146 ArtSpace 2015 gallery program
146 ArtSpace is a non-profit art gallery showcasing contemporary exhibitions by Tasmanian artists working across the spectrum of visual arts, craft, design and new media. The gallery's annual program of exhibitions provides a platform for fostering artistic excellence, presenting works from emerging and established artists.
We are excited to share with you the 2015 exhibition program, offering a diverse line-up of talented Tasmanian artists and a series of shows that are challenging, inventive and sure to intrigue viewers throughout the year.
If you would like to receive invitations to exhibition openings and special events, please register at: www.arts.tas.gov.au/stay_informed
27 January - 5 March 2015
Figures presents a collection of large scale portraits that consider the forms of movement we associate with the use of mobile devices. The photographs, based on familiar postures, explore the tension that exists between the physical world and the connected world, as mediated by our relationship with mobile gadgets. Julien's subversive and humourous representations reveal some contemporary canons of our hyperconnected selves.
Image: Julien Scheffer, Untitled (man), 2014, Inkjet print on paper. Julien Scheffer, Untitled (woman), 2014, Inkjet print on paper. Image courtesy of the artist.
12 March – 10 April 2015
Cath Robinson, Emma Bugg, Raef Sawford, 3D Tasmania
If the desire for connection is considered a basic human need that satisfies our sense of belonging, how then does the ubiquity of digital technology change our interactions? Connected explores the interconnections between creativity and technology. The artists investigated the use of various digital tools and processes to expand their arts practices during a 12-month residency at 146 ArtStudios in 2014. This exhibition is a demonstration of their findings.
Image: Raef Sawford, All is Not Lost, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist.
16 April – 28 May
Eloise uses assemblage and sculpture to create surreal works that blur the boundaries between the abstract object and the natural landscape. 4000 miles is the approximate distance to the centre of the earth and it is this geographical context that provides the inspiration for this series of fragmented and mysterious formations.
Image: Eloise Kirk, installation from exhibition Quake/Matter, 2014 Sad Cloud and Dark Cloud (from left to right). Photo courtesy of Gallery 9, Sydney.
4 June - 16 July 2015
Burnie Print Prize
The Burnie Print Prize is a major national art award that acknowledges the historic role paper has played in the Burnie community. It has been an acquisitive award since 2007 and brings the best of contemporary printmaking within Australia to public view. The prize promotes an appreciation of the fine art of printmaking, recognising and celebrating its immense craftsmanship and exploring the expressive and aesthetic possibilities of the medium in contemporary practice.
Presented by Burnie Regional Art Gallery.
Supported by Burnie City Council, Arts Tasmania and Friends of BRAG.
Image: Winner 2013 Burnie Print Prize: Susanna Castleden, Building The World in the Correct Position and the Correct Shape, 2012, hand-coloured screen print. Image courtesy of the artist.
23 July - 3 September 2015
Sheila Alati and Rosemary Darragh
Fleshing Out is a shared exhibition by Sheila Alati and Rosemary Darragh that reflects on the fundamental intimacy of the human experience. Themes concerning the human body are central to the work of each artist and are expressed through their different approaches.
Sheila uses liquid media on drafting film to envision the fluctuating, unpredictable and naturally messy states of the human body. Rosemary creates paint skins to express the ability of the flesh to absorb and communicate the fullness of the human experience.
Opening by Dr Joy Rathjen, Thursday 23 July: 5.30 - 7 pm.
Image: Rosemary Darragh, Unfold (detail), 2015; Sheila Alati, Push back to the heart (detail), 2015. Images courtesy of the artists.
10 September - 22 October 2015
Using print media and sculpture, this installation challenges us to consider how animals are raised and slaughtered for consumption through Karen's decorative aesthetic and clever sense of humour. Alright? satirises the contemporary cult of celebrity by creating a series of animal celebrities based on true life stories of escapees - those that escaped the slaughter house to find sanctuary. This exhibition demonstrates the importance of visual art as a social commentator and raises questions about our values.
Image: Karen Lyttle, Shaggy's Ex, 2014, collage. Image courtesy of the artist.
29 October - 10 Dec 2015
Sawtooth ARI review
Sawtooth ARI is an Artist Run Initiative based in Launceston that showcases contemporary and experimental art by local, interstate and international artists at various stages of their professional career. This exhibition presents a selection of highlights from the 2014 Sawtooth exhibitions program.
17 December 2015 – 28 Jan 2016
Design Tasmania celebrates 40 years
In its ninth year the Design Tasmania Award aims to further stimulate creative enterprise in Tasmania through the design and production of small objects, lighting and furniture.
Since the Award's inception in 2005, the focus has been on inspiring 'Production Ready' designs through the final stages to market. The awards have helped designers create sustainable businesses from Tasmania while also launching some internationally.
The exhibition will showcase the 2016 finalists across all categories as well as some significant past works.
Image: Design Tasmania exterior, 2014. Photo credit: Chris Crerar.