• Tarkine Art Exhibition: Wild. Ancient. Threatened

    Friday, February 10, 2017 at 06:00 PM through February 24, 2017
    Brunswick Street Gallery in Melbourne, Australia


    takayna / Tarkine is a dramatic, powerful and awe-inspiring landscape. It holds within it secrets of adaptation and emergence of new post Gondwanian life forms, a connection to our ancient lineage. An group exhibition inspired by artists journey into the Tarkine. All art works are for sale with a donation going to the Bob Brown Foundation. 

  • Melbourne screening of Tarkine In Motion

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    Backlot Cinema, South Bank in Melbourne, Australia



    In April 2015, over 70 photographers, filmmakers, musicians and artists journeyed into the Tarkine to document and interpret its wild, scenic beauty as never before. From that weekend comes this stunning 55-minute documentary portrait of this threatened wilderness and the creative minds working to save it. Curated by Tasmanian wilderness photographer and film maker, Dan Broun and the Bob Brown Foundation, Tarkine In Motion is a multi-platform project culminating in film, concerts and exhibitions of art created in the heart of the Tarkine, one of the last great wilderness areas on the planet. This documentary screening will be accompanied by environmental shorts and a Question and Answer session from speakers who are working to protect the Tarkine and have tales to share, including suggestions for how you too can be involved.

Past Events

  • Carnival of the Animals - Melbourne Recital Centre

    Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:30 AM
    Elisabeth Murdoch Hall - Melbourne Recital Centre in Melbourne, Australia


    I'm excited to be narrating Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals at the Melbourne Recital Centre on 14th January. It'll be a load of fun, specially with Bradley Trevor Grieve's witty verse.

    Lots of fauna, fun and fine, fine music performed by Melbourne Youth Music and alumni, conducted by Brett Kelly. A rollick through the Australian bush to the music of the fabulous French maestro. What a cool summer outing! Bring your grown-ups and join in the fun.

    Bob Brown.

    The full details are at: melbournerecital.com.au

    There are two sessions - 10:30am and 11:45am


  • Tarkine Action Group Meeting 1 rsvp

    Friday, January 13, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre in Melbourne, Australia

    This is the first Tarkine Action Group Meeting for 2017 and open to anyone who wants to be involved in building Melbourne based support for creating a Tarkine National Park in Tasmania's North West on the World Heritage List. 


    This meeting will reoccur each month to allow action groups to meet in between and report back to the community.  

    The draft agenda includes:
    - Intros
    - Foundation and campaign overview/ update
    - Upcoming events and volunteer opportunities
    - Other contributions

    The agenda will be revisited and amended on the night.

    I hope to see you there.


  • Earth Celebration at the 2017 Cygnet Folk Festival

    Sunday, January 08, 2017 at 08:50 AM
    Carmel Hall in Cygnet, Australia

    Join Bob Brown for a heart-starting 45 minutes of songs, readings and serious ideas about honouring our planet.


    Featuring diva Claire Dawson (‘What a Wonderful World’).

    Everyone (yes, even Donald) is welcome: Cygnet Folk Festival ticket required.

    When: 8.50am. Sunday 8th January, 2017
    Where: Carmel Hall, Cygnet
    Why: Because either we celebrate it or we lose it.
    What to bring: a smile and just a little bit of wonder.

    Note: This is part of the Cygnet Folk Festival, so a ticket to the festival is required for entry.


  • Falls Festival 2016 Loo Crew

    Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 09:00 AM through January 01, 2017
    Falls Festival Marion Bay in Marion Bay, Australia

    Get a free ticket to Tasmania's biggest summer festival.


    Volunteer with The Bob Brown Foundation at the Marion Bay Falls Music and Arts Festival Loo Crew.

    Volunteers receive a free ticket, premium campsite, hot showers, hot meals and all you need to do is complete four 4hr shifts at the composting eco-toilets.

    Contact Danielle to volunteer ASAP

    Ph 0414 320 109

    Or Email fallsfestival@bobbrown.org.au

  • Melbourne Meet and Greet 12 rsvps

    Friday, December 02, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre in Carlton , Australia

    Please join for a conversation about Bob's ongoing environmental advocacy for the Tarkine in Melbourne and what opportunities there are to participate, collaborate and engage with the Foundation and be involved in this important work.


