ARTBOX is a travelling exhibition space, promoting professional and emerging artists and makers. ARTBOX supports community arts and culture projects in the Huon Valley and also provides opportunities for regional and remote communities in the Huon Valley to experience and engage with arts and culture.
Whilst providing a professional exhibition space, ARTBOX also provides opportunities for regional and remote communities in the Huon Valley to experience and engage with arts and culture.
ARTBOX has turned 1!
We have learned a lot this year with ARTBOX travelling around the Valley. We now know that ARTBOX can’t be in full sun in summer, that the solar doesn’t recharge so well in winter, and that some areas in the Valley are at times not such great locations with seasonal flood dangers.
FROM MID-2022, ARTBOX WILL BE LOCATED AS FOLLOWS:
- Huonville – Huon Valley Hub
Depending on the location, we are able to move ARTBOX for specific events (bearing in mind the location/weather restrictions).
ARTBOX is now open for an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the second half of 2022. The Huon Valley Council welcomes EOIs from artists (established and emerging), curators, arts groups and arts organisations. You can choose up to one month for showcasing your exhibition.
ARTBOX is a wonderful way for artists and makers to showcase their art. Through ARTBOX, the community can have a rich and varied art experience right here in the Valley.
Applications close: Monday 28 February 2022, at midnight.
Have questions or need assistance with the application process? Contact the Arts & Culture Officer at email@example.com or call 6264 0300.
Please submit completed applications for consideration.
Don’t forget to read the ARTBOX Conditions of Hire, which contains further information and photos of the space.
You can also download a paper version if you prefer.
Huon Valley Council’s Arts and Culture Officer
T: 03 6264 0300
Street Address: 40 Main Street, Huonville
Postal Address: PO Box 210, Huonville TAS 7109
This program is supported by Tasmanian Community Fund, Bendigo Bank and managed by the Huon Valley Council’s Arts and Culture Program.
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ARTober features artist Sheree Martin as the ARTBOX ARTist in residence at Loongana Park, Cygnet. Exploring her own creative practice throughout the month of October, Sheree will also offer creative community connections through a range of ARTplayful experiences with ARTworks created during this time exhibited at ARTBOX until October 28th!
Below are the Artist in Residence times where you can see Sheree work:
Week 1: Sunday 3 October (Cygnet market), Tue 5, Wed 6, Thurs 7 October.
Week 2: Wed 13, Thurs 14, Fri 15 October.
Week 3: Sunday 17 October (Cygnet Market), Wed 20, Thur 21, Fri 22 October.
Week 4: Tue 26, Wed 27, Thurs 28 October.
Book your ARTplayful session below!
DATES – 3 October – 28 October
LOCATION – Loongana Park, Cygnet
Art can be a means to express lived experiences long buried in the unconscious, yet still felt in the body. Through photography, drawing, painting and sculpture, artist Sherry Smart shares a portion of her healing journey, in the hope it inspires others.
DATES – 1 November – 1 December
LOCATION – Huonville Foreshore
Visit THE HUON | VALLEY OF STORIES this September to explore more than 30 books and stories inspired by the Huon Valley.
Guarded by Sleeping Beauty to the north, the Huon Valley is home to a flourishing community of writers, poets, wordsmiths and storytellers.
In this ARTBOX exhibition, the valley’s own Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival brings together more than 30 award-winning, intriguing and delightful books and storytelling items for you to explore. Curated by the festival’s Director, Dr L.J.M. Owen, each item in the ARTBOX was either created by a local artist or was inspired by the valley itself.
“Living in the Huon Valley, I’m aware of the incredible creativity, diversity and talent of our writers and storytellers. Given how difficult it has been for us to gather, share and celebrate our work over the past year or two, our festival team has developed this ARTBOX exhibition to showcase the valley’s books and stories in a COVID19-safe way,” Dr Owen said.
Visit this September to explore stories of life in the valley, both real and imagined; award-winning stories; stories inspired by the valley’s gardens, farms and orchards; dark and mysterious stories; and children’s stories brimming with warmth and hope.
Beginning with a special Welcome to Country, the physical ARTBOX exhibition is accompanied by an audio guide. This introduces you to each item in the box. You can then follow links on a website to more information on each book or object.
ARTBOX can be visited any time and is lit up until 7pm. You will need a mobile phone to access the interactive online audio guide. Headphones are recommended.
“It’s a great outing for adults, families and school groups alike. Our hope is that readers, writers and fans of storytelling from the valley – and from Hobart and beyond – visit for the day; that they come to Huonville to see and listen to the exhibition, then stay for lunch or afternoon tea to discuss the stories they discover at the ARTBOX.”
