The debut solo exhibition by emerging Tasmanian artist Nick Hills.

Breathe pushes the themes of life and decay in the natural world to a new level. It’s a menagerie of characters and emotional states, everything from spiders tangled upon melting limbs to whimsically psychedelic animal portraits.

Originally inspired by a need to break through some mental health barriers, Nick’s work is a great insight into the artists mind and the 3-year journey involved in coming out of a difficult time and building up a whole new perspective on life.

Coming from a background in mountain biking and a love of hard metal music (the pieces are named after lyrics from Nick’s favorite bands and musicians), Nick’s unique style is both dark and brightly energetic.

All works are archival inkjet printed on 100% cotton rag museum grade paper by Papermill Printhouse (Melbourne) and Full Gamut (Hobart) and are all framed by Hobart’s finest Wagner Framemakers.
All prints are available for purchase.
Merchandise, stickers and other accessories are also available for sale down in Spacebar Gallery.

Two purple zombie hands float against a lavender background. The Palms of each hand are parallel, and there is purple dripping liquid running from the finger tips. A Redback spider is suspended between the hands, whilst another spider crawls on the top of a hand.
Nick Hills. Mind Over Matter.
A hand reaches towards the sky. From the palm of the hand a golden liquid, with spirals and swirls upwards. On the thumb on the hand perches a small black bird. Two other small bblack birds fly amongst the swirling liquid.
Nick Hills. Fade Away.
Two green zombie hands, touching forefinger and thumbs to create a heart shape. Hanging within the heart is a small sloth. All against a mustardy green background.
Nick Hills. Grind your teeth.

Photo by Stu Gibson.

Nick Hills

Nick Hills is an emerging artist based on Tasmania. Nick specialises in digital illustration, creating colourful thought-provoking works.

This event is part of Winter Light 2022 and is presented by Salamanca Arts Centre

A Warm Glow to Remember is a body of work that physically manifests Yumemi’s personal relationship to her Japanese heritage. It is her transitional journey in reconciling her place as a resident within cultural gaps while accepting the importance of letting go.

3 – 28 August 2022
Opening Event
Friday 5 August 2022
6 – 8pm with performance happening at 7pm

Gallery hours
9am – 5pm weekdays
10am – 5pm weekends

Photo: Frazer-McBride


Photo: Will Nicolson

Yumemi Hiraki 

Yumemi Hiraki is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Nipaluna. Her practice delves into the interactions between memory, nostalgia, history and connection to place, while re-examining the relationship to her Japanese heritage. Viewing herself as a resident of cultural gaps, her works evokes a familiar yet foreign sense of longing, belonging and holding on, while hinting at life’s inevitable continuity and ephemerality. 

Yumemi is originally from Hiroshima, Japan. She completed her BFA(Sculpture and Spatial Practice) at the Victorian College of the Arts and has been an active Arts Worker while exhibiting and developing her practice in both Naarm and Nipaluna. Yumemi has a growing interest in community-based arts, mentorship and education, and currently also works as a Youth Arts Officer at the Youth Arts and Recreation Centre. 

Whilst the wearing of masks is not mandatory it is recommended in certain situations by Tasmanian Public Health. Masks will be available upon entering our venues for those patrons who would like one.  

If you’re unwell, it is recommended that you stay at home, and we look forward to welcoming you at Salamanca Arts Centre another time.

More Winter Light
  • Australian Antarctic Festival
  • Exhibitions
  • Festivals
  • Free
  • Kid Friendly
  • Performances
  • Salamanca Arts Curated
  • Winter Light
An image of an icebreaker moving through the Antarctic waters. The point of view is if you are looking the ship front on.

Last Dance Orange Roughy

John McCormick & Adam Nash
Thursday 11 – Sunday 28 Aug 2022
Sidespace Gallery
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  • Festivals
  • Kid Friendly
  • Performances
  • Salamanca Arts Curated
  • Winter Light
A photo of a Japanese woman from the shoulders up. She has a large colourful bow in her hair and has a red coloured fringe.

Random Acts of Weirdness

Risa Ray + Jem Nicholas + Georgia Shine
Friday 12 – Friday 19 Aug 2022
Long Gallery
Peacock Theatre
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  • Live Music
  • Performances
  • Salamanca Arts Curated
  • Winter Light
An indian woman with long dark hair sits on a tall stool wearing orange. A microphone and music stand is in front of her.

Lineage Traditions (performance)

​​Ehsan Zabihi and Sina Tarkesh Esfahani, Ipshita Pratap & Levanya De Zoysa
Thursday 18 Aug 2022
Founders Room
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  • Festivals
  • Live Music
  • Performances
  • Salamanca Arts Curated
  • Winter Light
A woman looks to be frozen on the ceiling. She wears blue clothing and the word 'live' in yellow sits across the image.

Body of Work (Live)

Friday 19 – Saturday 20 Aug 2022
Long Gallery
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Opening Event
Friday 1 July 2022, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

late for tomorrow, by emerging artist Sevé de Angelis, is a series about love and time, care and frustration. The water, the sky, the wood and the rock.

This is a series of process-based entries that have evolved through the alchemical properties of paint.

A process of morphology gives faces, figure and landscape an ability to rise.

Musings on our environment as an extension of ourselves, John Michell’s book Simulacra; a familiarity of human likeness in nature, and Daevid Allen’s Garden Song with its brief passage on us being an extension of the dreaming planet were the ideas for this series.

At the core, they are about love and time, care and frustration; about living with the water and sky, and the rocks and trees with voices and memories.

Sevé de Angelis is a Tasmanian visual artist. He is from Launceston and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2018 from the University of Tasmania. He lives in Hobart.

