Welcome to Artist in Residence Trail Tasmania (AIRTT)!
We are delighted to be holding the 2nd Annual AIRTT Exhibition and look forward to you joining us.
Introducing the AIRTT Workshops
About the 2021 AIRTT Exhibition
Here you can find out all the details for this year’s exhibition, including the Artist in Residence Trail Tasmania (AIRTT) Entry Form 2021 PDF.
This exhibition is all about celebrating Tasmania. The work needs to have Tasmania at it’s heart of inspiration, whether you’re lucky enough to live in Tasmania, come to visit or are still dreaming of getting to this stunning state, the work must be about Tasmania.
The work can be made elsewhere and anywhere from 2017 to 2021 but not exhibited in the 2020 Artist in Residence Trail Tasmania Exhibition.
Entries and Entry Fees
You’re welcome to submit up to three entries in the Artist in Residence Trail Tasmania Exhibition 2021. Artist in Residence Trail Tasmania (AIRTT) Entry Form 2021 PDF
The entry fee is $15 per entry or $40 for 3 entries with the closing date of 8 October 2021.
Very Important! When you’re making your payment please be sure to include the name that is on your entry form so we can match it easily – first and last name is preferred. If we can’t match your entry to a payment your entry can not be accepted.
Payments are to be made via standard transfer to: Westpac BSB: 032-051 Account: 454236 with the name on the entry as the reference.
At this time we can not accept cheques. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Mediums and Themes
Many art exhibitions are focused on one type of medium, whether that be painting, sculpture, textiles, and have categories based on that particular medium.
The AIRTT exhibition reflects the diversity of artist in residency programs and welcomes entries across a diverse range of mediums. So our exhibition themes need to embrace this diversity. Instead of having categories such as watercolour landscape or portraits, our themes are designed to be open to your interpretation and include:
Vibrant Communities – ideal for representing the people, communities, farms, business, shacks and villages, towns and cities of Tasmania.
Waters of Life – taking inspiration from the beautiful Tasmanian waterways and coastlines, flora and fauna, activities such as fishing and paddling.
Wildlife Wonders – celebrating the diverse and captivating wildlife, the flora and fauna, of Tasmania.
Mountain Inspirations – showcasing the magnificence of the ever present Tasmanian mountains and highlands, this can also include the flora and fauna.
Works can be representative to abstract to graphical and anything in between. We do welcome Artist Statements and information about works as well. Sending in these details is optional.
Mediums accepted include textiles (weaving, felting, embroidery etc), painting (watercolour, oil, acrylic etc), prints (woodcut, lino etc), photography, woodwork, sculpture (metal, wood, fibre etc), glass (blown, mosaic etc), ceramics and more.
It’s an art exhibition so there’s prizes!
The Empire Hotel in Deloraine is generously sponsoring the Best in Exhibition prize with a wonderful accommodation package of two nights. This is great news because they have super comfy beds and delicious food! Join The Empire on Facebook!
Creatively Belle is sponsoring with a $100 Cash Prize. Join Creatively Belle on Facebook.
We are very much a grass roots event by artists for artists and are hoping to be able to add to the Prizes on offer. So if you would like to be involved and sponsor do please let us know. We also promote our prize sponsors as a way of saying thank you.
Why the Deloraine spaces? Because this all came about from a conversation between artists exhibiting at the Tasmanian Craft Fair 2019 that resulted in me walking into Laura’s space at Art as Mania and asking if she’d be interested and when she was, me going over to talk with Mark at The Empire Hotel to see if he would be, and he said yes. It was that simple.
For our inaugural exhibition that coincided with COVID I decided to just keep it with these three great local businesses. Our first exhibition was a success so it makes 2021 different, if we have other venues who are interested in being part of our trail I’d be most happy to explore, wherever you are in Tasmania. Send me an email (details below).