    This event is free, donations for Bob's advocacy welcome. Tea, coffee and lite snacks provided.

  • Tarkine BioBlitz 2016

    Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM through November 20, 2016
    Riverbend Youth Camp in Scotchtown, Australia



    2016 Tarkine BioBlitz will be held from Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 November 2016

    Tarkine BioBlitz will bring together volunteer scientists, experts, naturalists and members of the public for a weekend of discovery, biodiversity surveys and fun in a truly remarkable place. We will be cataloguing the biodiversity we discover, adding to the scientific knowledge of this region.

    The Tarkine BioBlitz will be held over three days, surveys in the field will be held from Friday morning to Sunday lunch time. Arrival at base camp on Thursday is advised if you would like to join the Friday morning surveys. You can join the BioBlitz for all three days or just one day.

    Base camp is at Riverbend Youth Camp, 358 Trowutta Rd, Scotchtown TAS. Just 6km south of Smithton. The base camp consists of a large complex all under one roof. There is a great kitchen and dining hall, an auditorium where the data entry from the surveys will occur and a presentation room where we will have speakers each night.

    Accommodation at the base camp is dorms with shared bathroom and toilet facilities. There is also room for tents and campervans for camping.

    Field sites in the Tarkine we will be visiting include a coast, forest and plains sites. We will travel each day in mini buses and car-pooling each day.

    Costs of the weekend include, accommodation at $15-$20 per person per night, breakfast and lunch $7 per person per meal, and dinner $10 per person per night. The food is delicious and wholesome and the base camp is a fun place to stay.

    Please make a booking to participate at this link:


    Information about the BioBlitz available at this link:




  • Sarawak Film Night

    Monday, October 31, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    State Cinema in North Hobart, Australia

    Come and join us to help raise money for the people and communities in Sarawak fighting to protect their land.


    Bob Brown Foundation and Markets For Change are hosting a film screening and fundraiser featuring four short films:

    Sunset Over Selungo: From a remote village, deep in the rainforest of Borneo comes an inspiring true story about freedom and belonging. Sunset Over Selungo is a 30-minute journey into the jungle, following Dennis, Unyang and Sia of the Penan tribe.

    Women of the Forest: The Hidden Burden of Climate Change: Voices of women from Sarawak highlighting their challenges in living in a changing landscape. (Runtime 15:13)

    Forest to Floor: The Plight of Penan: Intereview with Jepery Moyong, Chief of Ba Puak village who talks about the effects of logging on his land and people. (Runtime: 04:57)

    Forest to Floor: How Japan's Housing Construction is Driving Forest Destruction and the Dispossession of Indigenous People in Sarawak. (Runtime 01:43)

    State Cinema North Hobart

    Monday 31 October 2016 6:00pm for 6:15pm

    Tickets: $20 waged $15 concession


  • Re-turn to Wild

    Friday, October 28, 2016 at 06:30 PM through October 30, 2016
    Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart, Australia


    A pop-up exhibition showcasing the works of West Coast artist, Rose-Marie LeRoi (1942 – 2000) and other Tasmanian artists passionate about wilderness.

    Opening by Bob Brown Friday October 28 2016 at 6:30 pm

     “ Going to the mountains is going home...”  ― John Muir

    Re-turn to Wild” was inspired by Nature and its role as nurturer and provider.  In our busy world where we are disconnected from its living force, this exhibition provides a moment of reflection, of appreciation - a moment where we can turn to nature and be re-energised and re-newed.

    “Re-turn to Wild” showcases the artworks of Rose-Marie LeRoi, (painting under her maiden name of Kent) which were mostly created during her time living in Zeehan on the West Coast of Tasmania during the 1970s and early 1980s. Her works ranged from landscapes to the more abstract, to those that provided a commentary on the social and environmental issues of the day, including  the role of religion, indigenous rights,  Lake Pedder and the proposed Franklin Dam, and the legacy of mining on the West Coast.  Rose-Marie was passionate about Tasmanian wilderness and her works reflected the unique landscapes of the West Coast, with one of her series of paintings particularly focused on the Tarkine/takyana.

