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.

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.

Nolan School of Art is enjoying its third decade of educating locals and visitors in art through weekly classes for adults and children and private tuition. Art events are held here as well, with staff training sessions, arty parties and lighthearted hens nights.

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.

Showcasing the works of award-winning cartoonist Jon Kudelka and mosaic artist Maggie Kudelka

All works are created onsite and sold onsite, including paintings (watercolour, oils) on small and large canvases, pyrography on wood and items of reclaimed furniture, prints, cards, books, calendars, and mosaics in ceramic, glass and marble.

Jon’s work can also be seen in the Phone Box Gallery in the Morrison Arcade (Ground Floor) of Salamanca Arts Centre.

Inspired by clean lines and elegant forms

tinfoil collective is a brand that focuses on collaboration.

Ruth Valentine is a designer, maker and illustrator with a love of creating and a desire to promote Tasmanian designed and made wares. tinfoil collective creates a range of objects, enamel pins, ceramics, earrings and necklaces, and paper products.