Autumn Activities Guide 2020

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Exhibitions by local artists Cheryl Sims and June Wilson

Two new exhibitions are now on display in the Little Gallery: Finding Place by Cheryl Sims and Life Lines by June Wilson.

Cheryl Sims is a diverse artist who works in both 2D and 3D formats and in varying medium, from printmaking, painting and sculpture. The abstract works in Finding Place are mostly done in encaustics, which the artist feels best represent her life’s story.

The exhibition takes us through Cheryl’s personal journey from being displaced as a child and unable to verbally communicate how she felt. Not knowing where she belonged affected her self-esteem and it has taken Sims a lifetime to find confidence in who she is and where she belongs.

Encaustics is an ancient wax painting technique from 4th century BC, which involves a planned process adding pigment to wax to obtain the colours desired. Some of Sims’ paintings have more than100 layers of wax and each layer needs to be heated to fuse.

Sims obtained a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts at the University of Tasmania, Launceston, in 2011 and she is a longstanding member of the North West Art Circle. She has taken part in many judged exhibitions, notably the 2018 Artentwine, Sculpture Biennial, Tamar Valley, the Esk Exhibition 2013 and 2018 at Eskleigh and the Celebration Eskleigh Art Collection at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery in Launceston in 2017. In 2013 she won the Tasmanian Art Award at Eskleigh.

Life Lines is an exhibition of portraits by June Wilson. Wilson, who is well known for her landscape art, has with this exhibition delved into her deep interest in the challenges that are faced by multicultural families, and in particularly the female members.

June’s interest in cultural differences emerged shortly after arriving in Tasmania as an impressionable 13-year-old. Relocating from another country, she was faced with overt and covert discrimination, despite herself being Caucasian and having a strong Tasmanian family heritage.

Pastel, which has a 300-year-old history in portrait art, is the is the medium – for these works where Wilson endeavours to sensitively portray women of different cultures and their personal characteristics. Each portrait is accompanied by the sitter’s own words and Junes’ notes about the person.

Wilson has always had a desire and passion for art and has trained under some of Australia’s finest painters such as Leoni Duff, Lyn Dieffenbach and Judith Drew to name a few. Wilson is also well known as an art teacher with well over 20 years teaching experience. She won the Major award Rotary ArtEx, 2014, the North West Art Circle People’s Choice Award in 2014 and she was the 2015 Tas Art Winner City of Burnie Award.

June Wilson’s and Cheryl Sims’ exhibitions form part of the annual Little Gallery Program for establishing 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: 24 January, 6pm

Garth Murphy, Building Designer and Construction Manager, will speak on Finding Place and  Leann Wilson, Executive Director, Regional Economic Solutions, will speak on Life Lines.

Exhibition Dates:  11 January – 9 February 2020

Image details: Cheryl Sims, Stuff, 2019, encaustic on board
Sanded Art
Image details: June Wilson, Bryony, 2019, pastel on UART sanded paper

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FEM-aFFINITY

Devonport Regional Gallery in partnership with National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria is presenting, FEM-aFFINITY – an exhibition of female artists from Arts Project Australia and wider Victoria whose work share an affinity of subject matter, technique and process. Curated by Associate Professor, Catherine Bell from the Australian Catholic University. Bell seeks to uncover related variations of female identity and perspectives on historical feminist concepts by situating these female artists alongside each other.

Drawing upon interdisciplinary approaches, such as painting, printmaking, drawing, performance and photography, the exhibition also considers how artworks are a complex and nuanced way of thinking about embodied knowledge and how it aligns with identity politics explored in contemporary art.

The 14 exhibiting artists include Fulli Andrinopoulos, Jane Trengove, Dorothy Berry, Jill Orr, Wendy Dawson, Helga Groves, Bronwyn Hack, Heather Shimmen, Eden Menta, Janelle Low, Cathy Staughton, Prudence Flint, Lisa Reid, and Yvette Coppersmith.

