Tarkine in Motion - Burnie


Tarkine in Motion is appearing as a pop-up gallery in Burnie on Friday, 18 September 2015 to Saturday, 31 October 2015

10:00am - 3:00pm, Monday - Saturday

Corner Mount & Cattley Sreets, Burnie 7320

"Tarkine in Motion is an exhibition of works by over 20 Tasmanian artists and photographers, created and inspired by four days spent in the takayna/Tarkine over the Easter weekend of 2015.

Gathering together to share and experience the natural beauty of the takayna/Tarkine, the artists portray the living Tarkine and, through their work, contribute to the protection of this remarkable place."

For more information, see the Burnie City Council Website here.

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Tarkine in Motion Premiere

The Tarkine in Motion Premiere was held at Village Cinemas Hobart as part of the Environmental Film Festival Australia.

A panel was held afterward with the filmmaker Dan Broun, artists involved in the project, Ruth Langford and Deb Wace. Host of the panel was Bob Brown Foundations Campaign Manager Jenny Weber.

Photo: Arwen Dyer
Panel discussion. Photo: Arwen Dyer
Jenny Weber. Photo: Arwen Dyer
Deb Wace and Ruth Langford. Photo: Arwen Dyer
Dan Broun. Photo: Arwen Dyer
Photo: Arwen Dyer
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Looking forward to the travelling Tarkine In Motion exhibitions

Aviva and Joanna are two of the artists who joined our Tarkine in Motion project, photographed here by Paul Hoelen, while on location in the Tarkine at Julius River.

Aviva Hannah. Photo: Paul Hoelen

Aviva Hannah is a Melbourne based visual ecologist. Joanna Pinkiewicz is a Launceston based visual artist, who describes herself as a colourist.

Joanna Pinkiewicz. Photo: Paul Hoelen

Aviva and Joanna are passionate about the protection of the Tarkine and communicating to the public with Tarkine inspired Art. We look forward to their art that will be exhibited at our Hobart and travelling Tarkine In Motion exhibitions.

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Volunteers needed for Tarkine in Motion exhibition

Rupert Point on the Tarkine coast by Francois Fourie

Following the incredible success of Tarkine in Motion, where 70 artists spent 3 days in Tasmania's Tarkine wilderness, we are exhibiting some of the stunning images captured that weekend as part of Sydney's Head On Photo Festival.

The exhibition will be at the Salerno Gallery in Glebe, running from April 28 to May 24.

To ensure the smooth running of this exhibition, we need a Volunteer Coordinator and a team of volunteers to staff the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

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A short film of the Tarkine in Motion project

A short film of the Tarkine in Motion project has been made by the team who walked up from the Pieman Heads to Rupert Point and Interview River.


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The Examiner: Arts vision for the Tarkine


The Tarkine in Motion project features in an article by Chris Clarke in The Examiner:

"WHEN most people envision the Tarkine, they see a pristine wilderness in one of the most remote parts of the planet.

Hobart filmmaker Dan Broun sees all of that and more.

He wants to turn the Tarkine experience into an annual celebration, in the form of an arts festival.

Broun has joined forces with the Bob Brown Foundation in a push to make 450,000 hectares of the Tarkine a World Heritage Area and national park.

The project will see the creation of a 30-minute documentary – Tarkine in Motion – to push the cause.

While filming alongside 69 other artists over the Easter long weekend, Broun realised his long-time festival dream, which he believes could make the state serious tourism dollars."

Read the full article here.

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Circular Head Chronicle: Tarkine’s treasures

By Bodey Dittloff for Circular Head Chronicle


The Tarkine in Motion project features in an article by Bodey Dittlof for the Circular Head Chronicle.

Read the full article here.

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ABC RN Arts & Books hear about Tarkine in Motion

Today at 10am on ABC RN Arts & Books hear about Tarkine in Motion with Campaign Manager Jenny Weber & Printmaker and Singer/Songwriter Deborah Wace.

Jenny Weber and Deb Wace on air with ABC RN

Listen to it yourself on the ABC RN web site.

Deb Wace on location at the Tarkine coast. Photo: Paul Hoelen
Deb Wace on location at the Tarkine coast. Photo: Paul Hoelen
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Tarkine in Motion Monday Updates

Today we heard from many of our artists who had been remotely located through the Tarkine, and were returning from the wilderness. One of the overwhelming feelings while on location in Arthur River for the Tarkine in Motion project was knowing that we had artists in very remote locations capturing the wild and scenic vast landscape.

Arwen, Andrea, Tom, Fraser, Geraldine and Francois had departed for Pieman Heads on Friday morning and came back on Sunday evening after trekking up the wild coastline.

"I've lived in Tasmania for over thirty years and have never been to the Tarkine except for a couple of drives along the rim many years ago. This weekend as part of the Tarkine in Motion project, I was responding to the landscape at Ruperts Point with sound and poetry. This experience has given me a deep and vibrant appreciation for this spectacular environment and diverse ecology. It has a history that constantly resonates and invites respect and stewardship. I am so appreciative for the opportunity to be part of this artists initiative to contribute to showing the Tarkine as a place to love and conserve," Andrea Breen

"There are few if any words that describe this place and how I feel being here. The Tarkine coast has a wild beauty that is immense and all-encompassing. I am deep in contemplation, wonder and aliveness. I humbly whisper my thanks to the Traditional Owners and their ancestors, my heart laden with sadness for the lives and lands lost. My eyes face the folded seams, dragon-teeth and ogre-shaped rocks. Giant waves roar and crash as they meet the shore. For me and my camera, THIS - being here - is privilege beyond measure." Arwen Dyer, Photographer

Tarkine coast. Photo: Arwen Dyer
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Tarkine in Motion Sunday Updates

Dan Broun is a photographer and film maker with a passion for the Tarkine matched by his wide smile and creative flair for creating this remarkable project. The locations logistics and attracting most of the artists was all Dan's hard work. He started his Tarkine in Motion as he does best, Wilderness trekking, as he climbed Mt Livingstone and then with Nicole Anderson he climbed Mt Edith.

