Various Artists

7 Mar - 24 May
Main Gallery

Featuring the work of: David mangenner Gough, Selena de Carvalho, Gail Mabo, Vanghoua Anthony Vue, Aris Prabawa, Penny Evans, Damien Shen in collaboration with Robert Hague; and Sera Waters.

A nationally touring exhibition, The Partnershipping Project features twenty regional visual artists over two years, with local artists joining the exhibition at each tour venue. The artists’ work is installed in eight small boats and the entire exhibition travels up the east coast of Australia and back to Tasmania in a shipping container.

The exhibition centres around the question “as on-line experiences take up more time in our lives, do our relationships to place still matter?”

The artists come from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and experiences and their works challenge stereotypes about what living in the regions of Australia might mean. They are inspired by their global experiences and outlook to make changes in their local communities, and offer new insights. Each artist is producing exciting new work drawing from their own lives; their own places; their ideas, hopes, dreams, fears and passions.

For this instalment of the project, The Riddoch Art Gallery welcomes artists Damien Shen in collaboration with Robert Hague; and Sera Waters to the exhibition.

Damien Shen draws from his Ngarringeri and Chinese heritage, making powerful images that reflect the complexities of race and identity in Australia. He’s “Interested in the Coorong region, work that relates to the stories my family has about their early memories of growing up on the Raukkan mission in the early 50s.” Read Damien’s story here.

Robert Hague migrated to Australia 30 years ago from the North Island of New Zealand where he grew up surrounded by the volcanic rock pools of Rotorua. He works across numerous media including, printmaking, video, painting and installation but with a concentration on sculpture, in both metal, resin and stone.

Sera Waters is currently working from Adelaide after having spent her childhood in Mount Gambier. Her art practice is characterised by a darkly stitched meticulousness. Her embroideries and hand-crafted sculptures examine settler colonial home-making patterns and practices, and intertwine these gaps in history with references to her own genealogical ghostscapes. Read Sera’s story here.

Please join us for the exhibition opening on Friday 6 March at 6pm.

Damien Shen will also be hosting an in-depth drawing workshop on Saturday 7 March. Click here for details.

The Partnershipping Project is a Burnie Regional Art Gallery exhibition toured by Contemporary Art Tasmania.

Contemporary Art Tasmania is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding body, by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy and is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.

Burnie Regional Art Gallery is an initiative of the Burnie City Council.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program, the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by the Contemporary Art Tasmania Exhibition Development Fund.

Image: David mangenner Gough & Nathan Slater, Te Waka a trawlwoolway (the Canoe/Boat of trawlwoolway) 2018

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