South by Instinct – RAY FIRTH

No matter what, every picture tells a story. Each image is, in some part, a recipe for the construction of our world. It is a theory of everything, however imperfect the painters understanding of that theory and schema might be.

Every painting is a map. It is a conversation, a confession; thoughts, however naive, directed from one mind to another. Each and every painting is a statement of viewpoint and bias. It is an image from only one particular point of view. The hope, however, is that the image has some part of wisdom woven into it!

I yearn for the bright and the open, the windswept, and the rocks burnished by time. I want to know the lichen and the dust and the plaintive sigh in the casuarinas. I love the mystery of the night sky and what it does to the land. I love the quiet in unseen places, hidden by shade and solitude. I love the deepening mystery of every tiny part of this marvelous place.

That love, however, needs to understand and map the world of our experience. It is our task to remember and know the numinous, the wondrous, the beautiful, and to pass that on forever.


Night Time, Tarkine

Night time forest where the creeks meet, Tarkine
Acrylics and inks on marine ply
122 x 110cm


Ragged Ranges
The wind will ripple every pool, just as the rocks have been worried by Gods.
Acrylics and inks on archival card
83.5 x 29cm


Finding A Way

Finding a way to MacGregor Peak, Tasman Peninsula
Sometimes dry but never far from the unexpected.
Acrylics and inks on ply
54 x 54cm


Coast of Dust and Crumble, Marion Bay
Acrylics, oxide and inks on marine ply
122.5 x 81cm


Dark Forest
Acrylics and inks on marine ply
110 x 122cm


Coast and Cloud, Bruny Island
Acrylics and inks on composition board
75 x 73.5cm


The Beautiful Creek
Acrylics and inks on rag paper
59 x 55cm


Forest and Understory, Mount Field
Acrylics and inks on marine ply
122 x 83.5cm


Bruny Fragment
Acrylics and inks on marine ply
54 x 55cm


Woodland bush track, Wielangta I
Acrylics and inks on ply
53 x 53.5cm


Woodland bush track, Wielangta II
Acrylics and inks on ply
53 x 53.5cm


The Old Garden, Randalls Bay
Acrylics and inks on ply
70 x 52cm


Ralph Falls
White water finds an impossible path through the heaving rock to the mysterious forest below.
Acrylics and inks on ply laminate
52 x 122cm


Night time creek, Boobook quiet
Acrylics and inks on ply
51.5 x 53cm


Strange water, Beneath the forest
Acrylics and inks on ply
62 x 51.5cm


small wonder – Gerhard Mausz and Alex Miles

Beautiful textures, colours and light, extreme and unpredictable weather, unusual and ancient plant and animal life – they all give Tasmania a unique and mystical character. This exhibition of work by Gerhard Mausz and Alex Miles is their response to Tasmania’s unique natural environment.

Alex’s bold prints and kinetic installations explore the things we feel (wonder, curiosity, anticipation, trepidation) when we’re immersed in a wild place – small figures in a big landscape. Drawn from memories of family adventures and school trips to places like Maria Island, Tasman Peninsula, Dove Lake and Mount Field, her colourful, pattern-based work is made with a young audience in mind (and the young at heart), inspiring them to get outside, embrace adventure and imagination, and discover and value Tasmania’s special places.

The fluid forms of Gerhard’s Hammerschlag Series and terrazzo sculptures reflect his fascination with Tasmania’s marine life encountered while snorkelling, surfing and camping. His natural curiousity compels him to explore. These sensual forms evolved from pushing the boundaries of his practice – using a ball hammer, each object has been hit 15000 to 27000 times to give a unique, sparkling hammer finish.

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Once upon a branch – Avian art by Helen Barnard

Exhibition opening 5.30pm, 7 October – Continuing until 2 November

‘Once upon a branch’ is a collection of watercolour avian art inspired by the moments and experiences we share in everyday life with birds. It’s a celebration of these fascinating fragile creatures and the diversity of the people who are captivated by our feathered friends. Be it from watching and admiring their exquisite intricacies, or perplexing habits, or our own interactions with them. They give us a sense of place and past, and have had a prominent place in human culture and our understanding of the world around us.

Watercolour is the perfect medium to capture the delicate and intricate details in birds, reminding us of their natural beauty, and the importance of conserving the beautiful and fragile Tasmanian ecosystems they inhabit.

