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September 2017 Newsletter 


Troy Ruffels: Between Fire and Flood
2017 Solo Commission

Exhibition dates: 2 September – 22 October 2017
Each year the Devonport Regional Gallery presents an exhibition of works by a mid-career Tasmanian artist. The 2017 Solo Commission was awarded to North West artist Troy Ruffels and provided him with support to research and create a new body of work.

Working with photography, video and digital media Troy has produced a poignant body of work for this commission that references the recent extreme weather events experienced here on the North West Coast, including the fires of summer 2016 and the floods that followed that winter, and explores our relationship to the world through landscape, and our contemporary concerns about climate, nature and culture. On entering the exhibition viewers will be given the opportunity to enter 
a world where landscape is used as a subject through which to navigate emotional states of being and our relationship to the environment at large. READ MORE

Image: Troy Ruffels, Interval #4, 2017, digital print on composite aluminium sheet. Courtesy of the artist and Bett Gallery.

The DRG Friends Committee recently held their AGM for the year ending 2017. Our guest speaker was Geoff Dobson, recently appointed Convention and Arts Centre Manager for the Devonport City Council. Geoff gave a very interesting and entertaining talk about his life, education and career highlights.

I would like to acknowledge our newly elected committee members:

President: Karen Mathew
Vice President: Robert Apse
Secretary: Brian Sollors
Treasurer: Jennifer Frost
Committee Members: Marilyn Raw and Jodhi Wilkinson
We are looking forward to another fulfilling year of support for the gallery, and hope to hold a number of social events throughout the year. The first of these will be a wine tasting evening which we are currently planning and will announce soon. 

Karen Mathew

We are pleased to be currently stocking a fantastic range of artist quality journals, paints, brushes and pencils from the likes of Fabriano, Daler-Rowney, Derwent, and many more in The Little Shop.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled as we begin to build further on what The Little Shop can offer, with both the novice and professional artist in mind.

Friends of the Gallery receive a 10% discount on shop purchases. If you would like to become member, please call or visit us.
Relax in the beautiful surrounds of Devonport Regional Gallery for a morning of mindfulness and art making. All materials provided.

Mindfulness session: 9 – 10 am led by Andrea Martin, Haven Yoga and Meditation
Art session: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm led by artist Anne Morrison

Wednesday 18 October, 9 am – 12.30 pm
Devonport Regional Gallery
Cost: $25 / $20 members

Book: 6424 8296 or click on the link below

Presented as part of Senior's Week 2017
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The Gallery young members, the Droogs, have been busy working with artist Megan Walch in designing a new mural for Rooke Lane. The second design workshop held on Saturday 26 August concluded with members finalising the design based on the Robinson Studio interior. The site for the new mural will be in Rooke Lane on the back wall of Rooke Street Mall's Mensland and Eyelines stores, of which the Robinson Photographic Studio was once located. The installation will take place later in September. 

This month's blog post features the work of Tasmanian printmaker Michael Schlitz.

"Schlitz is an artist whose lifestyle, practice and artworks each sensitively engage with ideas about our relationship with nature. As with many Tasmanian artists held in the DCC Permanent Collection, Schlitz explores the natural environment through his work, however his approach is distinctly holistic. The artist lives and works in relative seclusion, and often without luxuries such as electricity and running water, and the influence of this sustainable, low impact lifestyle is evident in his work..."


Image: Michael SCHLITZ, Explore the Sea II, 1998-99, diptych, handmade print on paper
Nightscape Photography with Brian Sollors and Peter Sayers, 2 August
Art Spark with Jessie Pangas, 8 August
The Robinson Collection: Community Conversation with Curator Erin Wilson, 10 August
Sassafras Primary School students participating in the Little Aesthetics program, 15 August 
Winter Market, 18 August
Winter Market, 18 August
Opening Night, Troy Ruffels: Between Fire and Flood, 2017 Solo Commission, 1 September
Opening Night, Troy Ruffels: Between Fire and Flood, 2017 Solo Commission, 1 September
For more photos from the Gallery, visit our Facebook and Instagram pages.

For Arts Funding, Development, and Employment Opportunities, check out the latest news from Arts Tasmania here


Art Spark

Set in the Gallery, Art Spark offers a unique experience for Primary and Secondary students wishing to further their creative thinking, and develop an appreciation of the visual arts. The workshops are presented by a practising artist, Jessie Pangas, who is able to bring out each participant’s unique style and interests.

Tuesdays, 1 August – 26 September, 4.30–5.30 pm
Who: primary & secondary students
Full term rate: $100 / $85 Gallery members
Casual rate: $14 / $12 Gallery members
Bookings essential: (03) 6424 8296 or

Books + Art

The Devonport Regional Gallery and the Devonport Bookshop have joined forces to celebrate art and literature. Books are selected based on the exhibitions displayed at the Gallery. We aim to create an open, friendly and thoughtful atmosphere for people of all ages.

Books can be purchased at Devonport Bookshop 83 Rooke St Mall. Reading Group members receive a discount on books.

Next meeting: Monday 18 September, 6 pm
Yearly membership fee $25/$15 conc.

Limited places, please register: P. 6424 8296 or E.

1, 2, 3 Create

Facilitated by Ashleigh Butler. 1,2,3...Create uses music, art and sensory play to create a fun, educational program for children aged 1–3 years with their carers and parents.

Wednesday 20 September, 10–11 am
Who: ages 1-3 years
$5 per child

Bookings essential: (03) 6424 8296 or

Life Drawing (6 week course)

Learn the various techniques used to draw the body with a life model presenting a range of postures. Facilitated by June Wilson. All levels of experience welcome.

Tuesdays 5, 12, 19, 26 September, 3 & 10 October 2017
6–8 pm
Cost: $120 / $105 members

All materials provided
Bookings essential: (03) 6424 8296 or

Twilight Tour with the Artist: Troy Ruffels

Take a tour of Between Fire and Flood with the artist, Troy Ruffels and learn more about the works included in the Solo Commission exhibition.

Thursday 28 September, 5.30–7 pm
Devonport Regional Gallery
Entry by donation

Wine and nibbles provided

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