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TCotA Arts Forum | Yvette Watt | Duck Lake


TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

20 May 2016 12:30 pm

End Date

20 May 2016 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public.

Yvette Watt, Duck Lake

On March 5, 2016, just before dawn, an unusual art-meets activism event unfolded at Moulting Lagoon on the east coast of Tasmanian at the opening of the duck-shooting season. Duck Lake was the brainchild of artist and animal activist, Yvette Watt, and involved a group of dancers in hot pink tutus and hard hats performing on a floating stage to music from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Designed to both draw attention to the duck shooting issue in view of ending it, and to also deter the ducks from the shooters guns, Duck Lake was the culmination of a year's panning and preparation and was the result of a large team of people coming together to make the event a reality.

In her Art Forum presentation Yvette will outline the project in the context of her own work, outlining the complexities of bringing such a project to fruition.

Dr Yvette Watt is a Lecturer in Painting and Studio Coordinator of Painting and Drawing at TCotA, Hunter Street. She also Co-Director of the UTAS Multidisciplinary Arts Environment Research Group (MERG).

Yvette's art practice spans 30 years. She has been actively involved in animal advocacy since the mid 1980s, including being a founder of Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania (now Animals Tasmania), and her artwork is heavily informed by her activism. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections including Parliament House, Canberra, Artbank and the Art Gallery of WA.

Image credit: Michelle Powell

TCotA Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Hunter St) during the semester. TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public, providing a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the arts discuss their area of professional practice.