“I’m a regular visitor to the Arts Project Australia gallery and have a particular interest in the work of the female artists who attend their studio, I have often considered the uncanny connections their work has with other female contemporary artists. I’m interested in highlighting the affinity. Curating a selection of past works by each artist demonstrates a sustained line of enquiry. The opportunity for the artists to collaborate and develop new work for the show celebrates these ongoing themes and connections”, says curator Catherine Bell.

“The collaborations between artists underpinning FEM-aFFINITY are supported by NETS Victoria”, as Shae Nagorcka, Exhibition Coordinator,  NETS Victoria says, “It is about fostering ongoing relationships, support and a stronger understanding of each of the artist’s work and this project has done this incredibly well. I’m sure these conversations will continue well past the exhibition.”

Exhibiting artists Yvette Coppersmith and Lisa Reid have painted portraits of prominent males in the arts, and their collaboration involved drawing male life models together. Meanwhile abstract artists Helga Groves and Wendy Dawson share a similar creative process of layering pigment and surface detail, and they worked in metallic mediums and continued to explore abstract patterns.

Heather Shimmen and Bronwyn Hack are inspired by gothic narratives, famous women in history, and the natural world. Their collaboration produced an exquisite corpse made up of multi-panel, lino prints that incorporate depictions of the body, flora and fauna.

Other collaborative responses evolved between artists Jane Trengove and Fulli Andrinopoulos, Janelle Low and Eden Menta and Prudence Flint and Cathy Staughton. Seminal art works by veteran artist Dorothy Berry, curated from the APA permanent collection, and art world legend Jill Orr, on loan from institutional collections, will also be included in the show. This paring reinforces their shared interest in birds as symbolic motifs in their respective practices and acknowledges their valuable contribution to Australian Art.

Arts Project Australia is a studio and gallery that supports artists with intellectual disabilities, promoting their work and advocating for inclusion within contemporary art practice.

Credit: Image by Eden Menta & Janelle Low, Eden and the Gorge 2019, ink-jet print, Courtesy of the artists. Eden Menta is represented by Arts Project Australia

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Exhibition Opening: 24 January, 6pm

Exhibition Dates: 25 January – 15 March 2020

Available to interview:

  • Exhibition curator, Associate Professor Catherine Bell, Australian Catholic University
  • FEM-aFFINITY artists upon request

Contact NETS Victoria Shae Nagorcka, Exhibition Coordinator, Shae.Nagorcka@netsvictoria.org , T: 03 8662 1512  or M: 0432 692 184

FEM-aFFINITY is a NETS Victoria and Arts Project Australia Touring Exhibition

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Art and Tassie produce meet in Vino and the Visual

Experience the Bass Strait Maritime Centre’s Collections in a new light while enjoying Tasmanian produce from Pearl Oyster Bar & Café.

The Bass Strait Maritime Centre has teamed up with artist Elysium Greene and the Pearl Oyster Bar to bring you a monthly art and wine evening in the museum’s cafe space.

No experience in painting is necessary as participants can choose to follow along with Elysium or create their own piece inspired by the collection items presented, while learning more about the objects themselves.

Bass Strait Maritime Centre Coordinator Jaydeyn Thomas, said there was a simple premise behind organising Vino and the Visual.

“While art is interesting to me, I would never go to a formal art class at a gallery as it’d be far too intimidating,” she said.

“I hope that a casual approach, a glass of wine in hand, and a fun, experienced artist will give others in the same mindset [as myself] the confidence to come along for a fun evening of art and wine with friends.”

The first Vino and the Visual will take place on Tuesday July 30 and will feature a bright painting of the Lizzie Taylor, a vessel that was launched in 1892 by prominent shipbuilder of the time, Edward Higgs.

Vino & The Visual with Elysium Greene
Date: Monthly from July 30, 2019
Duration: 6 – 8 pm
Cost: $60.00, includes all materials and glass of wine on arrival. Further food and drinks available to purchase from Pearl Oyster Bar & Cafe.