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Exhibition – (un)Natural Ocean

Opening 5.30pm, 9 September

Wild Island is excited to show three artists whose practice is inspired by the ocean.

Contemporary multi media artist, Robbie Burrows, accentuates the connection between pulsating New Life and a healthy oceanic system. Composing three dimensional works on canvas combined with delicate brush work, Robbie brings forth a visceral other worldliness to the aquatic eco system.

We also introduce two artists who use marine debris as the basis of their art making. Jess Leitmanis creates delightful organic woven sculptures, made from rope collected on the Southwest Tasmania Marine Debris Cleanup trip, while jeweller Sophie Carnell’s work questions what we view as precious and what we view as disposable by using ocean debris alongside precious materials and transforming them into treasured objects.

Exhibition will be opened by Dr Ingrid van Putten, researcher into how we value and impact the ocean (CSIRO division of Oceans and Atmosphere).

Mini Exhibition – Extinction Matters: Tasmania’s Threatened Species

Threatened Species Day is a national day held each year on 7 September to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger (also known as the thylacine) at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart in 1936. This is the 80th year since the death of this thylacine, and fittingly the theme for this year is ‘Extinction Matters’.

To coincide with Threatened Species Day, Wild Island will be hosting a mini exhibition for one week only. This will be an opportunity to reflect on what has happened in the past, and how we can protect our threatened species in the future. A day to celebrate our success stories and ongoing threatened species recovery work.

With original artworks and design pieces by some of our contributing artists, we will showcase just a very small number of the current species that are threatened in Tasmania. For a full list of Tasmania’s threatened species, you can view the DPIPWE database.

Contributing artists include: Rebecca Kissling, Julie Stoneman, Fyona Storer, Hayley Garbowski and more….

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Wild Winter – a group exhibition

Image: Michael Weitnauer Snow Series – Mt Wellington, Acrylic on canvas, 61x122cm

Opening 5:30, Friday 5 August

Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the root that she may grow it up again fairer and stronger.
– Hugh Macmillan, ‘Rejuvenescence’, The Ministry of Nature, 1871

A combined exhibition of mixed media works including painting, drawing, photographic and textile.
Exhibiting artists include: Michael Weitnauer, Julie Stoneman, Jill Catto, Craig Riddington, Barbara Tassell, Dave Williams, Hanna Woolley,
Rob Blakers and Loic Le Guilly.

Albatross: The world of Tasmania’s mysterious shy albatross

DSC02877Photographer Matt Newton with Scientist Dr Rachael Alderman and Ceramicist Eve Howard 

Opening 5.30pm 8 July – Continuing until 2 August

Wild Island is excited to showcase photographer Matthew Newton’s and ceramicist Eve Howard’s artistic response to a unique Tasmanian species, and present scientific knowledge and perspectives from the dedicated biologists working to understand and protect this iconic species. This exhibition highlights what can be achieved when art and science work together to communicate for a cause. The aim of the ‘Albatross’ exhibition is to raise awareness and understanding of Tasmania’s own albatross. Through the sharing of our knowledge and our artistic perspectives of the species, it is hoped that the exhibition’s audience become advocates for the Shy Albatross and active supporters of conservation efforts.

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Exhibition – Hanna Woolley and Duncan Meerding

Fibre and Light – Opening 5.30pm, Friday 3 June

Exhibition continues until Tuesday 5 July

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Hanna Woolley

Hanna mixes the age-old tradition of wet felting with a modern twist. Capturing natures’ textures and patterns using natural fibres, both her stylised and abstract pieces will lure you into a tactile experience. The hangings are layered with superfine merino wool, high lustre silk, cotton and sustainable threads such as sari silk waste and ethically sourced cocoons.

Hanna’s inspiration is drawn from beach combing, rock pools and the whimsy of lichens and mosses that are observed, thoughtfully collected, and treasured while taking walks with her family around the East Coast of Tasmania. Forest colours are highlighted and reflected throughout the exhibition.

Duncan Meerding

Through his work Duncan aims to explore simplistic forms and the way light performs around them. Whether that is the silhouette cast by the furniture piece itself, or the light cast from within. The form of each item is as important as the light cast on the surrounding surface – be it the shards of light bursting from the varying Cracked Log designs or the light patterns cast from the propellers on the ceiling and the walls.

