Dark Mofo highlights Tasmanian artists through collaborations with SAC

During June, as part of Dark Mofo 2017, Salamanca Arts Centre will host a number of exciting new projects – including live music, installations and new text-based theatre.

Salamanca Arts Centre is excited to once again collaborate with Dark Mofo, and we look forward to welcoming local, interstate and international audiences into the Arts Centre,” says SAC’s Acting CEO Joe Bugden. “In particular, SAC commends this year’s festival team for their ongoing commitment to recognising, valuing and presenting new Tasmanian work.”

The Long Gallery will house Outposts, curated by Brendan Walls, in which “lost signals and voices from the electro-magnetosphere seethe and mutter in the dark.” 

Outposts will feature installations by artists Peter Blamey, Eden Meure, Sally McIntyre, Pip Stafford and Brendan Walls/Robert Ashley.

During the festival weekend evenings the Long Gallery will be taken over by The Last Bastion. This live performance, which is also curated by Brendan Walls, is described as a “sonic assault”. The line-up includes Matt Warren, Julia Drouhin, Dani Kirby, Edwina Stevens (Eves) and Jen Tait, SmashHits (Eden Meure, Bethany Sweatman and Tom Robb), Julius Schwing, Alf Jackson, Greg Kingston, Alethea Coombe, Michael Matherson Saunders, Lexie Lynch and Dangerous Game.

Meanwhile the Peacock Theatre will host the debut of two new theatre works by Tasmanian sound-based theatre collective, Radio Gothic, featuring Heath Brown, Briony Kidd, Carrie McLean, Alison Mann, Jason James, Katie Robertson, and Craig Irons. The collective has been supported by the Australia Council through Salamanca Arts Centre’s HyPe (Hybrid Performance) Program to develop new Episodes during 2017.

Presented by Dark Mofo from 7 – 11 June, Episode 2: The Hanniford Tapes, written by Carrie McLean, sees a psychiatrist obsessing over the murder committed by her client, as a woman’s voice consumes her mind.

In Episode 3: The Illustrated Girl, written by Alison Mann, a woman wakes up to find a sinister tattoo on her hand. 

Presented as a double-bill, these stories are created by the collective using experimental live foley and sampling techniques to create a unique theatrical experience.

Dark Mofo presented the first Radio Gothic project, Episode 1: The Pit, to acclaim during last year’s festival.

Also in this year’s Dark Mofo, the Peacock Theatre will host the durational The Second Woman, a mesmerising 24-hour performance in which the artist invites one hundred men to star opposite her in a scene adapted from John Cassavetes’ American drama, Opening Night (1977).

During June Salamanca Arts Centre’s program will also include:

Products of ConceptionEmma Magnusson-Reid’s solo exhibition in the Top Gallery

Windows to the Soul Phillip England’s Tintype photography portrait exhibition in the Studio Gallery

Well, Hello! A site-specific installation by Sanja Pahoki in Kelly’s Garden


Image Credits:

Top – Sally Ann McIntyre. Das Grosse Rauschen: The Metamorphosis of Radio (2016).

Bottom – Radio Gothic image by Oliver Berlin


SAC40 call out: What do you know about that giant octopus?

Do you know more about this giant octopus project in the 1980s? Get in touch.

ABC story: Salamanca Arts Centre digs deep into archives ahead of 40th anniversary

Strange and marvellous things have been happening at Salamanca Arts Centre for around four decades now. Whether it’s a giant octopus taking over, an Arts Ball to promote ‘socially responsible decadence’ or a protest at the market— these sandstone walls have seen it all!

Attendees of the SAC Arts Ball in the 1990s.

As a celebration of our 40th anniversary year in 2017 we want to share with the Tasmanian community the richness, exuberance and diversity of the precinct’s cultural history. We’re asking the public to share memorabilia and stories about what has made Salamanca Arts Centre (and the whole area) such a special and exciting place.

Do you have a photo of going to a show in the Peacock when you were a kid?

Did you dress up for one of the Arts Balls in the Long Gallery back in the day?

Were you an artist creating, exhibiting or performing in the centre and publicising your work in an unusual way?

Or maybe you were involved in some spontaneous political or artistic ‘happening’ that we can’t yet imagine or put into words!

Whatever your SAC memorabilia entails, we invite you to share it with us… so that we can share it with Tasmania.


Do you have old photos, slides, newspaper cuttings or similar? Items may be used in the programming of our 40th anniversary celebrations and/or to add to our archive. This project is about showcasing the tradition of vibrancy in Tasmania’s arts community, and your assistance is invaluable.

To contribute get in touch by Wednesday 31 May 2017 via research@sac.org.au 



HyPE artists honoured with Green Room Award

Salamanca Arts Centre congratulates Tasmanian artists Dylan Sheridan and Sam Routledge on their Green Room Award, announced this week.

