TROY EMERY’s Wildlife is a technicolour menagerie of imagined creatures that lurk in the gallery’s corners and loom overhead, confronting us with the knotty history of our relationship with nonhuman animals. It is showing in Hobart at Rosny Barn with an opening weekend on the weekend of 2/3 June, 11am-5pm. OPENING NIGHT PARTY Wednesday 6 June, 6-9pm. Thereafter the gallery is open Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm until the show finishes on 29th June. Emery’s sculptures examine how we begin to understand animals through allegory and metaphor. Acting as natural specimens in the Rosny Barn’s faux-museum, the hyper-colour beasts can only exist as mythological creatures. The luscious pompom pelts are an exaggeration of the qualities sought after in exotic wildlife, and specifically, the way that animals can be seen as decorative objects. As pets decorate living spaces, furs decorate the body, animal patterns decorate furniture, hunting trophies decorate the hunter, taxidermy decorates the museum diorama.
RESIDUE, showing at the Rosny Farm Schoolhouse Gallery in Hobart from 1-24 June is an exploration into what remains after a core is lost. Brisbane based artists Ally McKay and Tess Mehonoshen depict a delicate but prevailing determination to rebuild and plough forward through loss, using material and spatial relationships to convey intimate experiences. Both artists share an affinity to material processes, working with found and sourced materials to create minimal sculpture and installation based work. They draw out the raw potential in their materials, relying on inherent qualities; playing upon and exaggerating strengths and weaknesses to layer meaning within their work. Paying particular attention to the site-specificity of the Schoolhouse Gallery, the artists’ works seek to strike a balance between both hiding within the space, and intruding upon it. Opening hours: 11am – 5pm Wed – Sun.
Tasmanian Craft Fair – November 2nd to 5th 2018. Held annually in the picturesque township of Deloraine in northern Tasmania, an amazing array of talented artists and craftspeople exhibit and demonstrate their work as part of the Tasmanian Craft Fair. The 2018 program is not yet available, but the 2017 program can be downloaded (12 MB file) to give an idea of what the Craft Fair will have on offer. Opening Hours of the Craft Fair: Friday 9am – 5pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday 9am – 5pm; Monday 9am – 4pm. Tickets can either be bought online, or at the entry gates (all venues). http://www.tascraftfair.com.au/
Object Therapy will open at Design Tasmania on 6 July and remains there until 19 September. Object Therapy is a touring exhibition and project that explores creative transformation and notions of value and repair. In May 2016, 29 broken objects were submitted by members of the public to a team of repair researchers in Canberra before undergoing ‘therapy’. Items of furniture, ceramics, household appliances, textiles, jewellery, sentimental objects and even one human, were all treated and reimagined by noted Australian and international designers and artists including Trent Jansen, Liam Mugavin, Henry Wilson and Alison Jackson. In transforming these loved but broken items into objects of delight and surprise, Object Therapy showcases innovative design solutions while exploring the attachments we form with objects. As a project and exhibition, it encourages us to rethink our habits of material consumption while exploring and celebrating the role and creative possibilities of repair in society. Object Therapy is a project by Hotel Hotel. Developed in partnership with UNSW Art & Design and ANU School of Art and Design. https://australiandesigncentre.com/object-therapy/
BETTA MILK BURNIE WEARABLE PAPER ART COMPETITION 2018: Paper on Skin. The Burnie Arts Council in partnership with the Burnie Regional Art Gallery proudly presents the fourth biennial paper on skin. Awards: $5000 Betta Milk Major Award. $1500 Friends of Burnie Regional Art Gallery Runner Up Award. $500 Cocoon Designs Public Vote Award. paper on skin is a pre-selected competition and associated exhibition. All applications will be viewed by the judges: Janet De Boer, OAM, Editor of Textile Fibre Forum, 1981-2013, former CEO of TAFTA; Niecy Brown, Arts Administrator, textile, paper & community artist and Jane Haley, CEO Ten Days on the Island. Entries close March 5, 2018. Download your Entry Form: burnieartscouncil.com (Select: “paper on skin” tab). Hard copies available by contacting Burnie Arts Council.Contact details: Burnie Arts Council. Pam Thorne PO Box 506 Burnie Tasmania 7320. Associated events: Gala Parade & Award Evening: Fri 15 June 2018. Exhibition dates for selected works at Burnie Regional Art Gallery 22 June – 29 July 2018. E: firstname.lastname@example.org M: 0429 029 671. Burnie Regional Art Gallery: E: email@example.com P: 03 6430 5875 Download entry form from www.burnieartscouncil.com
Further to Burnie: on the weekend following paper on skin, Burnie Arts Council will be hosting a hanji making workshop at Creative Paper Tasmania (June 16/17). The tutor is the internationally recognised hanji scholar and practitioner, Aimee Lee, based in New York. The workshop will expand paper on skin from a one-off evening event to complete weekend. Short CNN clip on Aimee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDM6E784Bxs To find out more go to www.burnieartscouncil.com and use the ‘Aimee Lee Workshop’ tab to download Enrolment Form.
LOLO GREENO Cultural Jewels is the eighth in The Australian Design Centre’s Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. Greeno is a shell worker and artist from Tasmania, whose career spans 30 years. She is an award winning talent in shell-working and the exhibition includes 50 highly visual and textural works, each uniquely championing the traditions and culture of the Indigenous women of Tasmania’s Cape Barren and Flinders Islands. Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, TAS until 31st July 2018. (TMAG has acquired the entire exhibition from The Australian Design Centre; it will find a permanent home in Hobart from July 2018).