Botanical Inspiration – Printmaking Taster Workshop

Join Deborah Wace for a 4 hour introduction to Intaglio Printmaking – Drypoint and Monoprint techniques. Learn the process involved in creating a drypoint or monoprint image onto a plate, then print these using Deborah’s beautiful old etching press.

All materials will be supplied, including a range of botanical materials and a microscope, for reference and use. All you need to bring is your creativity, enthusiasm…. and an apron.

The workshop is suitable for complete beginners, and children over the age of 8 are also invited to attend. Afternoon tea will also be provided.

Come and delight in the simple mark making and produce your own original work. Bookings are limited to 10 attendees, so get in quickly to avoid missing out.

Morphology of Desire – Exhibition by Deborah Wace

Orchid Underworld, digital print from 6 drypoint intaglio prints


The cross species mirroring of form, and the lure for pollination, are the specialty of orchids; the symbiotic transfer of nutrient from fungus to root. Orchids are sensual, strange, finely attuned and  minutely adapted to their ecological niche.

Deborah Wace brings Tasmanian orchids up close and personal with large printed Intaglio Drypoint and Monoprint works, as well as botanical specimen arrangements and the display of her printmaking processes. Deborah’s passion and advocacy for wild habitat infuses her artwork and delights the senses.


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Amongst The Undergrowth – Exhibition by Jenny Burnett

Spending time alone and drawing trees in the landscapes that gave rise to them – be it the Victorian Mallee or the highlands of Tasmania – allows me to concentrate on not just the beauty of the Australian bush, but also on what is often overlooked: the layers of chaos ( and order ) and the lives that are lived there. This is what I care about and what enriches my life.

below the line – exhibition by Julie Stoneman

Lake Pedder Iies below the line in our subconscious,
an ancient glacial lake, desecrated, subsumed
but still present below the dam line.

An environmental line was drawn and then transgressed,
causing a wave of environmental action.

Each line is drawn with pen and ink
responding to the line above
leading us into the unknown.

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Les Walkling seminar: The Principles of Pictorial Design

This seminar concentrates on improving in-camera composition, image editing, and processing efficiency through a comprehensive exploration of the principles of pictorial design in Western art.

Paintings, drawings, photographs, constructed spaces, and writings are analysed, and design elements such as light, shade and shadow are orchestrated into powerful photographic solutions.

It focuses on finding subjects, creating personally interesting images, refining aesthetic choices, and working within a fine art tradition.

Topics include:

Les_Pilbara_S Images are composed of images – what does this mean?
• What are the four principles of image construction?
• Why are diagonals and corners so important?
• Drawing, tonal, colour and spatial compositions
• Saturation and brightness relationships
• Perspective: convergence, foreshortening, and diminution
• Light, shade and shadow
• Lines, curves, shapes, textures and direction
• Proportion, dominance, and contrast
• Unity, variety and selection
• Rhythm, harmony and balance
• Successive contrast and overlapping subjects

Les Walkling is a sought after artist, digital imaging specialist and speaker.
Read more about Les on his website.


Beauty: The Last Sinew – Exhibition by Chris Bell

“Our ability to perceive quality in Nature begins, as in art, with the pretty.  It expands through successive layers of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language”

Aldo Leopold

3.-Rock-detailFor the natural world it is last call!   Every day we are closer to the point where our Earth cannot recover from our abuse. Through increasing urbanization we are becoming increasingly estranged from the natural world, un-engaged with the processes that sustain us.  Through our relentless pursuit of self-interest we have largely severed the links we once had with our living Earth.  If we cannot recover these links there is no future for humans.

My photography has always been about the beauty of the natural world and how it can uplift us. Enchant us.  Restore us. The natural world ( in particular our landscapes ) partly define who we are as a culture; without it our lives are diminished; we all lose something.  A country devoid of its natural landscapes is reduced to nothing more than soil; it is a country with an uninspiring, imprisoned future.

Despite the inroads of the modern world and our collective self-interested behavior, I believe beauty is a crucial value in itself.  In our modern dysfunctional world the capacity to perceive and convey beauty may be one of the last sinews that enables us to connect with the living world – however superficial that connection may be.  Beauty can enable us to uncover the deeper values “uncaptured by language”.  What future a world without beauty?

This exhibition showcases the more intimate aspects of the natural world that I am now pursuing.

Opening at 6pm on Friday 27 March 2015

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Opening night

After months of preparation and hard work we finally opened Wild Island ! The launch was packed and the feedback has been wonderful. Thanks for your support so far. We look forward to promoting Tasmania as the Wild Island.

Thank you to Luke O’Brien and Paul Hoelen for the photos.

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