Meaningful Collaborations at Burnie Regional Art Gallery

Published on 23 October 2019

Jane Giblin : I Shed My Skin, A Furneaux Islands Story

Two collaborative exhibitions will open at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery this Friday 25 October at 6pm. 

Artist Jane Giblin has spent most of her working life making art about those who live and work in the Tasmanian landscape and over the past two years she has created I Shed My Skin, A Furneaux Islands Story that traces the lives of her extended family, the Furneaux Island Willis family. This, her initial project about the Furneaux, aims to understand how isolated geography encourages community traditions. The resulting artwork is a testimony to generations of family enterprise and character, but it is also a reflection of much that has changed and is still changing. 

Jane Giblin : I Shed My Skin, A Furneaux Islands Story

Burnie City Council Mayor Steve Kons said “Jane Giblin has collaborated with writer and poet Pete Hay, well-known to many people in Burnie, to develop an exhibition that looks at the working relationships between generations. What eventuates is a microcosm of many other regional communities across Australia."  

The other exhibition opening on the same night is Katrin Terton: Beyond Sight, a multi-sensory art exhibition that visitors can explore through touch, sound, smell, sight and imagination. Terton’s conceptual artworks are created principally from organic or salvaged materials. She collaborated with Geoff Munck, who has been blind since he was fifteen. Munck will open the exhibition and discuss what he calls “the dominant paradigm”, that sight is the only way to participate and appreciate art.  

Katrin Terton: Beyond Sight

“This exhibition is accessible to people of all ages and abilities with particular regard for people with low or no vision. Volunteers will take visitors through the exhibition blindfolded, if they are willing.” 

Both artists will be present at the opening and to give floor talk at 2pm on Saturday 26 October.  

Both events are free but please RSVP by contacting the gallery on 6430 5875 or gallery@burnie.net. 

The Burnie Regional Art Gallery is open free to the public from 10 am to 4.30 pm weekdays and from 1.30 to 4 pm weekends and public holidays.