Duncan’s work is influenced by the natural environment. Utilising sustainable, durable materials is at the core of his design process.

“Sustainability and a focus on the environment are present in every step of our process. The majority of timber is sourced either from waste materials or else from faster growing robust timber varieties. Marrying traditional, hand-made techniques with modern manufacturing technologies, small-scale production ensures that each object is built to last. All items are designed and produced in Tasmania, keeping in mind sustainability and social responsibility through out the whole process.”

Wild Island supports ethical and sustainable use of Tasmanian timbers.

Tasmanian Landscape & Nature Photography Awards

Wild Island is excited to announce the inaugural Tasmanian Nature and Landscape Photography Award – a photographic competition and exhibition that celebrates wild and natural Tasmania.

The competition winners will be announced at Wild Island on April 29 at 6pm.

Shortlisted entries and competition winners will be part of the Tasmanian Nature and Landscape Photography Award Exhibition, to be held at Wild Island in Salamanca from April 29th to June 1st 2016.

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Categories include Wild Landscape, People in Nature, Animals, Plants, Natural Design, Tarkine, Portfolio, Junior, People’s Choice and Overall Winner.


1. Junior (Age 15 and under)

First prize: Jonathan Rose. $200

Second prize: Rafael Bol. $100 gift voucher from Wild Island

2. Wild landscape

First prize: Luke Tscharke. $500

Second prize: Nick Monk. A local day tour with Roaring 40s Kayaking for 2 people (Nick gets to choose which tour!) www.roaring40skayaking.com.au/all-hobart-tours

Third prize: Luke Tscharke. $100 gift voucher from Wild Island.

3. People in nature, including nature based sport and adventure (rock-climbing, surfing, cycling, canyoning, rafting etc)

First prize: Grant Dixon. $500

Second prize: Matt Newton. A tour for two people with Cradle Mountain Canyons (Matt gets to choose which one!) www.cradlemountaincanyons.com.au/tours

Third prize: Charles Chadwick. $100 gift voucher from Wild Island.

4. Animals

First prize: Bob Wickham. $200 plus two nights accommodation and wildlife viewing at Inala on Bruny Island. www.inalanaturetours.com.au

Second prize: Ian Wallace. Bonorong Private Premium Night Tour for 2 people (valued at $698). bonorong.com.au/private-premium-night-tour/

Third prize: Jason Stephens. $100 gift voucher from Wild Island.

5. Plants

First prize: Andy Townsend. $200 and a single night for two at Tarkine Wilderness Lodge (valued at $410). www.tarkinelodge.com/lodge.html

Second prize: Jonathan Esling. $200 gift voucher from Wild Island

Third prize: Arwen Dyer. $100 gift voucher from Wild Island.

6. Natural design

First prize: Terence Munday. Maria Island Landscape, Wildlife and Night Sky Photography Workshop with Wild Island, (valued at $1490).


Second prize: John Hodgman. $200 gift voucher from Wild Island

Third prize: Nick Monk. $100 gift voucher from Wild Island.

7. Tarkine

First prize: Hillary Younger. Tarkine Rainforest Walk with

Tarkine Trails, (valued at $1699). http://tarkinerainforestwalk.com.au

Second prize: Andy Townsend. $200 gift voucher from Find Your Feet. http://www.findyourfeet.com.au

Third prize: Grant Kench. $100 gift voucher from Wild Island.

9. Portfolio of 6 images – Nick Monk. $500 cash prize

8. Overall winner – Matt Newton. $500 cash prize

9. People’s choice – $200 gift voucher from Wild Island plus Ocean and Seal Trip with Wild Ocean Tasmania, (valued at $175). http://wildoceantasmania.com.au/seal-swim/

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Interwoven – Exhibition by Trauti Reynolds

“With this exhibition I want to celebrate the beauty of Tasmania’s natural world. When walking in the bush with our small sons I learned to look at the often unobtrusive, small details of Tasmania’s forests, mountains and shorelines. Textures, colours and patterns catch my attention and imagination. I hope that this body of work reflects this.”

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Opening 6pm, Friday 1 April
Exhibition continues until Wednesday 27 April

Trauti Reynolds Wet Eucalypt Bark (detail), 36.5x35cm, tapestry weaving with cotton threads, 2015

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