ARTBOX touches down in Launceston

ARTBOX in the Civic Square
ARTBOX in the Civic Square
ARTBOX in Launceston’s Civic Square. (PHOTO: Supplied – Facebook/City of Launceston

An innovative, eye-catching mobile art gallery known as ARTBOX is set to take centre stage in Launceston’s Civic Square, heralding the arrival of the Flow art exhibition at Sawtooth ARI, which launched earlier this week.

Flow is presented by Huon Valley Council in con­junction with the City of Launceston and Sawtooth ARI, celebrating the water­ways of Launceston and the Huon Valley in their rarest forms, while exploring their significance to place.

Flow will exhibit at three Tasmanian venues – at the Huon Valley Hub in Huon­ville from August 30 to September 28, Launceston’s Sawtooth ARI from August 5 to October 2, as well as the roving ARTBOX in Civ­ic Square between August 30 and September 27.

The exhibition features the work of 10 artists – five from each region – special­ising in mediums ranging from digital to sound to 3D imaginings. Each has drawn inspiration from the wa­terways and rivers of their respective region.

The Launceston artists in­clude Joanne Faulkner, Lou­ise Daniels, Sarah Rhodes, Emma Magnusson-Reid and Bianca Templar, while Huon Valley features works from Andrew Halford, Deb­orah Wace, Eden Meure, Michael Schlitz and Nataša Milenović.

The exhibited works are in­formed by the core message of ‘Flow,’ artists responding to the concept that ‘water­ways hold deep symbolic meanings, ranging from the flow of life, fertility, the passage of time.

In some cultures they symbolise the boundary between this world and the next. Waterways connect settlements. Throughout human history, water has been a life force.’

“We are excited to share the deep connection that exists with our waterways across these two regions,” project lead Miranda Wageman said.

City of Launceston May­or Albert van Zetten said visitors can expect to be inspired, to learn and to better understand these systems and the importance of ‘flow’ across Tasmania’s landscape.

Huon Valley Acting Mayor Sally Doyle said ARTBOX is all about showcasing the outstanding creativity and skills of artists and makers and connecting our com­munities with the arts.

“We’re really happy to be working with the City of Launceston and Sawtooth to provide artists with exposure and recognition and create opportunities for communities to connect with their work.” Acting Mayor Doyle said.

Flow was made possible by the Australian Gov­ernment’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

More information is avail­able on huonvalleytas.com/flow

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