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Over the Easter weekend, over 100 artists will journey into the heart of Tasmania's Tarkine wilderness, to capture the wild and scenic beauty of its forests, coasts, rivers and mountains.

Across 72 hours, 100 artists will create a collection of artworks to awaken the world to one its last great wilderness areas. This art will share with the people of our great cities the living essence of the Tarkine and what stands to be lost forever if we don't act to protect it.

Tasmania’s takayna/Tarkine is in the remote northwest corner of the island state. Blanketed in serene rainforests, with vast button grass plains and mountains sweeping down to meet the jagged coastline which shreds the wild Southern Ocean, this is an ancient, yet threatened landscape.

takayna/Tarkine has the world's cleanest air, the largest temperate rainforest in the southern hemisphere and a living Aboriginal history reaching back 40,000 years.

But it is almost completely unprotected, at the mercy of logging, mining and damage by off-road vehicles.

In the next decade, this wild landscape will either be ravaged by heavy industry or protected as a place of natural beauty, living culture and inspiration for all people.

For 3 days, over 100 artists and a team of volunteer support staff, will establish a series of base camps throughout the 450,000 ha of the Tarkine wilderness.  Spreading from Arthur River on the wild west coast, Corinna on the stunning Pieman River and several locations by the vast rainforests and mountains of the interior, this is a major undertaking.

From these camps, the artists will explore the surrounding rivers, beaches, mountains and forests to find inspiration in the landscapes around them.

With over 1000 meals to prepare, thousands of kilometres to travel and 100 artists to support in the field, this event requires a huge amount of planning,  organisation, logistics and hard work.

The photos, paintings, music, film, sculpture, jewellery, drawing and other art created during Tarkine in Motion will be exhibited around the country, sharing the wild beauty of the Tarkine with audiences across Australia.

Photo by James Stone

In 2015, the groundbreaking arts event, Tarkine in Motion, was born. Across a single weekend, over 70 artists visited the Tarkine and created paintings, songs, music, films and photos for exhibitions and concerts across southern Australia.

Photo by Francois Fourie - Rupert Point, takayna/Tarkine coast

‘The Tarkine cannot be taken for granted. The current policies of Liberal and Labor, state and federal, are to turn it into a logging and mining province. More than ninety percent is under mineral exploration licence and logging is proceeding in the eucalypt forests and rainforests of the Tarkine. The heritage coast is under pressure from rapid degradation by off-road vehicles ripping through middens and Aboriginal hut sites.’ Bob Brown.

Photo by Ben Wilkinson, logged forests in takayna/Tarkine

With your support, this project will help protect the Tarkine by capturing, expressing and sharing its unique, fragile landscapes with the world.

Our Foundation is making a new bid to turn the Tarkine’s urgent plight into a national and international campaign – for only people power can rescue it from the three-pronged mechanised invasion now under way.

Our workshop and masterclass leaders

Deborah Wace

Deborah Wace is a Printmaker, singer/songwriter and mosaic artist. She specialises in large scale drypoint/mono-prints of Tasmanian native orchids - shown root to flower, and botanical arrangements of pressed plant specimens of the Buttongrass plant communities. These original works are digitised for reproduction onto many substrates for walls and glass. Deborah’s work has direct relevance to the early botanical historical record of Tasmanian botany. Through highlighting the ecological niche of these resilient plants she hopes to raise awareness of their vulnerability. She writes songs about connection to place and country. Deborah strongly believes in art and music as a change agent.

Website http://orchideye.com.au

Dan Broun

Dan is a film maker and wilderness photographer from Hobart, Tasmania. He specialises in remote area and conservation work.  Dan was the architect of the original Tarkine in Motion event and made the beautiful feature length documentary of the same name.


Arwen Dyer

Arwen Dyer is a photographer and artist from Hobart, Tasmania. Her love of landscape and astronomical photography grew from her passion for being in nature. She has a particular interest in macro and night photography: both illuminate worlds that we so often don’t stop to appreciate. Arwen’s images portray emotional and spiritual responses to place and natural phenomena and invite the viewer to also respond. She hopes her photos of unique and beautiful wilderness will help raise awareness of the need to protect the natural environment from human impacts such as deforestation, global warming and mining.
She grew up on a property called Isfryn in the Huon Valley, Tasmania. It was here and in nearby wilderness that she discovered her love of nature, art and photography. Her inaugural book, Luminosity – Star, Sky & Sea, was released in 2015. In August 2014, she undertook an artist-in-residence at Mountain Sea Arts on Flinders Island Tasmania which culminated in a book with fellow Tasmanian photographer Wolfgang Glowacki. She has also recently been Artist in Residence at the Living in Peace Project in Karamea, New Zealand.
Arwen is a member of Nature Photographers Tasmania and Female Nature Photography. She often donates time and images to environmental campaigns and not-for-profit organizations, as well as doing contract work for the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. She recently participated in Tarkine in Motion with the Bob Brown Foundation. She holds a Masters of Creative Arts Therapy and believes in the strength of art to heal.

