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146 ArtSpace - Music Sound Pictures: a career retrospective of L.R. Nold

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Linzee Arnold is a painter, artist, musician/drummer, actor, comedian, cartoonist, archivist, local legend and scallywag.

146 ArtSpace is excited to be able to bring you an exhibition of Linzee's work. It is a rare and unique opportunity to get an insight into the work of this prolific and inspirational Tasmanian artist. The exhibition will be part of the MONA FOMA festival and will run at 146 ArtSpace from 10 January to 7 February 2013.

Catalogue essay:

Note on Nawlins by L.R. Nold“Linzee Arnold was a multi-disciplinary Hobart artist decades before anyone here had heard the term. Born in 1939, Linzee conquered the creative worlds of theatre, radio, film, music and particularly visual art before the 1960's dawned. 

Linzee is primarily known as a progenitor of "Underground Comix", counter-cultural mutations of the popular comic books of the mid-late 20th Century. Improbably he was mining this field of expression as early as the 1950's in Tasmania. Linzee's obsessive, dense and highly detailed comics are considered the origin of auto-biographical underground comics, eventually becoming an influence on more well-known artists in the genre such as R. Crumb and Denis Kitchen.

Linzee is also a highly accomplished jazz drummer and has performed and recorded with top Australian jazzers as well as pop stars the Bee Gees and The Foundations. His preoccupation with drumming and jazz in general has yielded a well known ABC comedy series "Dr. Gumbo" and a famous comic based on the obscene and scatological rants of jazz drum legend Buddy Rich.

Music Sound Pictures is a career retrospective of Linzee's visual works spanning media from painting, drawing, sculpture and found objects and covering a span of more than a half-century of creation. If you're lucky he might even bang on the drums periodically during the show.”

Brian Ritchie, 2012


Image Credit: Note on Nawlins by L.R. Nold

Link to news article: 146 ArtSpace - Music Sound Pictures

Summer pedalling with ARTBIKES

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

If you are looking for a way to burn off some of that Christmas pudding and feed your soul at the same time, why not grab an ARTBIKE?

person riding ARTBIKE in streetARTBIKES is a free bike borrowing service that enables art lovers to easily access Hobart’s arts precincts and galleries. Spend the day immersed in Hobart's arts and culture with a state-of-the-art, Dutch designed Vanmoof bike. Simple, light and strong, with inbuilt solar-charged lights, ARTBIKES are available in male and unisex models.

ARTBIKES are available from the following locations:

Arts Tasmania (closed from 25 December 2012 to 2 January 2013)
146 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Phone: 03 6237 6323

Henry Jones Art Hotel
25 Hunter Street, Hobart
Monday – Sunday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Phone: 03 6210 7700

Please note that the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, which is normally a pick point for an ARTBIKE is closed for redevelopment until March 2013.

Click here for more information about ARTBIKES.


Link to news article: Summer pedalling with ARTBIKES

Alluere – a light installation

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Alluere, created by artists Aden Narkowicz and Elizabeth Barnett, was proudly commissioned by The Department of Treasury and Finance through the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme.

The newly developed Princes Wharf Forecourt has been transformed from an enclosed space into an open, public thoroughfare. The catenary lighting structure, designed by Circa Architects, is a prominent feature of this repurposed space and as darkness falls, Alluere awakens, enlivening the space with a kinetic display of light.

Alluere meaning 'to wash against' forms the premise of this kinetic light-work. Alluere mimics its surroundings, taking on characteristics of its environs and other life forms, adapting its behaviour to that around it. Keenly observing, it engages passers-by in a dialogue of movement, light and sound. What results is a conversation between the viewer and the sculpture as each is influenced by the others actions. These interactions help form an ongoing non-linear narrative. The work seeks to embody its immediate and surrounding environment while encouraging the public to engage in a dialogue with the site's future.

The work is enacted by custom software that uses algorithms in conjunction with video, sound and still images. Sourced imagery from and around the site is combined with information from live sensors that affect the light sequences. Drawing on colours from photographic imagery, the palette of Alluere is defined by shifting hues found in the river system and harbour including sunsets and phosphorescent red algae. An ongoing sound installation compliments the behaviour and sequencing of the lights. Barely audible whispers of spoken word narratives exploring the history of the area are used in conjunction with marine and maritime field recordings.

A recurring motif in Alluere, the tide, mirrors the to and fro of the public passing through the space. The ever changing nature of the work caters for these chance encounters in the hope that it will remain engaging and relevant throughout its lifespan.

Read more about the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme here.


Timelapse photography by Doug Thost and Luuk Veltkamp


Link to news article: Alluere - a light installation

Arts Tasmania - 2012 Highlights

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Arts Tasmania and the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board continue to make the case for increased arts funding within State Government, recognising the challenges faced by artists and arts organisations in the current budget climate. Despite these challenges, in 2012 over $2 million of funding was awarded to organisations with grants of $387 046 provided to individuals for projects and programs in 2013.

