeholders involved in the TPP and I am sure Amber will be delighted that her piece has resonated with so many.”

Ms Eastley said while three category winners had now been announced, she urged everyone to view all the pieces and cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award.

“Voting for the 2015 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize People’s Choice will close at the end of the exhibition season, with the winner announced on Monday, 2 February 2016, so I urge all Tasmanians to get along to the exhibitions and cast their votes at,” she said.

“The winner of the Packers prize will also be announced at the opening of the exhibition tonight.”

RACT Insurance encourages all Tasmanians to come along and support the state’s emerging artists at the TPP exhibition in the Long Gallery in Hobart from 25 September – 4 October, the Devonport Regional Gallery from 24 October – 22 November and Sawtooth Gallery in Launceston from 27 November – 17 December 2015.

This year’s judging panel consisted of the 2014 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize winner Cameron McRae, Tasmanian printmaker and artist Barbie Kjar, as well as MONA Curator Jarrod Rawlins.

The competition, now in its eighth year, was established to create a platform for emerging Tasmanian artists aged under 30 to exhibit their talents, while also developing a body of portraiture that reflects life in 21st century Tasmania.

As the winner of the 2015 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize, Alasdair Doyle will receive $5000 in prize money as well as a trip for two to the Archibald Prize exhibition in Sydney, while runners up Eliza Freeman and Celine Lee will receive $2000 to assist with studio rent.


WINNER – Alasdair Doyle
In the 2014-2015 Tasmanian State Budget, $16 million was allocated for tourism marketing to help increase the number of visitors to the State.
In contrast, $125,000 was committed to boost “Skilled and Business Migration.”
A World Apart, Not A World Away, the slogan of a former Tourism Tasmania campaign, highlights this discrepancy.

FIRST RUNNER UP – Eliza Freeman
“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” – Leonard Cohen
I made this photograph of my Dad because we often go bushwalking together. This is from a particularly challenging climb last September. Despite having lived reasonably close to Mt Roland his whole life, my father had never climbed the mountain. Our legs hurt for three days afterwards.
This was printed with the last scraps of a ten metre roll of silver gelatin fibre based paper, but it’s my favourite image from the roll.

Warhead is a series that explores a person’s awkward and uncanny facial expressions when they are faced with something uncomfortable. A collection of motionless portraits are being presented to show uniqueness in each expression, but to also show their similarities.
The main body of work is a large collection of faces that represent the true and unconcealed facial expression when eating a sour candy or lemon. The expressions that are being presented show a certain moment in time when people have no control of the way they look and how others look at them. In order to reduce noise and distractions from the messy expressions, each image is placed on the same coloured background.
When being faced with uncomfortable situations, the human instincts are to ‘fight or flight’. As shown in a separate but complimenting series, the water acts as a force that is uncontrollable, allowing the instinct of ‘flight’ to show from the model’s body language and facial expressions. This mini- series illustrates an opposite and juxtaposed relationship between the still, peaceful environment and the harsh, chaotic water movements and body language.
Awkwardness and humour will become the basis of each image, but at the same time the authenticity and truthfulness will be shocking and confronting in terms of their ugly looks.

SPONSORS CHOICE - Amber Koroluk-Stephenson
Assail depicts a lost unknown female figure being overcome by a flock of Cockatoos in the bush.
This work draws from Australian Colonial paintings by artists such as Frederick McCubbin, whereby the subject is overcome by the harsh nature of the Australian landscape.
‘Nature strikes back’ as these birds advance on this modern day damsel in an attempt to make claim of their natural habitat.

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UTAS: Latin American Film Festival

Embassy of Uruguay
25.09.15 3:53 pm


I am contacting you in regards to the 11th Latin American Film Festival, organized by the Latin American Embassies in Canberra, which will be held in Tasmania from 3 – 23 October 2015 at The University of Tasmania (UTAS). This event is entirely free and all films are subtitled. For this reason, we would like as many people as possible to join us in our accessible celebration of Latin American film and culture.

