Post punk Tasmanian three-piece band, Liquid Nails have been a thing since 2019. Subtract two years of global pandemic and you could say, along with the glacial pace of offshore pressing and shipping, they have, in a timely fashion, banged out their debut LP!

The 12 inch, 45rpm self-titled album (in true punk tradition) delivers 10 blistering tracks that authentically replicates the band’s explosive and energetic live performances at pubs and clubs in their hometown of nipaluna (Hobart).

Liquid Nails are celebrating the release of this debut at the Founders Room, Salamanca Arts Centre, on Cubbyhouse Records (100 available).

Cruiser-charged fast hardcore. World record holders for most notes in a 36 second song. Unmissable on many levels.

Melodic nipaluna power pop and it’s absolute finest. They have one stellar 7-inch out and a debut album on the way.

Nice House (Debut Show)
With the median house price in Hobart at an all time encouragingly affordable $995,000, Nice House are here to ask and answer one question: Can rock and roll save this city?

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Friends, it’s been 3 years since Slag Queens released new music. They’ve been sitting on a new album called ‘Favours’ for a while now and it’s time you started to hear it.

Slag Queens are dropping a new track called ‘Dogs’ with a film clip shot by Jo Shrimpton (Flare Productions). To celebrate (and to wish Amber all the best on her 3 month stint in Naarm/Melbourne) Slag Queens will be playing at The Founders Room, Salamanca Arts Centre with good friends 𝔈ℭ𝔅 and Free Live Sports.

Slag Queens
Originally inspired by DIY no wave music and the feminist politics of Riot Grrl, Slag Queens learnt how to be a band by doing it. They like to write songs collaboratively and are wild for noisey, grainy sounds and sad-beautiful guitars. Their songs express the frustration of life under late capitalism and are a consciousness raising effort to get you mentally strong for the revolution (however that comes). 

𝔈ℭ𝔅. is a hyperpop and dance music collective centralised under the aegis of a single YouTube account. By absorbing the plasticity of venues, fans, codecs and sound systems 𝔈ℭ𝔅 envisions new material for the club. As a collective, 𝔈ℭ𝔅, has been awarded performance opportunities in Norway, Portugal, Germany and the US and is highly regarded in underground communities across the globe. Server based in Nipaluna

Free Live Sports
Tasmanian-via-mainland three-piece Free Lives Sports started out as an excuse to mess around and try new things.
The result is a band constantly playing on the edge of its ability; pushing to make music that is catchier, hookier, darker, more difficult. Free Live Sports never let sounding a bit shit get in the way of a good tune, comparisons to bands like Dead Moon, Captain Beefheart and Guided by Voices are warranted, though their love of a pub-rock karaoke classic keeps it from getting all too experimental.

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    Salamanca Art Centre’s 2022 programs are supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Office of the Arts via the RISE Fund.

The Randall Muir Trio offers you some home cookin’, a celebration of the music associated with all that is soulful, from home-cooked chitlins to hard bop, blues and jazz.

The instrumentation of these jazz sub-genres often included Hammond organ, which was considered a less sophisticated jazz instrument, but one deeply connected with gospel and the blues. Guitar and drums are the perfect compliment to the Hammond, and Tenor Saxophone completes the sound.
Great groups with this instrumentation include Jack McDuff’s quartets and Jimmy Smith’s collaborations with Kenny Burrell and Stanley Turrentine.

Playing the repertoire of these groups and others will be Alistair Dobson on Tenor Saxophone, Aaron Entresz on Guitar, Tom Robb on drumkit and Randall Muir on Hammond organ.

Tickets $25 each or four tickets for $80

Jazzamanca is presented by Salamanca Arts Centre, and supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Office of the Arts via the Live Music Fund.

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    Salamanca Art Centre’s 2022 programs are supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Office of the Arts via the RISE Fund.

Nick Haywood, returned to Melbourne a couple of years ago, after many years with the Hobart Con Jazz Studies Course and is still one of the most in demand bassists and educators on the Australian music scene. He is a top Jazz musician, a classic joke teller, and a wonderful Paella cook.