Their work, Crush, has been recognised for Sound Performance in the Contemporary and Experimental Performance category. It was presented at Arts House as part of last year’s Festival of Live Arts (FOLA).

“We really enjoyed making this work and it was fantastic to be able to present it in Melbourne at Arts House on the back of the Junction Arts Festival Season, which was supported by the Salamanca Arts Centre,” says Sam Routledge.

“It’s always good to be recognised by your peers, and to receive this Green Room award from a panel of Melbourne-based artists, who see so much good work, feels really special”.

Crush really connects with audiences,” says SAC’s Live Arts and Events Coordinator Kelly Drummond Cawthon. “It’s been so rewarding to be able to nurture this dynamic Tasmanian team and watch the project go from strength to strength.”

Crush is an immersive live artwork for auto car washes that explores new notions of slavery and servitude in a robot age. Audiences experience this work from inside a vehicle as it is being cleaned. Evoking the drive-in cinema, audiences tune into the soundtrack via the FM radio in their vehicle as it is transmitted live on site. As the large automated robot goes about its work, Sheridan’s score syncs to its movements, in a powerful and beautiful examination of vulnerability and power.

The development of Crush was supported by Salamanca Arts Centre’s HyPe (Hybrid Performance) Program in 2015-16. HyPe supports the creation of innovative, contemporary hybrid performance by supporting Tasmanian artists to take conceptual leaps and to challenge the existing limitations of traditional performance and theatre.

Composer and artist Dylan Sheridan is supported by HyPe in 2017 and will show a new work at Salamanca Arts Centre later in the year.

The Green Room Awards were established in 1982 and are regarded as Melbourne’s premier peer-presented, performing arts industry awards.
Crush was originally co-commissioned and produced by Junction Arts Festival and Salamanca Arts Centre through Like HyPe in 2015. In 2016 it was presented by the City of Melbourne through Arts House at the Festival of Life Arts (FOLA).

FIND Emerging Jewellers Program

FIND Contemporary Jewellery Collective
at Salamanca Arts Centre are advising of an exciting new opportunity.

What is it?

This is an 8-week opportunity for emerging local jewellers to display and sell their work in a commercial environment; rent free.

Who can apply?

Any emerging jeweller who is based in Tasmania and is not currently showing or selling their work in other shops or galleries. (This excludes student exhibitions and markets).

What is in it for you?

The successful applicant will get a high exposure, rent-free space in a well-established business for a set period of 8 weeks, display props included.

What is the cost?

There is no cost to apply and there is no rent charged. A small commission of 5% is taken on each sale.

What is in it for FIND?

FIND is a collective of 10 jewellers and know how difficult it can be to become established in this field. The space allocated for an emerging jeweller is FIND’s way of supporting the local arts community.

To apply and for more information go to the listing on FIND’s website.



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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EOIs invited for the position of Executive Producer, SITUATE Art in Festivals

Expressions of Interest are invited for the position of Executive Producer, SITUATE Art in Festivals

Salamanca Arts Centre is seeking to appoint an Executive Producer of interdisciplinary arts projects, programs and arts laboratories for the delivery of SITUATE Art in Festivals.

Funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, SITUATE Art in Festivals  is a program of Salamanca Arts Centre that has national and international reach, and the role of Executive Producer can be based in Hobart or interstate. If based interstate, some travel to Hobart will be required. To learn more about Situate and what we have achieved so far, please view our website, www.situate.org.au

Your EoI should address each of the Selection Criteria listed below, contain your CV (with relevant links), and include three to five referees.

This is a fixed term part-time services contract, which will commence in March 2017 and conclude in December 2018 but with an option to renew the contract for a further 18 months.

The successful applicant will:

  • be passionate about experimental arts (in a variety of art forms including interdisciplinary) and helping early career artists to achieve their potential.have direct experience of working in a variety of arts festivals.
  • have direct experience with the processes required to commission, develop and present/install works in festivals and/or public art programs.
  • have solid experience with experimental artists’ Professional Development programs, and a demonstrable ability to organise, produce and deliver an intensive Professional Developmental Arts Lab (of around two weeks’ duration).
  • have excellent national networks across the contemporary arts sector.
  • have relevant administration experience, well-developed budget and project management skills, winning grant-writing experience and effective communications and team-building skills.
  • be experienced in social media and website management and proficient with a range of relevant programs.
  • have educational qualifications in the arts.
  • have considerable experience in working with/for an arts organisation.
  • have experience with funding agencies and stakeholder communications and reporting.

If you have experience in the key areas, as described, and are looking to take on this exciting and challenging role, you are invited to contact Joe Bugden. To obtain further information about this project. You will be asked to submit a formal Expression of Interest by email to ceo@sac.org.au by Tuesday 7 March 2017..


