THE PARTNERSHIPPING PROJECT is a major touring program that will open at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) on Friday 9 November at 6 pm.

A nationally touring exhibition, The Partnershipping Project or TPP will feature twenty regional visual artists over the next two years but while at Burnie, eight Tasmanian artists will be highlighted. The artists’ work will be installed in eight small boats and the exhibition will travel up the east coast of Australia and back in a shipping container. Each artist is producing exciting new work drawing from their own lives; their own places; their ideas, hopes, dreams, fears and passions.

The exhibition is centred around the question “as on-line experiences take up more time in our lives, do our relationships to place still matter?”

The BRAG exhibition will feature the work of Jamin, Selena de Carvalho, Ritchie Ares Dona, Lisa Garland, David Mangenner Gough, Joan Kelly, Greg Lehman and Greg Leong. The artists and the exhibition’s curators, Dr Pat Hoffie and Rosemary Miller, will be in attendance at the opening and at the floor talk the following morning at 11am.

Burnie City Council General Manager Andrew Wardlaw said “This is an exciting project that will start in Burnie and finish here in about two years’ time”.

“I can see that this is a wonderful opportunity for artists from regional Australia. The artists involved come from a broad range of cultural backgrounds and experiences and their artworks challenge stereotypes about what living in the regions of Australia might mean. Their ideas come from global experiences to make changes in their local communities and offer new insights.”

The project involves the touring exhibition; exhibition program; a compendium of artists’ personal stories; forum programs; artists’ workshops; community collaborations; school extension programs; website; blog; commissioned essays and unique records of each artist’s process of making their work.

After Burnie Regional Art Gallery, the exhibition will tour to Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts in Townsville, Queensland; Lismore Regional Gallery in northern New South Wales and Riddoch Art Gallery in Mt Gambier, South Australia. The final exhibition will return to Burnie in 2020.

The Partnershipping Project will continue until Sunday 16 December in Burnie. The Gallery  is open free to the public from 10 am to 4.30 pm weekdays and from 1.30pm to 4 pm  Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Burnie Regional Art Gallery is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.

For further information please contact

Fiona Loughran
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728