This year we have an exciting program including a couple of productions that involve Australian artists - Australian actress Miranda Otto stars in the Brazilian film Reaching for the Moon, while Australian Director Andrew Tucker co-directs The Accordion’s Voyage. In light of this, we are interested in promoting this event and hoped your publication could publish an interview or article regarding the festival and its increasing connection to Australia. 

As you may know, the Latin American Film Festival is the most exciting and important cultural event on the Latin American-Australian calendar and it will be brought to Tasmania for the very first time. In Tasmania, this event is organized by Ms. Jenny Forward and Mrs. Sonia Parra. 

We wish to thank the kind generosity of the UTAS Community Friends and Networks Programme who are also sponsoring this event in Hobart by providing a venue and other support.

For more detailed information, please visit the following websites:


Many thanks in advance,

Embassy of Uruguay

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Bett Gallery: Thornton Walker, Aunti Corrie Fullard, Jeanette James ...

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23.09.15 1:00 pm


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Republic: Jon Toogood

123 Agency
23.09.15 12:24 pm






As frontman of Shihad for over 25 years and the man behind the collaborative affair The Adults, Jon Toogood has more New Zealand radio hits than any other artist in NZ history. Shihad sold more than 250,000 albums with two certified double platinum and five albums certified gold in New Zealand and Australia. At the 40th Anniversary of the Official New Zealand Music Charts Jon was presented with awards for the most singles in the charts by a NZ artist with 25 singles & most number 1 albums by NZ artists with 5 number 1 albums.

Jon was inducted into the RIANZ NZ Rock’n'Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 with a Lifetime Achievement Award - the youngest inductees so far.

NOW for the first time, in a way you’ve never heard before Jon Toogood will perform some of his favourite songs (including his own) solo and acoustic in intimate venues across Australia

Check out Jon in action here:

“Jon Toogood is still New Zealand’s best frontman.’’
- Lumiere magazine, 2014

“When you talk about modern legends of New Zealand Music, Shihad will always be one of the first names - likely the very first name - that will be mentioned”
- Campbell Smith, Vodafone New Zealand Awards spokesperson, 2010

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Matt Fraser | Communications Manager
23.09.15 12:19 pm


The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA) has always been known as the “friendly festival” and Launceston’s upcoming event from November 4th – 8th 2015 takes the interactive and fun side of the festival one step further. 

Under the expert guidance of producer and former WOW Film Festival director Tamara Popper, you can now choose from the following carefully curated events and at the same time, enjoy the Tamar Valley’s famed food and wine…simply pick and choose from the individual selections below to suit your personal itinerary and budget!

No matter whether you’re a Tasmanian or from the “big island”, BOFA 2015 invites you to forget your day to day routines, because BOFA’s Festival Tour offers you so many options to take that “breath of fresh air” you’ve been craving!

BOFA’s Behind the Bubbles Tour will give you privileged access to Tasmania’s best sparkling wineries and winemakers. Jansz and House of Arras vineyards feature along with Andrew Pirie’s Apogee and a Tasmanian seafood and sparkling wine lunch at Pipers Brook. These small group tours will be led by Tony Walker, author of Vintage Tasmania, the Complete Book of Tasmanian Wine. Wed 4 and Sunday 8 November.

Put on your best frock and bust out your dancing shoes for the official BOFA Red Carpet film and after party. See the highly acclaimed ‘Death or Liberty’ and then join us for the official BOFA 2015 after party - one of the parties of the year! Thursday 5 November.

Indulge in pre-screening canapés and cocktails at the iconic Mud Bar & Restaurant located at the Launceston seaport hosted by highly regarded Tasmanian writer/director Roger Scholes. Scholes’ classic feature film ‘The Tale Of Ruby Rose’ is included in BOFA’s screening program. Friday 6 November.

Enjoy a superb selection of Tasmania’s finest produce, displayed on delicious platters (includes assortment of oysters, salmon, beef, quail and cheese) as well as a glass of sparkling rose’ upon arrival at the famous Barrel Room at Velo Wines, hosted by Owen Tilbury, BOFA Festival Director, with anecdotes and reminiscences about the origins and challenges of creating the world class BOFA Film Festival. Saturday 7 November.

