Rachael Tanner

Friday 26 May – Saturday 3 June 2023

Daily Opening Times :

This art project considers transformations in the natural history museum and how we focus on the cultural meaning of a specimen as it is photographically reproduced and transformed through interdisciplinary approaches to meaning making.

The artwork will speak in diverse and emotive ways to those interested in natural history, ecology, technology, collections, ethnography.

Rachael works occurs across divergent theoretical and practical disciplines; museological studies, visual arts, and yoga. These divergent modes of philosophical thought peel the layers of consciousness on multiple tiers. Primarily her work as an artist deals with oil paintings, digitisation and remediation techniques. Her arts practice is grounded through embodied physical and metaphysical explorations of the human or post human experience, and in this particular exhibition, through the lens of natural history specimen. Her work results in a rich visual inquiry. Her creative process ebbs and flows into various undulations which are responds to ecological and ethnographic anthropologies. Much of her installations and digital remediations express the cyclical nature of life, the sacred, and ephemeral, resulting in a transformative experience which unfurls over time and on differing planes.

My work is museological, and therefore looks at the way we can use visual material to communicate cultural, social, anthropological ideas to engage audiences into a deeper relationship to themselves, their community, their’ environment and connection to earth. Ultimately, the practice is an exploration of the human – earth relationship which looks at how we can express connection to the sacred and ephemeral of our biological and ecological heritage beyond the illusion of separation developed through the construction of the system. The collaboration between specimen, digitisation, and visual arts explores the subject of conservation and preservation of the natural world within an ideal that encourages symbiosis and reciprocity with earth.

Her work leads you into geometric blossoming, looking beyond the veil of form and separation, and towards meditation, co-creation, foundation. Rachael is working with content from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Lepidoptera (moth) collection, and draws upon the mystic and symbolic meanings of the moth/butterfly to inspire her work.

There is an extensive amount of opportunity in the visual exploration of digital materials as I use the scientific visual data to shift traditional knowledge paradigms on empirical documentation strategies. I am interested in how we are creating and documenting knowledge in the museum through digital and analogue mediations. This project suggests the need for museums to shift the current knowledge paradigm and documentation schema that is based on an empiric scientific epistemology, towards producing photographic reproductions which facilitate diverse interpretive, and emotive encounters with specimen research. By this means the museum could return the agency to the specimen and thereby create a construction of natural heritage that is based on reciprocity with nature, co-creation, and aura enriched experience. The aesthetics and

expression of scientific visualisation and communication is an important tool in developing a cultural memory bank which fosters environmental reciprocity and cultural change in our ecological conservation practices. To implement this shift into a new, and more productive paradigm of knowledge construction, the museum needs to consider how digital visual materials are communicating; the semiotics, rhetoric, and indexical style of the image as integral to forming cultural meaning, memory, and value. Working within the nexus of arts and science is an exciting position as it allows for breadth and depth of creative capacity.

Engaging with the specimen as their placed under the lens of the camera, what is experienced is a unique, tangible discovery of its aura, a mythical and enchanting nature. The work attempts to participate with the mystical and ephemeral qualities of the natural and human world which relate to ancestral wisdoms. Her work encourages a reflection of the digital visual materials as being a contemporary tool for creating new knowledge paradigms through encounters within a reality that mediates the ultimately mysterious nature of our ecological and biodiverse world heritage, that too resides within the human being and community.

Ultimately the art works aim to facilitate a deepening cultural relationship and shared sense of responsibility towards conserving the mystical, ancestral wisdoms that reside within the human beings deep psyche and inner knowing. It is about creating a reciprocal human-environment connection in a way which flows cyclically, similarly to the laws of yoga, union, our oceans, rivers, streams, winds, and life on earth.

Saturday 22 – 30 April 2023
Daily Opening Times:  11AM -5PM
Variations: Not open Anzac day (Tue, April 25 )

Crossing is an immersive interactive installation, negotiating ever-shifting waters and exploring your relationship to the sea and the act of cross

Experience the mesmerising journey of Crossing, an immersive installation that explores the themes of being close to the sea and the act of crossing. As you enter the space, you are greeted by wooden pathways and screens that cover the gallery floor; these are evocative of pathways, bridges or stepping stones. With each step, you are transported deeper into the experience, surrounded by fluid animations and immersive sounds that evoke the sensation of water and waves.

Drawing on Petterd’s personal connection to water, the installation invites you to experience the sensation of being on a beach and stepping over stones, creating a dialogue with the ever-shifting waters around you.