Writers and creators of the featured works include:
Alison Alexander | Jamie Bantick | Bob Brown | Alan Carter | Michelle Crawford | Bronwyn Dillon | First Dog on the Moon | Jacq Ellem | Bronwyn Englert | Matthew Evans | Cameron Wren Fraser | Robyn Friend | Gail Galloway | Nick Haddow | Julie Hunt | Margie Kirk | K. M. Kruimink | Kathryn Lomer | Carol Ann Martin | David Owen | L.J.M. Owen | Favel Parrett | Mike Raine and Miranda Wageman | Tansy Rayner Roberts | Elaine Reeves and Steve Cumper | Judi Rhodes and Tanya McQueen | Mary-Lou Stephens | Angela Rockel | Garry Willmott | Karen Viggers
“Our literary community has something to offer to all readers, whether you’re looking for something serious and thought-provoking, light and whimsical, or a story to share with the kids. The standard of writing and storytelling is first class, which is reflected in the number of national awards won by writers based in the valley; you’ll be raiding the shelves of your local library or bookstore soon after your visit.”
THE HUON | VALLEY OF STORIES exhibition is supported by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, the Regional Arts Network, RANT, the Tasmanian Government, the Huon Valley Council and the Bendigo Bank Community Bank Branches.
DATES – 4-26 September 2021
LOCATION – 23 Main Street, Huonville
This photographic series of six digital portrait-oriented triptychs displays a male and female figure in various Tasmanian bush settings. A scarlet ribbon forms a visual metaphor for connectedness in separation. Japanese tradition recognises the ‘red thread of fate’, stating that “the red thread should bind the pinkie fingers of those who are fated to one another”. This exhibition aims to explore the various aspects of intimate relationships – that disdain can share space with care and suffocation with love. See if you can fill the characters’ thoughts and construct the rest of the story by drawing on your own shared experiences.
In every life there is duality – anger and calm, love and hate, harmony and disharmony. Through it all is the flow of the soul. Through relationship with others we can view ourselves.
DATES – 30 July – 30 August
LOCATION – 23 Main Street, Huonville
The Pilgrim Artists Festival is a small festival of art, music, and words held at the Huon Hub.
Pilgrim Artists are a group of artists from diverse Christian traditions. This year, the artists are taking the iconic 1st century Aramaic Prayer of Jesus (“the Lord’s Prayer”) as inspiration for their creative works, from oil paintings to lithographs to textiles, exploring themes from forgiveness to gratitude.
DATES – 23-26 July 2021
LOCATION – 23 Main Street, Huonville
neemiuah teggana nire (mother heart heal) is a special NAIDOC week exhibition, curated by Gemma O’Rourke, a sovereign melukerdee woman. Gemma feels privileged to present this ARTBOX exhibition as part of NAIDOC Heal Country 2021, featuring artworks from nuenonne, melukerdee, pinterraier and lyluequonny women from Tasmania.
To heal is to feel the wound, to acknowledge the pain and injustices, then with open-hearted intention and expanded consciousness to set authentic intention for regeneration and, recovery.
The pain that endures from a colonising program that had intention for genocide, pillage and plunder of peoples, land and resources is shared in a collective consciousness between Aboriginal and non-indigenous peoples. We are all intertwined and enmeshed in this healing as global human and earth ecologies cry out for remedy.
The wounds and harm inflicted upon Aboriginal Peoples are the same as those inflicted upon Country and those inflicted upon Country are in turn inflicted upon the People. They cannot be separated.
The wisdoms that know the land to be inextricably interconnected and interdependent with all sentient beings is now the subject matter of cutting-edge science exploration into Quantum Entanglement known to contemporary philosophers and scientists as ‘passion at a distance’.
From the ancient practice of basket weaving utilising traditional materials and methods with an infusion of contemporary skills, knowledge and media Bronwyn Dillon and Deb Cobern inspire healing with their culturally infused utilitarian and purely artistic creations. In the exquisitely delicate drawings and intuitively empathic works on paper of Cassie Sullivan and the large-scale paintings, photography and audio-visual work of Gemma O’Rourke we hear the echoing call across time and space for regeneration of the land, healing of Country and Sovereignty for Mother Earth and her People.
Curator: Gemma O’Rourke
Featured Artists: Bronwyn Dillon, Deb Cobern, Cassie Sullivan, Gemma O’Rourke
DATES – 5 May 2021 – 30 June 2021
LOCATION – Loongana Park, Cygnet
ARTBOX is back in Loongana Park in Cygnet! This time with an exhibition by Julie Moss, called “Works on Silk and Paper”.
Julie will be showcasing a variety of silk painting and textile works – including silk scarves and matching jewellery – depicting beautiful wild places, birds and animals of Australia, and places of Julie’s imagination.
Julie is an established mixed media artist, specialising in silk paintings and scarves.
DATES – 31 March 2021 – 2 May 2021
LOCATION – Franklin Foreshore
Bob Frost has lived in The Huon Valley for the last 16 years and has seen it in all its moods. Always alert for the unexpected and the unusual, he always keeps his trusty camera under the seat of his car – just in case “that moment” presents itself.
Bob’s display in the Artbox will focus on this beautiful place. Animals and birds feature too as of course does the Huon Valley’s beautiful scenery.
