Upcoming Exhibition: Visiting Neighbours

Visiting Neighbours_image

Exhibition Dates: 22 June – 22 July 2017

Over the last few years I have set up a water bowl in our backyard;  In an effort to get to know our non-human neighbours I setup a trigger camera facing this unnatural spring.

Click here for PDF of flyer
Hatch Contemporary Arts Space presents: a mid-winter event, bringing together three different explorations of water ‘Vessels’, ‘Fluidity’, and ‘Visiting Neighbours’.

Opening event: Wednesday 21 June, 6-8pm

[Facebook event]

Hatch Contemporary Arts Space is Banyule City Council’s first community arts hub. Situated in Ivanhoe, close to public transport,

Gallery Details:
Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
Hatch Contemporary Arts Space
14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe

Subterranean – Group Exhibition

I’ve found a lovely group of female artists in Melbourne and we have an exhibition at Abbotsford Convent which opens Saturday 5th November. Please drop in to have a look.


Tribe for Art Presents: SUBTERRANEAN.
Subterranean is an exploration into what lies below the surface.
The work has been produced in response to the Tribe for Art program.

OPENING DRINKS: Saturday 5th of November from 1 – 4pm.
Open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
5th November – 20th November | 10 am – 3pm

Good Shepherd Chapel Gallery,
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Victoria 3067

Avrille O’Doherty | Claire Needham | Claire Weigall | Caitlin McGrath | Danielle Smelter | Fiona Martin | Helen Williams | Lola Howard | Emily Raubenheimer | Terri Barker


Upcoming Exhibition – Felt Presence for 10 Days on the Island

Over the past few months I’ve been working on a small series of photographs about a woman called Maria Needham. In 1831 Maria was convicted for stealing washing off a line in London and subsequently transported to Van Diemans Land (now Tasmania). The minimum sentence for such petty crimes was 7 years in the new southern colony.   After surviving 130 days in appalling conditions at sea, during which 2 women and 12 children died, Maria was placed in a House of Correction for Females – more commonly known as The Female Factory in South Hobart. Like many female convicts Maria worked as a house servant to the wealthier people of the community and married a fellow convict.

I have investigated my convict ancestors and family tree, but despite having the same surname as Maria I don’t think we are related. Having said that, records relating to convicts are often incomplete or missing vital information, so perhaps it is still possible.

Exhibition invite

The exhibition titled Felt Presence is part of 10 Days on the Island* arts festival and is curated by Ellie Ray of Devonport Regional Gallery.

*”Eight artists from Australia, Scotland and Ireland have been asked to interpret in their own way, through varied media, the experience of a single female convict, to feel their trauma and their joys, illustrate their story, follow their path of banishment and ask how relevant it is today.

As a starting point, each artist was asked to select a convict who shared their name, research their experience and create an artwork that reflected their response. One artist has uncovered a relative, while others made their selection regardless of their namesake.”

So here’s a sneak peek one of my images:

Felt Presence Preview


"Out After Hours" from the series "Terra Australis Ignota"

15 MARCH – 28 APRIL 2013

Open from Friday 15 March, 10am

Official Opening Tuesday 19 March, 5.30 pm in conjunction with the 10 Days on the Island Festival Opening

Heritage sale scrutiny

In relation to my photographic series “If Walls Could Talk…” and “For the Fallen; in Memoria”, which document the Royal Derwent Hospital & Willow Court Complex, here is a 10min clip from ABC’s 7:30 report.

Heritage sale scrutiny

“Tasmania’s auditor-general is investigating the sale of New Norfolk’s Royal Derwent Hospital and Willow Court psychiatric institution.”


Blue Tier Reserve Trip

Myrtle forest

Typical old myrtle, with hollow buttress roots. They make great shelter for many animals.

Way back in February I went on another photography trip for the Tas Land Conservancy, this time to the Blue Tier region. On this trip there was no strolling about on alpine plains; this mission involved bashing through unmarked terrain, mostly rainforest, with patches of Hard Water Ferns up to my shoulders (!!!) and tightly packed Tea-Tree – with a tripod!

horse roots

Found this sea-horse looking root system from a fallen tree. You can also see how everything is symbiotic in a rainforest.

