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The following stories relate to The Arts in Tasmania:

Hadley’s raises landscape ante

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Hobart’s 175-year-old Hadley’s Orient Hotel became the home in July of the world’s richest landscape art prize thanks to the generosity of tourism entrepreneur Don Neil and a little flow-on MONA Effect.

1 August 2017, Edition 186

Mona Foma looks to Lonnie

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Hobart has been Monaised ahead of schedule and the annual summer festival, Mona Foma, is now looking to work its transformative magic on Launceston

1 August 2017, Edition 186

Let’s get on the ‘shopping trolley’

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MONA’s latest project – a cantilevered hotel called HoMo sitting over the River Derwent like an inverted slab of the Golden Gate Bridge – looks impossible for the world to ignore.

29 July 2017, Edition 186

Life’s tough, says Winter Feast man

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Food and Wine Writer Graeme Phillips reviews the 2017 Winter Feast and concludes that it’s tough living in Tasmania.

4 July 2017, Edition 185

Small towns enjoy the footlights

Filming for the second season of the ABC-TV comedy series Rosehaven started in June with the show’s main set moved from New Norfolk to Oatlands. The period thriller, The Nightingale, was also filmed in some of the State’s well-preserved small colonial towns. The feature film team operated from headquarters at the Hobart Showground and spent an estimated $3.6 million in the State. The Chief Executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania, Scott Gadd, said: “The producer’s view is that more and more film companies will look to Tasmania because of the unique light here.” Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, The Nightingale is set in 1820s Tasmania and tells the story of a young female convict who witnesses the murder of her family. Seeking revenge, she takes an Aboriginal tracker into the wilderness to hunt the killers. Much of the film was shot in the central highlands. The second Rosehaven production centred on Oatlands, but also ranged to the Derwent and Huon valleys and Seven Mile Beach. Written by and starring comedians Celia Pacquola and Tasmanian Luke McGregor, Rosehaven premiered on ABC TV last October and was the ABC’s best-rated comedy series for the year. The State Government, via Screen Tasmania, contributed $300,000 to the cost of producing season two. The series has been picked up by Sundance TV to screen in the United States later this year. Screen Tasmania invested $200,000 in The Nightingale and had provided backing earlier to a successful TV drama series, The Kettering Incident, and the feature film Lion. Filmed in southern Tasmania, The Kettering Incident, won two Logie awards and three Australian Academy of Cinema Television Arts awards. Lion, the story of Hobart man Saroo Brierley, was also shot in the State and was nominated for six Academy Awards and the Golden Globe awards.

4 July 2017, Edition 185

MONA shows the art of non-artists

The work of more than 200 part-time artists is on show at MONA’s latest exhibition, The Museum of Everything. A collection of nearly 2,000 artworks, it is being promoted as Australia’s biggest exhibition of international non-professional art. The Museum of Everything opened in London in 2009 to exhibit art by "ordinary" people from around the world, stretching the possibility of who should be considered an artist. Founder James Brett said: “Often the people making this [art] aren't thinking about a career, or selling, or their big show. It is personal, and that intimacy is captivating. This is the first major show of non-academic, non-professional 'otherness’ that Australia has ever had and that is pretty great.” After the MONA exhibition The Museum of Everything hopes to uncover new Australian talent during a national tour.

4 July 2017, Edition 185

Junction wins State’s support

Launceston’s Junction Arts Festival, originally a one-off event to coincide with a Regional Arts Australia National Conference in 2010, has secured state funding for the next five years. The Tasmanian Government has committed $1.25 million to the festival until 2021. In addition, the City of Launceston will provide $45,000 a year over the next three years. Festival Creative Director, Greg Clarke, told The Examiner: “We can’t give too much away yet, but the 2017 program will definitely have something for everyone. What I can tell you is that there will be over 30 events with a real focus on showcasing Tasmanian music, art, performance, food and wine.”

4 July 2017, Edition 185

VDB brings back baroque

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Baroque music has returned to Tasmania, with the Van Diemen’s Band striking up with unexpected style in its first year.

6 June 2017, Edition 184

Winter brings Voices en masse

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Winter is here, but there’s Dark Mofo, the Festival of Voices and the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival to consider before huddling down by the hearth.

6 June 2017, Edition 184

TMAG stars at national awards

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery took out four major awards to work some brand magic for Tasmania at the Museum and Galleries National Awards in Brisbane in May. TMAG’s three major exhibitions over the past 12 month, Tempest, kanalaritja: An Unbroken String and One Hell of an Inferno: the 1967 Tasmanian Bushfires each won the top award for its category. TMAG was also announced as the 2017 overall National Winner (selected from a shortlist of category winners) for the Tempest exhibition. Inspired by Shakespeare’s play and the stormy theme of the 2016 Dark Mofo festival, Tempest transformed TMAG into a world of shipwrecks, wild seas and sorcery under acclaimed curator Juliana Engberg. TMAG’s Director, Janet Carding, said: “It’s fantastic for the team because they work really hard and I think they did some of their best work on this and now that’s been recognised. The judges said they were really struck by how Tempest took an idea and pushed it to its limits — taking the idea of Shakespeare’s play, a stormy island and shipwrecks and producing something uniquely Tasmanian and making it our own.”

6 June 2017, Edition 184

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