Making Space for the Burnie Shines Featured Artist

Published on 22 September 2020

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The retrospective exhibition Joanna Gair: The Space Between will open to the public at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery on Friday 25 September.

Burnie City Council Mayor Steve Kons said “Joanna Gair is the 2020 Burnie Shines Festival’s featured artist. The festival celebrates 20 years this year and Joanna will present an exhibition spanning 20 years of her multi-award winning artwork. Burnie Shines is an opportunity for us to show our very best work by home-grown internationally recognised, artists, musicians, guest speakers and other talent.” 

Joanna Gair started her artistic career as a painter after graduating from the South Australian School of Art and then moved to Scotland to establish a small handmade paper mill. In 2004 she moved to Tasmania to manage Creative Paper in Burnie. The abundance of natural fibres and native plants in Tasmania inspired Joanna to experiment and make handmade papers with a distinctly Tasmanian focus.   

In preparing this retrospective exhibition, Joanna Gair said of her work that it “has been such a ‘moment’ for me. The aspects of which I am most proud, is that the work demonstrates an authentic and genuine line of enquiry into the possibilities of paper as a stand-alone medium.” 

“It was really wonderful to pause for a moment to acknowledge my creative and technical development throughout the chronology...as artists I don’t think we do this enough. I’ve come to the conclusion that I make art like a craftsperson and craft like a visual artist (I probably paint like a papermaker and make paper like a painter too!).” she said. 

Joanna Gair: The Space Between will be on display at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery from Friday 25 September until Saturday 24 October. The Gallery is open free to the public from 10 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm. Visitors will be asked to sign in on entry for contact tracing and to comply with local, state and commonwealth regulations during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Burnie Regional Art Gallery is an initiative of Burnie City Council and is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts. 

Images available on request.

For further information please contact: |
Regional Art Gallery Director 
Burnie Regional Art Gallery  
P 03 6430 5875
M 0423 637 524
gallery@burnie.net