SAC seeks theatre specialist for leadership role


Are you a Production Manager, a Creative Producer with technical expertise, or a Theatre Technician interested in contributing to the Arts in Tasmania?

Salamanca Arts Centre is inviting expressions of interest from exceptional, committed arts-workers for current and future opportunities.

There is a leadership position working in the Peacock Theatre and SPACE program to be filled immediately.

Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) is Tasmania’s multi-arts creative hub and an integral part of the State’s arts and creative industries infrastructure. SAC is an engine room for art-making and presentation; a centre for artists and designers in-studios; home to many of Tasmania’s leading arts organisations across live performance (theatre, music, dance), film and writing; cultural and commercial galleries and studios for visual arts, crafts and design.

SAC connects Tasmanian arts, artists, audiences, and arts-based businesses with national and international audiences, peers and opportunities.


To be the arts engine-room for Tasmania, developing and promoting the contemporary expression of the arts through leadership, creativity, innovation and excellence. We are seeking to grow our pool of Production Managers, Creative Producers and Technicians to work with us on productions and community projects.

To be good fit for Salamanca Arts Centre, you will:

  • Be an experienced all-rounder, with expertise across lighting, sound, staging, stage management and event management;
  • Have at least 3 years of professional experience in the arts industry;
  • Be an outstanding and mature communicator, with awareness of cultural differences in approaches to communication;
  • Have great problem-solving ability, a sense of humour, and ability to stay cool in a crisis;
  • Have a passion for the arts;
  • Enjoy working in both outdoor environments and traditional performance and arts venues.

Please send a CV and one page cover letter outlining your interest in Salamanca Arts Centre to by 5 pm on 21 March 2016.

Vale Lloyd Blazely, OAM

Salamanca Arts Centre marks the passing of Lloyd Blazely OAM with great sadness.

As a gifted educator and education researcher and policy-driver, he contributed greatly to the state of Tasmania and to the arts as the tireless long-serving President and later Vice President of Salamanca Arts Centre’s Community and Arts Centre Foundation Executive Committee across 1977 to 1986.

Our deepest sympathies are with his dear wife Em and family.

Lloyd Blazeley’s OAM was presented on 27 September 2013 by Chief Justice Alan Blow OAM QC in his capacity as Lieutenant-Governor of Tasmania, and Lloyd’s successor as President of the Community and Arts Centre Foundation (now known as Salamanca Arts Centre).

Justice Blow and Lloyd Blazely OAM

Australian premiere of
Denuded by Bruno Isaković


Acclaimed Croatian choreographer Bruno Isaković brings his solo experimental performance, Denuded to Hobart this Friday and Saturday in the production’s Australian premiere.

The cutting-edge work is presented as part of Salamanca Arts Centre’s HyPe Residency program in the Peacock Theatre.

“This is such an intimate performance. I am looking forward to meeting the audience from down under and to being turned upside-down by this experience,” says Bruno Isaković.

Denuded was created during Bruno Isaković’s artistic residencies in Art Workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik in 2013, through the Perforations program and the Performing Arts Network.

It went on to appear in numerous festivals, including New York Queen International Arts Festival in 2014, and has been presented in various iterations—included as a duet and as an ensemble piece.

The current version of the work, with Bruno Isaković performing solo, has toured internationally to over 20 countries, including a North American tour USA (New York, Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco) before making its way to Australia this month.

Denuded is about the body, movement and stillness, breathing and, most importantly, about a constant contact with the audience. The confrontation of the naked body and the gaze is the work’s driving force.

[It] did feel significant. It was as if we all had been somewhere together, no matter how we had dressed for the journey. Brian Siebert, New York Times (review of the 2014 production)


Author + Performer: Bruno Isaković

Production: Domino / Perforations Festival


Friday 26 February 2016 @ 8:00pm

Saturday 27 February 2016 @ 8:00pm

VENUE: The Peacock Theatre, Salamanca Arts Centre,

77 Salamanca Place Hobart

TICKETS: $20 + booking fee. Nudity, suitable for audiences 18+

Tickets available online and at the door.

