The Derwent

Opens 28-07-2017,  closes 05-11-2017

Argyle Galleries 1-3

The Derwent explores Tasmania's Derwent River system and its complex natural and cultural histories.

This exhibition includes videos and photographs by Tasmanian artists David Stephenson and Martin Walch along with several historic works on paper and panoramic photographs from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s collections.

Stephenson and Walch’s immersive videos and time-lapse photographs reveal the diverse environments and usages of the river – from the wilderness areas at the headwaters, to industrial zones and the brightly lit banks of the city of Hobart.

To create this body of work Stephenson and Walch collaborated over a five year period and experimented with new photographic and audio visual equipment and techniques.

The artists’ research was supported by research grants from the University of Tasmania and the Australian Research Council.

Hydro Tasmania has generously supported the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery to stage the exhibition The Derwent and associated programming and events.

About the artists

David Stephenson

Stephenson is a substantial artist with an extensive exhibition track record, exhibiting nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (1993), the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (1994), the Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland (1995), the National Gallery of Victoria, (1998), the Cleveland Museum of Art (2001), and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (2001). His work is represented in many public and private collections in Australia and beyond including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Martin Walch

Walch has received many awards and residency opportunities. He was winner of the 2008 Hobart City Art Prize, Artist-in-Residence with Copper Mines of Tasmania, Mount Lyell from 2008-2012; and has received grants from Arts Tasmanian and the Australia Council. He has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions including Photographica Australis Asia Tour; Naarden Photo Festival Nederland; ARCO Madrid; the 2002 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art; New 2004: mapping contemporary Australian Art and New Media, Melbourne; SOFA, New York; and Wonderland: New Contemporary Art from Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei.

Public Programs

TMAG and Hydro Tasmania have joined together to present a range of public programs in association with The Derwent, including talks, a Symposium and a special Family Day. Download a flyer here for more information.

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