Uncanny: The strange, mysterious and unsettling

A new exhibition called Uncanny with works from the Devonport City Council’s Permanent Collection will open at the Devonport Regional Gallery on Saturday 8 June.

This collection of works – primarily by contemporary Tasmanian artists – have strange, mysterious and unsettling qualities.

Some have a surrealist feel, others are cropped or distorted in ways that remove clues about their narrative, and many have an element that makes viewing them slightly uncomfortable. These works cause the mind to linger as we search for more information, try to fill in the blanks, or understand the feelings of unease the works evoke. What the works in Uncanny have in common, is that something is not quite as it appears.

Curator Erin Wilson said: “The uncanny is hard to define. It can be a niggling sense of discomfort, a mystery you are unable to understand, or an instinct that something is unnatural. The uncanny is difficult to explain, because it is, in essence, a feeling.”

For example, in Matt Calvert’s work Too Strange, the viewer is presented with a group whimsical of creatures which at first glance may appear cute and cuddly. At a distance, their texture could be mistaken for foam. Yet these works are made from shards of glass, which draw these seemingly innocuous creatures into the realm of the slightly more sinister.

Or in Mary Scott’s painting Restless, there is nothing specific to suggest anything untoward is happening. However, the framing of the scene, which crops out the faces of the women, leaves a to question what is happening beyond, creating a tension as our imagination is left to fill in the details.

“The Uncanny is ultimately a feeling uniquely experienced by the individual – as we see in Tom Samek’s work Australian Summer Smile #2 it may be elicited by something as simple as imagining the feeling of flies on our teeth.”

The Devonport City Council’s Permanent Art Collection represents a broad range of significant Tasmanian artists, working across textiles, ceramics, glass, sculpture, digital media and works on paper. The Devonport Regional Gallery’s Upper Gallery, in the paranaple arts centre, features a changing program of four exhibitions from the permanent collection in 2019, Uncanny being the second in this series.

Exhibition Dates: 8 June – 25 August 2019

Venue: Upper Gallery, Devonport Regional Gallery, paranaple arts centre

Official opening: Friday 7 June, 6pm

Twilight Tour: With Curator Erin Wilson: Thursday 20 June 5.30pm

Image details: Mary Scott, Restless, 2006, oil on linen, DCC Permanent Collection, acc. 2006.004




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As far as the eye can see exhibition opens on Friday

The exhibition As far as the eye can see will be officially opened at Devonport Regional Gallery on Friday 7 June at 6pm, and runs through until 28 July.

As far as the eye can see celebrates the contemporary topography of both landscape and printmaking. The exhibition challenges these doubly conventional themes through the work of 22 Australian artists, whose work reflects the breadth and depth of print practice in Australia today.

The artists express their individual relationships to the land through a variety of print media, describing both the vast scale and the intimate detail of our diverse natural environment and portraying Australia’s unique and varied geography.

From Aboriginal desert story-tellers and knowledge keepers, through the regional experience of World Heritage sites and journeys from city to country (or simply from place to place), to the urban printmaker’s challenge of speaking up in the face of climate change and mining, the common thread running through the exhibition is a deep respect for the land and a desire to continue sharing a meaningful relationship with it.

These artists make it clear that in a virtual, digital and mechanical age the need to remain connected to the natural world has never been more urgent.

The exhibition features the work of Tasmanian artists Antonia Aitken and Raymond Arnold as well as  G. W. Bot (ACT), Susanna Castleden (WA), Jan Davis (NSW), Gary Jolley (NSW), Locust Jones (NSW), Martin King (VIC), Judith Martinez (NSW), Clyde McGill (WA), Helen Mueller (NSW), Alice Nampitjinpa (NT), Dorothy Napangardi (NT), Daniel O’Shane (QLD), Janet Parker-Smith (NSW), Julie Paterson (NSW), Olga Sankey (SA), Gary Shinfield (NSW), Rochelle Summerfield (NSW), Chris Tobin (NSW), Judy Watson (QLD) and Freedom Wilson (NSW).

As far as the eye can see  is a Blue Mountains City Art Gallery touring exhibition. It is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians.

Exhibition Dates: 8 June – 28 July 2019

Venue: Main Gallery, Devonport Regional Gallery, paranaple arts centre

Official opening: Friday 7 June, 6pm

Artist Talk:  Saturday 8 June, 11 am, with artist Gary Shinfield

Twilight Talk:  Thursday 25 July, 5.30pm, with artist Raymond Arnold


Top Image: ROCHELLE SUMMERFIELD Lost 2016, pigment print on archival paper, 89 x 113 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Bottom Image: JULIE PATERSON Mountain Landscape (in process) 2016, screen print on linen, 35 x 44 cm. Courtesy the artist.



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Extensive capital works program unveiled in draft Budget

The Devonport City Council’s draft 2019/20 Budget includes a $16.79 million capital works program.

It consists of $1.32 million for public open space and recreation; $6.29 million for transport; $1.29 million for stormwater and $6 million for the Waterfront Park. Almost $4 million is expected to come from external funding.

But, it comes at little extra cost to ratepayers with Council able to keep the average general rate increase around 1.1% for next financial year which is well below the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 2.1%.