Dan Sulzberger began playing Jazz saxophone and piano at 11 years of age. He studied at both Queensland and UTAS Conservatorium’s completing his Bachelor of Music in 2006. His infectious sunny presence has touched and inspired many people awarding him The Jack Duffy Memorial Trophy for dedication and contribution to the Tasmanian Jazz scene in 2010.

Konrad Park needs little introduction to the Jazzamanca audience. A powerhouse drummer, who after thousands of hours listening to the Jazz greats, has developed into something more than just a drummer. He’s a musician – and a damn good one!

This could be the start of Somethin’ Else

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    Salamanca Art Centre’s 2022 programs are supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Office of the Arts via the RISE Fund.

A night of surreal and psychedelic art, music and interactive exhibits. Gochi improvises and launches his latest EP and showcases some of the unusual and trippy art that has leaked from his fried noggin.

Providing further entertainment for the night is Phat Loops and Bailey Jaxxon. Two very different, yet highly talented acts, that might have you hearing colours by the end of the night.

Photo: tiny blue

Mr Gochi is a Live Looping act incorporating funk, samples and electronic bleeps and bloops to create psychedelic soundscapes and grooves. His art is likewise mind bending and his most common mediums involve tech and gadget-ry.

Photo: Will Joseph

Bailey Jaxxon
‘Ello, I make jams for your scones, songs to stick in your head like the jingle for a cereal commercial.

Photo: Matthew Bicket

Phat Loops
Phat Loops is a slick mix of Drum & Bass, orchestral leanings, pop-culture ambiance, heavy metal guitar, and cinematic ornament. Hard to describe, easy to love – Phat loops is dance music for the modern era. Everything is performed live.

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    Salamanca Art Centre’s 2022 programs are supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Office of the Arts via the RISE Fund.

Proudly presented by Salamanca Arts Centre.

Come and hear some of Hobart’s finest Gypsy Jazz artists play a ‘session’ like you have never heard before!
Curated and hosted by award winning virtuoso violinist Charlie McCarthy, members of the musical community are encouraged to join in, just like they did back in the day.
Expect to be wowed by the music of the 1930’s Parisian Belle Epoque’ (Beautiful Era). This is the music that Monet, Renoir, Degas, Picasso, and Van Gogh listened to when they were out and about on their adventures.

Everyone is welcome!

Want to play along too?

If you are interested in participating in these sessions, then please register your interest below and Charlie will put your name on the list, and make sure there is a seat available for you.

Hosted by award winning virtuoso violinist Charlie McCarthy and featuring local and travelling musicians of the highest calibre, the Salamanca Gypsy Jazz Sessions differ from a regular musical performance in a few key ways.

This Gypsy Jazz Jam is based on how the genre was originally encountered in the 1930’s Parisian social scene, around a campfire fire/table or in a bar or even backstage during a gig where the musicians were formally booked to play for dances and would jam backstage for fun.

The Musicians will be seated in a circle facing each other, unrehearsed but with common repertoire and familiar calls/instructions/signals for on-the-spot arrangement decisions. All tunes are played from memory, no charts, just a list of common songs and everyone leads the song they nominate. Musicians can take a break whenever they like but the music is pretty much continuous and other musicians and even members of the audience are encouraged to join in and participate also! BYO instrument!

The audience is invited to be close to the music, and can move around the musicians, with the option of changing location at any time, go to the bar and enjoy a drink, chat and interact with friends, get in close to the musician you want to observe the most.

This session will not be amplified so move up close to hear the music as loud as you like.

The main goal being more fun for all.

Why these sessions are so special
The musicians are more relaxed and will be more communicative and adaptable to variation in the moment, they will play uninhibited and take musical risks to the enjoyment of all.

The audience engages with the musicians directly. Chats between tunes, observing the interactions first hand and even getting involved if you bring your instrument.

You hear the true sound of the instrument directly from the instrument, no amplification, no feedback, so that when identical instruments are soloing you can clearly see/hear who is doing what. These instruments have been around for hundreds of years and are already the perfect volume for this kind of music.

The Salamanca Gypsy Jazz Sessions are presented by Salamanca Arts Centre as part of its Live Music Program, which is supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Live Music Fund.

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    Salamanca Art Centre’s 2022 programs are supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Office of the Arts via the RISE Fund.