Bookings link:

ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER / PERFORMER Bruno Isaković was born in Zagreb, and graduated in contemporary dance in Amsterdam. In Zagreb he is a member of the Studio for contemporary dance, collaborating with numerous choreographers, regular freelance choreographer and holds dance workshops. Bruno Isaković graduated with a degree in contemporary dance from Amsterdam School of the Arts in 2009. In 2010, he returned to Croatia to continue his intense activities in the field of dance art, and in September 2011 became a member of Contemporary Dance Studio. He works with different choreographers, creates his own performances, and holds dance workshops. Isaković has received various prestigious scholarships, as well as the following awards: Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Deinst – Stipendienurkunde (2010) and Jury Award and Best Solo Dance at Solo Dance International Festival in Budapest.

FURTHER INFORMATION The idea of Denuded is born from the framework set by the previous Isaković’s work Invocation, in which the performer with physical expressions and stage presence that goes far beyond the purely physical movement, reminiscents of the relationship between the secular and the spiritual. The performance Denuded continues this research and deeply touches physical transformation, thus freeing them from the automatic attribution of meaning to what we at a given moment are able to see, recognize, experience. Denuded requestions the relationship with the audience through a feedback loop that causes a significant transformation of the artist’s body, and Isaković in this new version of his performance bypasses classical staging and sets his body in the middle of the auditorium, thus opening a new sculptural aspects of performance and capabilities of communication with the audience.

HyPe Project Casting Call Out

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Nothing to See Here (Dispersal) at FOLA 2014

Salamanca Arts Centre in collaboration with Melbourne based artists Amy Spiers, Catherine Ryan and Ashley Dyer are searching for adult men and women to participate and perform in a new presentation in Hobart in January 2016.

No More Public Space, Only Public Order (Water Cannon) 

“We are ideally looking for males and females with performance experience who are neat looking, have a strong physical presence and can play the role of security or police personnel. Whilst not essential, we will give preference to people fitting some or all of the following: older people, 25-50; people who are physically fit, spatially-aware, team players; individuals with some experience in either crowd control (security or bouncing), emergency services, policing and/or dance. Individuals should be able and interested to participate in a rehearsed choreographed actions as part of a group. All participants must be over the age of 18 and will be required to sign a contract committing to the rehearsal and performance period.”

This work will be presented as part of Mona Foma on Sunday 17 January at 11 am.

Rehearsals will take place in the two preceding weeks. Exact dates and times of rehearsals will be negotiated with the group. Participants can expect to be paid for their involvement.

To register your interest please email the artists your CV, headshot and your availability between 1-17 January before 5pm on Wednesday, 23  December 2015.

Watch this SPACE

SPACE Coordinator Kelly Drummond Cawthon is off overseas this week but took a minute to answer 5 Quick Questions about the new program, which begins in December 2015.


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1. How would you describe the course in three words?

Dynamic, challenging, exciting.

2. Who is it for?

Anyone who’s genuinely interested to work in theatre, live events or festivals, whether as a producer or in technical roles or in project management.

3. Where will students be working?

The course is based in the Peacock Theatre at Salamanca Arts Centre, which a professionally operating theatre, so students will get to work on real shows with paying audiences doing front of house, backstage jobs and more. They will also interview for placements with organisations including Tasmanian Theatre Company, Second Echo Ensemble and Festival of Voices.

4. What will students get out of undertaking this training?

Opportunities to work on real shows almost immediately. They will have hands on experience producing events such as art exhibitions, theatre, dance, music and film. Marketing and publicity. Project management and planning. By the time students finish the course they’ll already have contacts, experience and an idea of how things work in the industry in Tasmania. (They will also be in great demand, I’m predicting!) And of course they also get a nationally recognised qualification (Cert IV).

5. What else can you tell us about the Peacock Theatre in 2016?

SPACE students will be running the box office, and there’s also a redesign of the foyer area in the works. It’s a big change for the way the theatre operates and will allow us to really make the most of it as a hub for creative activity.

More information about the SPACE program can be found here. 

You can reach Kelly via email if you have questions about  training at Salamanca Arts Centre and/or the benefits of SPACE to Peacock Theatre hirers.

A literary weekend ahead

TWRR-Fest_StateAd_1c1-1024x576The Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival this weekend offers an impressive range of events. The full program and booking info is here on the Tasmanian Writers Centre’s website, but here are a few highlights across the three days…. Enjoy!