The ‘Taste of the Tamar Valley’ tour allows you to go behind the scenery as Goaty Hill Wines joins with Casa Paella and a range of Tamar Valley producers to offer a series of gourmet cooking classes. Geared towards seasonality, local ingredients and great food and wine, the class showcase the best of the region. Join Chef Edrick Corban-Banks as he demonstrates how to cook authentic Valencian Paella. Understand the seasonal workings of the Goaty Hill vineyard with a personal vineyard tour followed by a wine tasting with Goaty Hill owner, Natasha Nieuwhof.  Saturday 7 November.
Typically industry only, the Devil Awards night champions the highly creative Tasmanian film industry and is now exclusively open to BOFA Tour guests. Saturday 7 November.

Attend a pre-screening morning brunch at the national award winning Stillwater Restaurant. Meet filmmakers Claude Gonzalez, Jamie Oxenbould and Tamara Popper who will take you through the filmmaking process with anecdotes from story ideas, scripting, financing, casting, pre-production, rehearsals, shooting, post-production and marketing. Sunday 8 November.

WHAT: BOFA Festival Tour
WHEN: 4th – 8th November 2015
WHERE: Launceston, Tasmania

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania and Screen Tasmania. Federal Government assistance is provided by Screen Australia.

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Despard Gallery NEWS ...

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
22.09.15 5:59 pm


Artist In Residence
October - November 2015

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A Breath of Fresh Air in film at Rosny Barn

Dane Hunnerup Program Officer Arts & Events Clarence City Council
22.09.15 5:22 pm


For the first time in Hobart, the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival will be screened at The Barn at Rosny Farm offering a selection of uplifting, funny and intriguing films to Tasmanian audiences.

BOFA @ the Barn Film Festival will be held across one weekend from 25 to 27 September 2015. The festival focuses on the theme of community and different generations and offers something for everyone. There will be feature films such as the very popular Australian film Paper Planes, documentaries and a selection of Tasmanian short films and extras.

BOFA is based in Launceston and has been delighting audiences for the past six years. The festival’s popularity has led to the development of a regional film festival on Tasmania’s East Coast and now Hobart.

Acting Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Jock Campbell said Clarence City Council was delighted to present the film festival in The Barn at Rosny Farm.

“A beautiful and communal setting like The Barn is a powerful enhancement to the film watching experience,” Alderman Campbell said.

“Sharing in the laughter, drama and tenderness of a movie with popcorn or a glass of wine in The Barn will complement the selections by BOFA at this September’s inaugural festival.

“Although there will always be a place for blockbusters and art house films at regular cinemas, the strength of such a festival is that it brings together accessible and powerful films that may not otherwise come to people’s attention.”

The festival opens with a red carpet screening of Wide Open Sky, winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival. This screening will include champagne and bush tucker by Tasman Quartermasters.

There will also be free kids film on offer just in time for the school holidays with Oscar nominated animation Song of the Sea and the very popular Paper Planes. There will also be a complimentary Devonshire Tea accompanying stunning Korean film My Love Don’t Cross That River to enhance the festival experience.

BOFA @ The Barn will include seven films screening across the festival weekend from 25-27 September 2015. Information and tickets are available at

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Deb Edwards
22.09.15 4:51 pm


Dennis Locorriere presents



Sylvia’s Mother When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman Sexy Eyes 
 The Cover of The Rolling Stone The Ballad of Lucy Jordan A Little Bit More 
 Sharing the Night Together  Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk  Walk Right In 
60 gold and platinum records with No. 1 hits in 42 countries!

Showcase Entertainment Group and The Harbour Agency are pleased to announce a tour that will be a treat for fans of DR HOOK nationwide. 15 concerts from coast to coast across Australia, with an evening of Dr Hook’s “Timeless” hits fronted by the legendary voice of founding lead vocalist DENNIS LOCORRIERE, the true voice of DR HOOK, and his celebrated live band. Since the Dr Hook’s farewell tour in 1985, Dennis Locorriere (Low-Cor-Ee-Air) has toured the world performing for the most part as a solo artiste with just his magical voice and an acoustic guitar. Dennis has now played to well over 200,000 people with this show, which included a comprehensive 26 date tour of Australia in 2014. Amongst the many highlights of recent years, Dennis performed a set on the main stage of Glastonbury Festival in 2004.