You will see that his photos reflect catching a passing moment rather than a set piece setup.
Bob has been taking “snaps” for the last 64 years while travelling and working in many parts of the world. Alongside his up to date Nikon Coolpix P1000,
he still uses his very first camera – bought in Aden in 1957 – a Zeiss Ikon Contina.
Bob’s display will prompt visitors to the Artbox to choose their favourite picture. Someone will win their choice by way of draw taking place when the exhibition ends.
DATES – 1 February 2021 – 24 February 2021
LOCATION – 20b Church St, Geeveston
Chosen as the inaugural theme, Inside Out reflects the unique advantage of the professional exhibition space that is ARTBOX. The visually striking, thought-provoking display is sure to draw many visitors to Geeveston throughout the month of February.
The theme is topical as it can also be seen as a response to current times when people are spending longer inside than out due to covid-19. The theme is to be regarded as a starting point and is expected to be broadly interpreted through materials or subject matter.
Anna Arden – Wong – www.instagram.com/annaardenwong
Stephanie Bremer-Trainor – https://www.instagram.com/embryopods/
Lisa Britzman – www.instagram.com/campo_de_flori
Bronwyn Clarke – www.instagram.com/bronwynclarkeceramics
Lysbeth Driessen – www.instagram.com/lysbethdriessenart
Wendy Edwards – www.instagram.com/wendyedwardsart
Cassy Faux – www.instagram.com/harvestandlight
Grace Gladdish – www.instagram.com/gladdish
Ulrike Hora – www.instagram.com/gladdish/
Marie Proctor – www.instagram.com/wakkytazcreations
Jennifer Raphael Bennett
Kat Scarlet – www.instagram.com/katscarlettattoo
Kellie Spicer – www.instagram.com/the.forgotten.tree
Inside Out is curated by Henrietta Manning and supported by the Regional Arts Fund.
100 STORIES OF ADAMSONS PEAK
Ruth Lindsell, Dover District School students, Kristie Knight
11 December – 27 January 2021
Huon Highway, Dover (adjacent to the Cenotaph)
The exhibition was assembled by Ruth Lindsell, artist in residence at Dover District School, students from Dover District School, and local guest photographer Kristie Knight.
Paul County, a local passionate, qualified and experienced educator and photographer captured the story behind this exhibition which can be viewed as a story on the Huon Valley Tas website.
DATES – 12 November 2020 – 7 December 2020
LOCATION – 6 Church St, Geeveston
Seniors Tell Their Stories explores and shares the stories of senior community members living in townships around the Huon Valley.
Created as part of the Huon Beings digital arts program, the project celebrates and highlights the lives of our senior residents, providing a platform for them to express their connection and love for the Valley. The portraits were captured by local photographer Liv Rooney.
The Seniors Tell Their Stories exhibition will also be shared to the community on the Huon Valley Council Instagram account, and we encourage you to share your stories of life in the Valley using the hashtag #huonbeings.
DATES – 10 October 2020 – 8 November 2020
LOCATION – 25 Main Street, Huonville
It will be difficult to describe my feelings at the sight of this solitary harbour situated at the extremities of the globe, so perfectly enclosed that one feels separated from the rest of the universe. Everything is influenced by the wilderness of the rugged landscape. With each step, one encounters the beauties of unspoilt nature.
……….Bruni d’Entrecasteaux 1792
Recherche. Say ruh-shair-shey
Or say choice, exquisite, inestimable, invaluable, priceless, prized, treasurable, valuable.
My art practice and love of nature has its foundations in my childhood. Treasured memories of long summer camping/fishing trips with my family. Then later as an adult living on an exquisite timber boat, held safe by the glowing varnished hull of celery top pine. Choosing to learn to sail in the southern Tasmanian waters before venturing to the tropics. Prized walks in the south west. And now living in a southern forest surrounded by nature, always birds close around and filling vistas of land and sea.
Those of us familiar with Australia’s most southerly all-weather anchorage can all easily imagine the awe that the French explorers felt on arrival in Recherche, and we hear Bruni d’Entrecasteaux speaking to us, telling us that what we see as familiar is of inestimable value, for all people and all time.
We have translated d’Entrecasteaux’s name into our language as ‘research’. Research requires careful noticing. But it is hard to notice small things, when we think we are familiar with what is in front of us? I like to upscale birds to help our noticing, to show how exquisite they are, while precariously balancing other creatures to draw attention to the fact that all of their futures depends on us preserving what is, literally, priceless.
Recherche is curated by Henrietta Manning and supported by the Regional Arts Fund.
Faces of the Huon is a community arts project that aims to uncover and celebrate stories of diversity and harmony in the southernmost part of Tasmania.
Created for Harmony Week (15–21 March) as part of the Huon Beings digital arts program, the exhibition is the culmination of a series of interviews with local residents from a variety of backgrounds.
DATES – 7 September 2020 – 8 October 2020
LOCATION – 25 Main Street, Huonville