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Jewel in our creative crown

The Ian Potter Recital Hall

The future is now, as Tasmania’s world-class creative hub comes online.

“We are seeing this reflected in our courses, for instance in music and video collaborations between the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Media and the interdisciplinary Creative Curriculum student cohorts.

“In terms of industry engagement, we are able to invite cultural and creative professionals into our spaces, opening up more opportunities for work-integrated learning and for performing and recording with the creative industries.”

Commercial Music Creation student Kenny King composed and orchestrated a piece of music, which Classical Performance students performed in The Ian Potter Recital Hall in 2020.

“It was mesmerising to hear what the space sounds like, to sit in the room with the orchestra was a special experience that made the hair stand up on the back of my neck,” Kenny said.

In the future, Kenny is looking forward to tapping into the state-of-the-art music technology, particularly the complex speaker array, which he said could make a small, intimate space sound like a cathedral.

The Ian Potter Recital Hall is set to feature a variable acoustic system and is one of a handful in the world capable of reproducing a reverberation field between 0.6 and 15 seconds.

When it is installed, this technology will recreate the perfect sonic environment for the widest variety of performances, and opens possibilities for space to form part of cutting-edge compositions.

The $110 million project was delivered through a collaborative partnership between the University,  the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the Theatre Royal.

It is also supported by a $5 million gift from The Ian Potter Foundation and other cultural and arts leaders who have had their generosity acknowledged in the following named spaces:

The Ian Potter Recital Hall

The professional performance venue seating up to 289 patrons is named in honour of The Ian Potter Foundation. Sir Ian Potter was a philanthropist with a keen interest in supporting the development of Australian cultural life. In 1964, Sir Ian Potter set up The Ian Potter Foundation to enable him to distribute funds for philanthropic purposes.

Claudio Alcorso Foyer

Named in honour of Claudio and Lesley Alcorso, who have made a significant contribution

to the state’s economic, artistic and cultural development. In Tasmania, Claudio is perhaps best known for founding the Moorilla vineyard in Berriedale. He also founded Silk and Textile Printers and was known through association  with the Elizabethan Theatre Trust, and as founding Chairperson of the Australian Opera.

Vanessa Goodwin City Room and the Vanessa Goodwin Roof Garden

The Vanessa Goodwin City Room is one the key University of Tasmania teaching and meeting spaces inside The Hedberg. Dr Vanessa Goodwin was a much-admired criminologist, lawyer and former Attorney-General of Tasmania, Minister for Justice, Minister for Corrections, and Minister for the Arts. A portion of a bequest received in 2018 from the Estate of Dr Goodwin was allocated to the Hedberg project. The Dr Vanessa Goodwin Law Reform Scholarship was also established.

Image: The Ian Potter Recital Hall, The Hedberg, Hobart CBD.
Published on: 29 Jun 2021 11:47am