Paradise Lost: Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

On this page you can find links to audio works featured in the exhibition Paradise Lost: Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, on show at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery from 11 June until 3 October 2021. Find out more about the exhibition here.

Wainewright was a prolific writer and well-respected critic, and many of his essays and other writings have inspired elements of Paradise Lost. In order to reflect Wainewright's unique voice and personal story, Archipelago Productions, led by actors Ben Winspear and Marta Dusseldorp, have created a theatrical audio layer that runs throughout the exhibition.

It draws from Wainewright's own writings, as well as those about him, including those from notable authors such as Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde. You can listen to the four audio works in the Soundcloud links below.

Track 1

Argyle Gallery 2

Archipelago Productions
excerpts from Wainewright’s London Magazine essays, 1821-23
audio, 15 min 30 sec
Commissioned 2021

Track 2

Argyle Gallery 3

Archipelago Productions
passages about Wainewright by Thomas Noon Talfourd, Charles Dickens, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, William Carew Hazlitt, Oscar Wilde and Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
audio, 22 min
Commissioned 2021

Track 3

Argyle Gallery 4

Archipelago Productions
excerpts from Wainewright’s petitions for a Ticket of Leave, 1840 and 1844, and his letter to Francis Burgess, Chief Commissioner of Police, 1844
audio, 5 min 30 sec
Commissioned 2021