Engage with the installation through your movement and become part of the experience,  The installation draws you into a mesmerising dialogue with the ever-shifting elements of the space, encouraging reflection and contemplation. With pathways guiding your journey, you are invited to move between, to be in transition, and to arrive at a deeper understanding of your relationship to water and the sea.    

Robin Petterd is a digital media artist based in lutruwita/Tasmania, Australia. He completed a practice-based PhD in digital media from the University of Tasmania and has exhibited his work in events across Australia, the USA, and Europe. Petterd has curated international touring exhibitions and taken part in residencies in Japan and the Netherlands.    

Friday 31 March – Monday 24 April 2023
Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat – 9am – 3pm

Rivulets and tarns define pathways in landscapes that we can trace.

Rivers, tarns, rivulets and lakes define pathways in country that we can trace.
Vital information for maps, natural waterways are integral to  human  experience of ‘landscape’.
They are co-opted to become highlights on bushwalks, playgrounds for paddlers.
Our natural waterways are capillaries of ecosystems providing for all life.  So much so, that the metaphor of living waters transcends different cultures. Do we cherish them? Water, ‘pure’  water is a sacred thing. It is a dynamic landscape that we seek to carry our woes away. These oil paintings celebrate waterways  in Tasmania/Lutruwita.

“It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere…”

A tiny soiree of elegant new works inspired by the glamour and fun of Happy Hour. Inspired by Tasmanian native flora, this custom set of handmade cocktail picks ornately reference the delicate and fragile nature of the plants they are inspired by in Emily’s signature botanical style.     

They are functional objects, perfectly suited to the most fabulous of occasions. A beautifully decadent garnish for your glass – after all “it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere”.

Emily is a multi-award winning Tasmanian studio Jeweller & SAC resident artist.

Opening event: Thursday 30 March 2023, 5.30pm

An exhibition of paintings by Robyn Harman. Her artistic practice reflects the striking imagery of coastal landforms around Tasmania. Everything changes in time, the light, the wind on the water and the rock that is exposed to the eroding forces of the sea.

Robyn Harman continues her exploration of rock formations around the coastline of Tasmania. She is interested in the way landscape is viewed; as ancient and tracked with memories and myths, as terrain refracted by abstraction and digitisation. These paintings bring to mind the geological history of the island, the amount of thermal energy needed to create these mineral monoliths, the stretch of time that weathered and hewed them into their present state isolated from the shore. This understanding of time is contrasted with the use of photography and the capture of the briefest moment when the sea and the light fall upon the rock in a certain way. One fraction of a moment in an inestimable span – a freeze frame in geological time chronicled with the materiality of paint. The rock stands mute and resolute in steadfast solitude.

RobynHarman_Tasman Island traveller_2022_oil and acrylic on canvas_ 112×102
RobynHarman_Monument #2_2022_oil and acrylic on canvas_ 112×122
RobynHarman_Stanley from East Inlet_2022_112x107

Wednesday 22 March – Tuesday 11 April 2023, 10am – 6pm

Opening Event: Wednesday 22 March 2023 6pm

Over 50 artworks made in response to takayna/Tarkine – a call to action and visual reminder of what is at stake, and what we stand to lose.

takayna / Tarkine, in north west Tasmania, is one of Earth’s last truly wild places. But this globally significant rainforest is more threatened than ever before – by logging, mining and off-road vehicle damage to the natural environment.

Art for takayna showcases the beauty and fragility of Australia’s largest temperate rainforest, takayna. Over the course of one long weekend, artists explore a range of landscapes, from the expansive coastline of pristine beaches, to the giant eucalyptus and myrtle forests, and the rugged and wild rivers of takayna.

These artworks are a call to action – a visual reminder of what is at stake, and what we stand to lose.

Hobart Photographic Society Inc.

Friday 17 – Wednesday 29 March 2023

Daily Opening Times :
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (8:00)
Variations to Daily Opening Times :
Open until 8pm on Friday and Saturday

This is a public exhibition of original photographic works produced by members of the Hobart Photographic Society.

This is an annual exhibition with a collection of works by our members covering a wide range of genres including but not limited to landscape, portraiture, wildlife, macro, urban and creative images.

It is expected that there will be 70 large format images on display plus a video display of a further 200 images. It will be open to the public and is anticipated to attract local, interstate and overseas visitor as it has in past years. HPS members include winners of numerous national and international photographic awards.

We believe that as with any art form unless it is shared with the public audience, colleagues, and friends it is not fully appreciated and is often lost forever. The exhibition offers an opportunity for our diverse and talented members to showcase their best or most meaningful work with others in our community.

