Saturday, 11 March 2017

Professional development ...'one day on the island'

A set of site visits and talks in Devonport presented on Wednesday 29 March 2017  as a one day on the island experience unique to Museums and Galleries Tasmania members and friends.


1.00pm – 2.00pm

Tour of the Bass Strait Maritime Centre by Coordinator - Margaret Griggs.


Viewing of its latest temporary exhibition called  Beneath the Waterline

The north-west coast of Tasmania has a proud maritime history. Before roads were constructed, access to the settlements along the coast was by water. It was the sea that brought local communities together and the sea that connected them to the world. Amid the wind and waves, behind the portholes, in the steam and beneath the surface of oceans, maritime stories abound. But the place of women in them is almost absent.

Beneath the Waterline is Anne Morrison’s response to the Bass Strait Maritime Centre’s collection of objects and their associated narratives. The title reflects the invisible submarine presence of icebergs. It also acknowledges women’s experiences as convicts and immigrants forced to live below the waterline on their long sea voyage to the Antipodes.

Exhibition presented by Bass Strait Maritime Centre in association with Ten Days on the Island 

2.15pm – 3.00pm

At the Devonport Regional Gallery Director, Dr Ellie Ray will provide a tour of 
A Decolonial Geographic

Ideas of the pastoral and natural Australian landscape are commonly depicted as postcard perfect –sublime and transcendent – and emptied of human beings. A decolonial geographic, curated by acclaimed artist Fernando do Campo, recalibrates this idealised and romantic view of what landscape signifies and how it should be portrayed.

The exhibition brings together the work of eleven Australian artists, Richard Bell, Jon Cattapan, Juan Davila, Kerry Gregan, Raafat Ishak, Penny Mason, Alex Pittendrigh, Jessica Rankin, Judy Watson, Megan Walch and Ruth Waller who engage with pictorial, material and philosophical questions that rethink misleading representations of our landscape. Their work is not commonly within the landscape genre, but it comments on being in the landscape and on the implications of our presence on the planet – introducing a new lexicon for the genre of landscape where the colonial lens has prevailed.

Exhibition presented by Devonport Regional Gallery as part of the Ten Days on the Island festival

3.15pm – 4.00pm

Tour of the Devonport City Council Lawrence Street Storage facility 
for the Devonport Regional Gallery – provided by Dr Ellie Ray

Note: One day on the island was inspired by the series of cultural events organised together and known as the pre-eminent Tasmanian arts festival called Ten Days on The Island. It is not part of the festival as such rather an afternoon of professional development where museum workers can see the intersection between exhibition planning and broader cultural goals and activities represented in a festival and/or regional redevelopment.

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