This area has some fantastic gnarled myrtle trees and tonnes of lichen, moss and fungi – even in late summer. I saw blob shaped bright red fungus and  bright yellow fungus, which was great as I had some new filters to test out – which I think worked a treat! I also found the remains of some rare snails (cracked open by birds), which I hadn’t seen before.

yellow blob

Yellow fungus on a log.

There were so many great things to photograph in macro, I had a great time. I also came across a giant Potato Orchid; I had turned around to find what I thought was a tree sapling but then realized it was a flower – the  stem was over a meter high! I’d never seen this before and was quite stunned.

Potato Orchids have very tall stems, quite unusual.

The next day we trekked along the Moon Valley Rim circuit to Mt Poimena, which is a great lookout spot with almost 360° views and you can see for miles! If you’re ever in the area this should be on your list of things to do and see. Heaps of Native Pepper and red berry bushes around.

pepper berry

Native Pepper Berry.

I also found an unusually tall opening of a yabby hole. The one on the left is more common.


Yabby holes.

I really love these trips. I get to hang out with other landscape photographers, take my time photographing and go to amazing places – some of which are not yet open to the public.

Photographic Exhibition: Royal Derwent & Willow Court.

For the Fallen; in memoria‘ (2012)

When: Thursday, 8 March 2012 at 17:30 until Sunday, 25 March 2012 at 12:00

Where: Rosny Barn, Rosney Farm, Ronsy Hill Rd, Rosny.

For the Fallen

This photographic collection of images, taken at the site of the abandoned Willow Court & the Royal Derwent Complex in New Norfolk, is an expansion of my previous exhibition ‘If Walls Could Talk…’ (Entrepot, 2007). Since the sites closure in 2001, the buildings have been vandalised, broken and burnt regularly; subsequently many of the buildings are now demolished. The images in ‘For the Fallen; in memoria’, have captured the passage of time and the wear of years of this immensely significant, yet ignored complex. Once a bustling hub of activity, the RDH is now in varying grades of dilapidation, degradation but little restoration; the very brickwork has become transient and ephemeral.

Willow Court: http://www.newnorfolk.org/~willow_court/

Rosny Barn: http://www.ccc.tas.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=920

Third Eye of the Beholder Exhibition

Third Eye Flyer

Image: Radiant Glow (2011)  cosmetics on paper,  76 x 56cm

Third Eye of the Beholder partly stems from an obsession with iridescent cosmetics but is also inspired by Rorschach Test inkblots, once used in psychological evaluation. Upon examining these makeup ‘blots’ viewers are encouraged to record their responses the booklet accompanying each work.

@ Salamanca Arts Centre

When: Thursday 5 – Tuesday 31 January 2012
9:00am – 5:00pm weekdays

Official Opening: Thursday 5 January 2012 @ 5:30pm

Where: Top Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre
Level 2 / 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania.

New Tasmanian Landscape Book

I’m in a book!!

The fantastic Mr Ian Wallace has organised and put together Tasmania: a Visual Journey, featuring selected images of Tasmania from 12 Australian photographers. It has 168 full-colour pages, is in Hardback for $49.95 rrp, and looks like this:

Tasmania: a Visual Journey is currently being printed and is due to arrive just before Christmas (it would make a great pressie). As a contributor I have 100 copies to sell – which will be signed by me and include a free postcard! To pre-order your own copy, email me now at info @ claireneedham.com (without the spaces) before they all go!!

Please stay tuned for details of the book launch. for more information and a preview please click here.

New Card Range

I have a few more images available in my greeeting card range now. You can see the current list at my Facebook page.

Its a bit of a slow process at the moment, testing out different print companies, but I hope to have more added in the next few months. You can help by going here and liking your favourites. I had a competition which is now closed, but your ‘likes’ will help me pick future cards 🙂


Clarie Needham Photography is now on twitter here: ClaireN_photos