The exhibition also provides us with an opportunity to describe the workings of the society and encourage new membership.

Past exhibitions have been reviewed by local media and been described as being of the highest order of presentation and diversity.

This exhibition offers visitors from interstate and overseas an opportunity to view our images and share something of the experiences and lives of the people living in our community.

As the majority of images on display are sourced from Tasmanian based suppliers they demonstrate the expertise and professionalism available in this state.

Julie Moltman/Ascending/2022/digital
Antje Worledge/Huon Pine/2022/digital
Alex Nicholson/Tasman Bridge/2001/digital

“Thresholds” is a free Sound Event by Matt Warren and future in nature (Dave Kendal) performed once to coincide and accompany the exhibition “Restless” on Sunday 5th March from 3pm – 5pm.

Alongside and amongst the paintings by Linda Veska, Matt Warren and future in nature (Dave Kendal) will each perform solo sets as well as an improvised collaborative set, responding to the word “Restless”, the works of Veska and informed by each other’s responses.

Matt Warren is a lutruwita/Tasmanian electronic media artist, musician, curator and writer, based in nipaluna/Hobart. The works investigate memory, transcendence, liminal space and the suspension of disbelief. His music and sound practice have a basis in both composition and improvisation. He performs and records electro-acoustic and drone works, solo and collaborates with others under several monikers. https://www.mattwarrenartist.com/

future in nature (Dave) We need a future in nature – biodiverse, inclusive, resilient. Our culture needs to reintegrate nature, we need to dwell in nature. Nature informs the music of future in nature – driving aleatoric arrangements, capturing raw sonic landscapes, and providing inspo for bass loops and analog tones.

Linda Veska, Dave gazing at Bay of Fires, 2023, oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm,
Photo by Sally Rees of Matt Warren “Below”

Opening Event
Friday 3 March 2023
5.30pm – 7.30PM
Exhibition to be opened by Joe Bugden, CEO SAC and Dr Niklavs Rubenis, UTAS

Sitting on chairs in liminal spaces and looking through doorways to another place or time

I acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginals, the first owners of lutruwita/Tasmania who never ceded sovereignty yet looked after this island so well. I pay respect to their elders – past, present and emerging.

The word “Restless” sums up contradictory feelings of desiring escape, hesitation, and nomadic life, not always voluntary. In a matter of weeks, I move to the big island, so this is a post lockdown moment of physical, personal and artistic expression of a preference for constancy of change in one’s life over routine predictability.

Last year I began painting chairs focusing initially on the flimsiest of chairs, a foldable camping chair and expanded this to include a campervan. I became influenced by visiting family in the Czech Republic last year for the first time to look at dissident and refugee chairs. Through research into Cold War mid-century design of furniture and interiors, I became intrigued by the way that decoration and design applied to what we sit on has bearings on history and politics. Thrones and seating for the rich was highly ornamental and associated with culture and art. Simpler, more streamlined and mass-produced furniture became part of the East/West political competition between capitalism and communism. Hand-made avant-garde furniture appears symbolic of dissidence and rebellion. My painting of the banana lounges used by Ukrainian refugees in February 2022 suggests the connection between dissidents, refugees and the fine line that now exists between homelessness and recreational camping.

Doorways and chairs represent alternative pathways and choice. The historic doorways of the Salamanca Arts Centre have been an inspiration for me during my residency.

I invite you to examine the surface membranes of these paintings of old buildings which began as factories or palaces. Layers conceal and reveal the past as another world, long gone, yet still alive in different forms, and often repeating itself with the constant looping of refugees, gentrification of old buildings and the ironic relationship between travel, invasion and escape.

Linda Veska, Two chairs and two coffee cups, 2023
Linda Veska, Dissident Chair 1, 2022, oil on canvas, 45 x 60cm, photo by Dave Kendal
Linda Veska, Salamanca stairwell doorway 2023 60 x 60 cm, oil on canvas, photo by @rsooart

Polynesian wayfinding is alive in the Solomon Islands

“We are the crew of Lata, the Polynesian culture-hero who built the first vaka (oceanic voyaging canoe) and navigated across the Pacific.
We use only the ancient designs, materials, and methods of Lata, and from Lataʻs story we learn how to avoid making big mistakes. We invite everyone to reconnect with ancestors and sustainable lifeways. Join us in the real Moana!”

Films & Screening Times
Sunday 12 February 2023 @ 4:00pm (57 minutes)

Free Event