    Rose-Marie valued being immersed in nature through her love of bushwalking and gardening, and believed strongly in returning to the community through her involvement in local activities. She was instrumental in bringing awareness of the arts to West Coast mining communities in the 1970s, through revitalising the local art gallery, obtaining funding for an art acquisition program (works acquired are currently curated by the West Coast Heritage Centre), initiating local art awards and holding exhibitions. She also taught art through Adult Education and TAFE, and ran school holiday programs including art workshops and bushwalking expeditions for local school students.

    Rose-Marie imparted the importance of returning to community to her family. To support arts education, particularly for those in isolated areas, the family, in partnership with the University of Tasmania, established the Rose-Marie LeRoi Memorial Scholarship in Fine Arts. This scholarship has assisted a number of students from regional areas for the last 10 years, an important milestone also celebrated by this exhibition.

    With returning to nature and returning to community being the key themes of this exhibition, it has been a pleasure to invite emerging and established Tasmanian artists to be part of “Re-turn to Wild”, to share their art works and creations, their ideas and insights. The works of Kerry Martin, a highly experienced and accredited artist inspired by her fascination of the beauty of the natural world, will be featured.

    Proceeds from ”Re-turn to Wild” will be returned to the wilderness of the West Coast by supporting the work of the Bob Brown Foundation, in raising awareness of the remote and wild takyana/Tarkine, one of the last great wild places on the planet with globally unique natural and cultural values.

    We all need to return to wild - to listen to those quiet places of the soul, to feel the timeless landscape in our hearts, to interpret its lesson in our lives. We invite you to return to wild with us.

    Open to the Public:

    Friday 28 October: 6.00 – 8.00pm (Opening night)
    Saturday 29 October: 9am – 5pm
    Sunday 30 October: 9am – 3pm

    "Mist Morning" by Rose-Marie LeRoi
    "Sunset" by Rose-Marie LeRoi


    Also showing paintings by Kerry Martin

    Kerry has donated nine paintings to the Bob Brown Foundation to raise funds for the foundation's takayna / Tarkine campaigns - more information and all nine of Kerry's pictures here.

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  • Net Loss - The Storm Over Salmon Farming

    Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 07:00 PM
    Woodbridge Town Hall in Woodbridge, Australia


    Film Night

    Examines the controversy surrounding salmon farms, and the threat they pose to wild fish.

    "Probes one of the most important and cautionary tales for the future relationship between humanity and the sea."
    Carl Safina, President
    Blue Ocean Institute

    This well-balanced film clearly shows that there are major issues
    associated with farming salmon. The film asks, what price, in terms of environmental and social costs, are we as consumers willing to pay for farmed salmon?"


    Saturday October 22nd, 2016 at 7:00 pm
    Woodbridge Hall, Woodbridge
    Followed by Super and Discussion
    Entry $10.00 waged, $5.00 unwaged

    Presented by Neighbours of Fish Farming
    PO Box 45, Cygnet TAS 7112


  • Reclaim Belfast Coastal Reserve Community Day

    Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 12:00 PM
    Killarney Beach in Killarney, Australia


    The Belfast Coastal Reserve Action Group invites you to a community day at the main beach, Killarney.

    Come along and show your support to protect the beach for the shore birds, including our very special and threatened Hooded Plover. Bring a kite, bring a bucket and spade, bring a picnic and join you community in their bid to Save our Beaches from the damage caused by commercial Horse training.

    Where: Killarney Beach, Victoria.

    When: Saturday October 22nd at Midday (If weather is inclement, meet at Killarney Recreation Reserve)

    More: www.bcrag.org



  • Vice Versa Launch Concert premiering Harvey's Piano/Violin Duo for Bob Brown

    Sunday, October 09, 2016 at 03:00 PM
    Conservatorium Concert Hall in Hobart, Australia


    Launch of VICE VERSA new & selected poems by Arjun von Caemmerer (Collective Effort Press).

    The launch concert features Michael Kieran Harvey (pianist/composer), Emily Sheppard (violin), Arjun von Caemmerer (poetry), Lyn Reeves (oratory), Tom Samek (vital fluids) & Special Guests.


    Includes premiere of Harvey's piano/violin duo for Bob Brown.