We have set a 5 kg weight limit on sculptures and a 90cm x 90cm limit on hanging art works for two key reasons, the first is shipping via Australia Post. We recommend any pieces being posted to us for the exhibition be able to be returned in a provided red and white Australia Post satchel (there’s no benefit shipping with Express Post satchels from Tasmania so don’t spend the extra money). Australia Post has conniptions with parcels 100cm and over so none of us need that experience. From what we understand, the red and white satchels can now all take 5kg.
Tasmanian based and delivering yourself? Well we can have some exceptions for you here but they are purely at the discretion of our gallery organisers and what they say goes.
Entries from Within Australia Only
Again, this is dictated by postage. As a return addressed red and white Australia Post satchel needs to be sent with posted in entries, we’re restricted to Australian addresses only. I’ve been horrified by the ridiculous costs for posting overseas and the shipping delays due to COVID also make it too complicated. I’m sorry if this causes any disappointments.
We are aiming to have an online gallery of the exhibition this year, hence asking for photos of people’s work to be sent in with their entries. So this will be available for all to enjoy.
Presenting Your Work
Works must be suitably framed, ready for hanging with ‘D’ rings, labelled with your name, the chosen theme, medium, title of work and sale price. Labels need to be securely attached so they do not fall off for the duration of the exhibition.
Does your work need a plinth or something specific to display it? Do please let us know well ahead so we can be organised with it.
D Rings and Displays
For hanging work we need good quality D Rings securely attached with hanging wire or cord to safely hang your work. No D Rings with cord/wire, no hanging. Attaching D Rings is the responsibility of the entrant, not our gallery teams.
Our email address is artistinresidencetrailtasmania@ gmail.com
While we’re on Facebook there are technical troubles sometimes with getting FB messages – so the above email is best – far more reliable than Facebook messages!
Want to Be Part of All of This?
One of the guiding lights for AIRTT is to help and enable artists and creative business owners across Tasmania. So if you like what we’re doing and would like to find out ways to be involved do please email us.
We have a few basic requirements and are pulling them together into useful PDF’s so stay tuned.
2020 AIRTT Winner Vanessa Richardson
We are delighted to be featuring on this year’s AIRTT Exhibition invitations the art of the 2020 AIRTT Exhibition, Vanessa Richardson – Humpback Whale Set.
Our runner ups are the immensely talented June Hope for her “Torch-ured Tasmania” and Marilyn Nicholls for her “Lilydale Falls”.
Vanessa is an acclaimed Wildlife Artist based in the stunning Bicheno on the East Coast of Tasmania. Working from here Sea Eagle Studio, Vanessa hosts ‘meet the artist’ openings (by appointment).
Her work aims to stimulate conversation and raise public awareness for vulnerable species. It is the families creative space. While Vanessa’s painting occupies most of her studio time, she also makes rope baskets. Her daughters, Mikayla and Jessie, make fabric covered earrings and hair ties and Vanessa’s father, Vern, supplies some Tassie Timber products.
As an artist, she is proud to share the unique beauty and wildlife we are exposed to. Vanessa is a strong believer and advocate of ‘Arts for Conservation’. Many of her subjects are from rehabilitation or wildlife care facilities so as to highlight and raise awareness for the need for conservation of our most vulnerable native species and their habitats.
The development of the “Helping Hands” print series is one of my ongoing ‘Arts for Conservation’ projects. Helping hands is a limited series print created to help raise the profile of the Tasmanian Devil and Devil Facial Tumour Disease. From this project, Vanessa has donated over $5000 towards the Devil fund to date.
In December 2014, Vanessa was announced the winner of the Inaugural Tasmanian Wildlife Art Price with her Piece titled ‘Wedge-tailed Eagle Study.
In 2017, Vanessa was a finalist in the Holmes Art Prize for Realistic Bird Painters – Caloundra, QLD
In 2018, Vanessa was a finalist in the Bay of Fires Art Prize – St Helens, Tasmania.
The Majority of Vanessa’s work is now sold via commission and while wildlife is her chosen subject, she is a highly recommended pet portrait Artist.