'What Matters' - Film by Alex Palmer

The short film made by Alex Palmer at easter Tarkine in Motion, 'What Matters', on Dan Broun, Al Long, The Tarkine Wilderness and Tarkine In Motion is on the environmental film festival circuit.

Supported by Bob Brown Foundation
Flowing Image Videography
Music by: Alan Gogoll 'Seahorse Bells'. Visit Alan's website here.

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Diana Levy raising awareness for takayna / Tarkine with her haiku and writings

Photograph of Diana and Sophie at the Frankland River base camp during Tarkine in Motion 2017.

Diana Levy, an artist who joined our Tarkine in Motion 2017 has been raising awareness for takayna / Tarkine with her haiku and writings.

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Opening Night in Melbourne - Takayna/Tarkine Nature, Identity, Community, Spirit

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ART + ACTIVISM - From Engagement to Action


Art Guide Australia has a thought provoking article by Rebecca Gallo - From Engagement to Action - which mentions Tarkine in Motion as an example of integrating artistic practice with activism.

...Alongside more traditional forms of environmental activism (protests, lobbying and less officially, blockades and tree-sitting) the quest to save the Tarkine wilderness area in Tasmania has involved hundreds of artists, musicians and wanderers across three iterations of a residency-style event, Tarkine in Motion. The results have been presented in two books, a poster campaign, a documentary, concerts and exhibitions, forming the basis of the visual material for the Tarkine campaign...

Read the full article on artguide.com.au here.

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Tarkine in Bendigo weekend report


I’ve just returned to Hobart after a fantastic couple of days sharing the Tarkine in Bendigo. I was really lucky to be involved with such a beautiful bunch of passionate people that have donated so much time and energy into creating the events that occurred there over a couple of days.

There was a pop up exhibition of photography, painting and jewellery in Dudley House. I estimate about 150-200 people wandered through the exhibition over the two days that it was up. The opening was well attended and I did two artist talks over the weekend where it was lovely to share my story.

On the Sunday there was a BBF stall in the Festival of Cultures in Rosalind Park - a hive of activity and colour.

There were two screenings of the Documentary Tarkine in Motion and both were very well attended with both Venues feeling very full and around 90 people got transported into the place and met the people who were part of the project.

In all places there were so many conversations about this sacred place inspired by the imagery from this place.  Many people inspired to visit the Tarkine and to lend their voice and energy to protect this place. My utmost thanks and gratitude goes to the others who made this happen, Phil Robertson, Emma Wasson, Rosemary Glaisher and Liz Martin and a number of others who volunteered their time and resources to help make a great weekend happen.

Olivia Hickey

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Michelle Romeo - Julius River Rainforest Walk

Cyanotype photogram series
Takayna/Tarkine in Motion 2017
Julius River Rainforest walk

Sunforest 1. Michelle Romeo

Wandering through this ancient forest I fell in love.

The experience was all encompassing, sight, sound and smell combining for an exhilarating feast of the senses, food for the soul. 

Sunforest 2. Michelle Romeo

The foliage was omnipresent and I focused on the predominant forms and features surrounding me. 

Sunforest 3. Michelle Romeo

During my travels I collected botanical specimens that I then used to create a series of cyanotypes.

The samples were later exposed in the sun and washed in river water collected from the site. 

A splash of alchemy, art and science merging as one.

Michelle Romeo


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Michael Gay - Photos from Tarkine in Motion 2017

Michael Gay has sent in some of the photos he created in the Tarkine - from Norfolk Range, Julius River, Donaldson River, Rapid River and the west coast.


Cloud forest on the Norfolk Range


Cloud forest on the Norfolk Range


Julius River Reserve


Misty Donaldson River


Misty forests of the Donaldson River


Misty Norfolk Range


Misty Norfolk Range


Rapid River Eucalypt


Rapid River


Rapid River


Rapid River


West Coast Sunset


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Diana Levy - Frankland River forest - FR41A & B

Leatherwood blossom. Photo: Diana Levy

It was war

and the giants fell

despatched by a scadgett,

take this coupe and make of it

a timber soup says the Forestry,

so a yellow machine

with a saw and a claw

tracks its way bulldozerish,

and the man inside

with a job and a plan

cuts the elders and shoves them,

they’re pushovers,

claws them into a pile,

the ‘log landing’.


Mystery berry. Photo: Diana Levy

Then the leaves leave

the birds go

the possums, gliders and marsupials go

and what was it I heard last night

from the snugness of my tent?

voice high in a tree,

a faint reply further out,

all these creatures go

but where is their refuge?


Horizontal now, the Tarkine giants

are a bleaching cracking abandoned

tumble jumble,

with a rubbish pile of bones high at the back,

in the middle of a forest where few set foot,

not since it was called “takayna”.


Are we the last to have Tarkined here

shouting as we swam in the freezing Frankland River,

skipping stones or glimpsing

a brook trout flee across

the shallow pebble bed?

the last to watch the wedge-tailed eagles

soar above a pebble picnic

where we drank cocoa

and fed out souls

through our very pores?

"House tree" - an old myrtle. Photo: Diana Levy

Diana Levy

Tarkine in Motion 2017

*FR41A & B are the names of the coupes that are due to be logged - again


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Tarkine in Motion 2017 - Around the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge

Donna Lougher has sent in these photos from around the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge - "of the amazing Scott Jordon (pizza maker extraordinaire) with Kate in the gazebo kitchen. And the inspiring host Maree Jenkins with Six Rivers Aboriginal Corporation Leader and guide, David Gough."

Great Pizza Chef Scott Jordon - Gazebo, TWL

Scott Jordon with Kate Bartlett - Gazebo, TWL

Kate Bartlett - General Helper Extraordinaire - Gazebo,TWL

Scott & Lyn Jordon - Pizza - Gazebo, TWL

David Gough & Maree Jenkins - Great Gums Track TWL, Meunna


Donna Lougher


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Nicole Anderson - Enduring

Nicole Anderson‎ - Tarkine In Motion 2017

April 20 at 8:02pm
The most impacting moment for me was when I witnessed Jarrod Edwards, palawa ranger for takayna, and Theresa Sainty and Rocky Sainty, sharing their country with people all joining together in this event to protect her. Meditating on this, a poem came to me...


Returning are my people, free
Healing battle scars, yes, some won't fade
Marks of invaders
Hard hoof, hard hat, guns, barbed wire
Alien forms, machines, wildfire

Returning to find gentle memories
Shrouded by time, by sand, by foliage
Marks on rock and tree
Resilient hands, minds, land forged tenacity
My familiar forms, enduring with me

Returning are those who see
Life perpetual between sands and snow
Not by blood but by spirit, kin
Make your mark
Living culture, art, song, custodian

The work of human hands, takayna coast.

Extensive rock pits and furrows, takayna coast

Jarrod Edwards showing the Arthur River group some of the boulder beach constructions common along the takayna coastline.

Palawa ranger Jarrod Edwards of Kings Run

Jarrod Edwards with the Arthur River group walking country at Kings Run

Living place under tussock and native spinach. Rich growths of native vegetables abound in this extensive Living Place. What a marvellous way of living. takayna coast

Rocky Sainty providing our cultural interpretation at laraturunawn/Sundown Point

Nicole Anderson

Tarkine in Motion 2017


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