Friday 11 September

2pm – 3:30pm Meet in Hadley’s Foyer, Hadley’s Orient Hotel Take a guided walk through Salamanca and discover the colourful identities from the city’s colonial past, including convicts, whalers, jam makers, ship builders, just to name a few. $29

2pm – 4pm
Orient Bar, Hadley’s Orient Hotel. Helen Shield from 936 ABC Hobart brings her lively radio show to the Festival – and the Festival to the world. Your Afternoon is broadcasting from Hadley’s Hotel, choosing a selection of our writers to tell their stories. Come along and join the conversation. Free Event

Saturday 12 September


Posie Graeme-Evans and Ann Turner with Peter George
11.30am – 12.30pm
John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel. Join writers Posie Graeme-Evans and Ann Turner as they discuss the art of writing for the screen and page. The storytelling landscape is evolving from the book to the screen, and the TV series is now more aligned with the novel as it gathers momentum and revolutionises how we tell stories. $15/20

Presented by ABC’s Melanie Tait

8.15pm – 9.30pm
George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel.

Join us for this live recorded evening as Melanie Tait presents a special edition of ABC Radio National’s Now Hear This. Eight stories about ‘The First Time’ will offer you a night of spellbinding entertainment. $10/15

Sunday 13 September

AN INKPOT OF FATE Christopher Downes, Sarah Firth, and Joshua Santospirito
11.30am – 12.30pm George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel.
Graphic storytellers UNITE! Condemned to draw pictures, Christopher, Sarah and Joshua discuss their fate. Perhaps you require an example, so join these fine visual storytellers for a very special hour. In this event we will be taken on an audiovisual rodeo ride with terrific tales told in multiple mediums. WARNING: content has some adult themes and nudity. $10/15

Jane Harrison, Robert Jarman, and Sean Monro with Nathan Maynard

4.45pm – 5.45pm
George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel.
Join our celebrated playwrights as they discuss Tom Stoppard’s quote: the subtlety of my allusions are all too often lost on the audience. How do theatre makers ensure they are connecting with their audience? $10/15

Mobile States presents SDS1

Salamanca Arts Centre and Mobile States presents

SDS1 by Ahilan Ratnamohan

17-19 September 2015, Moonah Arts Centre

Tour produced by Performing Lines

A champion of unorthodox artforms, former footballer Ahilan Ratnamohan has fused dance, sport and live performance to create a thrilling movement work derived entirely from the global phenomenon of soccer! Ratnamohan will evoke the atmosphere of a football match, filling the theatre space with a visceral, charged energy and provoking the audience to lose themselves in his unique version of the ‘game’.

As Ratnamohan begins his contemporary pas de deux with a soccer ball, he adopts the mindset of an elite soccer player on the pitch – striving for success, toying with his spectators, seeking admiration, and showing off his athletic prowess on the field.

SDS1 is an exciting solo performance work touring nationally captivating audiences of dance and sports enthusiasts alike.

This is football as theatre, stripped back, extracted, frozen, repeated and abstracted. Beautiful and ugly at once.

“…Playful audience interactions…are handled with such ease and grace…the audience responds with delight and amusement…”
– The West Australian

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SITUATE Art in Festivals National Call Out

National CALL OUT for the second SITUATE Arts Lab 2016 program:
Submissions Open 5pm Tuesday 16 June 2015
Submissions Close
5pm Monday 3 August 2015
September 2015
SITUATE Arts Lab 2016 to be held in Tasmania from 10 – 22 January 2016

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Salamanca Arts Centre presents SITUATE Art in Festivals national call out for Early Career Artists and creative practitioners working experimentally to apply for the second SITUATE Arts Lab to be held along side MONA FOMA in 2016.

“Artists will be encouraged to think in new ways about the presentation of art for large-scale public events and to tackle the logistics involved in scaling up for complex and ambitious projects in an outdoor setting.”
– Kelli Alred the program’s Executive Producer said.

The development program includes a residential, interdisciplinary artist laboratory led by national and international artists, curators and designers held in Tasmania, followed by a mentoring phase to assist the artists in refining proposals to work with the official partner festivals – Dark Mofo, MONA FOMA, Darwin Festival, Fringe World, Vrystaat Arts Festival and WOMADelaide.

Up to fifteen artists who can demonstrate the potential to engage with festival audiences and work site-specifically, as well as artists prepared to take risks will be selected by a national Curatorium to participate with accommodation, flights, per diems and an honorarium provided.

