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Artist talk: Annie Edney - Contemplative Activism

Start Date

Aug 24, 2022 2:00 pm

End Date

Aug 24, 2022 3:00 pm



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Ways of Knowing - Annie Edney - Contemplative Activism

Join us for a presentation with Annie Edney as she discusses her recent works on display at the Inveresk Library before taking us through thirty years of her practice.

Presented by the Library and Cultural Collections in partnership with the School of Creative and Media.

Date and time
Wed., 24 August 2022
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm AEST

University of Tasmania, Inveresk Library
2 Invermay Road
Launceston, TAS 7248

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Annie Edney

Image credit: Annie Edney, Contemplative Activism, 2021, Single channel HD video, 9 minutes 37 seconds, Copyright courtesy of the artist


Annie Edney

Capturing elements of light, water and colour; shifting dreamscapes; silent, sensuous and cellular in form, Annie Edney (now based in Launceston) works spontaneously, blending colour and creating composition intuitively for her drawings (or are they paintings?) and videos. She is seeking to represent a mutually beneficial human relationship with the planet, and the multiple other-than-human species who share it with us. It's a thing beyond the intellect, coming from our ancient instinctual selves, and beyond the ken of most contemporary urban humans. Her research is anchored in phenomenology, cultural ecology, myth and story; exploring ancestral memory in DNA that informs our cellular biophysical human relationship with earth.

Image credit: Annie Edney, portrait by Cassandra Hogan

Tony Curran

Tony is a Lecturer in Fine Art in the School of Creative Arts and Media at the University of Tasmania. His practice explores the impacts of touchscreen technologies on painted media and changing representations of the self in a post-digital society. Tony graduated with a PhD in Fine Art in 2015 and has held solo exhibitions and participated in group shows between Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. His works are included in the collections of Artbank, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Charles Sturt University and the Australian National University Art Collection. He has been shortlisted in national awards, including the Archibald Prize (2015), Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (2014), and the Swan Hill Print and Drawing Award (2017).

Event series

Ways of Knowing event series is a program of online and on-campus presentations delivered as part of the launch of the new University of Tasmania Library at Inveresk. For this award-winning building designed by John Wardle Architects, a series of new works were commissioned and installed alongside works from the University of Tasmania’s cultural collections, as well as temporary exhibitions. As a site of learning, the artworks introduce different epistemologies and nudge us to ask: what are all the different ways of knowing around us? What can nature, our surrounding lands, and waterways teach us? How can we ask better questions, listen deeply, and be open to learning in more ways? Enabled by the Northern Transformation Project, programmed by the Library and Cultural Collections.


Event is free to attend. Registration via EventBrite is highly recommended for seat planning purposes. This event will be recorded. If you are unable to attend in person, please select the ‘View video recording’ option.

Accessibility and Parking

Parking is available in the Northern Carpark (entry via Forster St) with a 6min walk to the Inveresk Library. The rate is $1 an hour up to a maximum of $4 per day. Alternatively, UTAS staff permits are valid. If you require closer or accessible parking, there are options in the circular carpark (Council managed) with entry via the corner of Invermay Rd and Lindsay Streets. The Library building is fully accessible.

How to experience

This is an in-person event on Wednesday 24 August 2022. If you are unable to attend in person, please select the ‘video recording ticket’ option.

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