Please get in touch with the Centre for further information, and to book. Places are strictly limited.

PICTURE: Bass Strait Maritime Collection, The Launch of the Lizzie Taylor, painting by C.Heaviside, not dated [close-up]

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Navy Band to perform as part of Devonport Jazz

The seven-strong Melbourne-based Royal Australian Navy Jazz Group will make it first trip to Tasmania next month to perform at the Devonport Jazz Festival.

It will also entertain local schools and perform at the Launceston Jazz Club during the visit.

The group consists of a pianist, bassist, drummer, three horn players (trumpeter, saxophonist and trombonist) and a vocalist. They will be joined by a guitarist, trumpet player and vocalist from the Hobart-based RAN Reserves band.

It will perform at the Devonport RSL Club, in MacFie Street, from 2 pm on Sunday 28 July with a $5 cover charge applying. Bookings for lunch from midday can be made with the club, on 6424 2673.

The group – which will also be on stage in the Mall between midday and 2 p.m. on Saturday 27 July as part of 7AD’s free Musos in the Mall event – has performed at many Australian jazz festivals including the Wangaratta International Jazz Festival and have supported Australian jazz greats including Don Burrows and James Morrison.

Spokesman Petty Officer Luke Kennedy said the group was formed from members of the RAN Band, based at HMAS Cerberus, in Victoria.

All are fulltime RAN members having completed the standard 11-week recruit training course and then a six to eight-week program with the band before becoming fulltime band members.

The RAN has 110 full-time musicians based at both HMAS Cerberus and HMAS Kuttabul, in Sydney.

They undertake a range of ceremonial and promotional performances on behalf of the RAN throughout the country, and sometimes overseas.

PO Kennedy said the jazz group’s repertoire ranged from jazz standards – including the works of “Dizzy” Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Thelonious Monk – right through to more modern compositions.

He said members were excited about visiting Devonport for the festival.

“It is extremely important (that members undertake such visits) and there are many people who do not get to see a Navy Band or to learn about the Navy in general.”

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Devonport Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Other exciting elements of the Festival include the Squeezebox Cabaret (complete with a meal, dance troupe and big band), sensational traditional band The Syncopators, a jazz tribute to the music of INXS, the ABC Radio live broadcast, a schools’ tour and Pure Jazz Sessions.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at www.devonportjazz.com.au

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Giles jazzes up the music of INXS

On first reflection INXS and jazz are not two words most music lovers would put together – but Cam Giles has proven that the music of the rock legends fits well within the jazz genre.

“(I know) It is a funny thing, but it is in the way you sing them and the way you feel the songs which makes it work,” Giles said.

“It is not super traditional jazz but more of a pop jazz vibe and not too laid back. I like that pop structure in music.”

Giles will perform his jazz tribute to INXS – INXSessive – at the Devonport Jazz Festival on Saturday 27 July with a three-course meal, show and glass of wine for $65 a head at the La Pomme Brassiere, at 16 Fenton Street. Bookings are essential and can be made by telephoning 6424 492.

The Brisbane-born vocalist and multi-instrumentalist first met the band in the late 1980s at famous Sydney recording studio Rhinoceros, where both his band, Gank, and INXS were recording at the time.

“We crossed paths and got to know them a bit. They were very busy and very famous at that time,” Cam recalled.

“Paula Jones (a recording engineer at the studio) suggested to Michael that maybe we (Cam and then writing partner Kirke Godfrey) could do a track,” Cam recalled

That track was Nail it Down, which was never recorded by INXS but forms part of the tribute show covering the band’s music from 1987 to 1997.

Giles – who started singing jazz about 12 years ago at the suggestion of a friend – said the impact of INXS on not only the Australian music scene but worldwide could not be over-estimated.

“They were incredible,” he said.

“Everything about them was so worldly and they were so committed to their one mission, something you don’t always see in bands.