    "This is a poetry that uses language like plasticine. It engages the reader in the service of poetry, medicine, yoga, art, love, music, and friendship.

    Arjun von Caemmerer's book (created and selected over 25 years) creates a world that allows the reader to plunge into the very depths of poetry -- variously visual, amorous, humorous, sensual, cerebral, and musical. It is a textbook of thinking, and includes the first full-blown print release of LINGUA FRANKA, his truly unruly homage to the late, great Frank Zappa".


    Tamanian Conservatorium of Music
    5 Sandy Bay Road
    Hobart, Tasmania 7000

    3-5 PM October 09, 2016. Concert ticket includes interval refreshment.

    Contact Details

    Arjun von Caemmerer







  • Tarkine in Motion 2016 at Burnie Shines

    Saturday, October 01, 2016 at 09:00 AM through October 29, 2016
    Centro Plaza in Burnie, Australia

    Burnie Shines starts this weekend

    Photograph by Andy Szollosi - Jessie Westbury on the mountain.

    In its second year, Tarkine in Motion 2016 immersed 130 artists, photographers and performers in the Tarkine Wilderness to connect, create and share this wild landscape.

    Burnie Shines has 17 metres of takayna / Tarkine images plus more. Burnie Shines is one of the more exciting campaign efforts from our Foundation with the fantastic support of the artists involved in Tarkine in Motion.

    With thanks to Scott Jordan for being a relentless NW based campaigner and BBF staffer so he can make these exhibitions happen.

    The Burnie Shines website lists all their events.


  • Action for Earth 2016

    Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 07:00 PM
    Moonah Arts Centre in Moonah, Australia


    Updates from the front line

    Great Australian Bight, East Gippsland forests & Climate Action

    Free Event - All Welcome

    Moonah Arts Centre, Albert Rd Moonah, Tasmania.

    Sunday 18 Sep

    Time: 7pm – 8:30pm

    Guest speakers with short films:

    Bob Brown

    Peter Owen - The Wilderness Society SA

    Ed Hill - Goongerah Environment Centre East Gippsland Vic

    Josh Creaser - 350.org

    Bob Brown. Photo: Tim Watters
    Ed Hill Goongerah Environment Centre East Gippsland
    Peter Owen The Wilderness Society SA. Photo: Bob Brown


  • 11th Annual Wattle Day Luncheon - Parramatta Park

    Thursday, September 01, 2016 at 12:30 PM
    Lachlan's Restaurant in Parramatta Park, Australia

    Bob will be speaking at the 11th Annual Wattle Day Luncheon on "Flagging Change for the Australian Nation".


    Date: Thursday, 1st September 2016 at 12:30 for 12:45

    Venue: Lachlan's Restaurant, Old Government House, Paramatta Park NSW 2150

    Dress Standard: Collar and Jacket for Males, "Anything Goes" for Females

    Cost per person: $95 - Includes red/white/bubbly and coffee, see invitation letter below.

    RSVP: Close of Business, Tuesday 30th August 2016

    The full invitation letter (PDF) is available here, including RSVP and payment instructions.


  • Canberra Writers Festival 2016

    Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 05:30 PM
    Library Theatre, National Library of Australia in Canberra, Australia

    Bob will be giving the closing address at the 2016 Canberra Writers Festival on 28th August.


    National Library of Australia
    5:30pm Sunday 28th August

    For bookings and further information, see the Canberra Writers Festival website.


    26th - 28th August 2016
    Power, Politics, Passion

  • Book Launch in Hobart: takayna - country, culture spirit

    Friday, August 12, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    Stanley Burbury Theatre in Hobart, Australia

    BBF---takayna-Poster-small.jpgPublic Meeting and Book Launch

    Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS, Hobart

    12 August at 6pm

    The Bob Brown Foundation and Tasmanian Aboriginal centre have partnered to publish a book titled takayna - country, culture, spirit.

    The new 60-page book will be accompanied by a short film, produced by award-winning photographer Matthew Newton, and an action-oriented website petitioning Tasmania’s Premier and Prime Minister Turnbull for secure protection of the takayna / Tarkine coast.

