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Creative Arts Forum | Jan Hogan and Peter Hughes


Arts Forum is a public program of the School of Creative Arts

Start Date

25 May 2018 12:30 pm

End Date

25 May 2018 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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All current students and members of the public are welcome

Hamilton Inn Sofa courtesy of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Image credit: Hamilton Inn Sofa courtesy of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Jan Hogan and Peter Hughes


The Hamilton Inn Sofa rests in a room containing paintings and artefacts of Colonial Tasmania in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Its material shape and form is culturally structured by its period, haunted by the touch of time and the significance of place. The surrounding colonial images of Tasmanian Aborigines impress the weight of history on this slightly tattered item of furniture. The scars and marks of the sofa’s life and repair evoke similar scarring of Tasmanian history.

This presentation will unwrap the beginning of a project being developed around the Hamilton Inn Sofa. In dialogue with museum curators, three artists will develop creative responses to this artefact. We are interested in how a team can work collaboratively to produce artworks that will re-awaken and re-activate a static object presenting multiple perspectives. The approach of the project is to work collaboratively and in-dialogue between creative practitioners and museum curators to explore the complexities bound within Tasmanian colonial artefacts/archives.

Working in dialogue with TMAG museum curators, Peter Hughes and Jane Stewart, three artists respond to this significant artefact from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery collection, to investigate themes of reparation, history and place. The three artists and researchers, Sarah Jones, Zoe Veness, and Jan Hogan, bring together graphics, objects and printmaking as processes to investigate material and conceptual creative responses. TMAG was seen as an important resource for enabling access to physical forms of cultural and historical importance. The exhibition is planned for 2020 and the dialogues presented are the artists thinking through the object from their artistic backgrounds.

Arts Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the School of Creative Arts, Hunter Street Campus, during the semester. The series provides a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting artists, scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the Creative Arts discuss their area of professional practice. All current students, prospective students, and members of the public are welcome.