Handmark and Salamanca Arts Centre celebrate contemporary Tasmanian art


Nick Glade-Wright. Echoes (2016). Oil on Board. 138cm x 138cm

An exhibition revealing the strength and diversity of Tasmanian contemporary art opens in the Long Gallery this Thursday, 19 January at 6.00pm.

Handmark: Contemporary Tasmanian Artists features the work of thirty-nine artists from the stable of one of Salamanca Arts Centre’s oldest and most prominent gallery tenants.

“We are thrilled to kick off the year with this celebration of our association with Handmark,” says Acting CEO Joe Bugden.

“Salamanca Arts Centre is looking forward to inviting the community to come and celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. This is a great way to start everyone thinking about the long history of artists working and exhibiting in these iconic buildings.”

Handmark has been resident in the Arts Centre since July 1987 bringing quality art, design and craft to locals and visitors for more than thirty years. They represent over ninety Tasmanian artists in total.

The exhibition – curated by Handmark director Allanah Dopson – features paintings, prints and drawings and includes artists Alyce Bailey, Adrian Barber, Michaye Boulter, Julie Payne, John Lendis, Helene Weeding, Nick Glade-Wright, Mairi Ward, Faridah Cameron, Blair Waterfield, Hilton Owen, William Rhodes, Ella Noonan, Denise Campbell, Andrew Donohue, Emily Blom, Clifford How, Robyn McKinnon, Peter Gouldthorpe, James Walker, Leonie Oakes, Diane Masters, Jeff Gatt, Kit Hiller, Jenny Armati, Olivia Moroney, Corrine Costello, Elizabeth Lada Gray, Jonathan Partridge, Katina Gavalas, Melissa Smith, Chantale Delrue, Mandy Renard, Kaye Green, Linda Keogh, Jennifer Marshall, Lauren Cross, David Edgar, and Tom Samek.

All works are for sale through Handmark.


curated by Allanah Dopson

Exhibition dates: 14 – 29 January 2017

Exhibition venue: Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania

Open 10 am until 5 pm daily

Opening: Thursday 19 January at 6:00pm, to be opened by Allanah Dopson and Salamanca Arts Centre Board member Chris Tassell


Salamanca Arts Centre CEO Rosemary Miller announces her resignation

HOBART, 27 October 2016After seventeen years in the role of CEO / Artistic Director, Rosemary Miller has announced that she will be resigning on 2 December 2016.

Read Arts Minister Vanessa Goodwin’s statement here.

Rosemary joined Salamanca Arts Centre in December 1999 and over those years has been able to attract high quality national and international artists, exhibitions and performances to Hobart’s Salamanca Arts Centre.

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.

Rosemary leaves SAC having secured arts funding over the next four years through the Australia Council and with just recently having successfully delivered Salamanca Moves, SAC’s inaugural dance festival.

SAC’s Board takes this opportunity to thank Rosemary for her years of leadership, passion and dedication to the organisation,” says Chair Rebecca Roth.

We also warmly welcome our Acting CEO Joe Bugden. He joined SAC in 2014 as the company’s Business Manager.”

Joe comes to this new role with more than 20 years’ experience in senior arts management and administration. Since arriving in Tasmania in 1999 Joe has worked as Executive Director of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, as General Manager and Artistic Director of the Tasmanian Readers’ & Writers’ Festival, and more recently taught Business Skills to art and design students at the University of Tasmania’s Centre for the Arts Hunter Street campus.

Salamanca Arts Centre looks forward to the future, enriching the lives of Tasmanians through the arts.

Inaugural Salamanca Moves highlights dancer diversity and risk-taking

MEDIA RELEASE by Salamanca Arts Centre

Rite of Spring, image credit Whats On In app

Rite of Spring, image credit Whats On In app

Salamanca Moves wrapped on Saturday 1 October, concluding with a public dance party and a closing ceremony with members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. Tasmanian and visiting dancers participated in over 60 events, with members of the public, ranging from school children to mature movers, from community groups to acclaimed international artists such as Neta Pulvermacher (Israel), Sannamaria Kuula (Finland), Ana Degues (Portugal), Cari Ann Shim Sham (USA) and Liz Aggiss (UK).

“The feedback from many artists has been very positive with many saying that the exchange of ideas enabled by the festival will influence their practice,” says Salamanca Arts Centre CEO/Artistic Director Rosemary Miller. “That’s testament to both Salamanca Moves Curator Kelly Drummond Cawthon’s planning and to the generous and collaborative spirit of participants.”

“We thank all the artists and the local community for getting behind this inaugural event, and the dedicated team of staff and volunteers.”

The world premiere of Rite of Spring by Tasmania’s Second Echo Ensemble proved to be one of the hits of the festival, with the season quickly selling out. Second Echo performer Luke Campbell was one of three artists asked to re-present their festival work during The A.W.A.R.D (Artists with Audiences Responding to Dance) Show on 30 September.

