Restoring Lake Pedder – Tasmania’s Next Big Idea?



In 1972 Lake Pedder in Tasmania’s south-west wilderness controversially was flooded to build a dam.  Since then, there have been unsuccessful calls by a range of environmentalists, scientists, politicians, artists and community activists to drain and restore the lake. In 1995 a federal parliamentary committee examined this idea and concluded restoring the lake was technically possible – but too costly and politically difficult to recommend.  Two decades later, a volunteer group called Lake Pedder Restoration is pushing the proposal back on the public agenda. After the game-changing impact of MONA on thinking about what’s possible in Tasmania – is restoring Lake Pedder the big idea we should embrace next?

Join us at Wild Island at 5-7pm on Thursday 1 December for a panel discussion about draining and restoring Lake Pedder.


  • Natasha Cica (moderator) – Director of Kapacity.org, author of Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and a Lost Tasmanian Wilderness, and co-editor of GriffithREVIEW39: Tasmania – The Tipping Point?
  • Peter Thompson – Broadcast journalist and educator
  • Saul Eslake – Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania, former chief economist of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia and of the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group
  • Ruth Langford – Yorta Yorta woman and member of Tasmania’s Aboriginal community
  • Richard Eccleston – Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania
  • Emma Anglesey – Tasmanian musician
  • Luke Wagner – Landscape painter

The event will be recorded for broadcast on ABC RN Big Ideas.

Places are limited and tickets can be purchased online (scroll down to book).

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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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Wildlife Photography with Matthew Jones

November 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30pm.


Matthew Jones, one of Australia’s leading wildlife photographers, will present a comprehensive and practical overview of the art and craft of photographing wild animals.

Matthew will discuss the ethics and principles of wildlife photography, and outline digital wildlife photography basics, including field craft and equipment, camera operations, composition and exposure, orientation (POV), focus, lighting and the use of flash.

This will be a rare opportunity to learn from an extremely knowledgeable and experienced exponent who is at the cutting edge of Australian wildlife photography.

The talk will be suitable for beginners, and also for those who are more experienced in photography in general and wildlife photography in particular.

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For examples of Matthew’s work see www.matthewjonesphotography.com and the gallery below. All images are copyright Matthew Jones.

This workshop will be an ideal introduction to the ‘Tasman Peninsula Wildlife, Landscape & Night Sky Photography Workshop’ that is scheduled for the following weekend. Participants in that workshop will have free admission to this presentation on November 2.

For further information please contact Wild Island at 03 6224 0220, or Rob Blakers 0427 232 539.

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Introduction to Nature Photography with Rob Blakers

October  12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30pm.


Looking to take better pictures? Join Rob Blakers for a short workshop on improving photographic skills.

This will be a practical exploration of landscape photography, including:

  • Approach and expectations
  • Equipment – cameras, lenses, tripods, filters and more
  • Timing, locations, light and composition
  • Subjects – large, small, wide, narrow, near and far
  • Field techniques
  • Basic image processing in Lightroom
  • Getting your pictures out – online use, printing and publishing

For further information please contact Wild Island at 03 6224 0220, or Rob Blakers 0427 232 539.

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Bird making ceramic workshop with Eve Howard


Join Eve Howard, ceramic sculptor, for a 3 hour workshop, where you will have the opportunity to make your own albatross or bird of your choice. All materials will be supplied on the day. Workshop includes approximately 2 hours of making your bird sculpture, followed by an hour of painting your finished bird. Eve will take your bird sculpture to her studio where she will dry and fire them. Three weeks later your finished bird will be waiting for you at Wild Island Gallery for collection. The workshop is suitable for complete beginners and children over 12. Just bring along your creativity, enthusiasm….. and an apron.
Bookings are limited to 10 people so get in quickly to avoid missing out.
Date: Sunday 24 July
Time: 10am – 1pm
Cost: $75pp
Morning tea will also be provided.

 This event is SOLD OUT. Please contact us for another potential workshop the following Sunday.

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

Lightroom workflow and processing techniques with Loic Le Guilly

Lightroom has become the tool of choice for many photographers.
Its ease of use and all-in-one functionality make it a favourite for hobbyists and professional photographers alike.

Loic Le Guilly will show you the exact workflow he uses in Lightroom as well as several detailed processing examples.
His techniques and principles will give you a solid foundation for Lightroom.

You will learn about:

  • importing RAW images
  • keywording strategies that work
  • white balance and why it matters
  • exposure control
  • contrast and curves
  • local adjustment tools
  • colour enhancements
  • sharpening and noise control
  • presets and camera profiles
  • exporting images




This workshop is suitable to Lightroom beginners and intermediate users.



Loic Le Guilly is a professional photographer based in Hobart. He works in a wide range of fields from nature to commercial photography.


Advanced night sky photo workshop with Greg Gibbs


This advanced workshop by Greg Gibbs will cover the following:

  • Equipment
  • Planning
  • Star Trails
  • Timelapses
  • Panoramas
  • Light Painting
  • Post Processing

Greg Gibbs describes himself as a horticulturalist by day and  astrophotographer by night.  Ever since Greg witnessed Halley’s Comet at the age of seven he has had a background interest in astronomy.

Growing up, he enjoyed seeing things like lunar eclipses, meteor showers, and other bright comets.  But, it wasn’t until he purchased his first DSLR camera in 2010 that he discovered a passion for photographing the night sky.

weblookout“I was playing around with the camera one night and I thought to myself, ‘what would happen if I just went outside and held the shutter button down for a long time?  Could I capture a couple of stars on camera?’  The resulting image whilst completely out of focus and riddled with noise, blew my mind so much that I started devouring as much information about astrophotography as I could, and I have been hooked ever since,” says Gibbs.

Although Greg enjoys experimenting with telescope based astrophotography and other photography like storm chasing, his real passion is doing what started it all- using nothing more than a camera and normal tripod to capture the beauty of the night sky that surrounds us all.

“If through my images I can inspire just one person to look up with a greater appreciation of the night sky, then I will be completely satisfied.  I am only out taking images at all hours of the night, because I simply love being under the stars.”

Greg’s work has appeared in magazines, calendars, books and numerous websites including being featured on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.  You can find out more about Greg, follow him on social media, or view more of his images via his website:  www.capturingthenight.com


Aurora & night-sky talks at Wild Island

Join us for an afternoon of informative and entertaining talks about aurora, stars and more…

  • How the Tasmanian aurora craze started (Margaret Sonnemann)
  • The science of the aurora (Dave Hunter)
  • How to predict and monitor auroras (Dave Hunter)
  • Introduction to stars in our night sky (John Oxley)
  • Bioluminescence in Tasmania (Lisa Gershwin)

Dancing Lights: a musical exploration of the night sky


Dancing Lights: a musical exploration of the night sky

Performed by students of the Conservatorium of Music, Tasmania

Note-Aurius / 7 piece mixed ensemble
Michaela Darlington / Voice
Jen Yu / Piano
Julia Olding / Flute

Saturday 15th August 8pm
$20/$15 concession


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