VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFT STRATEGY NATIONAL PRIORITIES 2025-2028CONSTANCE ARI -
Artistic Support Material
Salt Water Country by Emma Robertson (2023)ngayapi niyakara (born to dream)
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre x CONSTANCE ARI
Salt Water Country is an immersive installation experience, engaging the senses of sight, smell, sound and touch, as you make your way through an underwater kelp oasis. You are encouraged to feel your way through the exhibit and allow your senses to be captured. This exhibition draws on Culture and Country, and explores the effects that climate change is having on both.
Muwinina Country by Luana Towney (2020)ngayapi niyakara (born to dream)
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre x CONSTANCE ARI
L-R Caitlin Fargher (Board Member/Producer), Luana Towney (Artist), Sara Maynard (Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre) at Muwinina Country launch at the South Hobart Rivulet (Image: Jillian Mundy)
“For ngayapi niyakara, I have written a travelling book about the First Nations people of nipaluna (Hobart). The story is a child friendly history lesson about first contact in nipaluna in both Palawa kani and English”
- Luana Towney, ngayapi niyakara recipient for 2019-2020
Documentation from ngayapi niyakara (born to dream), a partnership between the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) and Constance ARI that provides a paid opportunity for an emerging Aboriginal artist based in lutruwita (Tasmania) to present a new temporary artwork in an outdoor public space of their choice in nipaluna (Hobart).
The Pink Palace: From Isolation (2021)Ridson Prison x CONSTANCE ARI
Documentation of The Pink Palace: From Isolation; a selection of works by nipaluna/Hobart-based artists in collaboration with Risdon Prison inmates. The process paired five artists, Laura Gillam, Cassie Sullivan, Anna Eden, Wesley Millstone and Sofie Burgoyne with inmates resulting in a successful show and a valuable community partnership. CONSTANCE and Risdon Prison aim to continue this creative exchange, culminating in a biennial exhibition.
Curated by Constance ARI board members, Tess Campbell & Maria Blackwell.
(Images: Lucy Parakihna)
HOBIENNALE is a free biennial festival of art, music, performance and public programs presented by CONSTANCE ARI in and around nipaluna/Hobart with a collective of independent artist-led organisations and cooperatives from around Australia and New Zealand.
In 2019, the festival brought together 21 artist-led organisations and cooperatives, showcasing the work of around 100 artists and musicians in 21 exhibitions across 15 venues.
Making Ground (2021)
Mona Foma x CONSTANCE
(Images: Remi Chauvin)
Making Ground was an exhibition presented by CONSTANCE ARI for Mona Foma 2021 curated by Nadia Rafeai. First Nations and artists from the diaspora will staged an exhibition on sites of colonial ruin: a city park, a suburban hillside, and the shores of the river. The exhibition considered displacement, connection and memory in the digital age.
Artists: Marian Abboud, Elyas Alavi, Hannah Bronte, Shiraz Bayjoo & Shivanjani Lal, Dean Cross, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Shireen Tawell
Sites: Princes Park, Alexandra Battery, Blinking Billy Point
Mermaids in the Basement (2022)
Dark Mofo x CONSTANCE
(Video: Ursula Woods)
Bodies emerge from the depths of subterranean water worlds in nipaluna.
A forgotten river swallowed by streets sets the scene for a performative fashion show.
Artists: Lychandra Gieseman + Gabbee Stolp + FFLORA + Caitlin Fargher + Eliza Rogers
Site: Railway Roundabout (Hobart City Council)
Publication to mark 5 years of working offsite
Offsite was a publication marking the fifth year of running our ARI offsite. Offsite features the work of 17 artists and writers currently based in lutruwita/Tasmania, who have been involved in CONSTANCE projects over the past five years. The publication offered artists a way of creating and being paid to make work during lockdown.
Artists: Sophie Burgoyne, Karin Chan, Viv Cutbush, Julia Drouhin, Chloe Alison Escott, Pirrin Francis, Grace Gamage, Andy Hutson, India Kenning, Eloise Kirk, Loren Kronemyer, Georgia Lucy, Janice Ross Maynard, Taylah Pickett, Florence Robinson, Dexter Rosengrave, Gabbee Stolp
House Show 2.0 (2020-21)CONSTANCE ARI x Sawtooth ARI
House Show 2.0 was a virtual exhibition created by Rebecca Holmes, Tess Campbell and Jason James, that brought together 6 real-world exhibitions, presented within rooms in artists’ houses across lutruwita/Tasmania made during lockdown.
Artists: Alethea Coombe & Eden Meure (Hobart), Josh Foley (Launceston), Jessie Pangas (Gawler), Reece Romagnoli-Townsend (Nubeena), Twin Sticks (Launceston), Luke Viney (Ulverstone).
House Show 2.0 was presented in partnership between Constance ARI and Sawtooth ARI and supported by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund.
The Chain (2021)
Second Echo Ensemble x CONSTANCE
Second Echo Ensemble and Constance ARI presented Luke John Campbell in The Chain. A site-specific installation at the GASP Wilkinsons Point Pavilion. The site was activated for opening and closing performance events, with an installation in between.
Sorell Project: Joey Gracia & Mauricio Alejandro Arias (2022)
Sorell Council x CONSTANCE ARI
Mauricio Alejandro Arias and Joey Gracia's ephemeral public art interventions in the Sorell City centre.
DAWIT DERSOLIGN (2022)
Images: Cassie Sullivan
Dawit Dersolign doesn't call himself an artist. As a child, he experimented with artmaking, then returned to it for a few years as a teenager living in a refugee camp in Sudan. Beginning work at Life Raft Tasmania in 2017 presented Dawit with an array of waste materials, and creative possibilities, that prompted the work he makes today. Part of the Solo Tasmanian Artist commission in 2022.
CONSTANCE is an off-site, project based A.R.I based in nipaluna / Hobart. CONSTANCE is focused on creating critical dialogues and engagement within, and beyond, the local Tasmanian arts community through supporting experimental and critical praxis.
CONSTANCE acknowledges and respects the Palawa/Pakana people as the traditional and ongoing owners and custodians of lutruwita. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.
CONSTANCE ARI’s program is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts..
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