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The following stories relate to The Arts in Tasmania:

New era for Woolmers

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An exciting addition to Woolmers Estate, one of Tasmania’s biggest heritage drawcards, is already paying dividends with a sizeable increase in visitor numbers.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

A beautiful veneer

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Stunning architectural features and bespoke furniture are being crafted out of an innovative timber veneer, which is also helping to preserve Tasmania’s specialty woods.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Change of tune

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Nicholas Heyward – the man instrumental in guiding the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) into the cultural powerhouse that it is today – is being honoured with a new prize that encourages original composition.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Spotlight shines on Tassie

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Tasmania is cementing its reputation as a movie location, with a film shot here to premiere at one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals in September.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Ballet goes wild

It was a case of two worlds – happily – colliding when the ballet hit Tasmania’s wild west. The rugged mining town of Zeehan has hosted a performance of Madame Butterfly by the Melbourne City Ballet. And it was a sell-out success, with more than 100 people gathering at Zeehan’s historic Gaiety Theatre to take in the show. West Coast Council Mayor, Phil Vickers, who took tickets at the door, told ABC News: “I think a show like this is something that we’re only going to get once a year. It saves people travelling away for it and it’s a bit of a cultural experience.” The historic Gaiety Theatre is open every day for visitors to the ‘Silver City’, and this is the second time that the Melbourne City Ballet has come to town. As ballerina, Alexia Cannizzaro, who performs the lead role of Cio-Cio-San told ABC News: “It really expands our audience base and everyone gets the opportunity to see performances like this, where they normally wouldn’t have the chance [for such an] experience.”

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Tassie architects scoop INDE awards

Tasmanian architects Taylor and Hinds snared the greatest accolade at the 2018 INDE Awards in Singapore. They won the ‘Best of the Best’ award for their ‘standing camp’ at wukalina (Mount William National Park) in the north-east. Their ‘krakani-lumi’ – which means resting place – was developed in conjunction with the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania. Sitting on the fringe of the Bay of Fires it consists of stunning timber structures that provide accommodation and communal facilities for trekkers on a 4-day guided walk from wukalina to larapuna (Eddystone Point). It’s the first walk in Tasmania entirely owned and operated by the Aboriginal Land Council. Poppy Taylor and Mat Hinds only set up their architectural practice in 2013, but beat an impressive field of 400 contenders from 14 countries to win the coveted INDE award. Meantime, accolades also for local architects, Liminal Studio. They have been shortlisted as finalists in the World Architecture Festival awards, which are being held in Amsterdam this November. Against a record number of entries, Liminal Studio has been nominated in the Hotel and Leisure category for their Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge on the East Coast. The nine pavilions, which are nestled amongst the bush, opened for guests in March and feature outdoor tubs and private decks.

3 July 2018, Edition 196

Theatre Royal works

Hobart’s historic Theatre Royal is closing down for six months – but it’s all in the name of progress. Come October, the theatre doors will shut as work ramps up on the adjacent $96 million Hedberg Centre. As well as including a performing arts centre, the Hedberg will also accommodate the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music. The Theatre Royal itself, which dates back to 1837, is not being forgotten. As part of the these works, it will be upgraded with new facilities including a multi-level foyer and expanded amenities. Also, a purpose-built studio with seating for 285 will replace the very confined – and outdated – Backspace Theatre. State Arts Minister, Elise Archer, praised this project as a “game-changer” for Tasmania’s performing arts scene, resulting in the creation of greatly expanded footprint for Hobart’s theatre hub. The new-look Theatre Royal will re-open in May 2019.

3 July 2018, Edition 196

History wins in new award

A prestigious new award – with a $25,000 purse – has chosen a book about Tasmania’s indigenous history as its inaugural winner. The perpetual Dick and Joan Green Family Award selects a publication that celebrates and promotes Tasmanian history and cultural heritage. It has been created in conjunction with the University of Tasmania. Historian and author, Dr Rebe Taylor, won the award for her book, Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity, published by Melbourne University Press. Dr Taylor’s book is based on extensive research conducted in museum archives in Oxford and Tasmania. The publication takes the reader into the heart of debates over Tasmanian Aboriginal antiquity, adding to the growing body of work about their lifeways dating back at least 41,000 years. Dr Taylor said: “Tasmanian history is very important to Tasmanians, but it has [also] always been very important to the world.” The award honours the late Dick Green and his wife Joan who were key drivers in the establishment of the National Trust in Tasmania and were also strong supporters of arts and community organisations.

3 July 2018

Art fires winter celebrations

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The winter celebrations are firing-up in Hobart, and this year’s offering includes the Hadley’s Art Prize which is back again, and twice the size.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Joshua brings jazz back home

A young Tasmanian jazz musician – who is quickly making his mark in New York – is back home for a tour of his favourite haunts. Joshua Dunn, 27, moved to the Big Apple in 2016 after obtaining a scholarship to study at the William Paterson University which is an exclusive school for talented jazz musicians. Since moving to New York, Joshua has also established himself as a sought-after guitarist in the jazz scene playing in more than 300 shows, ranging from the Lincoln Centre to Brooklyn dive bars. As far as Joshua is concerned he is living the dream; jamming alongside his jazz heroes on a vintage 1940 Gibson L7 guitar. He also told a university publication that being Australian has helped him stand out: “If jazz is a music based on innovation, then having a point of difference can be valued. Having an Australian accent to my playing jazz made me interesting in the US.” Joshua’s talents were apparent from an early age, and he began studying at Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music when he was just a fifteen-year-old boy, balancing University studies alongside regular schoolwork. For more information on Joshua’s Tasmanian tour, which includes MONA and Dark Mofo, visit: www.joshdunn.com.au.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

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13 August 2018, Edition 197

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