Jock Young is a contemporary landscape painter whose main interest is the sea, particularly the interface between sea and land

“I am a full time artist with a career spanning 30 years. I paint in watercolour, gouache and oil paint and makes prints using linocutting. I have had over 30 solo exhibitions in Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne. I have traveled widely to make plein air paintings that I then develop in the studio. Highlights include painting trips to Europe, Asia and mainland Australia.”
– Jock Young

Josef Fazackerley is a Tasmanian emerging artist working in painting, drawing, sculpture and sound.

Julie Payne is nationally recognised artist in the fields of sculpture and drawing

Julie Payne has exhibited nationally in the fields of sculpture and drawing and has been shortlisted for many prestigious art prizes nationally.

In her arts practice, Julie utilises a diversity of materials and techniques to devise rich visual stories. Themes range widely and include interests in Dutch Masters symbolism, Renaissance art practice, material and drawing studies, and contemporary observations of Tasmania. Her background in sculpture and architecture influences many of the works. Recent work has included the creation of site specific text gardens and drawing journals focusing on natural and man made history.

Julien Scheffer is a photographer and emerging visual artist whose practice explores the ways in which people perceive and are shaped by their environment

Julien‘s work often relies on unconventional ways of producing photographic images to promote new ways of looking and alternative interpretations of familiar experiences.

Katherine Cooper is an international award-winning nature artist and passionate environmentalist

Katherine Cooper‘s work is dedicated to raising awareness for our wildlife and their habitats.

Much of Katherine’s life has been spent living on Bass Strait Islands, Tasmania, surrounded by wild seas and abundant subject matter.  Her passion for Island life, wild places and in particular seabirds, resulted in a six month art residency on Shetland – a group of 100 islands nestling in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland.

During the course of many island beach walks over many years it became increasingly obvious that plastic debris was becoming a major environmental issue.  It was during this time in Shetland and speaking with RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) about the increasing threat to seabirds – puffins, fulmars etc  – from ingestible plastic waste, the enormity of this issue became clearly apparent.

Melly Frank is a jeweller and sculptor based in Hobart, Tasmania

As a sensitive person, the act of meditating has become a vital practice in Melly Frank’s life to assist in lessening feelings of frenzy and helping greatly in bringing her back to a sense of focus, balance and calm.

With the knowledge that meditation has helped her mental health immensely, Melly feels compelled to create work that is inspired by the practice. With the belief that change is the only constant one can rely on in life, Melly aims to reflect this in her work by creating jewellery that can be worn in multiple ways and sculptures that can be interacted with in numerous ways.

Most of Melly’s sculptures have been made to a small scale so they have the ability to relate to jewellery as she firmly believes that jewellery should be enjoyed just as much when it is not being worn.

Melly’s ultimate hope is that when you observe or interact with her work, you may stop and take a moment out of your day and perhaps experience a sense of calm

Michaye Boulter’s landscapes, though undeniably Tasmanian, have a universal quality. The bulk of the headlands and the dark cuts of the escarpments are softened by a timeless mist. The ragged shorelines are washed softly by an ocean that touches shores elsewhere. These are not landscapes framed by windows, they are seascapes that engulf us from an impossible shoreline.

Locating oneself in Boulter’s present is at once inescapable and impossible. Her landscapes are photographic the way memory is, the details are perfect—light catches the crest of every wave, shadows thicken at the edges of the water—but the colour is deeper, the sound is heavier, losing itself in the noise of the blood pulsing in your ears. Place is rendered so vividly that it becomes indiscernible from anywhere else, it is a shared dream, an imagined, internal ocean.

Richard Wastell’s enigmatic works render the Tasmanian landscape with such veracity that they are almost otherworldly

Richard has earned his reputation as a master of composition for large works, across multiple panels, in which elements of interest and admiration are pulled forward for artistic study. These magnified details—insects, shells, lichens, the patterned bark of tree trunks, the soft spines of a cushion plant—give Richard’s works a uniquely exaggerated first-person perspective. The artist places us where he has stood; we are irrevocably embedded in his reality, enveloped in his deep reverence for the bush.

Perspective is as much a conceptual concern as it is a formal technique for the artist, whose love of painting is paralleled only by his love for the wilderness. The works are as complex and multifaceted as any act of looking, watching, witnessing. There is a deep and dark lament in the scorching of tree ferns after the clear-felling. There is burning joy in the sun that sets the grasslands ablaze at dusk. And there is a stillness and a deep satisfaction in the rippling lakes, the smouldering campfires and the fresh-caught trout in the falling darkness of late summer.

State of Flux Workshop is a dynamic workshop and retail space for contemporary jewellery and objects

State of Flux Workshop is a flexible, collaborative workshop and retail space run by its members. Our vision is to create a hub for connection, support and engagement within the community of contemporary art and jewellery in Tasmania. 

Our four members, Jane Hodgetts, Anna Weber, Emma Bugg and Gabbee Stolp work in studio on their independent contemporary jewellery and object practices. The workshop provides an industrious space for each of the members to work and sell their own pieces and to connect personally with their customers.  

State of Flux Workshop aspires to act as a conduit to the broader national and global community of contemporary jewellery and object makers by creating connections and engaging with other artists, workshops and galleries as well as hosting exhibitions and artist talks from local, interstate and international artists and makers.

A contemporary jewellery and object maker with 9 years of studio practice

Combining traditional Jewellery and Silversmithing hand skills with industrially designed elements, Tanja’s practice incorporates one-off commissions, production work, exhibition, competition and collaborative pieces.

An ongoing history of work in the tourism, outdoor and sustainable product industry has fostered a continuing interest in sustainability and product design of all kinds – and a working knowledge of the impact of well considered design on enhancing everyday life experiences. The hope is to create work that can be treasured for a long time to come – and in doing so, to consider not only the design and production and creation of the work itself – but also the social and environmental impacts of practice.

Shortlisted entrant for the Design Tasmania Awards 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Originally from beautiful Canberra, Tanja has lived in Sydney, Alice Springs, Darwin, Adelaide and Hobart.