While some of us were staying in cabins in the tiny West Coast hamlets of Arthur River and Corinna, others packed their backpacks loaded with their gear and set off in to the wilderness. Like Dan Broun they were setting off to capture the remote corners of this wild and scenic Tarkine.

On Saturday afternoon when Dan came to meet us at Sarah Ann Rocks, I could not but hug him as our huge smiles just said, yes we have created something incredible together.

Our collaborative effort was taking shape with wide reaching impacts, these impacts that will be felt for a long time. Already we are both thinking about Tarkine in Motion #2. Even before this one is over.

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." --Helen Keller

In Dan's own words, his Sunday played out like this:

"After a late night up watching the lunar eclipse morning came with a little light rain on the tent at Kings run.

The rain stopped almost as quick as it started and I did some filming with Carmen Hannay and started organising the day for all of the other artists.

Several went back to the Rapid River logging coupe, others decided Kings run was their thing for today some more went down to the dunes at the Thornton River.

We filmed dancing on the shoreline and met new people just into town today Kelly Alexander came up from Corinna and is now camping on the coast, Loic Le Guily and Daniel Johnson are heading the other way back to Corinna.

The Dosie-Dow of artists all over the Tarkine continues with big smiles and much creativity." 


We are nearing the end of Tarkine in Motion, and many artists don't want to move on from their Tarkine locations that they have been immersed in. One of our artists, Catherine Blackmore who is a painter, has been based on the North Coast of the Tarkine, capturing images for inspiration for her paintings.

Photo: Catherine Blackmore


Photo: Catherine Blackmore


Photo: Catherine Blackmore


Photo: Catherine Blackmore


While some of our artists have been located in Arthur River and Corinna, there are others who have been remotely located, roaming independently and headed to the Tarkine before the Easter break so they could also be involved.

Al Long, who was the first to venture out to the Tarkine and started the creating phase of Tarkine In Motion, is a Tasmanian photographer. His images he captured are hauntingly beautiful, showing a remarkable landscape that is the Tarkine. Here is a sneak preview.

Photo: Al Long
Photo: Al Long

Laurie Davison has been based deep in the forests, here are some of his photographs of Tarkine rainforests. Reminding us of the fact that the Tarkine is the largest temperate rainforest in Australia and the second largest tract of temperate rainforest left on the planet.

Nelson Bay River. Photo: Laurie Davison

Wes Beckett Falls. Photo: Laurie Davison

Alex Palmer, videographer, Paul Hoelen, photographer and Mark Downie, guide, have been working hard interviewing, capturing portraits of the artists and guiding artists through the Tarkine. So this morning they took some time out to ride some wild west coast waves and then got back to the business of making Tarkine in Motion flow!

"Surfed the jurasically grand Mt Cameron West with Mark Downie and Paul Hoelen in the morning. Filmed Kate Case, jewellery maker, fossiking on the shoreline and Lucy Langdon-Lane dance the Eagle dance among the atmospheric Kings Run Rocks," Alex Palmer.


Videoing the artists

 Rainforest rich and rare - logging continues in the last remaining temperate rainforests of the Tarkine...

This is not profitable, is an environmental crime and we are here to expose the atrocity.

Rapid River coupe named RD019A is a unprotected area that is contiguous with a large tract of Myrtle rainforest running through the centre of the Tarkine. This tract of rainforest, colloquially known as the Myrtle Corridor in the Savage River Regional Reserve.The Regional Reserve forests were protected from logging until the recent Tasmanian Liberal Government legislated to open regional reserves to logging. RD019A borders the reserve, and artists have been visiting these threatened forests in the last days while involved with Tarkine in Motion. RD019A is a proposed logging area of 60 hectares, it is a sad victim of the appalling Tasmanian Forest Agreement process that left out pure rainforest coupes in the Tarkine for logging after the industry pressure to keep them available for logging.

Kate Case is a jewellery maker, and her photos of these threatened forests have captured the ancient forests from the trees to the fungi floor.


Photo: Kate Case


Photo: Kate Case


Photo: Kate Case


Further east of the Rapid River forests, in the Tarkine, is a logging area named MB079A, currently these ancient forests are being logged.  

"If you are thinking about buying a coffee table or putting new floorboards in your house, have a look at this picture and reflect on these old growth timbers and where they come from, what is more important, this living classroom for future generations or a coffee table? A lot of the wood will never be used in furniture and a large part is wasted and burnt. If this is profitable I'd love to see the numbers because the timber is owned by the State, that is it is owned by the people of Tasmania," Simon Westaway, Australian Actor, NSW Australia Ambassador.


Images by Simon Westaway - Ancient Forests lost to a coffee table or left as a living classroom?


Images by Simon Westaway - Ancient Forests lost to a coffee table or left as a living classroom?


Lost to a coffee table?


A living classroom


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