Presented by Sean O’Connell

Daily opening times:

October 6 – 15, 2023

11am – 6pm

An exploration of hidden realms within the Central Plateau, as experienced by electrons moving through the internal structure of matter, revealed in image and sound.

Portals explores hidden energies and pathways within the humble materials that make up the grand landscape of Tasmania’s Central Plateau. Using electricity as the conduit, an alternate understanding of the environment is unfolded, energetically, from within the intimate interior realms of matter. These elements include dolerite rock brought to the surface and worn by wind and ice, limbs of snow gum slowly grown in the rocky ground, pale clumps of forking branched lichen, vials of cool clear tarn water, and decaying fragments and remnants from past human habitation.

The exhibition explores these samples, through electricity, in backlit images on analog photographic film, in collected samples from the environment, and in small sonic oscillators that us these same materials within their electronic circuitry. This exploration opens up alternate possibilities, and suggests an understanding of something unknown, as matter and electricity converse, to reveal hidden pathways within the mysterious highland landscape.

Presented by Anna Brooks

Daily opening times:

September 21 – October 2, 2023

9.30am – 5pm
Closing at 2pm on October 2

This exhibition explores the impact of bushfire on vegetation and landscapes and aims to evoke a sense of ecological distress.

I have tried to distil my own experiences of being in burnt areas… charred trunks, blackened soils, smoke-laden air, and the ground naked of vegetation so that the rocks and geology show more definitively.  For me, burned landscapes evoke a sense of loss and sadness, of unease at the known world made unfamiliar, and empathy for the burned and maimed trees.

Australia is one of the most bushfire-prone continents and bushfires are culturally and environmentally significant.  In south-eastern Australia, the frequency and intensity of fires has increased since the 1950s and scientists predict this increase will continue due to climate change.  News stories focus on the effect of fires on people.  However, frequent and severe bushfires also seriously alter natural ecosystems, and will likely contribute to loss of species, and reduced genetic diversity.

Presented by Rick Crossland

Daily opening times:

September 7 – 18, 2023

9am – 6pm

“A diverse collection of images that suddenly caught my eye, that I found beautiful, transformed by the light and atmosphere at that time. The scene can change ‘In the Blink of an Eye’ but in my paintings I try to catch an impression, a memory of time and place.”

Whilst trying my luck at fishing on a family holiday on Flinders Island I caught sight of the late afternoon light on the waves. It was breathtaking. I dropped the rod and ran to the car to grab my easel and painting gear to record the image before the light changed. I had to work fast as the sun dropped behind the dunes at the back of the beach. ‘In the Blink of an Eye’ the scene had changed but luckily, I had caught an impression, a memory, a feeling of that particular time and place.

This exhibition is a collection of plein air work done over the year at various places, coastal, rural and urban in Tasmania, including Flinders Island. Despite the many challenges of plein air painting – fickle weather, tides that can’t be controlled, light that is always changing and curious passers-by, I prefer to paint in front of my subject. All the answers are there in front of you, you see people and stuff you just can’t invent. It’s always about the effects of light. I must work fast to capture the image before the conditions change and for that reason, most of my paintings in the exhibition will be small. However, some of the collection will be larger paintings that required repeat visits to the same location, when the conditions were similar.

The subjects are diverse, images that suddenly caught my eye, that I found beautiful, transformed by the light and atmosphere at that time. I want to convey to the viewer the real colours, mood and feeling of the place or object. The way I paint is very challenging. However, I love it and get tremendous joy when others connect with my paintings and ‘see’.

Presented by Margaret Skowronski

Daily opening times:

August 24 – September 4, 2023

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

In this exhibition I show a variety of calligraphy images in Sumi ink (2014 – 2023) full of suggestions, hints of nature, animals and human forms – often elusive, partly revealed, but mostly concealed so that they just tug at the viewer`s imagination.

Inspired by travelling to Japan and China I present my unique way of exploring art calligraphy with freedom of expression and subconscious artistic interpretation of feelings emerging in my soul in response to unrest in the world and the ever-changing Universe.