Following the Top 10 success of Universal Records’ TIMELESS album released in the UK in 2014 – a two disc, 40 track collection of Dr Hook’s Greatest Hits and favourite album tracks personally chosen by executive producer Dennis Locorriere, Universal decided to release the album in other countries in 2015 including Australia. Hot on the heels of the release dates, Dennis has embarked on a World Tour to celebrate the ‘Hook’ legacy and perform the songs how the fans remember them sounding -  with THE voice that recorded them.

Dennis says, “There was quite a long period of time when I shied away from performing many of the classic Hook songs. Although the band and our music was popular all around the world, those days weren’t always the happiest of times for us and I felt I needed to put some distance between my past and the present. Now the years have flown by and several of the original band members have sadly passed away. I’ve since come to understand and appreciate just how much these songs still mean to so many people so when I was approached by Universal I welcomed the opportunity to become totally involved in the production of this album. I feel like now is the right time to hit the road to celebrate my history and give the fans an evening of music and entertainment they will love!”

Throughout the 70’s and 80’s, Dr Hook enjoyed enormous global success with six singles each selling a million copies, huge album sales, sold out world tours and a little controversy. Ironically, in Great Britain, the smash hit “The Cover Of The Rolling Stone” was banned on both radio and TV by the BBC, who deemed it to be a blatant advertisement for the American rock music magazine. Dr Hook’s final studio album “Players In The Dark” was released in 1982 and Ray Sawyer left to pursue a solo career in the same year. Dennis continued on with the band, doing two more sellout tours of the U.K. and Australia before disbanding the group in 1985.

In Australia, the audiences couldn’t get enough Dr Hook. The group achieved two Number One singles (“Sylvia’s Mother” and “Walk Right In”) amongst eight Top 10 singles (“Girls Can Get It” #3, “Wild Colonial Boy” #4, “The Millionaire” #8, “Only Sixteen” #8, “A Little Bit More” #10 and “Sharing The Night Together” #10). “Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk” made it to #11. Dr Hook toured Australia five times between the late 70’s and mid 80’s. Their popularity throughout Australia made them regular visitors and virtual household names. The group was also seen regularly on Australia’s most popular national TV shows including Countdown and The Don Lane Show. Dr Hook’s version of “Wild Colonial Boy” which was first performed on The Don Lane Show, became a Top 5 hit and has been included as the final track on “Timeless” as an Australian exclusive.

After Dr Hook, Dennis lived in Nashville and carved out a successful career as a much sought after songwriter, penning songs for major artists including Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Helen Reddy, Crystal Gayle, Southside Johnny and more. A strong and successful solo career followed, with Dennis recording and releasing three studio albums. By this time, Dennis had moved to the UK to live and in 2008, toured the UK as a member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. Upon returning to Australia in 2014 to tour for the first time in fifteen years, Dennis was reunited with Australian audiences who had not forgotten their love for Dr Hook and the timeless hits that were destined to stand the test of time. 

Released April 2015 through Universal Music Australia 

CD 1                                                           CD2
1.  Sylvia’s Mother                                           1.  The Cover Of The Rolling Stone
2.  Carry Me Carrie                                           2.  Freakin’ At The Freakers Ball
3.  The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan                               3.  The Millionaire
4.  Only Sixteen                                               4.  Everybody’s Making It Big But Me
5.  A Little Bit More                                           5.  Levitate
6.  If Not You                                                 6.  Making Love And Music
7.  A Couple More Years                                     7.  Walk Right In
8.  More Like The Movies                                     8.  Laying Too Low Too Long
9.  The Radio                                                 9.  Sleeping Late
10. I Don’t Want To Be Alone Tonight                       10. Let The Loose End Drag
11. Sharing The Night Together                             11. Clyde
12. Storms Never Last                                       12. Up On The Mountain
13. When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman           13. Jungle To The Zoo
14. Knowing She’s There                                     14. What A Way To Go
15. Better Love Next Time                                   15. Mountain Mary
16. I Gave Her Comfort                                       16. I Wanna Make The Women Tremble
17. In Over My Head                                         17. Body Talkin’
18. Sexy Eyes                                               18. Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk
19. Girls Can Get It                                           19. I Got Stoned And I Missed It (live)
20. Years From Now                                         20. Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo (live)
                                                                21. Wild Colonial Boy