Proudly presented by Salamanca Arts Centre and curated by Ted Vining.

“Introducing Mia Palencia with The Rhythm Section”

Prior to calling Tasmania home, at the age of sixteen, Malaysian-born Mia Palencia fell headlong into the music industry. as the one half of well-loved Sabahan Jazz duo, Double Take. Since then she has recorded and released seven albums, toured extensively across Asia and Australia – performing in small cafes, stadiums, and everything in between.

Mia currently teaches songwriting and contemporary voice at UTas Conservatorium of Music. For her debut performance at Jazzamanca, Mia will be groovily supported by “The Rhythm Section” comprising Matt Boden (piano), Hamish Houston (bass), and Tom Robb (drums).

Read more about Mia

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Opening Event 
Thursday 7 July
RSVP here

I Will Survive is concerned with the stories of caution, superstitions, and instructions for survival that were passed on to Hayley Millar Baker while growing up in the wilderness as a child. The underlying stories in I Will Survive are rooted in early experiences of being in bushland with her parents and grandparents. Stories of myths and warnings of sinister spirits, pumas stalking the mountain range, sharks waiting to ravage you, and witches watching in the bushland.

The works consider the ways that memories shift over time. Carried from a young age, these experiences and stories have become embellished, or accrued heightened emotional resonances – they have shifted and changed in their constant retelling. Some have become completely false memories, others more cinematic and profound.

The stories and memories that are planted as early seeds grow and change as we experience life.

Hayley Millar Baker I Will Survive gallery installation. Large black and white images sit on a white wall. The gallery floor is wooden. The framed prints are lit.
Photo: Jesse Hunniford
Hayley Millar Baker I Will Survive gallery installation. Large black and white images sit on a white wall. The gallery floor is wooden. The framed prints are lit.
Photo: Jesse Hunniford

Photo: supplied by the artist

Hayley Millar Baker

 b. 1990, Melbourne, AU 

Hayley Millar Baker is First Nations (Gunditjmara/Djabwurrung) woman born in Melbourne, Australia (1990). She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2010) and Master of Fine Arts (2017) at RMIT University in Melbourne. 

Through examining the role our identities play in translating and conveying our experiences, Hayley works across photography, collage, and film to interrogate and abstract autobiographical narratives and themes relating to her own identity. Her oblique storytelling methods and methodologies encourage us to embrace that the passage of identity, culture, and memory are not linear nor fixed. 

Hayley’s works are held in significant public institutional collections across Australia and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Hayley has been a finalist in several prestigious national art prizes including the Ramsay Art Prize (2019 and 2021), Bowness Photography Prize (2021), John Fries Award (2019), and international prizes including Hong Kong’s Sovereign Asian Art Prize (2021), and United Arab Emirates Vantage Point Sharjah 9 (2021), and has won the John and Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship for the National Photography Prize (2020), the Darebin Art Prize (2019), and the Special Commendation Award for The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize (2017). She was selected as one of eight artists to exhibit in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Primavera: Young Australian Artists (2018) and has been awarded several residencies including the Artist-in-residence at Monash University Prato, Italy (2022), the First Nations Residency at Collingwood Yards (2021), the Photography Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria (2019). Hayley was a feature artist in PHOTO2021: International Festival of Photography (2021) and has exhibited in other art festivals including the International Ballarat Foto Biennale (2017), and Tarnanthi (2017). Hayley will present a new commission for the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia (2022). 

In 2021 Hayley presented her first early career-survey ‘There we were all in one place’ at UTS Gallery, curated by Stella McDonald. The exhibition brought together five pivotal bodies of work from Hayley’s early career for the first time and will tour Australia in 2022. 

Millar Baker’s work is held in significant collections across Australia: Australian War Memorial, Canberra; Melbourne Museum, Melbourne; Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne; Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Melbourne; Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), Albury; State Library of Victoria, Melbourne; University of Technology Sydney, Sydney; University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney; Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool; Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), Shepparton; Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne; Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham; City of Melbourne, Melbourne. 

Hayley Millar Baker is represented by Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 

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    Salamanca Art Centre’s 2022 programs are supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Office of the Arts via the RISE Fund.

