Artists immersed in Tarkine Wilderness

129 artists spent the Easter weekend immersed in Tasmania’s remote and threatened wilderness landscape, takayna / Tarkine, as part of an environment arts project coordinated by the Bob Brown Foundation.

Soon after the artists returned, some 179 artworks, inspired by the remote region were exhibited at  Salamanca Arts Centre Long Gallery, prior to moving to Melbourne for a major exhibition at the Australian Catholic University Gallery in July.

Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager at Bob Brown Foundation said Tarkine in Motion is one of Australia’s largest environmental arts projects.

“Our Foundation hosted 147 people into the Tarkine,” she said. “They were spread out from tourism hubs of Corinna, Arthur River and Tarkine Wilderness lodge, in forests threatened by logging in the north and south east of the Tarkine and in remote regions of the wild rainforests, coast and up rivers on kayaks.”

Jenny said the aim is to take artists into the place to experience its beauty, while also raising awareness of the threat of logging, mining and off-road vehicle damage to the Tarkine’s natural and cultural values.

“Our goal is to use art in a challenging and inspiring way to raise the alarm that the Tarkine is threatened,” she said.

“The heritage coast is under pressure from rapid degradation by off-road vehicles ripping through middens and Aboriginal hut sites,” she said. “The globally significant rainforests and eucalyptus forests are threatened by imminent logging by Forestry Tasmania. Artists occupied and captured these forests still intact.

“Mining is an ever-present dangerous threat to the region and artists were able to capture the intact ancient forests that are threatened by mining proposals,” Jenny Weber said.

“New aerial footage of the threatened ancient forests in Frankland River was captured over the weekend by Trudi Bird, showing the breathtaking beauty and rarity of these imminently threatened forests. [We] call on the Tasmanian and Australian Government to halt any proposed logging while these forests are still standing,” Jenny Weber said.

Watch the footage here:

The environmental arts project was funded through crowd-funding where more than 500 people contributed $58,000.

Images provided are from Tarkine in Motion field trip 2017. Images attached can be provided at high resolution.

IMAGES: Artists having an Aboriginal heritage guide, Rocky Sainty, into remote Tarkine coast by Kelly Slater; Threatened ancient Tarkine forests, at Frankland River, photographed by Trudi Bird, Artists kayaking to a remote river in the Tarkine by Dan Broun.

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