Wolfgang Glowacki

Wolfgang Glowacki is a landscape photographer based in St Helens, North East Tasmania. He is passionate about the environment and has a strong connection to the beautiful Tasmanian wilderness. This shines through in all his work. Wolfgang has an unmistakeable talent for capturing the moods of nature in his own unique style. Wolfgang tends to photograph alone, completely immersing himself in the quest for the perfect image. Often camping out in freezing temperature, waking in the extremely early hours of the morning in order to set himself up to capture the perfect shot. He spends many months a year doing this, braving the array of Tasmanian elements to share with you the world as he sees it.
Wolfgangs photography have graced the pages of highly acclaimed publications such as The Australian Geographic, "Wild" magazine, 40 Degrees South and many more. He has also being published in calendars, books and advertising material. An acclaimed artist, Wolfgang is one of the most talented of his generation.


Paul Hoelen

Overseas Photographer of the Year in NZ 2012 & 2014. Finalist 2011, 2013 & 2015
Tasmanian Professional Photographer of the Year 2011, 2013 and Finalist 2012 & 2015.
Tasmanian Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015
Head on Landscape Prize, exhibited Finalist 2013
World Photographic Cup, Australian Representative 2013, 2014Runner Up Emerging Landscape Photographer of the Year in Australia 2012

Website: www.paulhoelen.com
Web gallery: www.paulhoelenphotography.dphoto.com

Main image credit

Deborah Wace, Tarkine in Motion 2015 - photo by Paul Hoelen

How The Funds Will Be Used

100 photographers, musicians, printmakers, painters, dancers and other artists are donating their time and skills, spending days in the remote Tarkine to create art for this project.

A team of 15 volunteers is managing logistics, cooking food and supporting the artists in the field.

Bob Brown Foundation is fundraising to support the artists and volunteers on location in the Tarkine. Costs include accommodation, transport, food and equipment for this huge undertaking.

This year we have employed two project managers to help realise this remarkable project. Dan Broun and Lisa Searle are coordinating the location of 100 artists throughout the Tarkine and organising their food, shelter and transport.

A breakdown of the funds we hope to raise through Pozible are;

Accommodation at base camps $6,500

Food for artists and volunteers $4,000

Transport $12,500

Equipment, Printing, Graphic Design $3,000

Project Managers $4,000

TOTAL $30,000

The Challenges

The Tarkine is a remote region on the west coast of Tasmania. As Tasmania can see four seasons in one day, there may be wild weather and testing conditions for the artists or calm sunny days. These unpredictable conditions mean it will be crucial for the artists to have well organised support teams, a supply of good food and the comfort of base camps to recharge their batteries and themselves.
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A$30 +Postcard from the TarkineA postcard from the field from one of our participating artists.
81 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$50 +All GoneTarkine postcard box setA limited edition box set of ten postcards with beautiful Tarkine images.
40 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$70 +All GoneTarkine in Motion bookA limited edition 52 page, glossy, softcover book showcasing the art and artists from Tarkine in Motion 2015, personally signed by Bob Brown.
100 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$200 +Tarkine artists journalA limited edition journal of diary entries from some of the artists, written during Tarkine in Motion.
8 Chosen | 92 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$500 +Tarkine printA stunning new image of the Tarkine straight from the field – 90cm by 60cm.
5 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2016
A$3000 +Tarkine Print-makingJoin a unique print-making workshop with Deborah Wace in the Tarkine. An overnight workshop with Deborah and her portable print press. Maximum of five participants, minimum of two.
1 Chosen | 4 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2017
A$4000 +Photography workshopExclusive group photographic workshop over 3 days in the Tarkine with wilderness photographers Dan Broun and Arwen Dyer. Learn macro, timelapse, night photography and post processing. Maximum of six participants, minimum of two.
0 Chosen | 6 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2017
A$5000 +Photography masterclassA two-day masterclass in the Tarkine with some of Tasmania’s leading nature photographers. Paul Hoelen will offer one trip and Wolfgang Glowacki will offer another.
0 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2017