Elsewhere is an investigation by Megan Fae of the layers within herself that she didn’t know existed : the Neurodivergent Mother

In this exploration of the Neurodivergent Mother, emerging artist Megan Fae delves into the layers and the shadows behind single parenting.

Beneath the exhaustion and the daily disassociation.

Hidden inner layers are always there, aching in your gut and screaming out to you – if you’re listening.

This is also an ode to the years of nourishing little ones, through trauma and self discovery.

Through the mindful creation of soft sculptures, these layers will be explored and put forth in this collection known as Elsewhere.

Dedicated to exhibiting the works of Emerging Artists, the Top Gallery is an intimate exhibition space infused with heritage character.

The Top Gallery is part of Salamanca Art Centre’s subsidised Access Galleries Program and is offered to Emerging Artists who are Salamanca Arts Centre Associate Members on the acceptance of an exhibition proposal. This heavily subsidised gallery space enables Emerging Artists to exhibit, often for the first time as a solo artist, for month-long periods. 

The Top Gallery is located on Level 2, nestled beneath the Terrapin Puppet Theatre Workshop in the attic of Salamanca Arts Centre at the top of the stairs. The rough-cast, limewashed stone walls, exposed beams and wooden flooring offer a counter-point in form and texture to many types of work. 

Venue Hire Rates

Emerging Artists | Salamanca Arts Centre Associate Members
$150 per Month

Applying for the Top Gallery

Salamanca Arts Centre assesses applications for the Top Gallery twice annually, with the due dates for submissions as 30 April and 30 September each year (excluding special rounds).

Applications are sought from Emerging Artists working in any medium.

To be notified of the next Call for Applications for the Top Gallery, including for special rounds (as a result of cancellations etc.) or for dates from 2024 onwards, please complete the form via the button below and you will be contacted once the next Call for Applications opens.


The Top Gallery Calendar is full for the remainder of 2022 and 2023.

A story of sex and society, as told by the self portrait paintings
of Malachi Quinn.

“Sex is the unspoken god of society. Sex, gender identity and sexuality dictate both the social realm, and individual conscious experience in numerous ways. Explicitly there is the overtly outdated gender roles, but on a more subtle level there is a philosophical assumption underlying traditional views on sex and gender: that people are their bodies. This argument posits that mind and the body are one (as opposed to dualism: mind with a body) by extension no different than an animal or a complex biological computer. There is no soul, no free will, rather we are machinery fulfilling out the urge to procreate until we die.

Problematic. Treating people as merely their bodies is an argument long used to justify discrimination. For social change to occur across the board we must change the underlying philosophy and begin to see people as beings rather than bodies. If we see a person, a being, we look past labels and connect authentically. Discrimination becomes a foolish concept because fundamentally we are all the same.

​This exhibition features two years’ worth of self-portraiture, and a life time of self-exploration and philosophical inquiry into the nature of identity and existence. It began as a documentation of change over time and turned into an immortalisation of aspects of myself. In the paintings I depict myself nude in various settings. Clothing is a label: man, woman, rich, poor, formal or casual, when taking away this label we see the being as it truly is. Furthermore, the normalisation of nudity in non-sexualised settings perpetuates the notion that bodies in and of themselves are not sexual objects. Everyone has a body, and for some reason it has become a controversial thing to see or even discuss. We often only see nudity in sexual contexts, in porn, in sexualised music videos, in advertisements using sex for profit, this misappropriation of the human figure subconsciously internalizes the idea that the function of the body is limited to sex, and thus it becomes an object of shame and secrecy. To counter this, I paint myself enjoying beautiful moments, a sunset, an art session, a bubble bath, a walk, all non-sexualised depictions of nudity. In this raw and real way, I hope to be seen for who I am, a being, not a body.

Malachi Quinn. Bubble (2020). Oil pastel on black paper. 29 x 42 cm.

This painting series reflects my own journey of realising I am more than my body. Initially inspired by the recognition of ones own mortality following grief, the paintings follow my own journey of gender confusion and exploration. I began to go by he/him pronouns as I felt they better reflected who I was on the inside. Eventually I came to understand is that it is never our physicality that defines who we are, and gender expression is no different: people are more than their bodies. This transformation of ideology and physicality is shown chronologically in my paintings, with the 2020 works featuring my feminine side, cartoon, colourful with a cute style, which gradually become more fluid, dark and abstract, culminating in the 2021’s emotive expression of masculine figures.

​The paintings are filled with symbology which I have created to tell a more nuanced story. Each painting is a chapter, and the exhibition is the book. The images are the words and the symbols provide the key to reading them. The presence of the armour costumes and sculptures is to create a sharp contrast to the 2D nudity, as reminder that in theory it easy to think we are our authentic selves in the privacy of our own minds, but in the 3D world, the pressures of society have us guarded. The juxtaposition between 2D nudes and 3D armour is to illustrate this difference between who we are to ourselves, vs what costumes (or what ‘face’) we wear into the world and share with others. It is my hope that beginning to see people as beings, rather than bodies, will mitigate the need for such defences. The world I hope to see built is open and encouraging of expression and diversity. I believe this world begins with a subtle but powerful shift in perspective: recognising oneself and others as more than their bodies.

​Treating people as more than their bodies is a call to celebrate diversity and encourage open exploration of these ideologies. As sex and sexuality is such a fundamental facet of the human experience, squishing it into acceptable categories and punishing any deviation is not the way forward. Instead, we should celebrate all expressions of ourselves, accept others and aim to see people for who they truly are. Human beings are capable of so much more than fulfilling labels. Humans are beautiful and our bodies are not label makers. Fundamentally, we are so much more than our bodies. Lets celebrate ourselves and each other as human beings.”
– Malachi Quinn