    A public meeting to launch the book, film and website will be held at the Stanley Burbury Theatre in Hobart next Friday, 12 August at 6pm. Bob Brown and Heather Sculthorpe will be speaking, the short film will premiere and singers Kartanya Maynard and muka nawnta – saltwater sisters will perform live.

    ‘This new book portrays the deep living cultural relationship of Tasmanian Aborigines to takayna / Tarkine. Nearly 200 years after forced dispossession, their unbroken cultural connection to country is shared in this unique book. This is a story that everyone needs to read and to share. With compelling argument by Tasmanian Aborigines and stunning and shocking photographs this book has a very significant place in Tasmania’s history,’ Bob Brown Foundation campaign manager Jenny Weber said.

    The book will be made available to schools around Tasmania and other states of Australia. The Foundation is currently hosting a crowd-funding campaign to raise the funds to pay for the project at https://pozible.com/project/takayna-tarkine-book-film.

    Bob Brown Foundation is offering free bus transport from Burnie and Launceston for the Public Meeting / Book Launch.

    The book is available online here.


    Jenny Weber 0427 366 929
    Heather Sculthorpe 0457 962 264

  • Book Launch in Broome - James Price Point the story of a movement

    Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    Broome Lotteries House in Broome, Australia


    “The campaign against the proposed LNG gas plant at James Price Point on the Kimberley coast was one of the most extraordinary fights in support of environmental and community values in Australian history. Aboriginal people, environmentalists, business people and ordinary citizens took on global capital, government and vested interests to defend their country and way of life.
    Damian Kelly’s remarkable photographs and the shared stories capture the strength and spirit of the NO GAS campaign in all its complexity.”

    BOOK LAUNCH - At the Broome Lotteries House, with live music, family friendly, a few formalities, BYO, a casual get together to launch a colourful book - A photographic essay by Broome Photographer Damian Kelly with foreword by Bob Brown, stories of the campaign from 40 individuals including traditional owners, community members, personal experiences of arrests, scientific examinations & so on.

    128 pages - 96 photos by Damian Kelly - 40 individual writers - Printed in Australia on high quality paper.

    Profits from sales donated to Environs Kimberley & Goolarabooloo Millibinyarri Indigenous Corporation to continue their conservation work.

    For further information see the Facebook Event here.

  • Tarkine in Motion - Brisbane

    Friday, July 01, 2016 at 06:00 PM
    Jugglers Art Space in Fortitude Valley, Australia


    Tarkine in Motion is appearing as a collaborative exhibition in Jugglers Art Space from Friday July 1 to Wednesday July 13 2016.

    Johathon Sri & Tasmanian Photographer Arwen Dyer will be opening this Tarkine in Motion exhibition at 6pm on Friday July 1, 2016

    This exhibition will be open 10am - 4pm every day.

    Don't miss it!

    Tarkine in Motion brings together artists who were involved in a collaborative project designed to capture the wild and scenic landscapes of the threatened and remote region of the takayna/Tarkine in North West Tasmania, Australia.

    Over Easter for the last two years 150 artists spent three days in the wild with one goal: capture the takayna/Tarkine and spread a message to the world to protect the threatened wilderness. Participants included videographers, writers, musicians, painters, print-makers, dancers and photographers. This is Tarkine in Motion.

    “This exhibition is about the impact of the takayna/Tarkine on those artists and which awaits use all in its rainforests, wide button grass plains, mountain ranges and boisterous seashores.” – BOB BROWN

    Bob Brown Foundation is campaigning to have 450,000 hectares of the takayna/Tarkine declared a national park and World Heritage Area.


    The Tarkine in Motion exhibition catalog is shown below.

  • The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia

    Friday, June 24, 2016 at 05:30 PM
    Fullers Bookshop in Hobart, Australia


    Author and Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society Ian Lowe AO will be in conversation with Bob Brown discussing Lowe’s new book The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia. The future is up to us: will we continue to blunder on, irrespective of the facts and the mistakes of the past?

    Lowe turns his expert eye to consider where Australia is now, and our dire geographical, social, economic and environmental future if we do not seek an alternative.

    Join us for Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe AO and Bob Brown in conversation at Fullers Bookshop.

    RSVPs appreciated to rsvp@fullersbookshop.com.au