Proof of Life

Salamanca Arts Centre presents Proof of Life, the SAC Major Curated Exhibition for 2017, curated by Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong as part of The Homesickness Project

Proof of Life will present diverse works developed during the Studio Sessions as part of Ten Days On The Island 2017. Tasmanian and interstate artists have been invited to present works with ideas of personal comfort and security, finding their ‘home’, community and connections in a new place and the richness of multicultural society. Many works are based on participatory community partnerships, and include a selection of new and existing works taking the form of video, photographic and 3D works.

Featuring artists: Jim Everett – puralia meenamattaLisa GarlandLeigh Hobba, Daphné KeramidasLPG (Laura Purcell & Paul Gazzola), Dalibor MartinisJames NewittTamas OszvaldElizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong

Saturday 23 September – Saturday 14 October 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm  Monday – Saturday (closed Sundays)

Friday 22 September 2017 @ 5:30pm

Saturday 23 September 2017 @ 12:30pm
With Elizabeth Woods, Kevin Leong and Laura Purcell


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


Panel Discussion:
What does it take for us to thrive as we age?

Presented by COTA (Council On The Ageing) Tasmania and Salamanca Arts Centre as part of Proof of Life: Studio Sessions in Ten Days on the Island

A panel discussion on ageing and aged-care. Have you ever thought about what ‘old’ really means? What does it take to for us to thrive as we age? Come and join us to hear a range of fascinating perspectives on this question from thought leaders in our community.

Panel members include:

Chris Mead – Creative Director/Arts Health Consultant

Jim Everett- puralia meenamatta – Poet, Playwright and Film Maker

Sue McGrath – COTA National Policy Manager

Michael Fortescue – Musical Provocateur

Facilitated by Kym Goodes, TasCOSS CEO and followed by a Q & A.

Seating space is limited so RSVPs are essential. Please call COTA on 6231 3265 or email your acceptance to by Wednesday 22 March.

VENUE: Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre (Lift access to the Long Gallery is available from the Courtyard off Wooby’s Lane)

DATE: Thursday 23 March
3:00pm until 5:00pm





The Hazaras:
A Thousand Stories

Presented by the Migrant Resource Centre and Salamanca Arts Centre as part of Proof of Life: Studio Sessions in Ten Days on the Island

Members of Hobart’s Hazara community will be presenting a cultural evening.

The Hazara people are famous for their music, poetry and proverbs. The majority of the Hazara people live in Hazarajat (Hazarestan) in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and the Badakhshan mountains. Media coverage from this region concentrates on the most recent decades of war that has driven many people from the Hazara community away from their traditional homes.

Through film, conversation and poetry this session will tell a few of the millions of stories of home and ‘proof of life’.

This session will include:
*a conversation with Amin Safa, President of the Hazara Association of Southern Tasmania
*the film FRAME BY FRAME, which follows four Afghan photojournalists in Afghanistan
*poetry by Shoukat Ahauor
*artworks, cultural presentations and conversation with members of the Hazara community living in Southern Tasmania, including Hadi Rezaie and Jamal Akbari

Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre

Wed 22 March, 5:00pm – 8:30pm

COST: Free, all welcome to attend

Searching for Proof of Life during Ten Days on the Island

As part of Ten Days on the Island Salamanca Arts Centre is proud to present Proof of Life: Studio Sessions, which is curated by Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong as part of The Homesickness Project.

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?

“SAC believes in the continuing importance of artists having a key role in provoking, leading and facilitating discussions about the human condition,” says Salamanca Arts Centre Acting CEO Joe Bugden. “We’re excited to see what will develop from this ambitious, multi-faceted collaboration.”

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.

“There is a mission for the arts to address the heightened fears around our global future but there is a shortage of existing tools to do so,” says curator Kevin Leong. “Hobart’s tight-knit, highly-cooperative arts community, where disciplines are fluid, and where broad community contact is sustained, is the ideal environment to develop these tools.”

Featured artists include: 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, and Hussen Ibraheem and Ameen Nayfeh.

The official launch of the project is this Saturday, 18 March in the Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre at 12 noon. This will be followed by a Curator’s Talk and an afternoon discussion forum entitled “Are We Really Alive?”.

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