New Exhibitions Opening at Devonport Regional Gallery

This month will see the opening of three new exhibitions at the Devonport Regional Gallery – Modern Sublime – Photographs from the Robinson Collection, Rust, Resin and Reality by Darryl Rogers and Serene and Menacing by Olly Read.

 Modern Sublime – Photographs from the Robinson Collection

Traditionally, the word ‘sublime’ has referred to feelings of awe inspired by nature. However, in the 20th century, the notion of the industrial sublime emerged – the feeling of awe induced by machines, technology and progress. Modern Sublime explores this idea, with focus on the former Edgell factory, at Quoiba.

Devonport was once the largest processor of peas in Tasmania, and this played a vital role in the economy of the North-West region. This exhibition traces the journey of the humble pea from harvest, to factory and store, through images which celebrate technology, machinery and production.

Modern Sublime has been curated by Erin Wilson

Following the oral history Robinson Project in 2018, the gallery is now gathering anecdotal stories from community members who have had a connection with Edgells in the region,

In order to enhance information about this aspect of the Robinson Collection and ongoing research purposes, people are invited to leave their comments whilst visiting the exhibition or to email their memory to

Rust Resin and Reality

 Darryl Rogers has had   a long career as a theatre and museum designer also working in in television broadcast production and, for the last decade, working within videoart. This exhibition contains a selection of works that Darryl have been working on for the last 12 months.

Impermanence, permanence, transience and the timeless are symbolised in a series of 3D works where rust and resin are used as the primary sculptural medium. As a sort of physical manifestations of temporal extremes, these two materials in concert with assemblage, text and other detritus explore aspects of quantum physics, the metaphysical and other entangled bits of informed reality.

These sculptural works are a type of fusion of collage, painting and sculpture created from found objects, text, clocks, toys, animals are combined with other plastic mediums such as resin and rust.

 Serene and Menacing

 Devonport-based artist, Olly Read’s works are driven by exploring materiality and how tactility and tension can be communicated and speak to larger, disparate, ideas.

Read wants to depict reality in all its horror and beauty, the reality of life, of the human condition and of how we relate the physical world.

Olly has through his experiments with the materials employed, in these works aimed at expressions of tension between body, object, and environment; their ephemerality, the violent cycle of transformation, growth and decay.

Read completed his Honours year in Bachelor of Contemporary Art degree in 2019 at the University of Tasmania, Launceston.

Darryl Rogers’ and Olly Read’s exhibitions form part of the annual Little Gallery Program for early career Tasmanian artists. The Little Gallery Project Space is available to emerging and early career contemporary Tasmanian artists and promotes experimentation in 2D and 3D art, critical thinking and engaging concepts.

Exhibition Opening: Friday 6 December, 6pm

Exhibition Talks: Pre-exhibition opening floor talk at 5.15pm with Olly Read and Darryl Rogers

Exhibition Dates: Modern Sublime: 7 December- 23 February 2020

Exhibition Dates: Rust, Resin and Reality/ Serene and Menacing:  30 November- 5 January 2020

 Image details: Serene and Menacing, I touch myself: suspended skin, 2019, soft sculpture (wood, fabric, fishing line, tacks, metal brackets).

Image details:  Modern Sublime (below left): Bert & Albert Robinson, Gordon Edgell and Sons Pty Ltd, 1961, The Robinson Collection, R13350. This mage is used with the permission of Simplot Australia.

 Image details: Rust, Resin and Reality (below right): Darryl Rogers, Dead Parrot, 2019, found object assemblage; cage, drone, rust, mirror.





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Mayor’s Message – 03 December 2019

It will certainly begin to feel a bit like Christmas in the city and the end of this week with many opportunities for residents to get into the festive spirit.

The annual Devonport Christmas Parade is almost here with the event to begin at 6.30 p.m. on Friday evening.

This year the parade will traverse a route taking in James Street, Victoria Parade, Bluff Road and Clements Street.

With a range of local floats entered by businesses, schools and community and sporting groups, it is a perfect way to kick off the festive season in Devonport.

And, of course, Santa will be there to wish all a very Merry Christmas.

So, bring the whole family for this fabulous event.

The Devonport Library is offering a Christmas craft session from 4 p.m. until 5.30 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

There will also be a Christmas Market on the corner of Bluff Road and Clements Street from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

With the redevelopment of Roundhouse Park, where Devonport’s Carols by Candlelight has been held since 2012, the event’s organising committee is excited to be trialling a space at Devonport Oval for this year’s event to be held on Sunday 8 December at 7.30 p.m.

The space, known as “Circus Corner” sits on the corner of Bluff Road and Clements Street.  Surrounded by trees, with gorgeous views of the ocean, organisers are sure that the space has all the ingredients for a successful event.

The program will include performances from several choirs and vocal groups such as Right On Cue, Crescendo, The Don Chorale, Every Other Tuesday, and The Haus Creative Kids Choir.

Cast members from several musicals will also appear with local productions of Downtown! The Mod Musical, Seussical Jr, Little Shop of Horrors Jr, and Doctor Dolittle Jr being represented in the line-up.

KC Studio will also have a dance group and it will be a family affair with successful Eisteddfod competitors, the Fieldwick sisters delivering some fun Christmas poetry.

The hardest working group will be the City of Devonport Brass Band who, along with the Community Choir, will be leading the crowd in well-known Christmas songs throughout the evening.


Cr Annette Rockliff

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