Presented by Resource Work Cooperative

22 – 30 July 2023 | 10am-5pm

Opening event: July 21st, 6pm

Since 1995 Art from Trash has helped highlight the vast amount of usable resources sent to landfill through artistic endeavours and shown the beauty that can be found in what is traditionally thought of as waste.

Since 1995, Art from Trash’s goal has been to encourage a deeper discussion about reuse and the negative outcomes of our consumer driven society and how to reduce the vast amounts of usable items sent to landfill every day.

Artists and makers both established and emerging, schools, community groups and everyone in between are invited to explore all types of materials through creative reuse. A horse made from salvaged wire? A sculpture made from crockery? Clothes created from old photographs? Almost anything is possible and probable when, instead of thinking outside the box, we use the box to create something completely new.

Art from Trash is one of the only exhibitions where you could see all these plus a cornucopia of other amazing works all created from something someone else thought was waste.

Resource Work Co-operative is proud to present Art from Trash 2023 at the Long Gallery from July 22 to July 30 2323 and would like to thank our partners the City of Hobart and Salamanca Arts Centre.

Presented by Tasmanian Ceramics Association

Opening Event:

Aug 3, 2023 – 6pm

Daily opening times:

Aug 3, 2023 – Aug 21, 2023

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Variations to Daily Opening Times :

21st August closing at 1pm

To evolve – to develop gradually by a natural process.

Over time ceramics has seen a phenomenal evolution – from the simplest of forms used in

functional vessels by our earliest ancestors to the modern-day interpretations of

contemporary art. Today we use much the same processes to turn earth into baked clay.

Evolved – the 2023 TCA 51 st Annual Members Exhibition, encourages its members to take

inspiration from all areas of ceramics – sculptural, imaginative, and functional, to showcase

the extensive and diverse methods that today’s ceramicist uses to express creativity across

our island.

Presented by David Hearne

Daily opening times:
13 – 16 July, 2023
10am – 4pm

Medieval Madness gone rogue in the Tasmanian Gothic

Tasmanian Gothic is a cliché of fantasy, surrealism, modernism, appropriation, abstraction and expressionism mashed together into a contemporary vulgarity. This vulgarity is defined by the question, has anything changed since the medieval times?

These cliched movements and themes have been pummelled together and placed on a broadsheet that is suggestive of the current and contemporary Tasmanian landscape (figuratively and metaphorically). A Gothic element of decay and horror is fused into that landscape through its subject matter which is full of medieval inklings. Literary evocations of stalked and baked creatures fuelled by the works of Lord Byron’s (Darkness) and Mary Shelley’s (Frankenstein) litter the picture plane. On occasion the players have left the scape and melted into abstraction and tactile formalism. To enhance the horror and repugnance, anti-processes and anti-techniques have been successfully and unsuccessfully explored through risk and experimentation.

When dark and surreal imagery explore the darker aspects of life the unbridled and innate pessimism of a peasant painter screams out for a deeper meaning to the term Tasmanian Gothic.  As life imitates art and art imitates life, the fall and broken nature of the characters throughout these scapes, are all faced with or have faced sin and temptation. It is we who mirror this same fear and terror in our own making of this new contemporary Tasmanian Gothic.

Daily opening times:
15 – 27 June, 2023
10am – 4pm

Immerse yourself in the beauty of winter seas, with this latest collection of abstract seascape paintings by Hannah Blackmore.

The Sidespace Gallery at Salamanca Arts Centre is proud to present Winter Wild, a new exhibition of abstract seascape paintings by fine artist Hannah Blackmore. Running from June 14th to June 27th, the exhibition showcases textured paintings that capture the moods of the Tasmanian coastline.

“My work focuses on the interplay of light and texture, as I seek to capture the ever-changing moods of the ocean. Drawing on my experiences along the Tasmanian coastline, my paintings convey a sense of energy, movement, and natural beauty.

