Photographic exhibition promotes the plight of 450,000 hectares of Tasmania’s threatened landscapes

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In early April 2015, 70 artists spent 72 hours in the remote Tarkine wilderness in North West Tasmania, capturing the wild and scenic beauty of this threatened landscape, one of the last great wilderness areas on the planet. Participants included videographers, writers, musicians, painters, print-makers and photographers.

Out of this extraordinary project comes a collection of stunning photographs of the Tarkine’s wild coast, vast rainforests, towering sand dunes and hidden waterfalls taken by 18 of Australia’s finest photographers 

Now showing at Salerno Gallery, Glebe, 28 April – 24 May, as part of the 2015 Head On Photo Festival, Tarkine in Motion Photographic Exhibition is the first of a series of nationwide interdisciplinary exhibitions, presentations and showcases that were devised during the three day project.

These images are central to the Bob Brown Foundation’s campaign to have 450,000 hectares of the Tarkine declared a national park and World Heritage Area.

Environmentalist and former Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown believes that the exhibition is the perfect medium to showcase this remote, rugged and spectacular region to the rest of Australia. 

"Tarkine in Motion lifts the cover on this stunning part of Australia's natural and cultural heritage.  More ancient, remote and wild than the Sydney Opera House, the Tarkine should also be nominated for the World Heritage status it so richly deserves," Bob Brown said. 

Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said, “The time is right for the Tarkine to be protected as a National Park, providing a promising future for Tasmania’s economy and environment.  This bright future stands in stark contrast to the current damage being wrought on the Tarkine by logging, mining and off-road vehicles.”

“Forestry Tasmania is logging the world’s second largest temperate rainforest at a loss to the public purse and a tragic loss to globally unique ecological values as the Tarkine’s rainforests are a Gondwana relic, “Jenny Weber said.

Actor and NSW Australia Day ambassador Simon Westaway believes that the Tarkine in Motion project can help shape the future of Tasmania, encouraging alternative forms of revenue for the state; “The success of Tarkine in Motion shows that eco-tourism, with the attraction of artists and likeminded people, has potential for economic benefit for localised regions like the Tarkine and the state of Tasmania, rather than depending on crashing business engines like mining and forestry.”

Exhibiting photographers: Peter Beeh, Chris Bell, Rob Blakers, Cameron Blake, Dan Broun, Bob Brown, Laurie Davison, Arwen Dyer, Francois Fourie, Wolfgang Glowacki, Paul Hoelen, Julian Knysh, Alan Long, Nick Monk, Grant Murray, David Murphy, Kip Nunn, Luana Towney and Hillary Younger.

Salerno Gallery

70 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW

Showing: 28 April – 24 May, Tue – Sun 10am – 6pm

 

Official Opening: Tuesday 11 May from 6pm with:

Simon Westaway– Actor

Costa Georgiadis – Host of ABC's Gardening Australia

Jenny Weber– Campaign Manager for the Bob Brown Foundation

Dan Broun– Photographer and Curator of Tarkine in Motion

 

For more information, visit:

headon.com.au/exhibitions/tarkine-wilderness-tarkine-motion

bobbrown.org.au/tarkine_in_motion_updates

 

For media inquiries, images or interviews with Bob Brown or Simon Westaway, contact Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager on 0427 366 929 or email jenny@bobbrown.org.au

 


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