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TCotA Forum (Inveresk) - Raymond Arnold


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

Start Date

3 Mar 2016 12:30 pm

End Date

3 Mar 2016 1:30 pm


Lecture Theatre 1A181, Inveresk Campus

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Students and members of the public are welcome to attend.


Elsewhere World - Life and Art on the West Coast of Tasmania

John Lendis, the English painter, who started the Sheffield mural project while living in Australia, sent me a volume of Seamus Heaney poems.

I found the words for a title in that book an elsewhere world.

Where can it be found again,
An elsewhere world, beyond

Maps and atlases,
Where all is woven into
And of itself, like a nest
Of crosshatched grass blades?

I was coincidently developing new etchings of some terrain on Mt Lyell which is still heavily scarred from historic mining impacts. Plants are slowly re-colonising the area, however, with the White Waratah, Blandfordia punicea or Christmas bells, Celery top pine and even King Billy pine in evidence. It is in this sense of the possibility of another (elsewhere) world,i.e. one that is lost but one that might be reclaimed that I'm interesting in speculating on in my new work. I will discuss this work and the context in which I work as an artist.

Born in 1950, I studied teaching and art in Victoria, Australia before developing my professional career while living in Tasmania. Over the last thirty years I have helped run an artist's co-operative in Hobart, lectured at the Tasmanian School of Art, been Chief Examiner for HSC Art, printed thousands of screen print posters for community groups, worked as an artist in mining towns, schools and Universities, completed public art commissions, participated in Arts Tasmania and Australia council committees and received a Federation medal for services to the Art Community. I have just retired from directing a regional art space called Landscape Art Research Queenstown (LARQ) which fostered exhibitions, workshops, residencies and forums in the Western Tasmanian mining town of Queenstown.

As a compliment to this world, I spent a decade researching the intaglio print medium in Europe, working and exhibiting in France and the UK on a regular basis since 1993. My aim was to spend a period of time each year developing my etchings at the famous Parisian studio of Lacourière et Frélaut.

I have held over 50 solo exhibitions of my paintings and prints in Australia, Europe and the US and participated in many group shows. I am represented in the collections of the Imperial War Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Bibliotheque Nationale and the Musee Courbet in France. In Australia, the National Gallery, the Australian Parliament House and various State Galleries have Raymond Arnold prints in their collection.

Upcoming Arts Forum
10 March |
The Marathon Project Artists (Tas)
17 March | Natalie O'Connor, Jasco Artists in Residence (NSW)
24 March | Easter Break

TCotA Forum is a series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk). Students and members of the public are welcome to attend. Lectures are presented by staff, visiting scholars from Tasmania, mainland Australia and overseas, industry professionals and artists-in-residence.

Thursdays 12.30 - 1.30pm 

Lecture Theatre 1A181
Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk)
Academy of the Arts
University of Tasmania
Inveresk Campus
Launceston 7250 AUSTRALIA