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my work with the Hobart community. The Tasmanian coastline has been a huge inspiration for me, and I hope my paintings capture some of the wild and unpredictable beauty of this incredible landscape. Winter Wild is a celebration of the natural world and the wonder of the ocean, and I hope it will inspire viewers to connect with the beauty of the Tasmanian coast.”

Winter Wild is a must-see exhibition for art lovers, nature enthusiasts, and anyone interested in exploring the intersection of light and texture. The exhibition will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm daily.

Daily opening times:
7 – 12 June, 2023
10am – 4pm

Annual group art exhibition by members of Jackson Studio.

Jackson Studio proudly presents Jacksonism, an annual group art exhibition by adult art students and artists ranging in age from early 20s through to 80s. Our official opening will be by Hobart Artist, Kichikoo on Thursday 8 June at 6pm with Welcome to Country by Belinda Casey and music by Alex Buktenica and will be up until 4pm, 12 June.

Jackson artists vary from complete beginners through to experienced painters and we meet in groups (seven times a week) to explore art through a different artist and style each week. I research artists and provide videos and art exercises for everyone at the start of each session – we explore a diverse range of art from all over the world and throughout different eras, which stimulates conversation and can be a great inspiration for everyone’s artistic endeavours. After this activity everyone is free to get on with their own work for the rest of the session.

Everyone at Jackson is encouraged to find their way – to experiment and develop their own styles, and bounce ideas off each other. Our motto is “feel the fear and do it anyway!”. We keep in touch via a Facebook group, sharing our work and ideas and all meet annually at our exhibition.

Known as “The Jacksonites” there is a shared camaraderie between all attendees, even those who haven’t yet met! As we have studied so many art movements and styles – a lot of “isms” over the years, I have coined the title for our show – Jacksonism, which is intended to mean artistic freedom.

For some of our artists, this is their first experience of exhibiting. This year we have a big range of subject matter, genres and mediums -oils, acrylics, watercolours and more, with prices ranging from approximately $200 – $1500 – there’s something for everyone.

There will be a number and a QR code next to each painting in our show – the number will relate to our catalogue, available as you enter the gallery, and the QR code will take you to Jackson’s website to read statements provided by our artists. Please ask one of our friendly gallery attendants if you have any queries at all.

Jacksonism includes the Carolyn Bonny Memorial Art Prize, sponsored by Artery – the winner of the prize will be announced at our opening.

This year is Jackson’s 10th anniversary, and our 6th group exhibition. Having started with four people on a Saturday morning in 2013, we have grown to over 60, with 153 in our Facebook group and participating exhibitors are thrilled to present our work to you at the Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre. The show will run from 7 – 12 June.

I am incredibly proud of all my members and the enthusiastic culture we have created and foster together at Jackson. This year’s exhibition coincides with our tenth year of operating (in one form or another) and I hope to continue working with everyone well into the future.

Thank you for your interest in our artistic explorations – I hope you enjoy it all and, if you are interested in joining us, please contact me through our website.

Sarah Weaver, Artist and Art Tutor, Jackson Studio

Opening event:
Friday 26 May – 5pm

Daily opening times:
27 May – 4 June, 2023
10am – 4pm

Resilience and Regeneration is a visual collaboration between John Osborne who lives in Geeveston, Tasmania and Brian Blowers (Brian B.) from the Northern Rivers area of NSW. It’s about the resilience and regeneration of two river valleys: The Huon in Tasmania and the Clarence in NSW.

The exhibition explores the resilience of nature to regenerate especially after catastrophic events such as the bush fires that devastated much of Australia’s east coast in 2019-2020, that were then followed by some of the worst floods in living memory, the combined effects of which threatened many species of plants and animals already under threat from our changing climate.

Nature has, in many areas, surprisingly begun to quickly regenerate with new forest growth and evidence of animals adapting to a changed and damaged environment.

John Osborne is a long-time resident of Geeveston Tasmania and has been involved in many art projects in the Huon Valley. Brian B. lived in Geeveston and shared a studio with John as well as working together in the Southern Design Centre Studios, Geeveston. Brian B. now lives in Maclean in the Clarence Valley of New South Wales.