Sawtooth ARI - Upcoming Exhibitions
RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize
The Waiting Room
Josh Foley and Gillian Marsden (TAS)

opening night only: Friday, 31 October 6pm

(Feel free to dress up)

Mental Convulsions 5
by Peter Wolfgang Gabriel

Image: Josh Foley, He has a certain charm, oil on Canvas, 2007     
Astrid Joyce (TAS)

Image: Ghost (2013) Still from live performance
Tall tales, terse little lies
an exhibition of small works

Frank Burgers (VIC)
Artist in Residence, Kings Bridge Cottage, Cataract Gorge.

Image: Untitled (2013) oil on linen, 30 x 60cm



The winner of each category will receive $500 
A year’s subscription to Island Magazine and
A year’s Membership to the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre
Finalist and winning submissions will be posted on the
Sawtooth Review and  Write Response.

Entry Fee is $30

 (Includes Sawtooth Membership or FREE to 2014 Sawtooth Members)

There is no limit to the number of submissions in either poetry or review category.
All entries are to be emailed to by 5th December 2014.
Prize winners are announced late December 2014.
For more information on the Sawtooth ARI Artistic Program, visit
To read the current entries, please visit our Sawtooth Review page.

DO/THINK GEOcriticality: workshops for Tasmanians

(FREE) Limited spaces - bookings essential > RSVP  
Supported by Winifred Booth Trust 

CHANGESCAPES: mutability, complexity and contemporary aesthetic systems 
Ross Gibson (NSW) 

Ross Gibson is Centenary Professor in Creative & Cultural Research at the University of Canberra.  His work spans several media and disciplines.  Recent projects include the books 26 Views of the Starburst World (2012) and The Summer Exercises (2009), the video installation Street X-Rays (2005 - continuing), and the online photographic poem, 'Accident Music'.

A 'changescape' is a special kind of artwork   --  dynamic, tendency-governed, ever-reactive, never finished   --  that helps us understand and accept complexity and mutability.  Changescapes are everywhere in contemporary culture, in the form of improvised music and social collaborations, in interactive and responsive multimedia installation, in adaptive simulation experiences and faux-ecological environments.  They are everywhere because a heightened sensitivity to environmental dynamics and complexity is now everywhere. What can these artworks  -- these 'changescapes'  --  teach us?  How can we recognise them and best appreciate them?  And how can we create them to their fullest potential?

The Silent Review
Julie Brooke (ACT)

Julie Brooke is a Research Fellow at the ANU School of Art.  A former research scientist, she graduated with first class Honours and a University Medal from the ANU School of Art Painting Workshop in 2008, and completed a practice-led visual arts PhD in 2013. In her painting practice, Brooke investigates parallels between research in science and in the visual arts, and explores how speculative thought can be presented as a series of evolving visual hypotheses.
How do you know what people really think your work is about?  In this workshop, up to 12 students will bring an example of their work for review.  In the silent review the artist does not introduce or discuss his or her own work, but instead allows it to speak for itself.  The artist listens while the group uses a highly structured approach to describe and analyse the work, focussing on its abstract, formal, and material qualities.  Those students whose work is reviewed will learn how effectively their intentions are expressed in the work itself.  While not all students will have their work critiqued in this two-hour workshop, everyone will participate in the reviews, learning a practical and effective technique for visual analysis.

Drawing and Reverie
Amanda Ravetz (UK)

Amanda Ravetz is an anthropologist and artistic researcher whose expertise lies in the inter zone between anthropology and art/design. Her interests include visual cultures and place; expanded notions of drawing in relation to film; artistic epistemologies; improvisation, play and reverie in art and anthropology; and ontologies of creativity. 
In this workshop, building on existing work and theory, and with an eye to questions about place-making, we will take our own and each others’ experiences as a starting point for an investigation of reverie through drawing. Most people have experienced daydreaming – driving, vacuuming, mowing the grass, stitching. Through small group discussions and drawing games we will attempt to excavate some of the features of reverie, and its role, or not, in artistic practice and research. No drawing experience is necessary and everyone who is interested is welcome.
What role can contemporary art play in retelling Tasmania’s cultural history?
Denise Ava Robinson (TAS)

Denise Ava Robinson is an MFA graduate from the Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart. A recipient of various state and federal grant awards she has undertaken a series of artist residencies, completed numerous community art and cultural projects, and has been represented in group and solo shows locally, nationally and internationally.  Denise currently holds the position of Program Officer, Aboriginal Arts for Arts Tasmania, Department of State Growth Tasmania.

Tasmania’s Aboriginal communities have been historically deprived of its right to recognition through the long established myth of ‘extinction’.   
It is only in recent years that the greater population of non-Aboriginal people have become aware of Tasmania’s unique cultural history.  The desire to understand and appreciate this history is not necessarily straight forward. 

This conversation will provide an opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, and gain an insight into cultural protocols towards realising a deeper understanding of Tasmania’s Aboriginal people.

Art Association of Australia and New Zealand 
Annual Conference  4 - 8 December 2014
Inveresk Precinct, Launceston

Thursday 4 December
DO/THINK GEOcriticality: workshops for Tasmanians
(FREE) Limited spaces - bookings essential. Supported by Winifred Booth Trust

Friday 5 December
Postgraduate Masterclasses 
with Jeff Malpas and Marian Pastor Roces

Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 December
GEOcritical Conference + Keynote Speakers

Monday 8 December
MONA visit + Keynote Speaker, Hobart

Keynote Speakers 
Public Events - $25/$10 conc.

Saturday 6 December
Tramsheds Auditorium, Launceston
Jeff Malpas - 9am 
Marian Pastor Roces - 2pm

Monday 8 December
Dechainaux Theatre, TCotA, Hobart
Amanda Ravetz - 6pm

Registration via AAANZ website
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