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March 2017 Newsletter 


4 February – 12 March, 2017

Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent
A Salamanca Arts Centre exhibition toured by Contemporary Art Tasmania

Artists: Cigdem Aydemir, James Barker, Richard Bell, Pat Hoffie, Locust Jones, Megan Keating, Michael Reed, Khaled Sabsabi

Artwork in brief: 4 videos, 1 photographic installation, 1 paper cutout installation, numerous works on paper, 2 paintings on canvas, prints on carpet, textile and paper, small sculptural artworks.

Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent, features artists that present their opinions on pressing social and political issues facing the world today. From major economic crisis, raging wars, pollution and climate change through to religious prejudice and racism, this powerful exhibition sheds light on a global state of distress.

Image credit (above): Cigdem Aydemir, Bombshell, 2013, single channel video with sound, 11min 3 sec


19 March – 30 April, 2017

A decolonial geographic
Curated by Fernando do Campo

Ten Days on the Island Program Exhibition

Artists: Richard Bell, Jon Cattapan, Juan Davila, Kerry Gregan, Raafat Ishak, Penny Mason, Alex Pittendrigh, Jessica Rankin, Judy Watson, Megan Walch and Ruth Waller

Under the Devonport Regional Gallery’s Guest Curator Program, artist and curator Fernando do Campo brings together the work of 11 artists who engage with pictorial, material and philosophical questions that rethink misleading representations of the Australian landscape in A decolonial geographic
Ideas of the pastoral and natural Australian landscape are commonly depicted as postcard perfect – sublime and transcendent – and emptied of human beings. A decolonial geographic re-calibrates this idealised and romantic view of what landscape signifies and how it should be portrayed.

Image credit (below): Jon Cattapan, Fall of the Valley Kings, 2016, oil on linen


People in Devonport and surrounding areas are invited to share their art with the community by filling a sketchbook, provided by Devonport Regional Gallery.
After a very successful second year with over 360 sketchbooks distributed across the North West of Tasmania in 2016, the Droogs and Devonport Regional Gallery present The Sketchbook Project again in 2017 as part of National Youth Week 2017 (31 March – 9 April).
Sketchbooks can still be collected from the following locations: Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport Bookshop, Devonport LINC, Blue Apple Gift Store and Splash.
Fill your sketchbook with drawings, ideas and writing using pencil, ink, paint, charcoal, collage, pastel and more, and then drop it back at a collection point before Wednesday 29 March.
Filled sketchbooks will be presented in an exhibition during National Youth Week at Devonport LINC from 31 March – 9 April.

Image credits (below, left - right): Veronica Devine, Skye Ramsdale-Finn (The Sketchbook Project 2016)

You're invited to take part in PORTAL, the Gallery's special community photography project, capturing 24 hours of coastal living through your lens. 

Everyone in the community, no matter your age, is eligible to take part. Participants agree to take and share one photograph from their day in the North West of Tasmania on Saturday 8 April 2017 with the Gallery. Each photograph will be used in a public exhibition between 6 – 28 May 2017.
Now in its third year, PORTAL gives us entry into the many moments that make up our lives on the North West of Tasmania, all captured within a 24-hour period through the lens’ of the community.
Interested? Here's what you need to do:

Step 1. REGISTER WITH US – by 31 March
This project is open to anyone, no matter your age, as long as you’re in the North West of Tasmania on 8 April 2017.

Step 2. CAPTURE YOUR PHOTO – Saturday 8 April 2017
On Saturday 8 April 2017 capture a moment from your day. Use your smartphone, compact digital camera, SLR, digital SLR or any other device at your disposal. Your singular captured moment will contribute to the collective snapshot of life across the North West of Tasmania.

Step 3. SUBMIT & SHARE YOUR PHOTO – by 17 April
Send your photograph to our Education and Public Programs Officer, Dianne Sheehan at and include:

  • Your full name
  • Email address
  • Details about your photo (time, location, subject, and maybe the story behind the photo)

Don’t forget to also share your photograph on social media using #portalnwtas2017 and #seafm

Step 4. GO SEE – 6–28 May 2017
Visit the 2017 PORTAL Exhibition at the Devonport Regional Gallery, 45 Stewart Street Devonport between 6–28 May 2017 to see your photo. 


