Media Statement 29 March 2016
Bob Brown Foundation's environment arts project Tarkine in Motion has been a great success after a diverse group of international, interstate and Tasmanian artists spent 72 hours spread out across Tasmania's Tarkine.
Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber hailed the success, '120 artists were located in vastly different places to create art destined for national broadcast as part of Bob Brown Foundation's campaign to promote and protect the Tarkine.'
Artists were located from Arthur River in the north to Pieman Heads and Interview river on the remote southern coastline, base camps were also located deep in the rainforest at Corinna and in threatened ancient forests in Frankland River and Que River regions, a small group of artists climbed Mt Donaldson and pack-rafted down the Huskisson River.
Artists ranged from photographers, painters, musicians, printmakers, and multi media artists who work in sculpture, film, textiles, and writers.
'We are very moved by the positive response to the Tarkine by all the artists. Sadly there were clearfells, burnt regions and off-road vehicle impacts on intact landscapes that were witnessed, though there was also the vast region of intact natural beauty, endangered species and intact ancient ecosystems that were inspirational muse for the artists. Now the artists will create work to highlight the unique and diverse landscapes across the Tarkine,' Jenny Weber said.
'Bob Brown Foundation has a Brisbane exhibition planned in July, exhibitions in Melbourne, Hobart, Burnie and many other art projects that will be created for the campaign. Through art we aim to galvanise support to protect 450 000 ha in the Tarkine as a National Park and added to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area for its globally significant values,' Jenny Weber said.
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