Exhibition: 24 September – 30 October 2022
Public Program: Shared space/ Shared house/ Co-existence, Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 October 2022. Hosted by Frontyard (NSW).
Closing Event: House Cooling, 5.30pm Saturday 29 October
Contemporary Art Tasmania
Taking up residence in a metaphorical sharehouse in the midst of Hobart’s housing boom/crisis, six artists of lutruwita|Tasmania ruminate on the underlying strata and structures of ‘home’ and ‘land’ and the authority of ‘heritage’ as a practice of selective memory.
Sometime during the nights of Hobart’s lockdown, our sharehouse in Mount Stuart was faced with the decision of asking for a rent reduction. My two housemates had been stood down from their jobs, meanwhile higher on the hill, construction works had begun in earnest for four new townhouses… A house had come down. And two ‘significant’ trees… We were/are in the midst of housing boom/crisis…
Across the year, the artists engaged in acts of sharing and created a temporary ‘sharehouse’. How do you share something that isn’t yours to share? How do you hold on to your sense of home? Home is where your heart is? A house is just a roof over your head?
Georgia Lucy is a multidisciplinary artist based in nipaluna/Hobart. Georgia Lucy likes to take pre-existing forms, architectures, systems and behaviours and reinvigorate them with humour, challenging the audience to see a transformative potential in the things that surround us.
Caleb Nichols-Mansell is an early career mixed media artist and the Founder of Blackspace Creative Arts and Cultural Hub. He is a proud Tasmanian Aboriginal man with deep connections to country, community, culture, and spirit which all inform his practice and process as an artist and leader.
Caleb has an extensive portfolio in graphic design and digital art and has been commissioned by several leading institutes and organisations both within the state and nationally. Stepping outside of his comfort zone, he is beginning to experiment with large scale festival and public art installations as well as site responsive works which will be developed over the coming year.
Delving into and shining light on the politics of identity, land, and cultural heritage his artwork aims to generate conversation and evoke deep thinking whilst providing the broader community with an intimate look at what it means to be Tasmanian Aboriginal man in modern day Tasmania. artist
Flo Robinson is a nipaluna/Hobart-based printmaker. They are part of the Moving Creature studio, where they assist with workshops and take advantage of the darkroom in order to print t-shirts for local bands. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours in 2018, they have taken their credit average and enthusiasm for educational institutions into a Master of Teaching.
Nunami Sculthorpe-Green is a palawa and warlpiri woman whose family connects to North-East lutruwita/Tasmania and the NT central desert.
Nunami’s work focuses on Aboriginal stories of people and place, and the contrast between Aboriginal experience and the dominant narratives. Nunami is the founder of Blak Led Tours Tasmania with her first tour takara nipaluna being the first Aboriginal walking tour of Hobart.
Priya Vunaki is multidisciplinary artist, event organiser, curator and DJ. Priyas cultural background is I Taukei Fijian, Indo-Fijian and Anglo-Celtic Settler. They graduated from Hunter Street School of Art (UTAS) in 2011 with a Bachelor of Visual Communication. They have worked in the community arts sector, as a DJ under the name Baddi Adi (FKA Puffy Pank), as well as a freelance practicing artist, designer and illustrator.
Their art practice is resolutely multidisciplinary, although it primarily takes form across drawing, mark-making, community event design, and sound. Their work is positioned conceptually around Anarchiving, desirability politics, diasporic knowledges, and queer Indigenous narratives specifically pertaining to Oceania.
Their community work centres on revelling in the complexity and pleasure of QTIBIPOC in nipaluna/Hobart. They have recently launched the first iteration of a program to diversify the local electronic music performance scene, in partnership with City of Hobart, The Grand Poobah and promoters within Dark Lab. Throughout 2022, they are curating monthly experimental electronic dance nights at Salamanca Arts Centre called Egress. They are also a co-curator of a Black/POC led Queer Party Collective, Nasty.
Richie Cuskelly lives in nipaluna/Hobart where he works in planning and environment policy. He is involved in the Housing Alliance lutruwita/Tasmania community group, plays in wobbly rock bands and writes. He loves test cricket and hates real estate agents.
Presented by Contemporary Art Tasmania as a part of the Curatorial Mentorship Program. Supported by Arts Tasmania through the Minister of the Arts.
Banner: Image of an illegal demotion of 55 Mount Stuart Rd, Hobart circa 2016. A Hullah.