The 2013 Tasmanian Literary Prizes received 109 entries with the winners to be announced during Ten Days on the Island in March 2013.

The Roving Curators assisted community groups and small museums around the state in the preservation and care or Tasmania’s important moveable cultural heritage. They also launched the Collections Care toolkit to provide specialist instruments to community groups free of charge to monitor air velocity, light and humidity and temperature levels in display and storage areas.

Benjamin KlussThe Arts and Disability program provided support to artists with disability and organisations to reduce the barriers to participation in the arts. The program also initiated a pilot for captioning live theatre for Deaf and hard of hearing and have partnered with Ten Days on the Island to caption 3 shows during the festival.

arts@work is the industry development arm and has been progressing a number of cultural tourism products throughout the year including smart map tasmania, ARTBIKES and the COLLECT Art Purchase Scheme. They have worked closely with Tourism Tasmania to develop the Arts Tourism Strategy and this year has seen an increase in the number of ARTBIKES hired with 44% of hirers from interstate and 38% of hirers from overseas.

The COLLECT Art Purchase Scheme has also provided a much needed mechanism to support artists and galleries by offering interest-free loans to purchase Tasmanian art. The scheme has been so successful that over $3.25 million worth of loans has been provided over the life of the scheme, with the last million being reached in just 10 months. The benefits of this scheme are that its market driven, it increases the export of Tasmanian art, raises the profile of Tasmanian artists’ nationally and all at minimal cost to the public purse. Here is a recent comment from a happy COLLECT client:

“PS, it’s a fabulous scheme you have going. I'll be sure to let as many people as I can know about it. Good for Tasmanian art, too. It's the one place in the country where I feel a real buzz and cohesive movement happening.”

public art work at Launceston General Hospital by Wil GoodsirThe public art schemes managed by arts@work have also provided important commission work for Tasmanian artists and fabricators. There were a total of 20 projects completed in 2012, employing 41 professional artists and designers with an investment of $637 772 directly to artists and fabricators.

The 146 arts programs has provided five studios for emerging artists in the heritage footprint of the Arts Tasmania offices as well as a yearlong public exhibition program in 146 ArtSpace.

There were also seven artists who undertook AIR residencies in five schools around the state.  The program focuses on modelling to students and staff the artist’s creative processes and inspiring young people and art teachers to new ideas. The artists also gain new skills, mentoring and experiences in an educational setting.

Arts Tasmania also launched its social media strategy with a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The strategy has already been successful in increasing awareness of Arts Tasmania and arts@work’s programs and opportunities and engaging audiences in the creative industries directly and effectively.

The Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board and Arts Tasmania initiated industry discussions on arts funding and new funding models in 2012 and now we are working on some new ideas for 2013-14. The Board, Arts Tasmania and arts@work processes and programs are being reviewed, to ensure that where we can, we streamline administration and limit unnecessary process, to build a better focus on outcomes rather than outputs.

We thank everyone who has been involved with Arts Tasmania and arts@work this year. We have a lot planned for 2013 and look forward to another bumper year of Tasmanian creativity.


Image credits: Benjamin Kluss received support for a residency at the Rosamund McCulloch studio in Paris, and, Garland by Wil Goodsir part of the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme at Launceston General Hospital


Link to news article: Arts Tasmania - 2012 Highlights

Creative Industries Innovation Centre Biztro Sessions

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Arts Tasmania in partnership with the Creative Industries Innovation Centre and Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) are offering the opportunity for Tasmanian artists and arts businesses to receive a free business consultation.

The Creative Industries Innovation Centre's Biztro consultation is all-you-can-digest business advice in 60 minutes.

Micro and small businesses operating in the Creative Industries in Tasmania can discuss their challenges in a free one hour session with a CIIC Business Adviser David Schloeffel in Hobart on Friday, 25 January 2013. Session times are available between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and are to be held at Arts Tasmania, 146 Elizabeth Street, Hobart.

To be eligible, you must:

  • either be a start up (or thinking of starting up) an emerging or small business
  • and operate in one of the following creative industries:
    • music and performing arts
    • film;
    • television and radio;
    • advertising and marketing;
    • software development and interactive content;
    • writing, publishing and print media;
    • architecture, design and visual arts.

For more information go to

To register your interest in attending a Biztro session please email with your name, contact details and two - three sentences on which aspects of your business you would like to discuss (for example strategic planning, finances, human resources, marketing and intellectual property) and why (for example increased sales, increased market reach) by 16 January 2013.

As places are limited, we will confirm your appointment by 18 January.

Link to news article: Creative Industries Innovation Centre Biztro Sessions

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