Dennis Locorriere presents
Tickets on sale now

Wednesday 14th October @ 7.30pm
Theatre Royal -  Hobart TAS
29 Campbell Street, Hobart
          Ph: 03 6233 2299
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Premium - $99.90/ A Reserve/Groups 6+ - $89.90
B Reserve - $79.90
(booking fees may apply)

Review Quotes from Invercargill Civic Theatre, NZ – May 2015

“The setlist was like a history of rootsy American rock….”
“…his instantly recognisable voice has lost none of it’s power or grit’
“A memorable night of music and nostalgia and a rare chance to see an American institution
up close and personal”
“….the real deal – great songs sung the way we know them by the man that sung them originally”
“Any show that starts with an all-in singalong by nearly 1,000 people is going to be a crowd pleaser”

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22.09.15 1:17 pm

Federal Labor’s Tasmania Taskforce today met in Hobart to discuss the future of Tasmania’s arts industry.

The Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC, MP Shadow Minister for the Arts and Senator for Tasmania Catryna Bilyk held a roundtable with Tasmania’s arts organisations to listen to the views of industry on how to create jobs by growing the arts in Tasmania.

“Developing jobs in the arts will enable Tasmania’s sustainable development into the future,” Senator Bilyk said “We can leverage off the already fantastic success of the Tasmanian arts industry to become a real focal point of the Australian cultural experience”.

The Taskforce heard that growing the arts industry will result in jobs in other industry sectors.

“Growing the arts sector means more than just direct employment for actors and artists,” Senator Bilyk said “It can result in more employment in tourism, hospitality, even manufacturing and construction. With our fantastic food, wine and arts, Tasmania should be a real drawcard for Australians wanting a high quality get-away”.

Earlier in the day Shadow Minister Dreyfus and Senator Bilyk toured the set of Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s new production ‘Red Racing Hood’, at Backspace Theatre.

“Terrapin Puppet Theatre is one of Tasmania’s shining success stories for the arts industry,” Senator Bilyk said. “This morning we saw that the performing arts employs more than just the cast on stage, but also a large number of behind-the-scenes workers”.

While consultation with the industry produced some positive visions for the future, there was a lot of concern about the policies of the current Federal Government.

“Unfortunately, the Tasmanian arts industry is feeling betrayed by the Abbott/Turnbull Government,” Senator Bilyk said, “There’s a large amount of anxiety about the future of Tasmania’s small-to-medium arts organisations, which could threaten jobs and the success of this important Industry”.

“The Abbott/Turnbull government is out of touch,” Mr Dreyfus said. “Labor invested $37 million for the Creative Futures Project Tasmania because we understood the importance of the creative industries for the Australian economy.”

“I call on Senator Fifield to reverse the changes to the Australia Council and end the disruption to the Australian arts sector.”

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The Grand Poobah: Luka Lesson returns with ‘ANTIDOTE’

Luka Lesson
22.09.15 6:41 am


Best-selling independent writer and spoken word artist Luka Lesson returns with ‘ANTIDOTE’ – an ode to our words being the remedy for such poisonous times. Filled with the vulnerable and political philosophies that Luka is known for, as well as some rare hilarious moments never before witnessed in his repertoire.

Date: Thursday 29th Oct 2015
Venue name:‘The Grand Poobah’
Venue address: 142 Liverpool St
Hobart, Tasmania
Time: 7:30pm
Ticket prices: $15, concession $10


Launceston info @

Luka Lesson is a spoken word and HipHop artist who has been writing rap music for nine years. Luka discovered Slam Poetry in 2009 and in 2011 won the Australian Poetry Slam final and spent 2012 touring writers’ festivals and independent venues throughout Australia, Asia, New Zealand and North America.