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What is our future made of? 

In Some Silken Moment, Jessie French explores the promise of algae-based bioplastic, creating innovative objects that are elegant, ephemeral, and oceanic. By harnessing this shape-shifting material, French captures a world in a phase of transition, where the permanence of petrochemicals plastics is reimagined through the soft strength of ecological thinking.  The exhibit will remain on display until Sunday 4 September.

Gallery Hours
5 August – 4 September 2022

Thursday – Monday
10am – 2pm

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Catalogue and sales enquiries, contact Michael Bugelli 

Opening Event
Thursday 4 August
Free to attend, subject to capacity.
The opening event for Some Silken Moment is sponsored by Spotty Dog Brewers

Artist Talk, facilitated by Loren Kronemyer
Saturday 6 August
Free, but registrations essential
SOCIAL, 67 Salamanca Place, Hobart TAS 7000

Beaker Street Crawl
Saturday 6 August
We’re excited that Some Silken Moment will be part of Beaker Street’s Street Crawl!
10am – 4pm
This program is a self paced, walkable tour but we recommend dropping by SOCIAL for the Artist Talk with Jessie French from 11am – 12pm and plan the rest of your crawl around this event.


Sunday 7 August, 2:30pm-4:30pm

Tickets $65 each, 15 person capacity

SOCIAL, 67 Salamanca Place, Hobart TAS 7000

Step inside the Silken lab for a special workshop. Join artist Jessie French as she takes you through her process of exploratory experimentation, demonstrates cooking a batch of algae-based bioplastic and invites you into the process. Participants will be invited to bring along their own surface, object or mould to explore new ways of mixing and applying organic polymers using an array of local organic materials as substrates, pigments and texturisers.

Photo: Charles Dennington

Jessie French

Based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia, the work of Jessie French explores speculative futures through algae-based bioplastic and water-based ecologies. Housed within an ethos of consumption, sustainability and regeneration, her practice invites others to engage with the possibilities of a post-petrochemical world. Through experimenting with other materials, she explores the potential of closed-loop systems of (re)use and conscious consumption and interaction with objects. In 2020, French founded OTHER MATTER, an experimental design studio working with algae-based bioplastics which engages others in the possibilities of new materials though objects, experiences and futures.

Photo: Saul Steed courtesy of Art Gallery South Australia

Loren Kronemyer | Artist Talk, Facilitator

Loren Kronemyer (b.1988) is an artist living and working in remote lutruwita (Tasmania), Australia. Her experimental artworks are aimed at exploring ecological futures and survival skills through hands-on immersion and deep learning. In 2021, she learned to hand-build millet brooms from Tumut, the last factory in Australia, setting up her own self-sufficient replica of their factory in the project Millennial Reaper (Fremantle Biennale, Melbourne Art Fair). In 2018, she learned to shoot arrows, then became a coach so she could train her audience to shoot at her artwork for the project After Erika Eiffel (ANTI Festival of Live Art, MONA FOMA). In 2016, her collaboration Pony Express created Ecosexual Bathhouse, a touring queer sex club for the entire ecosystem. In 2017, Kronemyer was the first artist in residence at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. She collaborates frequently with laboratories and received the first Masters of Biological Arts Degree from SymbioticA Lab at the University of Western Australia.

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    Salamanca Art Centre’s 2022 programs are supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Office of the Arts via the RISE Fund.

Thursday 25 August 2022
7pm – 9pm
Doors 7pm
The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
Enter via Wooby’s Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

Get to The Founders Room for another round of homegrown edge-of-your-seat, rib-tickley makesy-upsy from PROTEA Impro and Salamanca Arts Centre.

Featuring the improvised talents of: Rosemary Cann, Rowan Harris, Jane Stoddart, Ollie Gorringe, Jeff Michel and Emma Skalicky!

Improvised music from Andrew Morrisby with host Matt Wilson. 
See you there!

Concession $15/General Admission $20

Whilst the wearing of masks is not mandatory it is recommended in certain situations by Tasmanian Public Health.  Masks will be available upon entering the venue 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.

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    Salamanca Art Centre’s 2022 programs are supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Office of the Arts via the RISE Fund.