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The following stories relate to The Arts in Tasmania:

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

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

Bach in barns

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It’s an intoxicating mix. Classical music, heritage buildings, food, wine and craft gin, and all set amongst Tasmania’s bucolic rolling hills.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

Spawning success for spotted handfish

An innovative breeding program hoping to save the critically endangered spotted handfish is proving a success. Last month, we brought you the story of ceramist Jane Bamford, who made thousands of artificial spawning habitats for the rare fish which is found only in Hobart’s River Derwent. These long porcelain spindles – which replicate the stalked ascidians that are their natural breeding habitats and have largely vanished – were embedded on the river floor by divers over the past few months. It was hoped that the fish would lay their eggs around them. With the spawning season now underway, the first results are in, and CSIRO scientists are reporting that handfish have laid hundreds of eggs around the ceramic artificial spawning habitats. This much-loved fish is one of Tasmania’s most unique creatures, and while it is still early days, for those involved this is definitely cause for celebration.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

Wild west turns to art

Tasmania’s West Coast is about to come alive with unconventional art, music and dance. The Unconformity – a three-day biennial contemporary arts festival – is about to kick off in Queenstown. It is a celebration of the West Coast’s rugged and rich mining history, as well as Queenstown’s unique character. Even the name reflects this heritage, with an unconformity being an area of rock that shows a geological break in time. Giant speakers in the centre of town will create a wall of noise and vibration to depict geological events that shaped the region – volcanoes, earthquakes and meteorite strikes. Artistic Director, Travis Tiddy, told The Advocate: “It kicks the festival off with a geological roar. People all throughout the Queenstown valley will hear it.” This year’s offerings also include performances by international, interstate and local artists; Tasmanian ghost stories; art exhibitions; and even a ‘Queenie Muster’ for car buffs. Since the inaugural festival in 2010, The Unconformity has established itself as a significant cultural event in regional Tasmania. Unconformity 2018 will run from October 19-21.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

Sharpen to take TSO helm

An accomplished arts leader with strong Tasmanian connections will take the reins at the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO). Caroline Sharpen will step in as the new CEO, succeeding Nicholas Heyward who steps down in December after a 17-year tenure. Sharpen, whose Tasmanian family connections date back to 1804, comes with an impressive resume in arts management. A graduate of the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, Sharpen was the first Australian awarded a prestigious Kennedy Centre Fellowship in Arts Management – a scholarship for aspiring arts leaders in Washington D.C. Her subsequent career included senior positions with Musica Viva Australia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. TSO Board Chair, Dr David Rich, said: “I am confident that working with our newly-appointed Chief Conductor, Eivind Aadland, and building on the strong foundations built by Nicholas Heyward and his colleagues, Caroline will lead the TSO into a new era of exciting innovations and extraordinary artistic achievements.” Sharpen takes up her new five-year post in January.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

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

Art lends a helping hand

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Art is the latest weapon in the fight to save one of Tasmania’s most unique creatures – the critically endangered spotted handfish.

12 September 2018, Edition 198

Symphony summer school

Expect the sounds of sweet music over the coming summer months, with a special summer school for aspiring Tasmanian conductors. For the second year, the Australian Conducting Academy, in conjunction with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO), will be giving the next generation of conductors the opportunity to hone their talents with a professional orchestra. The course is being led by TSO principal guest conductor, Johannes Fritzsch. TSO Managing Director, Nicholas Heyward told The Mercury: “For the second year running we are delighted to offer a talented group of aspiring conductors a unique opportunity to work with a professional orchestra which is very involved and supportive of the process, and hone their skills with Johannes, a master educator and mentor.” The symphony summer school will be held in Hobart from late January next year.

12 September 2018, Edition 198

Mining Queenstown’s art

Long known for its mining heritage, Queenstown is also increasingly known for its unconventional art. Unique and off-beat culture is celebrated at The Unconformity which is expected to draw crowds to the West Coast mining town next month. According to organisers, this biennial contemporary arts festival “explores the paradoxes of Queenstown, a small mining community on Tasmania’s wild and mountainous West Coast… experience our community’s unmatched sense of place". It will feature dance, a photographic exhibition, and a special artists’ trail, highlighting the works of more than 20 local artists. A Memory Map will also encourage people to post their personal experiences about living in this unique community. The Unconformity evolved from the Queenstown Heritage Arts Festival which was first held in 2010, and re-branded in 2015. This year’s three-day The Unconformity arts festival will take place from October 14 to 16.

12 September 2018, Edition 198

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