In 2013, his debut book, “The Future Ancients” became an independent best-seller and a part of educational programs in selected schools from Hong Kong to Melbourne. Luka has released two full length albums: Please Resist Me (2011) and EXIT (2014) where he blurs the lines between a conscious rap lyricist and insightful story-teller.

ANTIDOTE is a brave new anthem and a soundtrack to shedding our skins and embracing change in the current climate.

“Luka Lesson is one of those people who changes the weather; who by his very presence makes the landscape seem more possible, more holy, more livable. I don’t know where he came from or how he got to be so magic. What I do know is that I am better for having experienced him………. Words make worlds. Luka knows this. His mouth is a creation story…and we are all better for It.” - Dominique Christina, National Poetry Slam Champion and two-time Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion (USA).

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Tarkine in Motion - Bob Brown Talks Tarkine

Jenny Weber Campaign Manager, The Bob Brown Foundation Inc.
21.09.15 7:29 pm


Sunday, 27 September 2015

Bob Brown first entered the Tarkine in 1972 to search for the Tasmanian Tiger. While he didn’t find the thylacine, he did find an ancient and magnificent landscape that inspired four and a half decades of campaigning to protect this amazing place.

Even gaolled for standing in defense of the Tarkine, Bob’s passion has inspired thousands to visit this place and fall in love with it’s rainforests and coastal wilderness.

Event Details ...

• Venue: Pop Up Gallery
• Address: Cnr Mount & Cattley Sts, Burnie 7320
• Date: Sunday, 27 September 2015
• Time: 2:00 - 4:00pm
• Cost: Free


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Meet The Dame ...

Robert Thompson for Robert's PERFORM
21.09.15 5:15 pm


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is a singer and entertainer who has specialised in the field of Aged-Care.

Now retired from full-time work as a Leisure and Lifestyle Officer where her skills as a singer/entertainer had a significant impact on those aged-care residents with dementia, The Dame can now concentrate on purely entertaining and singing.

Her repertoire apart from the World War II classics of Vera Lynn, Judy Garland, and may include many song hits from the 60’s, show tunes and swing jazz numbers.

She can also entertain with stories and songs and appear as a host for a function or event around Tasmania.

The Dame is well versed in Master of Ceremonies and performance.

Besides MC-ing events for years her performance can consist of “The Strength and Power of Music and Costume” using song, dress and video/images.

Since assisted passage from Belfast, she worked in NYC, Thailand, Tasmania, Melbourne and as ABC TV Factory regular Hollywood Movie Reviewer -

Especially as the parson in Mrs Miniver (ground breaking technology then with graphic artists inserting him in the church scene at

So well travelled and experienced overseas and mainland. Now with local radio and many community events including Seniors Week, TasPride Diversity and Relationships Australia.

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Queenstown: Time & Memory;  First Major Exhibition by Denise Mitchell

Denise Mitchell
21.09.15 5:06 pm

Time & Memory

First Major Exhibition by Denise Mitchell B.A. (F.A.&V.C) and grand re-opening of the recently renovated Gallery @ 15-17 Driffield St., Queenstown.

You are invited to:-

The grand re-opening and first exhibition at the newly renovated ‘Denise Mitchell Studio Gallery’ 15-17 Driffield St. Queenstown Tas. to be held from:-
6 p.m. on Friday, the 23rd October 2015, and runs for two weeks ...

The exhibition title is ‘Time & Memory’ by Denise Mitchell, B.A. (F.A.& V.C.).

The Gallery has had a major renovation and will be shown to the public for the first time on the exhibition night.
It is also hoped that a new major Australian Art Prize in honour of the gallery’s last owner and generous patron, recently deceased, will be ready to announce also.

The Exhibition starts at 6pm on Friday 23rd. October, with several (brief) speeches and toasts.

The Body of Work is presented as oils on canvas with a secondary BOW of similarly themed pottery.

It is anticipated it will be a great night with a good many attendees. Media representatives are welcome and appreciated.

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