“Michael was so sensual in the way he sang; he was great and such a nice person.”

The stage show follows the release of the album Cam Giles – A Jazz Tribute To INXS, which is available through Ambition Records/Sony Music.

Giles will be joined on stage by Brett Rosenberg (piano), Lance Sua (guitar), Gavin Pearce (bass), Ryan Menenzes (drums) and Damon Grant (saxophone).

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Other exciting elements of the Festival include the Squeezebox Cabaret (complete with a meal, dance troupe and big band), sensational traditional band The Syncopators, the RAN Jazz Ensemble Melbourne, the ABC Radio live broadcast, a schools’ tour and Pure Jazz Sessions.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at www.devonportjazz.com.au

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From a Melbourne whiskey bar to Devonport Jazz

Like many bands, the story of how the Gianni Marinucci Trio got together is as interesting as the music they perform.

Gianni – an accomplished trumpeter, flugel-hornist and vocalist who is a highly sought after jazz musician and collaborates nationally and internationally –  tells the story about how he, guitarist Craig Fermanis and bassist Tom Lee had performed together in different bands and seen one another around the Melbourne jazz circuit for several years but only decided to form a trio one night in a whiskey bar.

“We were on the same wavelength, music-wise, and we have been together now for about four years,” he said.

“It is a trio which gets along very well. It is very warm, melodic and a really good groove.”

The trio will perform at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, in Best Street, from 9 p.m. until 11.30 p.m. on Friday 26 July before backing up the following day for a Pure Jazz session between midday and 1 p.m. in the Aberdeen Room, Level 2, paranaple centre, 137 Rooke Street, Devonport.

Admission is free for the Friday night performance with meals served from 5.30 until 9.00. Meal bookings can be made by telephoning 6328 3367.

The Pure Jazz session is $20 per person, but free for Festival Pass holders. Bookings can be made by telephoning 6420 2900 or through the paranaple arts centre box office.

Gianni will sing on the Friday night, where the trio will perform many of the jazz standards while Saturday afternoon will purely be an instrumental show with a broad range of music from originals to works by Tom Waits

Appearing at the Festival is nothing new for Gianni, who often comes to the Coast to play with local jazz legend Viktor Zappner.

“I love it in Devonport and have been a few times. It is a very beautiful Festival.

“It is professional run, very accessible and does not feel elite.”

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Other exciting elements of the Festival include the Squeezebox Cabaret (complete with a meal, dance troupe and big band), sensational traditional band The Syncopators, the RAN Jazz Ensemble Melbourne, the ABC Radio live broadcast, a schools’ tour and Pure Jazz Sessions.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at www.devonportjazz.com.au

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Unique Tasmanian objects on display

Ten unique objects held in community museums throughout Tasmania – and all with fascinating stories behind them – will be on display at the Devonport Regional Gallery from Saturday 25 May 2019.

The exhibition 10 Objects, 10 Stories: Celebrating Community Collections will be exhibited at the Gallery until Sunday 21 July 2019.

Objects on display include Lieutenant-General Lord Robert Baden-Powell’s despatch box from the Tasmanian Scout Heritage Centre, Axeman Reg Purton’s winning block held at the Axeman’s Hall of Fame and a child’s tricycle from 1910 from the West Coast Heritage Centre.

10 Objects, 10 Stories has been curated by Arts Tasmania’s Roving Curators Melissa Smith and Veronica Macno, with the aim of celebrating the important role that the community museum sector plays as storytellers and custodians of our state’s unique cultural heritage.

Media call: Curator Veronica Macno will be available for interview at the Devonport Regional Gallery on Friday 24 May.

Exhibition Opening: Friday 7 June at 6pm by Roger Jaensch MP, Member for Braddon.

Floor talk: Curators Macno and Smith will conduct a daytime floor talk in the second week of July. Date and Time TBC.

Exhibition dates: 25 May-21 July 2019. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Image details: Tricycle, c.1910 from the collection of the West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan

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