Mayor Annette Rockliff said it was a positive result and evidence of Council’s prudent financial management. “Council is extremely proud that over the past 5 years while the CPI has increased 8.1% the general rate has only increased an average of 2.1% which included four consecutive years of zero increases.”

“In simple terms the impact on next year’s rates means most property owners will pay an extra $10-$20 in their general rate plus a $10 increase in their waste management charge, the first increase in waste charges since the 2016/17 year,” she said.

“The majority of commercial customers, who receive three times the collection frequency of residential customers, will see an increase of $30 in their waste management charge and for the sixth year straight no increase in the general rate.”

Among the public open space and recreation projects to be undertaken are a renovation of the main Valley Road soccer ground ($182,000), a Mersey Bluff inclusive playground ($96,000 but subject to $54,160 in external funding) and a new Bluff Beach accessible ramp ($100,000).

The Northern Rooke Street renewal ($1 million), a resealing program ($700,000), Coastal Pathway contribution ($600,000), Holyman Street road surface and footpath renewal ($490,000), Berrigan Road-Lyons Avenue intersection safety improvements ($400,000 funded by the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program), Fenton and Stewart Streets intersection safety improvements ($415,000 also funded by the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program), Stewart Street renewal from William to Gunn Streets ($405,000) are the major transport projects while the $1 million Oldaker Street (eastern end) stormwater catchment is the main stormwater project.

Cr Rockliff said the coming financial year promised to be an active time in Devonport with early work having begun on the privately funded $40 million hotel development on the corner of Best and Rooke Streets, a continuation of the LIVING CITY masterplan strategy.

The Waterfront Park is a $15 million construction project which will be two-thirds funded by a $10 million Federal Government grant.

Cr Rockliff also said Council had to factor into its Budget a 5.14% increase in the State Fire Levy. “Ratepayers need to remember this is a State Government charge, and one which Council is required to collect and forward directly to them.”

Cr Rockliff said the Budget would ensure Devonport remains in a strong position while continuing to provide value for money for ratepayers and deliver on an exciting plan for the future.

Council will hold an Information Session from 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 12 June in the Aberdeen Room, paranaple centre, 137 Rooke Street, Devonport, which is open to all interested residents and ratepayers.

It will formally consider the adoption of its 2019/20 budget at its meeting on Monday 24 June 2019.




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Southern Rooke Street Renewal Project completed

The Devonport City Council’s $1 million Southern Rooke Street Renewal Project has been completed.

Over the last few months the section from Stewart Street to Steele Street has been transformed with nine off-street car parking spaces added, including four free 15 minute spaces.

Other features of the project have included:

  • Wider footpaths constructed with exposed aggregate concrete and stone pavers
  • Additional trees and plantings
  • A raised intersection at King St to slow traffic and provide safer crossing points and;
  • New street furniture.

Mayor Annette Rockliff thanked retailers in the area for their patience during the construction phase.

“Council understands that it has not been easy for them during the construction phase but certainly the end result is a more appealing streetscape which we hope will encourage shoppers to visit,” she said.

“And that will not only be helped by more off-street parking but also the public car park between Steele Street and King Street which was developed by Council.”



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All abilities beach access ramp at East Devonport opened

An East Devonport beach access project which aimed to provide a well-designed formal access point to the East Devonport beach has been opened.

The ramp aims to increase the unstructured recreation, social and education opportunities for people of all abilities.

Work has involved weed control/revegetation along foreshore, the construction of a fibre composite ramp with handrails as required and a path linking to the existing footpath.

Council project managed and undertook the works on behalf of the Rotary Club of Devonport South-East.

Devonport Mayor Annette Rockliff said while it was initially considered for families with prams, the ramp would also benefit the elderly and people with other ailments, such as arthritic knees.

The ramp is located on the eastern side of the existing parking area off Melrose Street.

The project cost $58,593 with $47,083 from the Tasmanian Community Fund, $7,790 from Council and $ 3,720 in kind.

Representatives from the Council, Tasmanian Community Fund and the Rotary Club attended today’s opening.




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Dog agility area up and running

Devonport City Council has opened a dog agility area at the eastern end of the dog exercise park on Steele Street near the Splash Aquatic Centre.

After many requests from park users, Council included the agility area in last year’s Capital Works budget.

Council approached local community groups and businesses to see if there was any interest with assisting.

As a result, Hudson Civil Products, Beaurepaires Devonport and Zanes Bikes and Bits kindly donated some additional materials.

The Devonport Men’s Shed also took up an offer to construct the equipment at their Middle Road facility.

A water drinking fountain will be installed near the park entrance on the western boundary which can be easily accessed by users of the park and people using the Don track network.

After attending Thursday afternoon’s opening, Mayor Annette Rockliff said she was sure the facility would prove popular.

“There are certainly a lot of dog owners in Devonport who are keen to give their animals more exercise than a gentle stroll and this venue will prove very popular in helping local dogs to let of a bit of steam,” she said.

It is also great to se the amount of community involvement in the development of the agility area and I wish to thank the companies who became involved as well as the Men’s Shed.”

 PICTURE CAPTION: Enjoying the new dog agility area are (from left): Kaye Murfet and her dog Holli, Mayor Annette Rockliff, JoHanna Robertson, with her son Finn and dog Betty.



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