TAS – News & Events

Deadline of 28 February 2020 for expressions of interest in Design Eye Creative paper on skin – the 5th biennial celebration of wearable art created (at least 80%) from paper, held in June in Burnie Tasmania. Increased Prize Pool of $10,000 which includes three new awards. $5000 Design Eye Creative Major Award; $2000 Runner-Up Award ; NEW $1000 Tasmanian Hearing and Implant Centre – Dr Kellie Walker’s Encouragement Award – for recognition of talent and to encourage pursuit of the artform; NEW Awagami Paper Award in Recognition of the use of Handmade Paper – a selection of Awagami Editioning papers to the value of over AUD$500 – to recognise the use of handmade, artisanal and/or non-commercial paper; NEW $1000 Award in honour of Pam and Neil Thorne – a special award which reflects the core concept of paper on skin, an idea conceived and developed by Burnie artist Pam Thorne with support from her (equally paper-passionate) husband Neil. This award will be judged by the Burnie Regional Art Gallery Director to highlight the strong partnership between paper on skin and the Gallery. It is sponsored by Janet De Boer OAM. $500 Cocoon Designs Public Vote Award. NEW Major Sponsor – Design Eye Creative Local Burnie Graphic Design Business. JUDGES Virginia Dowzer (VIC) – Creative Director and curator, specialising in fashion related exhibitions Penny Carey-Wells (TAS) – Paper artist, former lecturer in Papermaking, School of Art, UTAS Mahdi Chandler (TAS) – Tasmanian mixed-media artist and educator. MORE INFORMATION www.burnieartscouncil.com

The GALA EVENT AND AWARD EVENING for paper on skin 2020 in Burnie is JUNE 19th. The paper on skin Exhibition of accepted works will be held from 26 June – 2 August at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery.  In addition you may wish to investigate the weekend workshop opportunity (20/21 June) with Mary Hark from the USA: The Art of Papermaking. https://www.maryhark.com/ Any questions please call Lyndal Thorne (Co-ordinator) 0438 313 045. email: paperonskin@gmail.com Website: https://burnieartscouncil.com/enter

Mary Hark and the Art of Papermaking – Weekend Workshop in Burnie: 20 and 21 June. Burnie Arts Council Inc were successful in an application for a Regional Arts Fund grant which will provide a certain number of subsidised places at the workshop, lowering the cost from $270 to $200. Additional subsidised places have also been provided thanks to the generous support of Ruth Forrest, Independent Member for Murchison of the Legislative Council of Tasmania; Leonie Hiscutt, Liberal Member for Montgomery of the Legislative Council of Tasmania; Anita Dow MP, Labor Member for Braddon and Senator Jacqui Lambie of the Jacqui Lambie Network. Subsidised places will be allocated on a ‘first in’ basis. Enrolment details and more information about the workshop here. Mary Hark is Professor of Design Studies, Textile, Design and Papermaking, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has a strong research background, has initiated many collaborative community projects and has a string of exhibition credits across the USA. Mary describes her teaching style as one which ‘honours the individual student… respects the discipline’s traditions and makes room for the unexpected.’ The workshop will be held at Creative Paper Tasmania. Many thanks to Burnie City Council, Darren Simpson – in-house papermaker and Alison Burgess – Visitor Services Manager for supporting this wonderful initiative. More about Mary here

     Public Lunchtime Lecture  from Mary Hark (see information above) in Burnie – Monday 22nd June. This is a free community lecture with Professor Hark hosted by the University of Tasmania on Monday 22 June at the Makers’ Space Gallery, Makers’ Workshop. Come along to hear about Mary’s decades of experience as an artist, researcher and academic, including her role in the hand-papermaking project in Ghana, West Africa. Time: 12 noon. Cost: free, light refreshments provided. RSVP’s essential to paperonskin@gmail.com by Wed June 17. This event is supported the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.
Many thanks to Joanna Gair – Arts and Public Programs Co-ordinator, University of Tasmania.

     BODY FUTURE | Alice Potts & Tarryn Handcock PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH MONA FOMA. Curated by Claire Beale. In a world where fast fashion is failing our future, how could we transform the daily impact of our bodies to be of use to the planet? The answer could lie in our sweat or even our dead skin and dander according to two designers: Alice Potts from Royal College of the Arts (London) and Tarryn Handcock from RMIT University (Melbourne). Design Tasmania, Launceston Free during Mona Foma. Continues to Sunday 1 March.

      Ruth Hadlow Intensive Creative Research Program 2020: This is a 1 year program, running as four intensive 3-day sessions in Hobart, spread across the year (March/May/September/November). The Intensive Creative Research Program is open to people I’ve previously worked with, and oriented towards those who want to really extend and develop their art practice by submersing themselves in a post-graduate level of creative research over a 12 month period. The program has only 6-8 places, to ensure a high level of attention for each participant. If you are interested, email ruthhadlow@gmail.com  Ruth Hadlow is also running a 4-day Masterclass in Hobart in October, dates to come.

     Marjorie Bligh: Domestic GoddessOn display at the Queen Victoria Museum Inveresk (Launceston) until 29 March 2020.  Marjorie Bligh is a Tasmanian icon, well-known for her advice on household management, craft, cooking, gardening, and even relationships. Through 96 years, she made a lasting impact on generations of Tasmanians, and even had an effect on Barry Humphries’ famous housewife Dame Edna Everage. Marjorie Bligh: Domestic Goddess looks at Marjorie’s life, from her early years in Ross and home-making in Campbell Town, to her later celebrity in Devonport. The exhibition showcases many of Marjorie’s handmade items, collections, mementos from travel, scrapbooks, personal photographs, signed editions of her books, and numerous awards. In particular the exhibition focusses on her thrift and use of recycled material. It features a reproduction of her guest bedroom and a craft space, so you too can recycle materials like Marjorie. If you were already familiar with Marjorie Bligh, prepare for a trip down memory lane. If you have not encountered her work, get ready for a surprise! https://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/Exhibitions/Now-Showing/TemporaryTouring/Marjorie-Bligh-Domestic-Goddess