I’m very excited to announce that the 2nd Annual Artist in Residence Trail Tasmania Exhibition will be held this year from Friday 22 October to Sunday 7 November 2021 in Deloraine.
It will coincide with the Tasmanian Craft Fair and give you time before and after the Fair to explore the gallery spaces.
AIRTT Arts and Crafts Workshops
We are holding arts and crafts workshops in the months leading up the Exhibition. Our first venue for the workshops is Art as Mania in Deloraine and we look forward to more venues coming on board throughout the year.
Becoming an AIRTT Venue
If you’re interested in being an exhibition or workshop space with us we’d love to explore ideas. We started in Deloraine simply because we are exhibiting Tasmanian Craft Fair artists and that’s where the idea for AIRTT was born.
Just contact us at ArtistInResidenceTrailTasmania @gmail.com .
Celebrating the 2020 AIRTT Exhibition Winner and Runner Ups
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.
Exhibition 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 flora, activities such as fishing and paddling.
Wildlife Wonders – celebrating the diverse and captivating wildlife of Tasmania.
Mountain Inspirations – showcasing the magnificence of the ever present Tasmanian mountains and highlands.
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.
Successful AIRTT Exhibition
We managed to successfully launch our inaugural AIRTT Exhibition during COVID last year with a vibrant opening and a good number of exhibition visitors – more than we anticipated given all that was (and wasn’t) happening.
As artists we want to be part of creating a supportive and enabling creative community, an eco-system of creativity! So what better way than to bring people together in creativity?
AIRTT and Creatively Belle
Why is AIRTT on the Creatively Belle website? Because AIRTT is self funded, well mainly funded by me, Belinda Stinson and Creatively Belle is my website. I simply don’t have the budget at the moment to build and host a separate website for AIRTT.
AIRTT does have it’s own Facebook page with one of its key purposes to share posts to support fellow artists and makers across Tasmania and the rest of Australia, with the occasional international post.