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Lost in a Forest - Artisans from the Makers’ Workshop at Academy Gallery


A must-see exhibition for all those interested in craft and the art of making.

Start Date

May 17, 2019 6:00 pm

End Date

June 7, 2019 5:00 pm


Academy Gallery, Inveresk

Image credit: Heath Holden for University of Tasmania

Exhibition guest opening speaker: Joanna Gair, Arts and Public Programs Coordinator, Makers' Workshop, University of Tasmania
Exhibition opening: 6 to 8pm Friday 17 May
Exhibition dates: 20 May to 7 June
Exhibition curator: Joanna Gair
Exhibition artist: Evelyn Antonysen, Annie Desantis, Rasa Dunlop, Gail Hart, Bruce Hays, Suzanne Hennessay, Sue Holm, Julie Irvin, Joan Kelly, Lucia Leon, Susan McArthur, Aurore McLeod, Anthony Smith, Emma Smith, Jan Suter and Bobbie Watts

Lost in the forest, I broke off a dark twig
And lifted its whisper to my thirsty lips:
Maybe it was the voice of the rain crying,
a cracked bell, or a torn heart.

Something from far off it seemed
Deep and secret to me, hidden by the earth,
a shout muffled by huge autumns,
by the moist half-open darkness of the leaves.

Pablo Neruda from Lost in a Forest

Each year The University of Tasmania’s Makers’ Program in Burnie, presents a special exhibition titled Limited Edition. The exhibition provides a glimpse into new work produced by the members of the Makers’ Program. The catalyst for the exhibition is a challenge set by the University of Tasmania in the form of a creative brief. Makers are encouraged to collaborate with other artists, and each other to consider new material choices and try innovative techniques and strategies to produce a small edition of new work with commercial appeal for visitors to Tasmania.

In 2018 the theme was Lost in a Forest. The project brief required exhibitors to develop new, viable, commercial products within the Makers’ existing studio practice, whilst interpreting what a forest “is”. The results are very special indeed. For example, hand enamelled jewellery by Annie Desantis, spice grinders made from wild-formed tree limbs by Brue Hays and paper collage work inspired by the Tarkine by Suzanne Hennessey.

The Academy Gallery is delighted to exhibit Lost in a Forest which showcase the talents of the artisans based at Burnie’s Makers’ Workshop. This is the first time that work from Makers’ Workshop has toured outside of Burnie collectively. Lost in a Forest is a must-see for all those interested in craft and the art of making.

Presented as part of the Academy Gallery Exhibition Touring Program in partnership with Makers’ Workshop, University of Tasmania, Cradle Coast campus.

Image credit: Heath Holden for University of Tasmania

The Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania wishes to acknowledge the traditional owners, the palawa people and custodians of the land upon which this campus was built.

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