Dianne Reid and Melinda Smith’s Dance Interrogations was awarded $5000 and a slot in next year’s Ten Days on the Island via an audience choice vote. Smith, a dancer living with cerebral palsy, and Reid, and screen dance artist, develop improvisational dance performance that interacts with video projected imagery. Read More

Girls Shred Their Way to Happiness

MEDIA RELEASE by Kickstart Arts

The soon to be Olympic sport of skateboarding has always been a male dominated sport, that is, until just recently. Girls are steadily taking over the urban skate parks of southern Tasmania, and a brand new film that is part of Kickstart Arts’ Counting up to Happiness Project, which screens at The Peacock Theatre from Thursday 21 July to Sunday 24 July tells the story of Australia’s biggest female skateboarding group, She Shreds’.

Local skateboarding legend Jimmy McMacken, who appears in the film, remarked “I’ve never seen anything like it, in all my 30 years of involvement in skateboarding, it’s remarkable, to see so many girls getting so good so quickly, She Shreds has been really positive for the sport, they’ve opened up the parks so a lot more families are coming now.”

She Shreds, Chlobo Jumps

Never before has there been so many girls dropping half pipes and grinding the rails. They are starting as young as four years old and the older ones are really giving the boys a run for their money.

This is all due to the dedication of Jared Andrew, an ex-army man, who with his partner Alison and his two daughters, Bridget and Chloe, founded ‘She Shreds’ a new community of all girl skaters.

“My girls wanted some friends to skate with, so we invited a few girls, and it just grew from there, said Andrew, “I break the skills down so the younger ones can quickly grasp what’s required. The girls who’ve been skating the longest are now competing well in skate competitions, both here and interstate..”

Jared teaches girls from as young as four years old about the basics of skating and supports them to develop their skills to a higher level. A whole new community of skaters has sprung up with many families now getting involved. For the girls, being part of a close knit community, learning skills and feeling the freedom of skating the ramps are a few of the things that mean happiness for them.

Jared tells us that the skateboarding has been transformational for many of the girls, helping them become more focused at school and to overcome problems such as coping with bullying.

“I tell them that every time they overcome their fear of dropping a fourteen foot ramp, they are effectively beating their bullies,” Andrew said, “there’s a feeling that if they can do something like that, they can do anything in their lives.”

smaller smile (1)Filmmaker and community cultural development artist Richard Bladel from Kickstart Arts has been working with the group to make a short film about this amazing Hobart based group.

She Shreds is just one of a number of films that explores the true nature of happiness as part of Kickstart Arts’ The Happiness Project.

Some of Tasmania’s top film makers have worked with Kickstart Arts since 2010. They have made a suite of over 63 films with community members from the far North to the far South of the state.

The films tell local stories with warmth, humour and insight and are brimming with optimism, giving a light of hope at a time when we could all use cheering up.


Short Tasmanian films about Happiness 2010 – 2016

TICKETS:Full Price $18 / Concession $10 /Family Price (2 Adults + up to 2 kids)$40 (inclusive of fees & charges)
Tickets available ONLINE

Thursday 21 July 2016 @ 7:30pm
Friday 22 July 2016 @ 1:00pm – Half Price Matinee – ALL TICKETS $10
Friday 22 July 2016 @ 3:00pm
Friday 22 July 2016 @ 8:00pm
Saturday 23 July 2016 @ 2:00pm – Half Price Matinee – ALL TICKETS $10
Saturday 23 July 2016 @ 6:00pm
Saturday 23 July 2016 @ 8:00pm
Sunday 24 July 2016 @ 11:00am
Sunday 24 July 2016 @4:30pm


This multidisciplinary forum investigates happiness as a matter of individual, community and national importance. It brings together speakers from education, public policy, psychology, philosophy, the arts and community development to investigate what could lead to positive change to what we value as a society, and how we might find collective happiness.

In Australia, it’s estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety, between 2010 & 2014, the average number of suicide deaths per year in Australia was 2,577.

Dave Noonan – Radio presenter on Heart 1073

Dr Sonam Thakchoe – Senior Philosophy Lecturer at UTAS
Dr Bruno Cayoun – Clinical Psychologist & principal developer of MiCBT
Deborah Mills – Public Policy Consultant Art and Wellbeing
Dr Nicholas Hookway – Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, UTAS
Jami Bladel – Artistic Director and CEO of Kickstart Arts Stacey Clancy
Lucy Haigh – Educators from the Institute of Positive Education, Geelong Grammar School, Melbourne

Each speaker will have 10 minutes to address the topic, and there will be a Q and A session of at least 30 minutes.

TICKETS: Full Price $10 / Concession $5
Tickets available ONLINE

Sunday 24 July 2016 @ 2:00pm