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The following stories relate to The Arts in Tasmania:

Antique royalty lands in Hobart

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Perth ‘antique royalty’ – Leslie Lauder and Mark Howard – packed up their thriving business, which was four decades in the making, and moved across the country to Tasmania

11 December 2018, Edition 201

Festive fun begins with birthday bash

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Tasmania is gearing up for a summer of festivities, spear-headed by an iconic event which is ready to celebrate a milestone birthday – with a new look.

11 December 2018, Edition 201

Cygnet ready for festival fun

Cygnet, in the beautiful Huon Valley, is getting ready to host its annual folk festival. The pubs, halls, cafes, parks and streets of this small village come alive as thousands congregate for one of the most popular events on Tasmania’s cultural calendar. The Cygnet Folk Festival is a three-day event held every year on the second weekend in January. And, since the first festival in 1982, it has developed into one of Australia’s most iconic folk music festivals. It proudly showcases a range of music genres featuring both local, national and international musicians. If you fancy some fantastic music, set in beautiful countryside, then head to Cygnet for the 2019 folk festival which will run from January 11-13.

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Accolades for Tassie timber designs

Tasmania has been lauded for its stunning architectural designs featuring timber. The much-acclaimed Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions, by Liminal Studio, took out the Excellence in Timber Products category at the recent Australian Timber Design Awards in Sydney. The pavilions were praised for a design that sits lightly amongst the bush setting and echo local rock formations with a curved glass and timber exterior incorporating charred red ironbark cladding. Mention was also made of the construction process. The pavilions were prefabricated in Hobart and delivered to the site in small modules that were wheelbarrowed from the Lodge’s carpark, thus ensuring minimal environmental damage. Other Tasmanian structures – MACq 01 Hotel by Circa Morris-Nunn Architects, and the Wukalina Walk huts by Taylor and Hinds Architects – also won awards at the 19th annual Australian Timber Design Awards.

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Heyward’s fabulous finale

It was a fabulous final performance for retiring Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra [TSO] boss, Nicholas Heyward. The long-serving Managing Director was farewelled in style last weekend with a Strings of Life performance attracting crowds to the Wrest Point lawns in Hobart. The TSO and Ministry of Sound celebrated with re-imagined dance tracks of the last 25 years. Heyward told The Mercury it was fitting that this would be the last TSO performance he would be presiding over saying: “It’s kind of ironic in a way that my final concert should be something like the Ministry of Sound, because [it’s not] what most people would think of as what the TSO does. I’m really quite chuffed that it’s ended up being something like the Ministry of Sound, because it’s a reflection of where the orchestra is now.” Heyward, who took over the TSO reins in 2001, will be replaced by Caroline Sharpen who takes up her new post in January.

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Sundance coup for The Nightingale

A record six Australian films will feature at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in January, including The Nightingale, which was shot in Tasmania. Hollywood legend, Robert Redford set up the Sundance in 1978, and it has risen to become one of the most famous independent film festivals. Since The Nightingale’s release, the film has won widespread critical acclaim. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, where it won a special jury prize, while Baykali Ganambarr, received the young actor award. The Nightingale is set in 1825, in Van Diemen’s Land, and recounts the story of an Irish convict who witnesses the brutal murder of her family and seeks revenge with the help of an aboriginal guide. The Sundance Film Festival begins on January 24, at Park City, in the US state of Utah.

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Historic artworks to return home

Two rare sketches of Tasmanian Aborigines, done before European settlement, are being brought back to the island state. The artworks were recently discovered in a private French collection and purchased at auction last week for more than $300,000 by Libraries Tasmania, with funds from the Allport Bequests. They will hang in the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts Collection in Hobart. The portraits were done in 1802 during the voyage of discovery to the “southern lands” by French explorer Nicolas Baudin. They were drawn by artist Nicolas-Martin Petit, in the vicinity of Bruny Island, the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Maria Island. The portraits are of significant cultural importance, and Libraries Tasmania says it is thrilled to be able to bring them back to Tasmania. The Allport collection contains more than 6,000 colonial paintings and prints and is widely regarded as one of the most important collections of Tasmania’s visual history.   

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Gilded encounters at Hadley’s

Hadley’s Orient Hotel is further cementing its reputation as a patron of the arts, with an exciting new exhibition set to open. Gilded Encounters will showcase a collection of jewellery and small objects that explores the rich narratives embedded in the historic Hobart Hotel. The exhibition will feature new works by four Tasmanian contemporary art jewellers, Alexandra Parish, Janine Combes, Sarah Stubbs and Sophie Carnell, who will also reflect design features of the hotel building in their works. Collectively known as CUSP, these artists have come together to make, exhibit and promote Tasmanian contemporary jewellery, and all the displayed artwork will be for sale. Hadley’s has received widespread acclaim by staging the annual Hadley’s Art Prize, which is the world’s richest award for landscape art. Gilded Encounters will open at the Hotel on November 22 and run until late February.

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Global accolades for designer who is blind

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It is an incredible feat. Young Hobart designer, Duncan Meerding, is blind, yet he has just won an international award at the ‘Oscars of lighting’.

9 November 2018, Edition 200

A year of art at Inveresk

The call has gone out for participants interested in contributing to an innovative yearlong public arts programme in Launceston. Ephemeral Art wants to turn the planned University of Tasmania campus at Inveresk into a cultural hotspot, by inviting artists to make their mark. The brief is broad and only limited by the artists’ creativity. The only specifications are that the art will only survive for a year, and that it interact with the public space of Inveresk in some way. Project Director, Dr Kim Lehman told The Examiner: “We’re quite open-ended about what it is that they can actually do. For example, it could be a dance performance, something happening each month over a period of a year." Ephemeral Art holds the belief that the new $260 million Inveresk campus should be used for artistic and cultural pursuits even before the first buildings have been put in place.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

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