The opportunity is open to creative practitioners working experimentally in the visual arts, design, architecture, fashion, digital media, installation, community arts, live art and performance across a range of creative pursuits.

The SITUATE Arts Lab is an immersive intensive two-week program of provocation and mentoring designed to stimulate ideas and extend artists’ knowledge. Artists are invited to exchange ideas, work collaboratively, and contribute their experience to develop proposals for making temporary artworks for public space environments.

The first SITUATE Arts Lab was produced and hosted by Salamanca Arts Centre from 21 June – 5 July 2013 coinciding with the first Dark MOFO Festival.

Dark MOFO Creative Director Leigh Carmichael recently said in Real Time magazine,
“When Dark MOFO partnered with Situate Art in Festivals in 2013, I didn’t know quite what to expect—either from the artists, or of the festival itself. The proposals coming out of the Situate Arts Lab were very strong. I was interested in four proposals in particular, all challenging and risk-taking in different ways. Tyrone Sheather’s Giidanyba came through because of the melding of ancient mythology with high-tech, and his community’s commitment to sharing culture.”

Several artworks have been selected for development and presentation including:
Tyrone Sheather’s responsive installation, Giidanyba (Sky Beings) is currently showing as part of Dark MOFO in 2015 and Amanda Shone is working towards a project in MONA FOMA 2016.

Vryfees in South Africa delivered Plastic Histories, a sculptural intervention project by Cigdem Aydemir in 2014 and commissioned a participatory performance work titled The White Horse by Jess Olivieri for their 2015 Vrystaat Arts Festival program.

Michaela Gleave is working with Womadelaide, on the development of an installation project titled Our Tomorrows Forever Now towards presentation at the 2016 festival.

Fringe World in Perth and Darwin Festival remain in discussion with a number of other SITUATE 2013 artists.

The SITUATE Arts Lab is a key feature of SITUATE Art in Festivals, a Salamanca Arts Centre project designed to support outstanding Early Career Artists to develop new Australian experimental artworks for diverse festival environments, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Find out more about the submission process and selection criteria by visiting the Arts Lab information page and Sign up to our newsletter to receive up to date information regarding ongoing opportunities and deadlines:


Giidanyba (Sky Beings) at Dark Mofo 11 – 21 June

Recipient of the prestigious Dreaming Award in May 2014, Tyrone Sheather this year premieres his extraordinary public artwork, Giidanyba (Sky Beings), at the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens this year as part of the 2015 Dark Mofo in June.

Giidanyba was developed at the SITUATE Art in Festivals Arts Lab held in Hobart 2013 alongside the first Dark Mofo. Dark MOFO Creative Director Leigh Carmichael recently said in Real Time magazine, “When Dark MOFO partnered with Situate Art in Festivals in 2013, I didn’t know quite what to expect—either from the artists, or of the festival itself. The proposals coming out of the Situate Arts Lab were very strong. I was interested in four proposals in particular, all challenging and risk-taking in different ways. Tyrone Sheather’s Giidanyba came through because of the melding of ancient mythology with high-tech, and his community’s commitment to sharing culture.”

The Dark Mofo program describes the installation: ‘Tyrone’s seven sculptures float amongst the trees, depicting nocturnal spirits of ancient Aboriginal mythology that impart knowledge and guidance to Gumbaynggirr people. As night falls and you move closer, these Giidanyba or ‘sky beings’ transform from unlit statues to bright, shimmering beings in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart, Tasmania.’

Tyrone Sheather is a young Gumbaynggirr artist from Bellingen who works within different art mediums including photography, film, projection art, paint, textiles and dance. He loves creating works that blur the boundaries between these art forms as well as incorporating new technology to create fresh and exciting ways for art to be perceived with relevance to the evolving world.

The SITUATE Arts Lab is a key feature of SITUATE Art in Festivals, a Salamanca Arts Centre project designed to support outstanding Early Career Artists to develop new Australian experimental artworks for diverse festival environments and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Other Artists will have the opportunity to join the SITUATE Arts Lab in January 2016 by submitting an application via the SITUATE website from Tuesday 16 June 2015.

by Tyrone Sheather

In the Dreaming (Yuludarla), the Hero-Ancestors made and transformed the landscape with their special powers of creation and destruction. Simulating a Gumbaynggirr rite of passage, Giidanyba symbolises these Spiritual Ancestors, as they descend from the Muurrbay Bundani (tree of life) in the sky, to support people throughout they’re cultural journey and to guide them into the next stage of their lives.