We're shining a bright light on creativity in Term 1, offering a series of after school workshops for Primary and Secondary students with local artist Jessie Pangas to explore ideas, spark the imagination and develop an appreciation of the visual arts. No prior skill or knowledge is required, just a healthy sense of curiosity and desire to create.

With only six places available in each group, Jessie offers a focused, individual and tailored approach for participants.

Tuesdays: 21, 28 March & 4 April
Group 1: 3.15–4.15 pm
Group 2: 4.30–5.30 pm
Devonport Regional Gallery
Cost: $120 per student / $105 Gallery members

Bookings essential: or (03) 6424 8296

The DRG Friends Committee support Gallery staff and provide information and special events for our members. Currently there are 174 financial members. The Committee meets once a month to discuss current and upcoming exhibitions, projects and events. At their last meeting, the Committee invited members of the DRG Friends to provide input into its operations and ideas for future events. The meeting turned out to be a lively discussion on what members can do to support and promote the Gallery, while also ensuring they benefit from the many opportunities and resources available to them.

The Friends Committee can be seen at exhibition openings greeting visitors or offering refreshments. They always bring a smile and a laugh with them and help make the openings a cheerful social occasion. This year the Committee will once again select items from the Permanent Collection to research and present for International Museums Day on May 18. The theme is ‘Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums’. We are looking forward to seeing what the Committee discovers and reveals to the public!

Friends meetings are open to all members of the Gallery so please let us know if you would like the meeting schedule sent to you. Thank you for supporting the Gallery and Friends Committee, your membership helps us grow and provide a community space where everyone is welcome.

Image: Friends Committee Members Karen Mathew, Brian Sollors and Jessie Pangas at the Gallery's Tidal Artisan Street Market, December 2016.

Jess has been a Droog since January 2017.

What is your occupation or dream occupation?  I currently work as waitress and I love to make coffee, but my dream job is to become a psychologist. 

If you could own one work of art, what would it be and where would you put it? If I was to own one work of art, I wouldn't know which one to choose, but I would definitely put it on a wall where I was guaranteed to look at it everyday and find inspiration!

What are you looking forward to most about being a Droog? I would have to say the thing I am looking forward to most is being out in the community doing things, staying in touch with my artistic side and finding new friends with similar interests to me. 

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The Droogs are busy planning their National Youth Week event, Reclaim the Lane. New members are always welcome. Please contact the Gallery for more information: 6424 8296 or

For its sixth consecutive year, Reclaim the Lane returns to Rooke Lane for National Youth Week in Devonport on Friday 7 April, 3.30–5.30 pm. The free event transforms Rooke Lane into a vibrant celebration of youth arts and music for all ages to enjoy. 

Reclaim the Lane features various art-making activities, live music by young local performers, a photo booth and interactive stalls by youth service providers. Free food also available.

Keep up to date by liking Reclaim the Lane on Facebook 
Installing Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent, 1 February
Opening Night Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent, 5 February
Virtuosi, 12 February
Art Spark with Jessie Pangas, 21 February
Art Spark with Jessie Pangas, 28 February
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


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 20 March, 6 pm
Devonport Regional Gallery
Yearly membership fee $25/$15 c
Limited places, please register: P. 6424 8296 or E.

Art Spark
We’re offering a series of after school workshops for Primary and Secondary students with local artist Jessie Pangas to explore ideas, spark the imagination and develop an appreciation of the visual arts. No prior skill or knowledge is required, just a healthy sense of curiosity and desire to create.

Tuesdays: 21, 28 March & 4 April
Group 1: 3.15–4.15 pm
Group 2: 4.30–5.30 pm
Devonport Regional Gallery
Cost: $120 per student / $105 Gallery members

Bookings essential: or (03) 6424 8296

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