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
Hatch Contemporary Arts Space is Banyule City Council’s first community arts hub. Situated in Ivanhoe, close to public transport,
Hatch Contemporary Arts Space
14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe
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.
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:
"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
‘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.
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
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.
23/07/2011 – 28/08/2011
Out Of Site
Artists: SARA MAHER, TRACEY COCKBURN, ELIZABETH LADA GRAY, ALYSSA SIMONE, SHAUN MCGOWAN, NIGEL FARLEY, BRADY DENEHEY
Curator: Claire Needham
Out of Site is the work of six Tasmanian artists, responding to various sites of incarceration in Colonial Van Dieman’s Land; examining the history of orphanages, barracks, ports, gaols, farms, islands and other settlements and the lives contained by these walls. Space and place-specific works incorporating painting, sculpture, video, printmaking and digital imaging, bring together a contemporary view of men, women and children who were placed ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
CAST Website for more info
There are two fantastic group shows (which I have work in) coming up very soon. They both open on the same night, but at opposite ends of the state. Make sure you get along to one!
♦ Vale of Belvoir, Tasmanian Land Conservancy Exhibition
03 December at 14:00 – Friday, 07 January 2011 at 17:00
The Wilderness Gallery @ Cradle Mountain
“In the shadow of Cradle Mountain the Vale of Belvoir stands alone as one of the only remaining grasslands of its kind in the world. It is the only surviving valley of its kind, unchanged since the time when glaciers covered much of highland Tasmania.
One of the University of Tasmania’s leading scientists Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick described it as “a place of global significance for its rich and dense marsupial carnivore fauna”. It is now owned and managed for conservation by the Tasmanian Land Conservancy.
This exhibition will explore ever widening ways of relating to the landscape of the Vale of Belvoir through the medium of photography.
The exhibition will feature some of Tasmania’s finest wilderness photographers as well as established and emerging fine art photographers. This exhibition will be a true survey of how photography can capture light upon the land. ”
There are many photographers involved in this exhibition; Rob Blakers, Paul Hoelen, Grant Dixon, Richard Jupe, Donna Bershoeff, Claire Needham, Jim Russell, Matt Newton, Simon Olding..to name a few.
♦ CAST Members’ Show 2010
Opening: Friday 3 December 2010
4 – 22 December 2010
27 Tasma Street, North Hobart, Tasmania 7000
“The annual CAST Members’ Exhibition represents the diversity of work being produced by members. Each year the community that supports CAST comes together to celebrate the year that has been, filling the gallery with a vibrant mix of works.”
It is my great pleasure to have some work in local gallery, set up by a dear friend of mine. Please do check it out if you are in the area. I managed to get along for the opening night and snap off some shots for them. If the ‘white cube’ world of galleries is leaving you a bit stale, check them out for a different sort of art.
Cobweb Designs Gallery “…a place of Art, Jewellery, and the Esoteric.”
Cobweb Designs is now open in Cygnet opposite the Red Velvet Lounge.
In March I flew over to Melbourne to photograph the alternative fashion show Circa Nocturna. There were some fantastic designers and models. It was literally a whirlwind trip thanks to the intense storm over Melbourne; Not being able to land due to lightning and Tullamarine Airport shutting down, then finding traffic jams in the city, the train service shut down, enormous hailstones and a tonne of water in the streets! It ended up taking me about 5 hours to get to the venue from leaving Hobart airport!! I was a bit washed-out before night had begun, but everything worked out fine and I had a great time. I tried out my new camera and flash too 😀
My photos are here and some got published in this article on stylemelbourne.com