Emanating from within these spirit-like forms, sound and light are made responsive to the movement of audiences, via internal electronics, whilst the structural components of the installation are made of fibreglass and steel. Traditional ochres have been applied to the surface of individual figures by Gumbaynggirr community members, under the direction of the artist.

Tyrone Sheather is an artist of mixed heritage, belonging to the Gumbaynggirr people from the mid-north coast of New South Wales. His artistic practice spans, film, photography, new media, painting and dance. His work aims to explore identity and to reveal, through a combination of traditional and contemporary media, knowledge and stories that have been passed down over centuries within the Gumbaynggirr Dreamtime.


Giidanyba (Sky Beings)
Dark Mofo 11 – 21 June 2015
Open 5.00 – 10.00pm nightly
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Lower Domain Road Queens Domain
Hobart Tasmania 7000

Official Website:          
Dark Mofo Program:    



Salamanca Arts Centre has 3 major exhibitions featuring international and Australian artists in 3 centres this month – Colonial Afterlives at Hobart’s Salamanca Arts Centre, Made in China, Australia at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, and Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent at the Gosford Regional Gallery in NSW. The collective body of work represents an impressive range of political and social views on 3 different aspects of Australian society.

Colonial Afterlives at Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
19 March – 27 April 2015

Long Gallery
Salamanca Arts Centre
77 Salamanca Place
Hobart, Tasmania

Salamanca Arts Centre presents Colonial Aferlives as part of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival 19 March – 27 April bringing contemporary responses to the complex legacies of British occupation from fourteen outstanding artists including Tasmanian artists Julie GoughJames NewittYvonne Rees-Pagh and Geoff Parr.

These responses come from indigenous and diasporic artists living in Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, Britain and Canada. It will incorporate a diversity of views ranging from melancholic eulogies to passionate and sometimes scathing commentaries on the complex legacies of British occupation.

Several of the artists explore multiple identities through performance and photography, including Fiona Foley (Australia), Christian Thompson (Australia), Charles Campbell (Jamaica), Kent Monkman (Canada), and Ewan Atkinson (Barbados). Others are keenly attuned to the nuances and contemporary resonance of the colonial archive – Julie Gough (Australia), Daniel Boyd (Australia) and Lisa Reihana (New Zealand) – while Yvonne Rees-Pagh (Tasmania) examines some of the deep wounds of ‘empire’, as manifested in racist stereotyping and modern forms of frontier violence.

Made in China, Australia at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
20 March – 17 May 2015

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
2 Wellington Street
Launceston, Tasmania

The migration and settlement of any large racial group in a new host country is complex. The complexity of the Chinese diaspora in Australia can be seen in the distinctive and diverse Chinese Australians living here. These categories are often reduced in the popular imagination to a single Asian stereotype. Made in China, Australia portrays how the different and individual processes of acculturation have impacted in diverse ways on the work of Chinese Australian artists.

The exhibition, curated by Greg Kwok Keung Leong, questions how the work of Chinese Australian artists is affected by the particular Chinese Australian heritage and experiences they have had. Some of the artists in the exhibition were born in Australia, others travelled to Australia in the past and some are recent arrivals, which creates subtle differences that arise in the artists’ work due to their particular relationship with the two cultures. Suggest including several names.

Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent
at Gosford Regional Gallery
28 March – 17 May 2015

Gallery One
Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb Street
East Gosford, NSW

Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent presents artists’ opinions on pressing social and political issues facing the world today. This powerful exhibition sheds light on a global state of distress, from major economic crisis, raging wars, pollution and climate change through to religious prejudice and racism. Audiences are moved to consider the complexities of issues that can often be portrayed in simplistic terms. Artists featured in this exhibition, which is curated by Dr Yvonne Rees-Pagh, include Cigdem Aydemir, James Barker, Richard Bell, Pat Hoffie, Locust Jones, Megan Keating, Michael Reed and Khaled Sabsabi.


Image Credits
Left: Christian Thompson Trinity III from the Polari series 2014, c-type print 100 x 75 cm
Centre: Cigdem Aydemir ‘Bombshell’ 2013 single channel video with sound, 11 min 3 sec
Right: James Barker Lest I Forget (detail), 2014 Cloth, wire, old rope, cast false marble.