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Proof of Life:
Studio Sessions

Presented by Salamanca Arts Centre
and Ten Days on the Island. 

Curated by Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong as part of The Homesickness Project


Salamanca Arts Centre’s
Major Curated Exhibition for 2018

The Homesickness Project is a roving, multi-platform, collaborative project in search of home. Its current iteration is Proof of Lifebased in Tasmania. The Homesickness Project’s thesis is that the role of the world as a home for its citizens is under threat and that collectively, we are increasingly homesick.

Artists, experts, community groups and the general public will participate in a series of events that elaborate on and investigate possible answers to these questions: What does it mean to be civilised within an increasingly market-driven system of social values? What is required from our environment for us to thrive? The ensuing discussions, lectures, performances, demonstrations and exhibitions will invite public contribution and form the basis of a major exhibition opening in the Long Gallery in September 2017. This is an opportunity to observe and participate in the creative development of collaborative, socially-engaged art works.

Featured Artists

Lisa Garland
Paul Gazzola
Laura Purcell
Elizabeth Woods
Kevin Leong
Abdul Hakim Hashemi Hamidi
Dalibor Martinis Daphne Keramidas
James Newitt
Nick Leitch
Peta Cook
Leigh Hobba
Hussen Ibraheem and Ameen Nayfeh.


Wednesday 15 – Sunday 26 March 2017

10:00am – 5:00pm daily
All are welcome to come into the gallery, look at the work on display and interact with artists and community groups.

Saturday 18 March 2017 @ 12:00pm

Saturday 18 March 2017 @ 12:30pm
Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong will speak about the ideas behind Proof of Life, its history and the process of development leading to the September exhibition and beyond.

PUBLIC FORUM: ‘Are We Really Alive?’
Saturday 18 March 2017, 1:45pm – 5:00pm
Audience members are welcome to attend part or all of the program.

IRANIAN NEW YEAR (Migrant Resource Centre):
Monday 20 March 20178, 5:00pm – 11:00pm
The Iranian community will celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, which comprises of a wealth of ancient rites and customs, symbolising the continuity of ancient Persian culture.
This is an invitation-only event.

LIVING IN BETWEEN (Students Against Racism):
Tuesday 21 March 2017, 11:30am – 12:30pm
(World Harmony Day)
These award-winning workshops are designed to promote mutual understanding in culturally diverse communities. Attendees are able to engage in one-on-one conversations with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, and to hear personal accounts of their experiences.
This is an invitation only event.

The Hazaras: A Thousand Stories (Migrant Resource Centre)
Wednesday 22 March 2017, 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Members of Hobart’s Hazara community present a cultural evening.

What does it take for us to thrive as we age? (Councils of the Ageing, Tasmania)
Thursday 23 March 2017, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Panel discussion on ageing and aged-care.
Panel featuring: Kym Goodes (Chair), Jim Everett, Michael Fortescue, Sue McGrath, Chris Mead.

24 Carrot Lunch
Friday 24 March 2017, 12:00noon – 1:00pm
MONA’s 24 Carrot program uses the growing, harvesting and preparation of garden produce as an organisational structure for diversified, lifelong learning across twelve Tasmanian schools. Sixty young people will sit for a long-table lunch to share the soup they have prepared from vegetables grown in their gardens.

Hellenic Dancers (and Afternoon Tea)
Saturday 25 March 2018, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Traditional Greek dances will be performed by members of the Greek community. A short explanatory talk will introduce the performance, which will be followed by a Greek afternoon tea.

Image Credits: Lisa Garland Fred’s Kitchen, 2016, Giclee print

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